Community Research Fellow

Logan, Australia
The total FTE package will be in the range $117,160 - $139,132 per annum.
20 Nov 2022
End of advertisement period
02 Dec 2022
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • University Dr, Meadowbrook QLD 4131, Australia
  • Full-time

Company Description

Creating a brighter future for all

Griffith University is a progressive, values-led university dedicated to learning, leadership, and innovation. This is your chance to help us achieve our vision to transform lives and add to human knowledge and understanding in a way that creates a future that benefits all.

Since opening in 1975, Griffith has grown from one campus and 451 students to become a comprehensive, multi-campus institution, with 50,000 students and more than 200,000 graduates.

Job Description

Pathways in Place is a program of community empowerment in Logan, supported by the Paul Ramsay Foundation (PRF). We are focussed on strengthening community-led organisations, particularly among Indigenous, Māori, and Pasifika communities. Our work includes a commitment to co-design and research, maintaining community sovereignty of data and intellectual property, and leveraging university resources to elevate the voice and agency of communities.

We are looking for an Indigenous Community Research Fellow who has a commitment to social justice and experience in working with Indigenous communities

Specific elements of our approach include:

  • Prioritising First Nations first, consistent with QLD Government priorities and acknowledged community need;
  • Supporting community-led organisations (CLOs) directly, in order to strengthen their capacity and the self-determination of communities most affected by marginalisation within Logan;
  • Prioritising early childhood education and care (ECEC), as a critical stage of the life cycle whose importance in Logan was further confirmed by our consultations; and community languages, identified by CLOs as central to empowerment and self-determination;
  • Working with community-led organisations, mainstream sector providers, and GU academics, to co-develop resources, tools and guides to promote cultural reform and inclusive practice across the mainstream service sector in Logan, in order to improve the access to, and experience and quality of, services;
  • Collaborating with partners on broader ECEC systems reform in Logan, as a trusted research and evaluation partner;
  • In collaboration with community-led organisations and other partners, developing evaluation frameworks and research outputs, consistent with methodologies of self-determination and data sovereignty (Closing the Gap).

This is a full-time, fixed term (2 years) position based at the Logan Campus and in the community.

The full time equivalent base salary will be Senior Research Fellow range $100,137 - $118,916 per annum + 17% superannuation. The total FTE package will be in the range $117,160 - $139,132 per annum. The FTE for this role is negotiable. 


The occupant of this position will hold a PhD, or an equivalent qualification/work with qualitive and/or Qualitative research skills and experience working with Indigenous community organisations.
In addition to the above, you will demonstrate:

  • A commitment to social justice
  • Experience in working with Indigenous communities
  • A knowledge of the Early Childhood Education and Care sector is desirable
  • Project evaluation experience is desirable 

To perform this role it is essential that the person who holds the position be an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person. It is therefore a genuine occupational requirement, under section 25 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991, that applicants are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

Additional information

As a values-led organisation, at Griffith University, we've worked hard to create a dynamic and strong organisational culture. We support the professional and personal development of all our employees and invest in the skills of our people.

We offer:

  • Flexible working options and genuine work-life balance.
  • Salary packaging options & corporate health discounts.
  • Generous leave entitlements including paid parental leave.

Griffith University values diversity, inclusion and flexibility and we encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and people of all backgrounds to apply. For more information please visit our page.

Griffith's strategic goals are to also increase the proportion of women in senior academic and administrative roles and in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM).

How to Apply

Please submit your application online and ensure your application includes the following:

  • A covering letter outlining your suitability for the role (please refer to the Qualifications above and the position description)
  • Current curriculum vitae/resume including full contact details
  • Please include the details of three supporting referees
  • Confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Heritage. We accept an original or notarised copy of a ‘Letter of Confirmation' issued by an incorporated Indigenous organisation and stamped with the organisation’s common seal. Confirmations of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander status may be made by an incorporated community organisation, association, or body where the majority of members of the governing body are Aboriginal persons or Torres Strait Islanders or both.

Obtain the position description by clicking on the Apply button. You will be redirected to the Griffith University job search page where you will be able to access the position description.

Further Information

For further information specifically about this role, please contact Professor Andrew Harvey, Program Director, Pathways in Place, on or 0410512943.

For application and recruitment advice, please contact Kate Watson, or 07 373 58124.

For application support, please contact People Services on +61 (0) 7 3735 4011 and quote REF775K

Closing date: Friday 2nd December at 5:00 pm AEST. All applications must be submitted online.