Research and Administrative Assistant

Brisbane, South East Queensland, Australia
$64,597.80 - $72,348.94
09 Mar 2017
End of advertisement period
23 Mar 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Institute for Social Science Research

The Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) is a national leader in advanced interdisciplinary social science and evidence based policy research. ISSR researchers address some of the most important issues and challenges facing Australia today in areas such as education, employment, housing, social wellbeing, homelessness, policing and security, sustainability, and Indigenous studies. The Institute conducts research on priority issues and offers commercial services and training for public and private sector organisations. It also provides high-quality learning experiences for postgraduate and postdoctoral students, and has some of the most advanced research facilities for data collection and analysis in the country. The Institute employs over 100 faculty and staff, has an annual budget of $10 million and includes affiliated researchers in the fields of political science, sociology, social policy, geographical sciences, economics, psychology, education, demography, mathematics and statistics. In mid-2015, ISSR relocated from the St Lucia Campus to the University's new Long Pocket precinct (off Meiers Road, Indooroopilly).

The research group in which this position sits aims to develop and evaluate methods for the analysis of quantitative and qualitative social science data. The group places emphasis on the application and development of advanced statistical procedures for collecting and analysing social survey data, particularly multi-level, longitudinal and spatially-relevant research techniques. The group also provides services such as statistical advice, survey design and data collection, statistical analysis, scientific qualitative analysis, research training and professional development.

For further information see the Institute's website at

The role

This position supports the Deputy Director Research (DDR) on administrative tasks and research projects.  Administrative tasks will include maintaining the DDR's diary, organising meetings, coordinating travel arrangements, updating documents, providing executive support to the DDR, writing and formatting research reports, gathering information for research proposals and grant applications.  Research tasks will include literature reviews, statistical analysis of survey and administrative, preparing research papers and compiling reports.

The person

Applicants should possess qualifications in relevant disciplines. The successful applicant would ideally have demonstrated knowledge of social research methods and statistical data analysis. They will possess a high level of computer proficiency, including competency in data analysis programs such as Stata or R. Ideal applicants should demonstrate effective problem solving, competency in academic writing, particularly in preparing academic papers and reports. The successful applicant will have a high level of interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to work collaboratively with clients on research-related issues.

The University of Queensland values diversity and inclusion.

Applications are particularly encouraged from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. For further information please contact our Australian Indigenous Employment Coordinator at:

This role is a full-time position; however flexible working arrangements may be negotiated.


This is a full-time, fixed term appointment at HEW Level 5. The remuneration package will be in the range $64,597 - $72,348 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of 9.5% (total package will be in the range $70,735 – $79,222 p.a.).

Position Description

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To discuss this role please contact Professor Michele Haynes on +61 7 334 69690 or

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