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Senior Research Fellow, Initiative For Peacebuilding

Melbourne, Australia
$146,050 – $168,403 p.a. plus 17% super
Closing date
23 Jun 2024

Job Details

Job no: 0062575
Location: Parkville
Role type: Full-time; Fixed-term until December 2026
Faculty: Arts
School: Social and Political Sciences
Salary: Level C – $146,050 – $168,403 p.a. plus 17% super

  • Join a multidisciplinary Research Initiative advancing peacebuilding and conflict prevention 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 School of Social and Political Sciences invites applications for a full-time, fixed-term Senior Research Fellow position within the Initiative for Peacebuilding.

As a Senior Research Fellow, you will play a pivotal role in this multidisciplinary Research Initiative, which is supported by the Faculty, School, and philanthropic partners. Our mission is to advance peacebuilding and conflict prevention in the Indo-Pacific region through innovative research, engagement, and education.

You will contribute to one of the Initiative’s two main research streams: (1) enhancing the role of conflict prevention and peacebuilding in Australian foreign policy, and (2) innovations in advancing knowledge and practice in peacebuilding.

You will help shape these critical areas and support the Initiative's broader objectives from an Australian non-government perspective through a program of research, training, and engagement activities.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Research leadership to progress one of the Initiative’s two main research streams: (1) to enhance the role of conflict prevention in Australian foreign policy and (2) innovations in Peacebuilding
  • Develop major research proposals and lead collaborative research
  • Engage and assist in the development of seminars and conferences, in line with the Initiative’s engagement priorities
  • Make a contribution to developing networks within the discipline and with other academics, institutions, practitioners and communities, both nationally and internationally, to support collaboration and the efforts of the Initiative for Peacebuilding
  • Cooperative collaboration of associated activities with the Co-Directors
  • Active engagement in service, leadership and coordination roles appropriate to this position demonstrating respectful, inclusive behaviours at all times and building trust amongst colleagues 

Who We Are Looking For

The ideal candidate will have experience in peace and conflict studies, a strong track record of publications and research projects, and a background in collaborative research.

They will be able to work independently, manage competing demands, and prioritise tasks effectively while maintaining attention to detail.

Self-directed in managing work assignments, the candidate will also demonstrate professionalism in interacting with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

You will also have:

  • PhD in Peace and Conflict Studies or a related discipline
  • A research profile, with a focus on issues relating to peacebuilding, including a publication track record commensurate with the level of appointment
  • Capacity for multidisciplinary research and/or the willingness to engage in cross-disciplinary environments  
  • Demonstrated capacity for collaborative research
  • Capacity to work effectively with both Academic and Administrative / Professional staff
  • A capacity to support and develop strategic engagement activities, including the willingness and capacity to participate in public events
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as work in a team

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.

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

Your New Team - The School of Social and Political Sciences

The appointee will join the School of Social and Political Sciences, which is at the forefront of teaching and research in the social sciences in Australia and internationally. The School’s aim is to redefine the world and change what matters, and our work is underpinned by the values of intellectual freedom, integrity, diversity, environmental sustainability and social justice.  We value collegiality and active citizenship and are committed to contributing strongly to public and institutional life, and to providing an engaged and distinctive social science and arts education for our students. 

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
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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 the employee listed on the first page of the Position Description found below, 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

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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 Ana 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: 23 JUNE 2024 11:55 PM Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)

Position Description: 0062575_Senior Research Fellow Initiative for Peacebuilding_PD.pdf

Further Opportunities!

This opportunity is one of multiple exciting roles currently available within the Initiative for Peacebuilding in the School of Social and Political Sciences.

Applicants are highly encouraged to explore all positions, and apply to all deemed suitable – follow the links to discover more.

Position Description

Applications close: 23 Jun 2024 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time


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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