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Research Associate (Level ARAS)

Melbourne, Australia
$96,929 pro rata per annum (plus 17% superannuation)
Closing date
7 Jul 2024

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  • Based in UniSA Justice and Society
  • Part-time (0.5 FTE) fixed term 12-month contract located in Melbourne
  • Commencement Salary: $96,929 pro rata per annum (plus 17% superannuation)

About the Role 

Based in Melbourne, Victoria, this position is responsible for undertaking research-related support activities associated with the Australian Research Council Discovery Project titled ‘Locating LGBTIQ+ youth in the archive: Telling new stories for belonging’, working with a team of Chief Investigators from the University of South Australia, Australian National University and La Trobe University. 

The Chief Investigators are: 

  • Associate Professor Daniel Marshall (UniSA)
  • Professor Mary Lou Rasmussen (Australian National University)
  • Associate Professor Timothy Jones (La Trobe University)

The key purpose of this role is to conduct archival research at the Australian Queer Archives regarding LGBTIQA+ young people and youth histories in Australia.  Other associated tasks will be involved, including establishing a digital database of research material, and other project-related tasks including website development, administration, reporting, and presentation.

Frequent on-site archival research will be required (archives based in Melbourne; interstate or overseas travel and travel within Victoria may be required).

About UniSA

The University of South Australia is Australia’s University of Enterprise. Our culture of innovation is anchored around global and national links to academic, research and industry partners. Our graduates are the new urban professionals, global citizens at ease with the world and ready to create and respond to change. Our research is inventive and adventurous and we create new knowledge that is central to global economic and social prosperity.

Essential Skills and Experience

  • Postgraduate qualification in an area relevant to the research and/or relevant experience i.e. working in archives, knowledge of LGBTIQ+ histories or knowledge of histories of youth and childhood
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills demonstrated through written work such as research reports and publications, and excellent interpersonal skills and a proven ability to establish good working relationships with colleagues and external partners
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills, demonstrating ability to manage multiple priorities and demands in the context of research, independently and as part of a research team
  • Ability to plan and conduct archival research, liaising with relevant stakeholders.
  • Experience with data entry and database management

Desirable Skills and Experience

  • Experience working with and/or conducting social research with young people
  • Experience with Website development


Getting a great job working with the best is just the start. UniSA rewards its staff with a wide variety of benefits such as:

  • Access to great personal development opportunities 
  • Generous superannuation contributions of 17% 
  • Flexible working conditions 
  • Employee assistance and development programs 
  • A variety of leave arrangements


As a University of Enterprise, we offer a dynamic and agile workplace culture, one that embraces challenges and thrives on breaking new ground. Our staff are creative and innovative thinkers, communicating with clarity, conviction and enthusiasm. We embrace diversity and inclusion in a vibrant, engaging environment. Our people are authentic, resilient, and influential, and we deliver results. 

Start Your Unstoppable Career! 

For a copy of the position description and to apply, please visit Working at UniSA. The online application form will list the specific selection criteria that you need to address.  

Please address your cover letter to Sara Heidrich, Consultant: Recruitment Central. For further information about the position or the recruitment process, please contact UniSA Recruitment Central on +61 8 8302 1700 or via email at using job reference number 6227. 

Applications close: 11.30pm Sunday 7 July 2024 

Applications welcomed from Australian or NZ citizens, Australian permanent residents and those who have the legal right to work in Australia for the term of appointment. 

Pursuant to the Child Safety (Prohibited Persons) Act 2016 (the Act) and the Child Safety (Prohibited Persons) Regulations 2019 (the Regulations), this position has been deemed prescribed. This role will require the successful candidate to hold a current Working with Children Check. 


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