Vice Chancellor Research Fellowship / Senior Research Fellowship, Early Years Research Lab

Gold Coast / Lismore / Coffs Harbour, Australia
$101,544 to $142,531 per annum, plus 17% employer contribution to superannuation.
28 Sep 2022
End of advertisement period
01 Nov 2022
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Full-time, fixed term (3 years) opportunity 
  • Make a positive impact in the world and in the lives of those we serve
  • Location choices suited to the Australian coastal lifestyle on the east coast

About us

Southern Cross University is a young, dynamic and rising institution of excellence committed to transforming tomorrow. Our gamechanging new education model brings a deeper learning experience, improving individual student outcomes and quality of life.

Working at Southern Cross University combines a rare combination of being surrounded by ambitious students, amazing and dedicated colleagues and an environment of stunning natural beauty. We are leaders in our communities in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Coffs Harbour and the Gold Coast and pride ourselves on helping shape a better tomorrow.

About the opportunity

With a global reputation for excellence in collaborative and transdisciplinary educational and social research, Southern Cross University’s Faculty of Education is seeking a Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellowto join our Early Years Research Lab (EYRL). The Research Fellow or Senior Research Fellow will primarily be responsible for leading the research into early years education with a focus on one or more of the following areas:

  • Early learning and literacy
  • Early intervention and children’s outcomes
  • Inclusive education in ECEC
  • The transition to school
  • A quality early childhood workforce
  • Quality ECEC provision

Being internationally connected and collaborating with global leaders in the field, the EYRL works with research end-users to reduce educational inequalities and promote positive outcomes for all young children through universal access to and experience of quality early childhood education and care.As a Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow or Senior Research Fellow, you will be engaged in research to further expertise within this growing profile.

Your core responsibilities will include:

  • Grow the world-leading research activities of the EYRL;
  • Engage in university-wide and Faculty of Education research activities, contributing to a robust research culture;
  • Lead esteemed research publications in high ranked journals and research outlets; and
  • Liaise with project stakeholders and partners regularly to manage the success of project activities and outcomes.

About you

You will be passionate about Early Years Education and Care or Early Childhood Development, with experience in relevant research publication activity, demonstrating the social impact of that research in practice. You will have a strong publication profile in early childhood education or early childhood development, along with experience working within research and on funded projects. Readiness for a DECRA will be highly regarded.

More specifically, you will have:

  • A PhD in Education, and relevant research experience aligned with the Early Years Research Lab;
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out research, contributing to multidisciplinary, team-based research activities;
  • Track record, relevant to opportunity in publications and research income generation; and,
  • Well-developed written and communication skills, including research engagement and impact.

The University’s values are integrity and collegiality. Alignment with these values, along with the ability to actively contribute to the success of a team, are inherent requirements of the role.

Salary and benefits

Our staff benefit from flexible work arrangements, including hybrid work models, generous parental and carer’s leave provisions, wellbeing initiatives, employee assistance programs and professional learning opportunities.

This position is:

  • Full-time, fixed term (3 years)
  • Located at either Coffs Harbour, Gold Coast or Lismore. Generous relocation support available
  • Academic Level B or C:
    • Academic Level C –The base salary ranges from $123,900 - $142,531 per annum, plus 17% employer contribution to superannuation.  The total remuneration package is up to $166,761 per annum is offered for a Senior Lecturer appointment.
    • Academic Level B –The base salary ranges from $101,544 - $120,179 per annum plus 17% employer contribution to superannuation.  The total remuneration package is up to $140,609.

Find out more about working at SCU by visiting Why Work at SCU.

Application requirements

Applicants must apply online and respond to the selection criteria in the position description by the closing date. Information to support you prepare your application is available on our website. If you experience difficulties applying online or need reasonable adjustments at any point in the application or interview process, please let us know by contacting

This opportunity is open to Australian and international applicants. If the successful candidate requires visa sponsorship, the University will work with the appointee to support visa and travel requirements.

Further information

Additional information is available in the position description or by contacting:

Name: Professor Sue Walker, Leader Early Years Research Lab

Phone: (07) 5589 3495 or 0438 780 498


Closing Date: 9:00 am AEDT, 1 November 2022

Southern Cross University is committed to diversity and social inclusion and aims to ensure equality in the recruitment of our staff. Applications are supported and encouraged by those that bring diversity to the University.

Together, we are Transforming Tomorrow.