Research Associate

Perth, Australia
12 Jan 2021
End of advertisement period
27 Jan 2021
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Law
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

UWA Law School


  • An opportunity to conduct research in the Cooperative Research Centre for Transformations in Mining Economies
  • Fixed-term appointment from March to December 2021 on a part-time (0.8FTE) basis
  • Salary: Level A: $70,936 - $95,464 plus Superannuation

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked amongst the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research-intensive universities. With an enviable research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to ‘innovate and inspire’ there is no better time to join Western Australia’s top University.

About us

Established in 1927, UWA Law School has a long and proud history of excellence in legal education, research, and service. Comprising over fifty scholars who are engaged in a diverse range of legal and socio-legal research areas covering public, private, international and domestic law, as well as law and society, justice studies and criminology, our research is focused on producing valuable scholarship with real-world impact. UWA Law School provides a creative and supportive environment, with a manifest commitment to ethical scholarship and practice, meaningfully connected with diverse communities.

The Cooperative Research Centre for Transformations in Mining Economies (CRC TiME) is a Commonwealth funded CRC led from the Universities of Queensland and Western Australia. The CRC launched its year 1 Foundational Research Projects on Thursday 10 December 2020.  Alex Gardner, Professor of Law at the UWA Law School, is leading Project 1.3: Mapping the regulation of mine closure, relinquishment and repurposing across all Australian jurisdictions.

About the opportunity

As the successful appointee you will, under the supervision of the project leader, research and draft the project report. The project will map the Australian regulatory framework for mine rehabilitation and review the experience in applying that framework to site rehabilitation and repurposing, closure of operations, and tenure relinquishment in the transition to post-mining land uses that benefit regional development.

You will, at times, collaborate with the co-researcher on Project 1.3, Dr Yvonne Haigh at Murdoch University.

You will also work, as directed, on Project 1.1 “Towards a framework for environmental, economic and social cumulative regional impact assessments” led by Dr Renee Young, at the Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute.

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:

  • Relevant academic legal qualifications (Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor and / or Master of Laws).
  • Expertise in Australian natural resources and environmental law, including knowledge of Australian mining law.
  • Excellent legal research and writing skills.
  • Personal commitment to scholarly research.
  • Highly developed and effective interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Highly developed organisational skills and demonstrated ability to set priorities and to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently, show initiative and work productively as part of a team.


  • Mining industry regulatory experience
  • An interest in environmental sustainability and regional economic development

Full details of the position responsibilities are outlined in the position description.

In preparing your application, you are asked to submit a cover letter, address the selection criteria in the position description and upload your CV along with copies of your education certificates and transcripts of academic record.

Closing date: Wednesday, 27 January 2021

Application Details: Please apply online via the Apply Now button.

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity

UWA is committed to a diverse workforce. We celebrate inclusion and diversity and believe gender equity is fundamental to achieving our goal of being a top 50 university by 2050.

  • We have child friendly areas on campus, including childcare facilities. Flexible work arrangements, part-time hours and job sharing will all be considered.
  • UWA has been awarded Platinum Employer Status for being a Top Ten Employer for LGBTI Inclusion by the Australian Workplace Equity Index (AWEI -2019).
  • UWA has also been awarded Athena Swan Bronze Accreditation in 2020.

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