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Research Associate (A/B) - Defence Trailblazer

Adelaide, Australia
$75,888 - $126,894 per annum
Closing date
28 Apr 2024

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(Level A) $75,888 - $102,040 per annum plus an employer contribution of 17% superannuation applies.

(Level B) $107,276 – $126,894 per annum plus an employer contribution of 17% superannuation applies.

Full Time, Fixed Term position to June 2026.

This is a fantastic opportunity be part of the Defence Trailblazer for Concept to Sovereign Capability - a collaborative partnership between the University of Adelaide and UNSW. This opportunity is also advertised by UNSW.

Defence Trailblazer is recruiting a Research Associate - Level A / Post-Doctoral Fellow Level B. The position will be located within the Adelaide Business School at The University of Adelaide.

Undertaking multidisciplinary research activities as directed by the Chief Investigator, the successful candidate will utilise their skills and experience to carry out independent and team-based research. They will also develop their research expertise and have a strong background in either the social sciences, business or law.

Reporting to the Chief Investigator the successful candidate will have excellent communication skills to work with relevant academics, researchers and students across UoA and UNSW.

To be successful at Level A you will:

  • Hold a PhD (or be near completion) in a relevant discipline (i.e., social sciences, business, law).
  • Demonstrate fluent written and oral communication skills.
  • Possess strong analytical skills and the ability to solve applied research problems using both qualitative and quantitative methods.
  • Have experience, or demonstrate capability, in working collaboratively between the higher education sector and other industries.
  • Demonstrate the ability to promote the organisational values of integrity, respect, collegiality, excellence and discovery, and a commitment to positively comply with the associated behaviour expectations.

To be successful at Level B you will also:

  • Have experience in preparing data-insights in various formats (i.e., publications, presentations, theses, reports, briefs, or infographics).
  • Demonstrate an understanding of descriptive, predictive and causal analysis.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work independently.
  • Have high level organisational skills, including the ability to prioritise and manage workload in a busy environment and the ability to meet competing deadlines under limited supervision.

Desirable characteristics:

  • Demonstrated interest in commercialisation, intellectual property issues or public policy.
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake original, creative and innovative research.
  • A track record of prior academic publication(s) or related experience.
  • Teaching experience, including experience coordinating tertiary courses.

The successful candidate may be required to hold or attain an Australian government security clearance.[ML1] 

Knowledge and experience in the higher education, Defence and/or defence industry sectors is highly desirable.

Enjoy an outstanding career environment

The University of Adelaide is a uniquely rewarding workplace. The size, breadth and quality of our education and research programs - including significant industry, government and community collaborations - offers you a vast scope and opportunity for a long, fulfilling career.

It also enables us to attract high-calibre people in all facets of our operations, ensuring you will be surrounded by talented colleagues, many world-leading. Our work's cutting-edge nature - not just in your own area, but across virtually the full spectrum of human endeavour - provides a constant source of inspiration.

Our culture is one that welcomes all and embraces diversity consistent with our Staff Values and Behaviour Framework and our Values of integrity, respect, collegiality, excellence and discovery. We firmly believe that our people are our most valuable asset, so we work to grow and diversify the skills, knowledge and capability of all our staff.

We embrace flexibility as a key principle to allow our people to manage the changing demands of work, personal and family life.

In addition, we offer a wide range of attractive staff benefits. These include: salary packaging; flexible work arrangements; high-quality professional development programs and activities; and an on-campus health clinic, gym and other fitness facilities.

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Your faculty's broader role

The Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics is a place of innovative practice and thought leadership across a diverse range of disciplines. It offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, and has strong connections with business and industry, including internationally.

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If you have the talent, we'll give you the opportunity. Together, let's make history.

Please click the link below to view the position description and apply:

Please ensure you submit a cover letter, resume, and upload a document that includes your responses to all of the selection criteria for the position as contained in the position description or selection criteria document.

Applications close 11:55pm, 28 April 2024. 

The University reserves the right to close this advertisement before the closing date if a suitable candidate is identified.

For further information

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

Ralf Zurbrugg
Professor of Finance
P: +61 (8) 8313 5535

The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. Female applicants, people with a disability and/or and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at time of application. 

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