Research Associate or Research Fellow in Arts and Social Sciences

Kensington, Australia
08 Feb 2017
End of advertisement period
22 Mar 2017
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Sociology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • One of Australia’s leading research & teaching universities
  • Vibrant campus life with a strong sense of community & inclusion
  • Enjoy a career that makes a difference by collaborating & learning from the best

At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.

The Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) is a multidisciplinary Centre located within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at University of NSW. The SPRC receives its research funding primarily from Commonwealth and State governments, including the ARC, as well and community, industry and the corporate sector. The Centre’s client focus is accompanied by a strong reputation in the academic community, lending authority to its findings and extending its influence on policy formation.

About the role

  • Level A $89,051-$95,248 plus (9.5% Employer Superannuation plus annual leave loading)

  • Level B $100,024 - $117,914 plus (9.5% Employer Superannuation plus annual leave loading)

  • Fixed Term for 1 year (with possibility of renewal)

  • Full-time

This position will work within the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) to manage small qualitative/quantitative research projects or sections of larger scale projects. The incumbent will be engaged in all aspects of research, including: project management, conceptualisation, design, communication with clients and other stakeholders, data collection and analysis, and writing for commissioned reports and for articles in scholarly journals.

At both Research Associate and Research Fellow level, the incumbent will be engaged in all aspects of the research, including conceptualisation, design, data collection and analysis and publication of articles in scholarly journals.

At the level of Research Fellow, the incumbent will be expected to play a significant role in the development of the research profile of the Centre.  The researcher will provide strategic and day-to-day academic and management input in SPRC’s operations, including research design and conduct, operational planning and priority setting, project management and staff supervision, and the development of funding submissions. The incumbent will be expected to represent the SPRC in a range of forums including discussions with research clients.

About the successful applicant

To be successful in this role you will:

  • Be able to exercise initiative in the research process

  • Have the ability to identify and research complex social issues drawing on relevant concepts and theories. 

  • Have expertise in qualitative research methods, quantitative methods, or both

  • If qualitative, be able to manage the collection and analysis of interview, focus group and other qualitative data.

  • If quantitative, be able to independently analyse large and complex data sets 

The role encompasses the production of research papers, reports, undertaking background research and policy analysis, and organising events as well as producing high quality individual and collaborative research.

You should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application.

Please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent directly to the contact listed.


kylie valentine, Depty Director, SPRC


T: (61 2) 9385 7825

Applications close:  22 February 2017

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