Research Associate, Literacy

North Sydney, Australia
Total remuneration valued to $88,818 - $120,100 total rem
25 Aug 2023
End of advertisement period
29 Sep 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Join Professor Anne Castles' ARC Australian Laureate Fellowship grant team working on the project, "Literacy in adolescence: The next major challenge in the science of reading,'
  • Carry out ground-breaking research
  • 17% employer superannuation, salary packaging, ACU Advantage Staff Rewards Program and generous leave provisions
  • Full time fixed-term role at our North Sydney campus with hybrid flexibility
  • Join a university ranked internationally in the top 2% for research excellence

About ACU:

Australian Catholic University (ACU) is an inclusive community which welcomes students and staff of all beliefs. ACU has over 2,500 staff supporting more than 34,000 students across eight campuses - Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, North Sydney, Strathfield, Blacktown and Rome.

ACU aspires to be a home for our staff, offer the care of a family and develop an academic and professional community. Whatever your faith or culture, and whether you are academic or professional staff, there are many opportunities both for learning and contributing at ACU.

As valued members of our community, all staff members are expected to have an understanding of ACU's mission and values and to demonstrate an active contribution to them.

About the role:

As the Research Associate, you will undertake a wide range of cutting-edge research activities associated with Professor Anne Castles' ARC Australian Laureate Fellowship grant, "Literacy in adolescence: The next major challenge in the science of reading”. You will have the opportunity to contribute to the engagement and impact of the ARC project by carrying out ground-breaking research, translating that into evidence-based programs in secondary schools, and building partnerships with key stakeholders. You may participate in assessment development, recruitment of participating schools, stakeholder engagement activities, supervision and mentoring of research assistants and authoring/co-authoring high-quality publications. All activities are conducted with a view to contributing to and strengthening the University's research profile.

The successful applicant will have:

  • A PhD in psychology, cognitive science, education, linguistics, speech pathology or related discipline
  • Demonstrated capacity to conduct collaborative and independent research resulting in high quality and high impact research outputs
  • Willingness and capacity to develop working relationships with a range of stakeholders associated with the Laureate Project

Please refer to the Position Description for a complete list of responsibilities and criteria.

General enquiries can be sent to Jude Lawrie, Project Coordinator (Laureate) - Australian Centre for the Advancement of Literacy at:

What we offer:

  • The University pursues an excellence agenda and offers an environment where staff are welcomed and safe, and valued through development, participation and involvement.
  • Total remuneration valued to $88,818 - $120,100 total rem (pro rata) pa, including salary component $75,053 - $101,486 (pro rata) pa (Academic Level A), employer contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading.
  • 17% employer superannuation contributions to eligible continuing and fixed-term staff.
  • Annual leave loading of an equivalent to 17.5% of four weeks' salary pro rata payable, dependent on your commencement date.
  • As an ACU staff member, you will have access to generous benefits which include but not limited to: Staff Rewards; a variety of leave provisions and salary packaging. Find out more information about the benefits or working at ACU here.

How to Apply:

Step 1: Review the Position Description and become familiar with Our Mission and the Application process

Step 2: Click the 'View Position Description and Apply' button, and populate your candidate application details, including your:

  • resume (maximum 5 pages).
  • responses to the Selection Criteria and Core Competencies in a cover letter (maximum 2 pages) or in the online Declaration and Criteria application page.
  • brief online responses to any pre-screening employment questions.

Candidates must hold Australian work rights to apply for this position. For permanent/ continuing roles, applicants must have permanent work rights. For further information visit Immigration and Citizenship(

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Applications close: 29-SEPT-2023 at 11:59pm AUS Eastern Standard Time

ACU does not accept candidate applications submitted by external recruitment agencies through the ACU careers website.