Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Fellowship

Boroondara, Australia
27 Sep 2017
End of advertisement period
20 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Swinburne Research
  • Academic Level B: $91,849 - $108,961 plus 17% superannuation
  • Full-time, fixed-term for 3 years, based at the Hawthorn campus

About Swinburne 
In recent years, Swinburne has progressed to become one of the world’s leading universities, ranking as one of the top 500 universities in the world, as assessed by the Academic Ranking of World Universities. 

About the job 
We are seeking an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Fellow to undertake a three-year program of research in a field related to one of the University’s five Research Institutes. The successful applicant will use well developed research skills to build a strong research profile, contributing high quality publications and delivering impactful research that supports the University’s Research and Innovation Strategy 2020 which has the goal of Transforming Industries, Shaping Lives and Communities

The research program must be highly relevant to, and complement and strengthen the work of the Swinburne Research Institute to which it most closely aligns. Core responsibilities include developing research networks and collaborations internally and externally, developing research funding applications, supervising research students and actively supporting the work of the Institute. Core to the work will be the dissemination of research findings through high quality journals, and relevant networks and forums, conferences etc. 

Swinburne is the first university in the country to implement an Elevate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). Endorsed by Reconciliation Australia, Swinburne joins an elite group of organisations where reconciliation is embedded in core practices and influences decision-making at the highest level. 

Swinburne values Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges and perspectives and recognises the important contribution of Indigenous researchers. 

Skills and experience 
To be successful in this position you will need to demonstrate: 

  • An earned doctoral qualification in a field related to the work of one of the University’s five Research Institutes that has been awarded not more than five years prior to the closing date for applications
  • Proven significant research experience in a field related to the work of one of the University’s five Research Institutes
  • The capacity to complete advanced writing and analysis tasks, including research publications in high quality journals
  • Evidence of success or clear potential in graduate student supervision

A full list of the selection criteria is available in the position description for this position.

The position is an identified Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander position. Pursuant to a Special Measure under Section 12 (1) of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic), only applications from suitably qualified Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander candidates will be considered.


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How to apply 
The diverse culture within Swinburne is a source of strength. We have an inclusive working environment with employees from a variety of backgrounds. We acknowledge that diversity in the university workforce increases the effectiveness of teams and our capacity for innovation. We welcome applications from Indigenous people, workers of all ages, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

We are proud to be recognised by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality 2016 and of key initiatives such as our Pride@Swinburne Strategic Action Plan and our Reconciliation Action Plan which are integral components of our 2025 vision to be world class university creating social and economic impact through science, technology and innovation. 

To start an application click on 'apply' at the bottom of this page and submit a resume, cover letter and response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the Position Description.

Swinburne University of Technology is a Child Safe Organisation and as part of this commitment, we require all employees to have a current Working with Children’s Check. 

All appointments are subject to a valid Working with Children’s Check, therefore it will be a mandatory requirement to have and maintain a current Working with Children Check.

Please do not email or send paper applications, all applications must be submitted online.

For further information about the position, please contact Professor Andrew Gunstone, Executive Director, Reconciliation and Strategy Leadership on +61 3 9214 5101. 

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Recruitment team on +61 3 9214 8600 (option 2).

Position number: TBC
Applications close at 5pm, Monday 20 November 2017.

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