Research Fellow / Senior Research Fellow, Melbourne Social Equity Institute

Melbourne, Australia
$110,236 – $155,698 p.a. plus 17% super
03 Oct 2022
End of advertisement period
25 Oct 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term

Location: Parkville
Role type: Part time / Full time (Minimum 0.6 FTE); Fixed-term for 2 years
Faculty: Melbourne Law School
Department/School: Melbourne Social Equity Institute
Salary: Level B – $110,236 – $130,900 p.a. plus 17% super
            Level C – $135,032 – $155,698 p.a. plus 17% super

The University of Melbourne would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which our campuses are situated, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung Peoples, the Yorta Yorta Nation, the Dja Dja Wurrung People. We acknowledge that the land on which we meet and learn was the place of age-old ceremonies, of celebration, initiation and renewal, and that the local Aboriginal Peoples have had and continue to have a unique role in the life of these lands.

About the Melbourne Social Equity Institute

The Melbourne Social Equity Institute is committed to achieving fairer societies through research that makes a difference.

We conduct and facilitate interdisciplinary research that addresses the causes and consequences of social inequities and advances knowledge about effective ways to respond.

We are leaders in community-engaged and co-productive research for social change. Our work contributes to changing public policy and perceptions, as well as improving social and organisational practices. Our approach creates opportunities for researchers, community organisations and people with lived expertise to develop their skills in working together.

About the Role

Melbourne Social Equity Institute (MSEI) is an interdisciplinary research institute which specializes in community-engaged and coproductive research for fairer societies. Among other activities, MSEI conducts research in partnership with philanthropy, government and not for profit organisations. The Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow will work with the MSEI Director Professor Jo Barraket and other members of staff at the University of Melbourne and with our partner organisations to deliver our contributions to these initiatives, and to support strategic priorities of MSEI. Current and upcoming projects into which the position will work include: co-development of an online platform that helps social enterprises manage, evaluate, and report on their operations and impacts, and generates aggregated insights about social enterprises in Victoria; good practice approaches to place-based indicators of wellbeing; and developing resources to support learning about community-engaged and coproductive research methods.

The Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow will be required to work independently and proactively across organisational boundaries, delivering applied research outcomes within fixed periods according to contract and grant requirements. The position will also contribute to or lead academic outputs arising from these projects with other members of the Institute. They will be supported in their work and professional development by the collegial and collaborative work environment of MSEI.

About You

You will have strong communication skills and experience in devising both written and online communications that meets the needs of diverse audiences. Your excellent interpersonal skills enable you to work effectively within small teams, and also across organisational boundaries with a wide variety of stakeholders. You will have a solid track record of academic and/or applied publication, relative to opportunity. If you are applying for the Senior Research Fellow role you will also need to have excellent project management skills and experience in delivering agreed outputs within contractual timelines and budgets.

You will also have:

  • A PhD in a relevant analytical discipline, including sociology, management, policy studies or evaluation science
  • Demonstrated knowledge of contemporary debates and methods in evaluation and social impact measurement of social purpose organisations or programs
  • Demonstrated experience in successfully conducting applied social research or evaluation projects, the Senior Research Fellow will be expected to have experience in managing these processes as well.

To ensure the University continues to provide a safe environment for everyone, this position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check.

About the University

The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.

Benefits of Working with Us

In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

  • Flexible working arrangements, generous personal, parental and cultural leave
  • Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary packaging and leave loading
  • Free and subsidised health and wellbeing services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs
  • Discounts on a wide range of products and services including Myki cards and Qantas Club
  • Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families

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Be Yourself

We value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and encourage and celebrate diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages, with disabilities and culturally and linguistically diverse people are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please submit your application including a brief cover letter, your resume and your responses against the selection criteria^ (found in the Position Description) for the role.

^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to

We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact  us at

Applications close: 25 October 2022 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time

Position description: Download File 0057183_Research Fellow-Senior Research Fellow_PD.pdf