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Research Fellow (Project Manager)

Melbourne, Australia
$114,645 – $136,136 p.a. plus 17% super
Closing date
5 Dec 2023

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Academic Discipline
Education, Social Sciences
Job Type
Academic Posts, Research Fellowships
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time, Part Time

Job Details

Job no: 0053716
Location: Parkville
Role type: Full-time or Part-time above 0.6 FTE; Fixed-term for 12 months
Faculty: Faculty of Education
Department/School: REEaCh Centre
Salary: Level B – $114,645 – $136,136 p.a. plus 17% super

About the Role

The Research Fellow will join a team of researchers, led by Professor Tricia Eadie, in the REEaCh Centre at the Faculty of Education (FoE). The primary role of the Research Fellow will be project coordination on the Educational and Developmental Gains in Early Childhood (EDGE) study. The Research Fellow will have experience in working on research projects, preferably in the field of early childhood learning and/or development. In addition to undertaking the research role, the Research Fellow is expected to contribute to the research and academic community of FoE. 

The Research Fellow will work closely with the EDGE study research team to support the research activities of the project, providing mentoring and guidance to research assistants and project officers engaged in the research. This position requires a high degree of independent work, minimum supervision, and high level problem-solving. 

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Contribute to strategic planning, development and management of the EDGE study
  • Ensuring the study's adherence to ethics requirements 
  • Producing, in collaboration with the EDGE researcher team, high quality publications and other appropriate outputs arising from scholarship and research

Who We Are Looking For

You should showcase a proven research track record that encompasses project management of large-scale studies and research endeavours. Additionally, it's important to demonstrate experience in early childhood learning and/or development. Your research skills should be evident, including conducting literature searches, preparing research summaries and government reports, and showcasing excellent organizational systems for managing research. Moreover, exhibiting experience in quantitative, qualitative, and/or mixed research methodologies is essential. Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, particularly the ability to work effectively with research participants from diverse backgrounds, are crucial.

You will also have:

  • The appointee will have a PhD degree in education or in a cognate discipline area and an established record of work on research projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team to meet agreed deadlines and achieve project goals, both within and outside the University;
  • Excellent skills in English-language academic writing and verbal communication.

For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the attached PD.

This position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check to ensure the University provides a safe environment for everyone.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. This role requires current valid work rights for Australia.

Your New Team – The REEaCh Centre (Research in Effective Education in Early Childhood)

The REEaCh Centre was established in 2019 through the generous support of the Leaper Foundation. The purpose of the Centre is to focus on three priorities of research and engagement in early childhood education and care: the quality of early childhood education programs, the equitable participation of all children in high-quality programs, and the importance of educational leadership to sustained quality improvement in early childhood education programs.

What We Offer You!

In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services and discounts on graduate courses. For more information, check out our benefits page!

About the University of Melbourne

We’re tightly connected with the community, both at home and abroad. We take pride in our people, who all contribute to our mission to benefit society through the transformative impact of education and research. Discover more via our website and stay connected with our stories and people on LinkedIn.

Be Yourself

The University of Melbourne values the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and welcomes and celebrates diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, parents, carers, people of all ages, abilities and genders, and people of diverse ethnicity, nationality and faith are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live. For more information please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page.

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 the email address listed at the bottom of the page.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants

We aspire to be the University of choice for Indigenous Australians, with unprecedented investment to attract, nurture and retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff. Tangible support through a range of programs and initiatives will ensure that you personally succeed and flourish while at the University of Melbourne.

For further information, including our 2023-2027 Indigenous strategy please visit -

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents: 

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter outlining your interest and experience
  • The responses against the Selection Criteria^ (found in the Position Description)

^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to

If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Nick Petersen via email at, ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject. Please do not share your application to this email address.

If you have any particular questions regarding the job please follow the details listed on the Position Description.

Applications close: 5 December 2023 11:55 PM Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT)

Position Description: Download File 0053716_Research Fellow (Project Manager) EDGE_PD.pdf


The University of Melbourne enjoys an outstanding reputation with world rankings consistently placing us as Australia’s leading comprehensive research-intensive university, and one of the world’s top 50*.

Melbourne attracts the best and brightest students and researchers and, with a history of over 160 years, we occupy a special place at the heart of our city’s cultural scene.

Melbourne is a leading research university, widely renowned for its teaching and the social and economic contributions it makes through knowledge transfer. The University’s performance in international rankings puts it at the forefront of higher education in the Asia-Pacific and beyond.

Internationally, the University is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, with its international peers placing it in the top 20 worldwide, and employers placing it in the top 10. In the recent Times Higher Education rankings of the world’s top 200 universities, Melbourne ranked top in Australia and 33 in the world.

Melbourne’s international research pre-eminence was also acknowledged with a top 100 ranking in the Shanghai Jiao Tong rankings. Ranked No. 44 in 2015, the University has climbed steadily in the rankings since first appearing at No. 92 in 2003.

The Melbourne Model introduces undergraduate programs characterised by both breadth and depth, followed by a graduate professional degree, a research higher degree or entry directly into employment.

In 2008 Melbourne commenced offering six New Generation undergraduate degrees in Arts, Biomedicine, Commerce, Environments, Music and Science. The Melbourne Model also introduces a new graduate school experience to Australia, providing the best and brightest with a more focused, intense and professionally relevant degree in areas such as Law, Architecture, Teaching and Nursing. With the Melbourne curriculum now aligning the University with the world’s top universities in Europe, North America and Asia, we enable our students to develop the skills and attributes required by employers all over the world.

More than 50,000 students from over 120 countries take courses in the University’s 12 faculties and graduate schools.

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*Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015 – 2016 and Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015

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