Senior Research Officer/Research Fellow, Research and Analysis

Location
Melbourne, Australia
Posted
25 Jan 2019
End of advertisement period
17 Feb 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term

APS 5–6, EL1

Full-time or part-time

Non-ongoing

We are the Australian Institute of Family Studies, the Australian Government’s key independent research body and advisor in the area of family wellbeing, based in Melbourne. Our purpose is to create and communicate knowledge to accelerate positive outcomes for families and communities. We are an independent statutory authority established in 1980 under the Family Law Act 1975.  We are located in the portfolio of the Department of Social Services.

We conduct research, provide independent advice and communicate findings to policy-makers, service providers and the community about factors affecting family wellbeing. Our work builds an evidence base about “what works for families”. Through our research, we contribute to developing policy and practice to promote the wellbeing of families in Australia.

The Institute’s Longitudinal and Lifecourse Studies (LLS) area is a highly professional team with in-depth experience in managing numerous national longitudinal studies, including the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC), Building a New Life in Australia (BNLA), and Ten to Men – the longitudinal study of male health. The team is structured around three main areas of expertise: survey methodology, data management and analytics, and research and analysis.

The Research and Analysis team have a high level of expertise in the analysis of longitudinal data. Much of their work involves analysis of data from the longitudinal studies that AIFS manages to produce a range of publications including research reports, peer-reviewed publications, statistical reports, research summaries, policy briefs and fact sheets.

The purpose of this position is to contribute to the successful execution of a number of the Institute’s major research projects. This includes undertaking data analysis and research tasks and ensuring that research output is communicated in a way that is accessible to the intended audience (e.g. general audience, policy makers, academics).

Senior Research Officer, APS 5-6

Ideally you will have:

  • Relevant qualifications in a social or behavioural science (e.g. psychology, sociology, economics) discipline.
  • Experience assisting with research projects related to child development, family wellbeing, or health.
  • Experience in statistical analysis of survey or administrative data using statistical packages such as SAS, SPSS or Stata.
  • The ability to produce high quality written material such as scientific or technical reports, journal articles and conference papers.
  • Understanding of policy issues that are of importance to the wellbeing of children, families and communities in Australia.
  • A flexible approach to diverse work demands and the ability to work independently.

Research Fellow, EL1

Ideally you will have:

  • Relevant qualifications in a social or behavioural science (e.g. psychology, sociology, economics) discipline.
  • Experience in research-related roles with a focus on data analysis in the area of health economics, social statistics, behavioural science, psychology, sociology, economics, demography or other social sciences.
  • The ability to design analytic strategies and conduct complex statistical analysis of survey and administrative data.
  • The ability to produce high quality written material such as scientific or technical reports, journal articles and conference papers.
  • Experience in managing research teams and projects.
  • A demonstrated understanding of policy issues that are of importance to the wellbeing of children, families and communities in Australia.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills, including the capacity to work collaboratively as an effective team member and use high level influencing skills to work with external organisations.
  • A responsive and flexible approach to diverse work demands in a fast-paced environment.

We are seeking an experienced Senior Research Officer/Research Fellow (full-time or part-time) to join the Research and Analysis Team on a full-time or part-time basis. The role will be offered on a non-ongoing basis for a period of 18 months (with the possibility of extension to a maximum term of three years) at APS Level 5–6 with a salary range of $72,070 to $88,827 per annum (full-time equivalent) or EL 1 with a salary range of $99,133 to $109,475. The appointment level of the successful applicant will be determined by their skills, knowledge, qualifications and experience.

How to apply

Please read through the application requirements and view a position description at: https://aifs.gov.au/about-us/working-aifs/jobs.

To be considered for this position, please email your CV and covering letter together with an AIFS application form to jobs@aifs.gov.au.

Apply now, applicants are being considered on an ongoing basis.

As soon as a quality pool of applicants is identified, shortlisting and interviews will commence.

Closing date:  Sunday 17 February 2019                  

(Applications will not be considered after this date.)

For further information, contact Human Resources on (03) 9214 7888.

The Institute welcomes applications from the diverse Australian community including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people with disability, people of all ages and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.