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Research Fellow - Centre of Excellence for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Melbourne, Australia
$114,645 - $136,136 pro rata, plus 17% super
Closing date
5 Mar 2024

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

Job Details

Job no: 0061571
Location: Parkville
Role type: Part-time (0.8 FTE); Fixed-term for 3 years
Faculty: Melbourne Law School
Salary: Level B - $114,645 - $136,136 pro rata, plus 17% super

  • Join a pioneering international research institution and work alongside world renowned experts to eliminate violence against women.
  • Generate fundamental research to advance an area focused on promoting justice and safety for women and their children who are living with and leaving violence in the Indo-Pacific region.
  • Salary packaging, subsidised health and wellbeing services, fitness and cultural clubs, Myki discounts, and a 25% discount on graduate courses to our staff and their immediate families!

About the Role

The project, Legal Responses to Violence Against Women will see you will work as part of a team in partnership with CEVAW researchers, Partner Investigators and Organisations. You will conduct research, including fieldwork, data collection and data management across multiple sites in the Indo-Pacific region, focused on developing tools and methods for assessing the safety and justice outcomes of legal responses to contribute to the development of  survivor-centred legal responses that promote justice and safety for violence effected women in the region.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Contributing as both a member of a team and independently to analyse in-depth qualitative and/or quantitative research, focusing on identifying and analysing legal responses to violence against women which promote safety and justice in diverse context.
  • Conducting legal research (cases/legislation), utilising surveys, case study development, interviews, yarning circles and focus groups.
  • Leading fieldwork, data collection, and data management across multiple sites in the Indo-Pacific region. Domestic and International Travel will be required.
  • Preparing and formulating publications, workshops, presentations, and research reports.

Who We Are Looking For

You will exhibit the ability and willingness to collaborate in teams to deliver successful research project outcomes. You have experience producing conference and seminar papers, and a strong track record of original and independent research evidenced by a publication record of high impact, international, esteemed peer-reviewed journals.

You will also have:

  • A doctoral qualification in law or a cognate social science discipline with knowledge of legal responses to violence against women and/or gender-based violence.
  • Qualitative research experience.
  • Evidence of publication of high-quality research on violence against women, and/or sexual and gender-based violence.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary team and with partner organisations, and a demonstrated ability to work independently in a research environment to meet project deadlines.

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

This role requires that the successful candidate must undergo and maintain an up-to-date Working with Children Check. This is essential to guarantee a secure environment for all individuals at the University. In the case the selected candidate doesn't have a valid Working with Children Check, they will be able to apply for the WWCC as part of the initial onboarding procedures.

Your New Team – The CEVAW, Melbourne Law School

The Post Doctoral Research Fellow is located in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (CEVAW) and is based at the Melbourne Law School, The University of Melbourne.

CEVAW is the world’s first centre to tackle the full range of forms of violence against women in Australia and the Indo-Pacific region. The team will work to generate fundamental knowledge and pioneering new, evidence-based, approaches to inform trajectory-altering practice and policy.

CEVAW comprises 14 chief investigators at seven Australian institutions, 15 partner investigators worldwide, 33 partner organisations and over 100 HDR students and postdoctoral fellows.

Melbourne Law School is a vibrant community of creative scholars, committed to a highly collegial, research-intensive institutional life. The Law School has strengths in comparative analysis. It aims to integrate teaching with research and engagement activities and to engage with local, national and global communities.

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 reasonable adjustments, please contact Kim Groizard at, with an email containing your name and contact details for a confidential discussion. Please ensure your email is titled "Reasonable Adjustments Request".

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 contact Petra Newton 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: Tuesday 5th March 2024 11:55 PM Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) / Melbourne time zone. 

Position Description:  Research Fellow, CEVAW_PD


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.

For more information please visit:

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

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