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Aboriginal Research Fellow, College of Health and Medicine

Burnie / Hobart / Launceston, Australia
Total remuneration package of up to $173,682
Closing date
30 Jun 2024

Job Details

Aboriginal Research Fellow

  • An interdisciplinary research-intensive role that encourages innovation
  • Contribute to improved outcomes in Aboriginal student attraction & retention
  • Full time, ongoing role in Burnie, Hobart or Launceston + relocation assistance

The University of Tasmania acknowledges the palawa/pakana and Gadigal/Wangal people as the traditional custodians of the land, sea and waters of the areas upon which we live and work. We recognise their valuable contributions and deep connection to country and pay respect to Elders past and present.

The Opportunity

As the Aboriginal Research Fellow, you will work collaboratively with the College and the Associate Professor Aboriginal Health Leadership, to develop and implement a College of Health and Medicine, Aboriginal Research Strategy and Framework. In addition, you will:

  • Contribute to a research response to the Rural Health Research Plan and the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training Program (RHMT) Aboriginal Health Parameter.
  • Support the attraction, retainment, and increase of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students. 
  • Provide academic support, mentoring and/or supervision to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HDR students.
  • Support the College to establish, maintain and deepen relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, organisations and community.
  • Collaborate to secure funding, publish high quality research findings, and contribute to the successful supervision of research honours, master and PhD students.
  • Undertake high-quality research of national and international standing.
  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of productive and effective links inside the University and locally and nationally with Aboriginal community, interdisciplinary domains, profession, industry and wider community.

About the University

At the University of Tasmania, success takes a quiet determination and adaptability. In turn, this makes us broader, more rounded, multi-skilled thinkers and creative problem solvers, and it sees our institution generate powerful ideas for and from Tasmania. Because of our unique setting and challenges we go beyond creating places of learning. We strive to stimulate economic growth, lift literacy, improve health outcomes for Tasmania and nurture our environment as it nurtures us. We welcome enquiring minds, from near and far, to join us in our pursuit of the extraordinary.

What’s Required

  • A well-developed understanding of the operational, strategic and policy environment in which the educational, social and economic development requirements of Indigenous people can be addressed within the University context.
  • A degree and/or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or training in business and/or project management or a related field, with extensive knowledge and experience of Indigenous research guidelines and practices in a higher education context.
  • A record of successful project delivery, with specific experience in research management, business improvement and organisational change.
  • A proven ability to manage business operations with demonstrated capability in strategic and financial planning, preparing briefing papers and presentations and sourcing, analysing and summarising data to support the preparation of high-level documentation.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with a demonstrated capacity to engage effectively with Indigenous students, staff and community.
  • Ability to perform a diverse range of tasks independently with precision, attention to detail and demonstrating sound judgement and decision-making ability.
  • A solution focused approach with capacity to use discretion and initiative.

This is an Identified Position. You must be an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person to be considered for this opportunity. Candidates must provide eligibility documentation with their application. Please contact to discuss the documentation required.

What’s on Offer?

On offer is a full time, ongoing role based in Hobart, Burnie or Launceston. There are salary packaging options, 17% superannuation and relocation assistance for those considering a move to Tasmania. You will have access to staff benefits and discounts for health, fitness, accommodation, and banking to name a few.

Belong - Be You

People are at the heart of everything we do. Our vision is to ensure that our people feel encouraged and supported to bring their whole selves to work. Fostering diversity and inclusion is our key priority, supporting our communities to come together in ways that empower connection, learning, belonging and growth. Celebrating the strengths that diversity brings will enable us to achieve our vision and mission. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community. Tell us how we can make this job work for you.

Considering a move to Tasmania to take up this opportunity?

Offering a breath of fresh air, our island State’s wild landscapes, unique towns and fascinating history have something for everyone. Our world-famous food and wine provide an abundance of fresh seafood, family-run wineries and distilleries, and culinary experiences celebrating farm-fresh produce.


Appointment to this role will be at Academic Level B or Level C and will have a total remuneration package of up to $173,682 comprising base salary within the range of $108,285 to $148,446 plus 17% superannuation.

How to Apply?

If this role is of interest, we look forward to hearing from you.

  • Please provide your up-to-date resume.
  • And a cover letter outlining your motivation for the role and full responses to the success criteria outlined in the Position Description.

For further information about this position, please contact Associate Professor Aboriginal Health Leadership, Jen Evans at, or

Applications close 11:55 pm Sunday 30th of June 2024  

Download File Aboriginal Research Fellow CoHM - Position Description.pdf

The University of Tasmania strongly encourages employees to maintain COVID-19 vaccination in line with relevant Australian Government health advice.

To be eligible for this position, you are required to have Australian citizenship, permanent residence or a current valid visa that allows you to fulfill the requirements of this role.


The University of Tasmania can only ever be as good as the people who choose to work with us; our staff and students are our most important asset. Realisation of our vision is dependent on a talented workforce, committed to the innovative thinking required to conceptualise and operationalise our strategy and accomplish our objectives. By building rewarding careers and a healthy and engaged workforce and culture, the University will continue to be an employer of choice.

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