Principal Research Fellow – USC Road Safety Research Collaboration

Sunshine Coast, Queensland
From A$148,604 (Level D) + 17% Superannuation
07 Jan 2022
End of advertisement period
31 Jan 2022
Job Opening #21302
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

About USC

At USC, we see opportunity everywhere. A young university not limited by tradition or old ways of thinking, we are committed to unlocking the innovation, productivity and full human potential of our regions, our students and our staff. Since we first opened our doors in 1996, we have made more than $9 billion impact on the economic, social and cultural development of our regions. Consistently rated by the Good Universities Guide as one of the top universities in Australia for both teaching quality and overall student experience, we are proud to produce world class research tackling our most critical local and global issues. At the core of this success? Our people. Attracting some of the brightest academic minds and esteemed professional talent to our mission, we are primed to realise our vision to be Australia’s premier regional university.

About the position

The University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) is seeking to appoint a Principal Research Fellow to make significant contributions to road safety and in particular impaired driving research. The successful applicant will work with the Leader of the University’s Road Safety Research Collaboration and other senior staff to provide leadership and management of the research group’s operations and activities.  In particular, the Principal Research Fellow will take a key role in developing, leading and managing projects and staff with a significant focus on research in the area of drug and impaired driving.

What you will do 

  • Make major original and innovative contributions to the field of study or research recognised as outstanding nationally or internationally including: developing highly successful research teams; leading publication effort of research team/s; identifying and attracting external research funding to sustain research growth within the School; supervising higher degree by research candidates.
  • Play an outstanding role within the University, discipline and/or profession in research training and in fostering the research activities of others.
  • Develop and maintain strategic and productive partnerships, connections and relationships with people, groups and organisations at local, national and international levels that result in significant outcomes for the University, the community and/or the region 
  • Manage research programs within timelines and budget, ensuring compliance with quality and reporting requirements
  • Contribute to School and University’s research strategy development and governance activities.

About you

  • Completion of a doctoral qualification in a relevant field and comprehensive experience as an academic leader.
  • A demonstrated clear and coherent research program with extensive research activity and publication record in road safety related areas.
  • Evidence of leadership and involvement in, and impact on, the development of high-value research in the areas of road safety, impaired driving and/or associated areas.
  • A strong track record of success with research grant funding.
  • A strong track record in postgraduate (PhD and Masters) supervision
  • Evidence of quality research leadership through: effective mentoring to develop the research capability and capacity of individual and teams of Early Career Researchers and Early Career Academics; leadership contributions that strengthen research capacity, capability and culture; and service on national discipline committees, panels or groups.
  • The ability to develop and maintain productive regional, national and international partnerships that benefit students, the community and the University.
  • Positive leadership contributions and personal qualities that influence the development and maintenance of a positive academic environment which is conducive to high levels of engagement and standards of achievement.

What’s in it for you?

Meaningful work – we genuinely make a difference to our community and our region

  • Full-time senior research position in a long-term fully funded road safety research centre on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast
  • Competitive remuneration, 17% superannuation contribution and generous salary packaging options
  • Flexible work environment


For further information, please contact:

Professor Jeremy Davey
Leader, USC Road Safety Research Collaboration
School of Law and Society
Telephone: + 61 7 5456 5403

Closing Date

Midnight, Monday 31 January 2022

At USC, we have a genuine commitment to diversity and inclusion and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and people of all cultures, genders, abilities, and experiences. Should you require additional support, email or phone +61 7 5430 2830.

To Apply 

To apply, and to view the position description, please visit our website at

Applicants should address the selection criteria contained in the position description. 

All applications must be lodged through our website. Please note that USC will be closed from the 24th December 2021 to the 4th January 2022 inclusive.