Research Fellow, Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning

Melbourne, Australia
$104,619 - $123,739 + 17% Superannuation
21 Sep 2023
End of advertisement period
18 Oct 2023
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Downtown CBD/Flexible
  • Full-time and fixed term (Feb 2024-31 Dec 2025)
  • Level B $104,619 - $123,739 + 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. Executive offices are also located at Deakin Downtown in Melbourne’s CBD. 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 overall program of research aims to understand how, in a time of GenAI, higher education assessments can assure, promote and sustain learning across diverse cohorts, whilst enhancing inclusive practices.

The first project investigates assessment design, to examine how assessment can assure and promote learning in the context of increasingly widespread use of GenAI. This project will investigate how the integrity and validity of assessment can be maintained and enhanced when students use GenAI, and how assessment can prepare students for a world where gen AI will be commonplace.

The second project will investigate how students work with GenAI, in relation to the graded and formative tasks they undertake in their courses, with a particular focus on how they make judgements about the quality of work. This qualitative project will use ethnographic methods to follow students through their studies, across traditional and work-integrated learning units.

Both projects will contribute to the field of higher education research, through building a theoretically and empirically grounded body of work exploring the intersection of GenAI and assessment. In addition, the findings from the two projects will facilitate the collaborative design of assessment which supports students and teachers to optimise the opportunities afforded by GenAI, and minimise its challenges.

The two positions (one per project) will support all research activities associated with the research projects in close consultation with the projects’ chief investigators. The appointees will also promote CRADLE’s work within academic communities, and be supported to seek follow-on competitive grant funding to extend their research. They will be expected to work closely together and contribute to a common data bank.

Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Initiating, designing, conducting, and may lead productive, high-quality research, scholarship and creative activities generating high impact outputs
  • Engaging collaboratively to develop novel and high-quality research or creative activities
  • Widely communicating outputs to discipline(s) and the community
  • Ensuring impact of academic activity in the field and the community
  • Building national reputation, based on growing, focused body of work recognised for quality, excellence and impact

Key selection criteria for this role:

Qualifications and experience

  • PhD in a relevant discipline and/or other relevant qualifications and experience
  • Emerging reputation in original research and scholarship in higher education through publications and/or exhibitions
  • Demonstrated experience in, and knowledge of, qualitative and/or quantitative research methods skills
  • Experience in producing and maintaining research and data protocols, ethics applications and ensuring the secure storage of data
  • Experience in reviewing, synthesising and debating theory and knowledge relevant to educational research, and keeping up to date with current relevant literature, with an understanding of assessment and the digital
  • Expertise in data collection and analysis, project management, writing research papers, report writing and other methods of dissemination of results
  • Ability to produce research-related material for teaching or other purposes, for use in relevant teaching programs if applicable.
  • Ability to undertake administrative duties primarily connected to the projects
  • Ability to make a contribution to communities through research
  • Capacity to contribute to leadership of research and administration
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a proven ability to establish good working relationships with colleagues

For a copy of the position description, please see below:

PD, Research Fellow.pdf

Applications for this position close on Wednesday, 18th October at 11:55PM.

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.


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

For a confidential discussion regarding these positions, please contact Professor Phillip Dawson, (Chief Investigator on Project One – Assessment Design) or Professor Margaret Bearman, (Chief Investigator on Project Two – how students work with GenAI)

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.

Applications close: 18 Oct 2023 AUS Eastern Daylight Time