Research Assistant, Social and Global Studies Centre

Melbourne, Australia
30 Sep 2019
End of advertisement period
31 Oct 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time
  • Convenient CBD location
  • Part-time (3 days per week), fixed-term position until April 2020
  • Level A: $67,630 - $91,734 (pro-rata) + 17% super

About us

RMIT is a multi-sector university of technology, design and enterprise with more than 91,000 students and 11,000 staff globally. RMIT offers postgraduate, undergraduate, vocational education and online programs to provide students with a variety of work-relevant pathways.

Our purpose is to offer life-changing experiences for our students, and to help shape the world with research, innovation, teaching and industry engagement. With strong industry connections forged over 130 years, collaboration with industry remains integral to RMITs leadership in education, applied and innovative research, and to the development of highly skilled, globally-focused graduates.

The College of Design and Social Context encompasses RMIT Universitys renowned art, architecture, design, built environment, communication, and social science disciplines. The college has 24,500 students and over 1,000 staff located in 8 schools.

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About the role

You will work closely with the Chief Investigator on an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery project on "image-based sexual abuse". The project is entering its final year of funding and the Research Assistant will be employed to assist primarily (although not exclusively) with: legislative analysis (including case analysis in Australia and internationally); updating databases and literature tables; extracting data on reporting, prosecutions and convictions; assistance with public events; administrative tasks (such as booking travel and accommodation for members of the team); assistance with reports, journal articles and other outputs; assistance with updating content on the project website; and other tasks as directed.

About You

You will have demonstrated knowledge of the Australian legal system, including both civil and criminal law and a good understanding of, or experience in, research or work related to gender-based violence. You will also have experience in working on sensitive or difficult subject topics, including being familiar with strategies to counteract vicarious trauma. Evidence of research outputs including publications, conference contributions and/or technical reports in the law and/or gender-based violence field will be highly desirable. Ability to work autonomously whilst displaying a strong commitment to work in a team environment, including the demonstrated ability to confidently and effectively work with colleagues, project team leaders and industry partners, will be imperative to your success in this role.


Mandatory: Honours or postgraduate qualification in Law, Legal Studies or Criminology.

Note: Appointment to this position is subject to passing a Working with Children check.

Bring your whole self to work:

We are better for our diversity. When we listen to those who are different to us, or challenge us, we grow stronger together. When we feel like we belong, we can achieve so much more. We respect each other, embrace our differences and build a sense of belonging in our team and beyond. Were proud to share with you some of our wins:

RMIT University is an Athena SWAN member and the College of Science, Engineering and Health is central to driving improvements in gender equality, diversity and inclusion, particularly in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) disciplines.

  • RMIT was placed 10th in the 2019 Randstad Employer Brand Research Awards, up five spots from 2018.
  • We were named as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency in 2019.
  • We achieved Gold Employer status for LGBTIQ inclusion in the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) in 2018 and now in 2019.s
  • We were recognised as a top five employer in 2018 for workplace accessibility with the Australian Network on Disability.
  • Exceeding our targets in our Reconciliation Action Plan for Bundyi Girri - an important step in our reconciliation journey.

To Apply

Applications close on Thursday 31st October 2019.

Applicants are requested to separately address the key selection criteria as outlined in the Position Description.

This role will require satisfactory confirmation of a Working with Children Check.

RMIT is an equal opportunity employer committed to being a child safe organisation. We are dedicated to attracting, retaining and developing our people regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and age. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community and we strongly encourage applications from the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community.