Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The REEaCh Centre

Melbourne, Australia
$114,645 – $136,136 p.a. plus 17% super
09 May 2023
End of advertisement period
01 Jun 2023
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Location: Parkville
Role type: Fixed-term for 12 months
Faculty: Melbourne Graduate School of Education
Salary: Level B – $114,645 – $136,136 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 REEaCh CENTRE (Research in Effective Education in Early Childhood)

The REEaCh Centre, established in 2019 with support from the Leaper Foundation, aims to conduct research and engagement activities in early childhood education and care, with a focus on three priorities: improving the quality of early childhood education programs, promoting equitable access for all children to high-quality programs, and highlighting the importance of educational leadership in sustaining quality improvements in early childhood education programs.

About the Role

The 3-year Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education's REEaCh Centre requires the candidate to conduct research within the Centre’s Abecedarian Approach Australia (3a) program, focusing on early learning experiences for children and evidence-based teaching practices in home and early learning environments across diverse settings and contexts.

Responsibilities include:

  • Develop and lead a program of research that aligns with the REEaCh Centre priorities for the fellowship and reflects the expertise of the applicant.
  • Design and prepare research plans and ethics application, as well as advise on aspects of research design, analysis and communication with the REEaCh team.
  • Co-prepare and co-lead stakeholder engagement activities related to research projects.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will work with Associate Professor Jane Page and a team of researchers to analyze the impact of teaching quality and professional learning models on early childhood education. This is an an excellent opportunity for a talented and driven early-career researcher to make significant contributions to the field while working collaboratively in a supportive team environment.

About You

To be successful in this role, you must possess advanced research skills, including conducting literature searches, preparing research summaries, and managing research systems. You should also have exceptional interpersonal and communication skills to work with research participants from diverse backgrounds and effectively communicate research findings to various audiences. You must be able to work both independently and collaboratively to meet project goals and deadlines. You should also have excellent English-language academic writing and verbal communication skills, as well as the ability to contribute to teaching and learning based on their research expertise if required.

You will also have:

  • PhD degree in Early Childhood Education, child development or related discipline completed in the past 5 years.
  • Demonstrated expertise in the broad area of early childhood education and care, including work in one or more of the following areas, pedagogy and practice, early learning, working with educators, leaders, families and/or communities.
  • Research track record commensurate with opportunity (e.g., publications in key journals, and presentations at national and international conferences) and at a post-doctoral level.

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.

Please note: To be considered for this role you must have current valid work rights for Australia.

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

Position description: Download File 0059510_Postdoctoral Research Fellow_PD.pdf

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