Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow, NDRI Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Program

Perth, Australia
07 Jan 2021
End of advertisement period
03 Feb 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • $101,078 - $142,128 + 17% Superannuation
  • Fixed term, full time contract until end of June 2022
  • Opportunity for on-going career development

Job Reference: 650083

Curtin University considers that being Aboriginal or a Torres Strait Islander is a genuine occupational requirement for this position under section 50D of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (WA).

Curtin University is ranked in the top 200 universities worldwide (ARWU 2017), and in the top 1% in the world for universities under the age of 50 (QS World University Rankings 2017). Curtin is industry-facing, highly engaged with relevant partners, and a major global player, with well-integrated campuses in Singapore, Malaysia, Dubai and Mauritius

About the National Drug Research Institute (NDRI)

The NDRI mission is to conduct and disseminate high quality research that supports evidence informed policy, strategies and practice to prevent and minimise alcohol and other drug-related health, social and economic harms among individuals, families and communities in Australia. NDRI research has informed and contributed significantly to policy and evidence-based practice in Australia and internationally.

Research from the NDRI Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Program contributes to the prevention and reduction of the burden of harm caused by alcohol and other drugs (AOD) amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities. The Program is led by an Aboriginal Senior Research Fellow Dr Jocelyn Jones.

The Research:

  • Focuses on the inter-related topics of changing patterns of AOD use, factors related to, and the impact of, harmful use on individuals, families and communities, efficient and effective provision of services, and improved policy responses.
  • Is based on well-established partnerships with Aboriginal community-controlled health organisations, with Aboriginal community stakeholders and organisations actively involved in all aspects of research from planning through to translation into policy and strategies.

Your new role

A unique and exciting opportunity has arisen for the right person to join the NDRI Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Program and further enhance NDRI as a centre of best practice in conducting community driven research. You will particularly contribute to academic leadership in an established multidisciplinary team of dynamic researchers who undertake original and community-driven research that aims to change policy and improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities in relation to alcohol and other drug use. You will work closely with the Program Leader and your role will support the work of the team and the team’s comprehensive and community relevant research agenda.

The role primarily involves research-based activities, making major and innovative contributions to the field of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander AOD research, research translation and capacity building.

You will (selection criteria):

  • Possess a PhD in a relevant discipline;
  • Identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • Demonstrate academic achievement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and/or social research;
  • Have a track record of community involvement and engagement that will enable you to develop and maintain relationships with key Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and organisations and other stakeholders at a local, state and national level;
  • Have demonstrated capacity to assist the team to work with community and government stakeholders to identify and action a coherent program of quality research aligned to community needs, and the University’s and NDRI’s research strategies;
  • Demonstrate the capacity to undertake your own program of research consistent with the Strategic Plan current for NDRI and Curtin University, including being a chief investigator in applications for nationally competitive research grants and/or fellowships.
  • Demonstrated ability to publish quality standard research outputs, consistent with that expected of a Curtin research academic
  • Demonstrate the capacity to support research translation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities; and
  • Disseminate research findings through research teaching, seminars, lectures, workshops and conferences.

What we offer you

The Faculty of Health Sciences offers exciting career paths and trajectories including:

  • Conducting innovative work that will make real-world differences
  • Interactions with and learnings from industry, government and academic partners

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Next steps

Please apply on-line with a cover letter and resume to enable us to assess your suitability for the role. Most importantly you should address the selection criteria outlined in this advert. Curtin University does not require you to address the selection criteria stated in the Academic Role Statements for ALB or ALC positions, however your cover letter and CV should include sufficient information to allow us to assess your claims against the selection criteria at either of the two levels you nominate.

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Applications close: Wednesday 3 February 2021, 9:00PM AWST

Contact details

For queries and further information relating to the position role, please contact Dr Jocelyn Jones, Program Leader Aboriginal Research -

If you have a query in relation to the application process please contact our careers team on or call Tara Hallissey on 08 9266 2563.

Inclusion and Diversity at Curtin

We are committed to ensuring that Curtin has an inclusive environment, free from harassment, in which all students, staff and the community feel respected, valued and welcome.

We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, women, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and are committed to making reasonable adjustments to enable people with disability to participate fully in our recruitment, selection and appointment processes.

We have received recognition in this area:

  • Voted one of Australia’s Inclusive Employers for 2019-2020 (Diversity Council of Australia).
  • Have become one of the first Universities to receive accreditation for an Elevated Reconciliation Action Plan.
  • Achieved Athena Swan Bronze Accreditation (2018-2020).
  • Voted 16th best workplace for new dads in Australia (HBF - Direct Advice for Dads, 2019).


Curtin reserves the right at its sole discretion to withdraw from the recruitment process, not to make an appointment, or to appoint by invitation, at any time. We reserve the right to remove the advert earlier than the date on the advert.

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