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Research Fellow, School of Education

Employer
EDITH COWAN UNIVERSITY
Location
Joondalup / Mount Lawley, Australia
Salary
$110,065 to $130,045 pa pro-rata (65%) (ALEVB) 
Closing date
19 Jan 2024

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Academic Discipline
Education, Social Sciences
Job Type
Academic Posts, Research Fellowships
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Hours
Part Time
  • SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
  • $110,065 to $130,045 pa pro-rata (65%) (ALEVB) 
  • MOUNT LAWLEY and JOONDALUP CAMPUS
  • FIXED TERM (3 YEARS), PART-TIME (65% FTE)

The School of Education is seeking to appoint one Research Fellow to join a team working at Edith Cowan University in the School of Education. 

Research staff report to the Chief Investigators of the Centre. Their work is determined by the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child. 

The appointment is 65% FTE for three years. This is a Level B position.

It is expected that the appointees are able to work independently and with high levels of initiative and creativity in the range of research activities that they will undertake.

POSITION PURPOSE

The Research Fellows will initiate and conduct research associated with Digital Child Research Programs. The Research Fellows are expected to support and contribute to the research activities and outputs of the Centre. The appointees will be employed at 65% for three years.

ORGANISATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS

The appointees are expected to work closely with the ARC Centres’ Chief Investigator in the School of Education and, as directed, with other Chief Investigators from partner universities. 

The appointees will have the opportunity to both carry out research activities independently and with the team in ways that build on and support initiatives. They will work both nationally and at times with international researchers.

The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child

The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child is the world’s first research centre dedicated to creating positive digital childhoods for all Australian children. The research intersects across fields of health, education and technology to offer a holistic view of young children and their digital experiences across three key areas – the Healthy Child, the Educated Child and the Connected Child. The centre will also conduct a Longitudinal Family Study – a seven-year study of 3000 Australian families, focusing on children from birth to eight years of age. 

Outcomes of the Digital Child will include recommendations for policy-makers, curriculum development and resources, technological innovations and professional development programs.

The appointees will work on projects across the Digital Child’s framework. The Research Fellow will be expected to both lead and support projects simultaneously and to take responsibility for project design, management and delivery. Projects within the education programme may revolve around learning across sites, communication and language use, and play within digital contexts. Research fellows will be expected to develop ownership of projects and advance their own research agenda in these broad content areas.

THE APPOINTEE WILL

  • Join a vibrant strategic research centre and a prestigious team of scholars who will provide mentoring and support. They will be encouraged to develop new strands of research from the project.
  • Initiate and conduct research under limited supervision or independently that builds on the priorities and aims of the program through national and international projects.
  • Support the team in a range of research activities in consultation with the project lead.
  • Attend meetings, activities and research associated with the research program and attend other meetings as appropriate, such as School meetings.
  • Provide support to the project team in the development and coordination of associated reports and various communications as well as academic events and activities.
  • Work with program developers to oversee the effective positive implementation and functioning of the research 
  • Disseminate research in a variety of ways including in scholarly and high-quality journal outlets as well as other written/digital forms and oral presentations in relation to and in collaboration with key stakeholders supporting the project. 
  • Other reasonable duties as directed by the ECU Chief Investigators 

LEVEL OF SUPERVISION AND INDEPENDENCE

Individual Research is conducted independently in the context of frequent consultation with the program leader. Administrative duties are to be carried under the supervision of the Digital Child CI’s.

PROBLEM SOLVING AND JUDGEMENT

The appointees are expected to exercise judgement on work methods and task sequences within standard practices and procedures and to seek expert advice for work methods that fall outside the standard practices.

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY

The appointees will be responsible for:

  • Following safe work procedures and instructions.
  • Taking reasonable care for the safety of self and others.
  • Seeking guidance for all new or modified work procedures.
  • Ensuring that any hazardous conditions, near misses and injuries are reported immediately to a supervisor.
  • Participating in meetings, training and other health and safety activities.
  • Using equipment in compliance with relevant guidelines, without wilful interference or misuse.
  • Must cooperate with the University in relation to actions taken by the University in order to comply with the Occupational Health and Safety and Environmental legislation.

In addition, research-only academic staff are responsible for ensuring that an equivalent standard of environment, health and safety is afforded to their students as is afforded to University staff generally. Research-only academic staff are deemed to have principal supervisory duty for undergraduate and postgraduate research student activities.

SELECTION CRITERIA

The appointees will be selected through a competitive application and assessment process. 

Candidates will have:

SELECTION CRITERIA – ESSENTIAL

Qualifications

  • A relevant or soon-to-be-completed doctoral qualification in education and/or media/cultural studies and/or other social sciences

Experience

  • Ability to initiate new research and be an effective member of collaborative interdisciplinary teams
  • Relative to opportunity, a research track record in areas aligned with the themes of the initiative 
  • Capacity to write for high quality peer review publications (measured in terms of ERA quality standards)
  • Ability to organise and coordinate tasks associated with a research project to a high standard and to tight timelines
  • Demonstrated organisational and project management skills, including the ability to work in diverse and complex environment in a multi-disciplinary team with limited supervision. Ability to develop research projects in diverse social settings and to build relationships with diverse constituencies and stakeholders
  • Ability to write high quality documentation for non-traditional and traditional outlets
  • Interview skills and the capacity to organise and carry out qualitative research including ethnographic work
  • Ability to undertake or coordinate the necessary writing and follow up tasks associated with ethics applications
  • Ability to organise and coordinate data collection activities associated with some of the project across the four states

SELECTION CRITERIA – DESIRABLE

  • Strong research interest in the education sector, youth and the impacts of social change in the context of digital technologies
  • Willingness and ability to travel nationally 
  • The ability to hold a drivers’ licence is desirable
  • Skills in either quantitative or qualitative data organisation and analysis (familiarity with using qualitative data analysis software – e.g. ‘R’, MPlus, SPSS, NVivo)

Benefits & Remuneration

This three-year part-time (65%), fixed term position attracts remuneration of $110,065 to $130,045 pa pro-rata (65%) plus 17% University superannuation contribution.

ECU supports a work/life balance for staff. Benefits such as flexible working arrangements may also be negotiated to meet your personal circumstances.

ECU has an Award-winning Health and Wellness Program and an extensive range of staff benefits across entertainment, financial, health, travel and consumer goods and services.

For information on the benefits of working at ECU, please visit our website Employment Opportunities Overview.

Contact

Interested applicants are welcome to email l.barblett@ecu.edu.au or phone 08 6304 6733 for more information.

How to Apply

Please upload your resume along with a statement addressing the selection criteria.

Closing Date:

Applications close on Friday 19 January 2024 at 11:30 pm AWST.

PLEASE NOTE: APPLICATIONS WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED FROM CANDIDATES WHO HAVE THE RELEVANT WORKING RIGHTS TO FILL THIS POSITION.

ECU is a diverse and inclusive workplace reflecting the differences in society. Specific strategies and initiatives are in place to address underrepresentation of specific groups. Applications are encouraged from suitably qualified people from all backgrounds. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

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