Research Fellow, IPA-Deakin SME Research Centre

Melbourne, Australia
16 Dec 2020
End of advertisement period
15 Jan 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Collaborative and inclusive team environment within the Department of Accounting
  • Located at our Melbourne Burwood Campus
  • Level B $99,346-$117503 p.a + 17% superannuation
  • Full-time and fixed-term for 2 years (with view to possible extension)

An opportunity has arisen for an appropriately qualified and experienced Researcher with project management experience to join the IPA-Deakin SME Research Centre. The Centre conducts multidisciplinary research on small and medium size private businesses to generate knowledge and apply practical research insights which inform policy change, targeted and purposeful advocacy, and better practice to support SME success. The successful applicant will be actively involved in the management, implementation and evaluation of projects aligned with the IPA-Deakin SME Research Centre as well as the researching, drafting, revision and completion of academic papers for publication purposes, policy discussion papers, reports and other industry engagement-related submissions to achieve the objectives of work programs of the Centre. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications, experience and research record.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Policy papers and reports by researching, drafting, revising and helping to complete policy papers and reports on SME issues to achieve the objectives of the SME Centre work programs;
  • Academic research by drafting, revising and helping to complete academic papers for publication on SME issues to achieve the objectives of the SME Centre work programs;
  • Drafting, revising and helping to complete discussion papers on SME issues to achieve the objectives of the SME Centre work programs;
  • Drafting, revising and helping to complete policy and government submissions on behalf of the IPA on SME issues to achieve the objectives of the SME Centre work programs;
  • Researching and drafting literature reviews and evidence reviews on SME issues and develop knowledge translation products related to SMEs to achieve the objectives of the SME Centre work programs;
  • Assisting with research administration including managing relationships with key project collaborators and, where required, preparing and submitting ethics applications;
  • Collect, analyse and interpret quantitative data (e.g., from secondary data sources such as the ABS Business Longitudinal Surveys, ORBIS, FAME, etc.) and use the results to form policy papers and reports, academic papers, discussion papers, etc;
  • Contributing constructively to a vibrant and collegial culture in the SME Centre team, including constructively reviewing and commenting on the work of centre staff;
  • Communicate research findings and represent the SME Centre through participation in conferences, webinars, workshops, teleconferences, meetings and other networking opportunities; and,
  • Provide administrative, technical and network support where this support will help to achieve the objectives of the SME Centre work programs;

To be successful, you will have:

  • A relevant doctoral qualification (or near completion of PhD) or equivalent qualification with subsequent research expertise and profile in SME related areas.
  • Skills in the coordination of data collection, data entry and analysis.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and conduct high quality research.
  • An ability to maintain a high standard of research-related data record keeping and a demonstrated ability to meet competing deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to liaise with (and or negotiate with) research clients.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to interact well with research and technical staff and students and excellent oral, written communication and presentation skills.

Applications for this position close on Friday January 15th 2021.

Please note the University will be closed from Monday 21st December 2020 through to Sunday January 3rd 2021. We will be unable to respond to any application related enquiries until our re-opening on Monday January 4th 2021.

Please ensure to include a cover letter, resume and responses to the Key Selection Criteria in your application.

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Our people are important to us, and we understand the significance of providing them with a dynamic and diverse working environment, with opportunities to grow and develop their careers.

At Deakin, we offer a variety of benefits including a flexible and sustainable working environment, lifestyle benefits and various discounts with our third-party suppliers.

We value diversity and aim to build an inclusive environment that champions, embraces and respects differences. We support and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and people of all abilities, cultures, sexual orientation, and genders.

We understand that our academic workforce is increasingly diverse, and we recognise academic careers may be placed on hold throughout many life circumstances. Achievement relative to opportunity places more emphasis on the quality, as opposed to the quantity of research outputs. In your application, we strongly encourage you to comment on your achievements relative to opportunity.