Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow, Social Research Centre

Canberra, Australia
17 Nov 2017
End of advertisement period
12 Jan 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Sociology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Classification: Level B/C - Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow (Evaluation Expert)
Salary package: $96,087 - $109,181 per annum plus 17% superannuation (Research Fellow) or
                           $115,729 - $128,825 (Senior Research Fellow) per annum plus 17% superannuation
Terms:  Full time, Fixed term (3 years)

  • Opportunity to be involved in the development of a new initiative at the ANU - The Policy Experiments Lab (PELab)
  • Strong links with Commonwealth and State/Territory policy agencies and ability to trial and evaluate innovative policy experiments
  • Chance to develop and shape your own research agenda
  • Two positions available

Position overview

In partnership with the Social Research Centre and the Tax and Transfer Policy Institute in the Crawford School of Public Policy, the ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods is developing a Policy Experiments Lab (PELab)

This resource will bring together evaluation experts from across the ANU to work on quantitative evaluations with an experimental or quasi-experimental design. To support this development, the ANU is seeking two early or mid-career researchers who are interested in building a career working with the public sector to help design, evaluate, and publish policy-relevant trials in the social sciences.   

The ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods is seeking to appoint two experts in the design and analysis of quantitative evaluations surveys to work with a team of social scientists and methodologists in a new and expanding centre. The applicants will work closely with senior staff in the centre to develop and apply methods for quantitative evaluations, with a particular focus on experimental and quasi-experimental methods. The successful applicant will be integral to the development of a Policy Experiments Lab (PELab) at the ANU. The candidate will also work on independent research and grants/contracts, and make a limited contribution to teaching at the undergraduate and postgraduate level.

The ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) is the largest single College of seven Colleges at ANU. The College, which is structured into two main research schools, offers degrees in more than 20 discipline areas and excels in research across the creative arts, humanities and social sciences. The College has a substantial international research presence and is a major source of national policy advice. Our academic staff are internationally recognised for their research, and 57 are members of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, the Academy of the Social Sciences of Australia, or both. We also host 13 Australian Research Council Future Fellows and two ARC Laureates. A hub of vibrant activity, we host more than 270 lectures, concerts and exhibitions each year, most of which are open to the public. Our students, staff and graduates come from more than 60 nations, bringing a diversity of perspective to campus life.

For more information, please contact A/Prof Nicholas Biddle E:

Closing date: 12 January 2018

Position description: Evaluation expert - Level B_C.docx

The Centre for Social Research and Methods explicitly encourages females and applicants of non-binary gender to apply for this position. The Centre is committed to developing a diverse staffing profile, and supporting flexible working arrangements that take into account caring responsibilities. If desired, the successful applicant will have the opportunity to work with senior women within the Centre, Research School and College, and the Centre will support mentoring opportunities.

The University and the Centre for Social Research and Methods actively encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. For more information on employment opportunities, contact our Indigenous Employment Consultant on 

ANU values diversity and inclusion and is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to those of all backgrounds and identities. For more information about staff equity at ANU, visit

Application information

In order to apply for this role please make sure that you upload the following documents:

  • A statement addressing the selection criteria.
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) which includes the names and contact details of at least three referees (preferably including a current or previous supervisor). If your CV does not include referees you can complete these online when prompted in the application form.
  • Other documents, if required.

Applications which do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position.