Research Fellow, Gonski Institute for Education, Play Project

Sydney, Australia
09 May 2019
End of advertisement period
26 May 2019
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) invites Research Fellows to apply for a position in the Gonski Institute for Education- Play Project.

The Research Fellow will manage the GIE Play project and have qualifications and experience in experimental research methods, including data collection and analysis. With this project, we seek to address one of the prevailing issues regarding educational inequity, which is that children from disadvantaged backgrounds participate less in traditional classrooms; they are less engaged and this disengagement can have a dire impact upon their futures.

Based on what we already know about play and its impact on a child’s development, and what we know about the educational equity gap and what is needed to bridge it, we’ve formed a hypothesis. We predict that for disadvantaged children, exposure to unstructured play will set them upon an upward trajectory – giving them the skills they need to thrive alongside their more privileged counterparts.

The Research Fellow will also make intellectual contributions to GIE, as well as have the capacity to take on administrative responsibilities that are relevant to the undertaking and publication of research and grant application processes.

  • Level B - A$105,108 - A$123,908 + 9.5% superannuation + leave loading
  • Full-time position (35 hours per week)
  • Fixed Term till 31 Dec 2019


Specific responsibilities for this role include:

  • Project management of GIE Play Project.
  • Working with the Deputy Director – Research, using data collected from the research, develop policy papers, create submissions to Government, design Institute policy recommendations, undertake policy research in relation to the Play Project.
  • Prepare and publish research results in peer reviewed journals and present findings at national and/or international conferences, as appropriate.
  • Develop and contribute to ideas for new and related research projects and initiatives, working both independently and collaboratively.
  • Design and implement empirical studies, from conception through to ethics clearance, deployment and analysis.
  • Prepare research proposals for submission and submit applications for internal and external funding in accordance with agreed priorities.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Cooperate with all health and safety policies and procedures of the university and take all reasonable care to ensure that your actions or omissions do not impact on the health and safety of yourself or others.

You should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application. Please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent directly to the contact listed.

Contact: Steve Lalic


Closing date: 11 pm,  Sunday 26th May 2019

UNSW aspires to be the exemplar Australian university and employer of choice for people from diverse backgrounds.

UNSW aims to ensure equality in recruitment, development, retention and promotion of staff, and that no-one is disadvantaged on the basis of their gender, cultural background, disability, sexual orientation or identity. We encourage everyone who meets the selection criteria to apply.