Research Fellow, Melbourne Graduate School of Education

7 days left

Melbourne, Australia
28 Jul 2019
End of advertisement period
26 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Work type: Fixed Term
Location: Parkville
Division/Faculty: Melbourne Graduate School of Education
Salary: $102,967 - $122,268 (Level B)
Role & Superannuation rate: Academic - Full time - 17% super

  • Join Australia's Number 1 University †
  • Career opportunities, professional development, work-life balance.
  • Use your expertise and innovative thinking to have an impact.

Who says you can't change the world? We expect to do nothing less.

The Melbourne Disability Institute (MDI) is an interdisciplinary research institute that was established by the University of Melbourne in 2018 to build a collaborative, interdisciplinary and translational research program to improve the lives of people with disability. Ultimately, the MDI research program aims to capitalise on national reforms and active partnerships with the disability sector to deliver evidence for transformation. The MDI research program is centred around providing much-needed evidence for the disability sector and broader community to address the complex problems facing people with disability, their families and carers.

About the role

The Melbourne Disability Institute has a strong desire to ensure that commissioning arrangements make a maximum contribution to improving the lives of people with disability, their families and carers, and is leading a joint research effort in this area together with the Brotherhood of St Laurence to help ensure the future success of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

An exciting opportunity is available for a talented early career social science researcher to play a lead role in developing a new conceptual approach to commissioning in disability services, at a macro level in Australia and internationally, and at a micro level focusing on choice and control for people with disability within individualised budgets.

About you

As the successful candidate, you will:

  • Have expertise in the fields of social sciences (e.g. public health, public administration, sociology, psychology, epidemiology)
  • Demonstrated skills in the design of questionnaires and in the analysis of quantitative data and qualitative data
  • Demonstrated capacity to bring together stakeholders from a range of sectors (e.g. government and advocacy bodies) and disciplines to facilitate high quality outcomes
  • Demonstrated high-level project management skills in all aspects of research projects
  • Share our commitment to improving the lives of people with disability, their families and carers

If you can demonstrate your talent in these areas, you are encouraged to apply for the position and join a team of highly talented and motivated staff. People with lived experience of disability are encouraged to apply. The MDI is committed to making adjustments to accommodate employees with disability.

Part-time working arrangements will be considered for this position, please note your preferred working arrangement in your application.

Please submit a cover letter with your application and address the selection criteria in no more than three pages.


  • Maximise your benefits through our Salary Packaging scheme
  • Flexible family friendly policies, providing generous leave and working conditions
  • The opportunity to work in a culturally rich environment

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The University is a vibrant campus. We have well established clubs and networks giving the opportunity to engage and collaborate with other staff around the University. We strive to create an environment where staff and students promote culturally inclusive behaviour and activities, ensure cultural differences are heard and explored, and actively seek to learn from other cultures.

The University of Melbourne is the Number 1 University in Australia and among the leading Universities in the world according to The Times Higher Education world reputational ranking, the National Taiwan University ranking, The Times Higher Education world university ranking and Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities.

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To ensure the University provides a safe environment for children, this position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid ‘Working with Children Check’

Position Description


Applications close: 26 Aug 2019 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time