Associate Research Fellow, School of Health and Social Development

Melbourne, Australia
$74,042 - $99,512 (pro rata) + 17% Superannuation
22 Nov 2022
End of advertisement period
17 Jan 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time
  • Based at our Melbourne, Burwood Campus
  • Part-time (0.6 FTE) and fixed term
  • Level A $74,042 - $99,512 (pro rata) + 17% Superannuation

Founded in 1974, Deakin is a public university in Victoria with 61,000 students across five campuses: Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waurn Ponds, Geelong Waterfront, Warrnambool, and the online Campus. We are a progressive and open-minded university, with the highest student satisfaction in Victoria and consistently ranked in the top 1% of the world’s universities.

The Associate Research Fellow will conduct cutting-edge research in the area of obesity prevention and population nutrition as part of a world-class research team. Specifically, the Associate Research Fellow will play a leading role in a new research project that aims to improve the nutrition-related policies and practices of local government-owned facilities in Victoria.

This is a 6-month new fixed-term position funded by a grant from the NHMRC. There is the potential to extend the contract for up to a total of 5 years for the life of the project grant.

Information about the funded project can be found:

Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Conducting high-quality research, scholarship and creative activities generating high impact outputs, with mentorship
  • Engaging collaboratively to participate in novel and high-quality research or creative activities
  • Conducting and analysing surveys, observations, interviews, focus groups, and co-designing workshops
  • Contributing to building an active national research record, preparing findings for oral and written communication including publications
  • Supporting with the preparation of ethics application
  • Effectively maintaining and producing data, maintaining data protocols, and entering data into the relevant database
  • Conducting preliminary data cleaning, screening, and analysis
  • Communicating outputs, including as part of team
  • Ensuring impact of academic activity on the field and the community
  • Coordinating undergraduate student placements and research assistants, with assistance
  • Beginning to build body of work and reputation and recognition for quality, excellence and impact
  • Beginning to build track record of timely delivery of outcomes for industry partners
  • Undertaking some administrative functions primarily connected with the area of research

Key selection criteria for this role:

  • A tertiary qualification at a Masters by research level, or equivalent research experience in a public health, epidemiology, public policy or related discipline.
  • Knowledge and experience related to food and nutrition / obesity prevention policy
  • Emerging research and scholarship through publication of research journal articles, conference papers and reports
  • Demonstrated skills in the coordination of data collection and analysis using both quantitative and qualitative research methods.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and conduct high quality research.
  • Demonstrated organisational skills including the demonstrated ability to maintain a high standard of data record keeping and a demonstrated ability to meet competing deadlines.
  • Experience in working with computer-based data acquisition and analysis systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and conduct high quality research.
  • Demonstrated ability to liaise with collaborators and external parties in a highly professional manner.
  • Capacity to contribute to teaching, research, and administration
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a proven ability to establish good working relationships with colleagues
  • Near completion or a PhD qualification *desirable

Applications for this position close on 17 January 2023

Successful applicants will need to comply with vaccination mandates imposed by the relevant state/territory government. Applicants who attend third-party sites to undertake University activities will also be required to comply with any other directions or requirements in place at the third-party location.


  • Infrequent travel within Victoria will be required, not including between campuses
  • Drivers Licence 
  • Working with Children Check

Please submit your resume, a short cover letter and responses to the Key Selection Criteria.

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, please contact Miranda Blake, Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow, via

Are You Ready?

Deakin is a Victorian university with a global impact. We are an agile, dynamic and innovative university committed to making a positive impact through our excellence in education, research and innovation and the contributions we make to the wider community.

We understand that our reputation has been built on the dedication and expertise of our staff and we offer a dynamic and diverse working environment with opportunities to grow and develop careers. We believe that a progressive, thriving culture will ensure that people choose to come, and stay at Deakin and contribute to our ongoing success.

We value diversity and aim to build an inclusive environment that champions, embraces and respects differences. We support and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and people of all abilities, cultures, sexual orientation, and genders.

We understand that our academic workforce is increasingly diverse, and we recognise academic careers may be placed on hold throughout many life circumstances. Achievement relative to opportunity places more emphasis on the quality, as opposed to the quantity of research outputs. In your application, we strongly encourage you to comment on your achievements relative to opportunity.

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