Research Fellow, Grade 1

Brisbane, Australia
15 Apr 2019
End of advertisement period
13 May 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Be Remarkable

About Griffith University
At Griffith University we believe in, strive for and celebrate the remarkable.

We are known for our high impact research, outstanding student experience, our commitment to social justice and our welcoming environment. We rank in the top 2% of universities worldwide and we’re proud of our remarkable achievements, of our people and their passion for making a positive difference. Together we contribute to the development of knowledge and learning in an attractive environment which values excellence, equity, diversity, and innovation.

Griffith’s Centre for Governance and Public Policy is an outstanding intellectual environment for world-class research in Political Science. Our scholarship has seen the Centre awarded numerous grants, including more than 40 Australian Research Council Discovery/DECRA grants since 2000, and publication of more than 100 books in the past decade alone. In the most recent Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) evaluation in 2018, Griffith was one of just four universities in Australia to receive the highest possible rating of ‘5’ for Political Science. This was Griffith’s third consecutive ‘5’ ranking in Political Science since 2012.

The opportunity
The Research Fellow (Post-doc) will conduct research on populism and/or political parties in conjunction with Professor Duncan McDonnell at the Centre for Governance and Public Policy. While the position is open to all candidates working on populism and political parties, we are particularly interested in candidates working on cases of populism in Latin America or India.

This is a fixed term (two years), full time position based at the Nathan campus.

About you
Applicants must have completed or expect to complete prior to commencing the Research Fellow role, a doctorate in Political Science or a closely-related subject. The ideal candidate will have good qualitative and quantitative research skills. In addition, the successful candidate will have the ability to work independently and with minimal supervision to meet competing deadlines, and work effectively as a team member. Relevant language abilities (Spanish, Portuguese or Hindi, according to country specialisation) are especially welcome. Ideally, the successful candidate will take up the position on 1 September 2019.

Salary range
Research Fellow, Grade 1: $73,791 - $86,579 per annum. Salary package including 17% employer superannuation contribution: $86,336 - $101,299 per annum.

How to apply
Please submit your application online and ensure your application includes the following:

  • Statement addressing each of the selection criteria in the position description - 00059870_PD.pdf
  • One page covering letter outlining your suitability for the role
  • Current curriculum vitae/resume which should include:
    • Full name, address, telephone number and email address;
    • Details of education, professional training and qualifications;
    • Employment history, including present position and details of relevant professional, consulting or industry experience;
    • Research interests and list of publications;
    • Research grants awarded and any other relevant information, such as offices held in professional bodies, community services etc.

Note:  Application attachments should be saved as .doc, .docx or .pdf only.  File names should be no more than 25 characters long and should include letters and numbers only.

What we offer
Working for one of the most influential universities in Australia and the Asia–Pacific region, you will join a University that spans six campuses in South East Queensland and all disciplines, while our network of more than 200,000 graduates extends around the world.

At Griffith, we’ve worked hard to create a culture that will challenge you to be curious, creative and courageous. We also support the professional and personal development of all our employees and invest in the skills of our people.

Griffith University values diversity, inclusion and flexibility and we encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and people of all backgrounds to apply. Griffith's strategic goals are to also increase the proportion of women in senior academic and administrative roles and in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM).

Further information
For further information about this role, please contact Professor Duncan McDonnell, School of Government and International Relations, by email:

For application queries, please contact Ms Jagoda Piatkowska, HR Officer on +61 (0) 7 3735 6617.

Closing date: Monday, 13 May 2019 at 5pm AEST. All applications must be submitted online.

As the team experience high volumes of applications, we appreciate your patience to allow for a timely and fair process for all.

Please note: We do not accept unsolicited CV's from Recruitment agencies / third parties and we will not be liable or responsible for any fees or costs associated with unsolicited CV's sent directly to Line Managers.