Research Fellow in Social Science

Bundoora, Australia
21 Nov 2017
End of advertisement period
12 Dec 2017
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Sociology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time
  • Part-time (60%), Fixed term contract for 2 years
  • Location of this position is negotiable
  • $90,748 - $107,758 (FTE) per annum + up to 17% superannuation

About La Trobe

La Trobe University’s success is driven by people who are committed to making a difference. They are creative and highly motivated, pursue new ideas and create knowledge. La Trobe is one of Australia’s research leaders, and the largest provider of higher education to regional Victoria. La Trobe University turns 50 in 2017, and over the half century of its existence it has established a reputation as an innovative and accessible university, willing to take risks and take on challenges.  Our teaching and research address some of the most significant issues of our time and we’re passionate about driving change through operational excellence to benefit the communities we serve.

About the position

This project aims to develop perinatal strategies for identifying and supporting indigenous parents who have experienced complex trauma.  The successful candidate, in partnership with the investigator team, will liaise with key stakeholders and community partners, conduct qualitative research with families and service providers, coordinate submission of ethics application(s) and assist with conducting and publishing high quality research relevant to the project.

While the project is based at La Trobe (Bundoora campus), there is a possibility of this position being based with participating/partner institutions in Victoria, South Australia or the Northern Territory.  Given this position is part-time (3 days per week), there is also flexibility for the successful person to combine this position with another one elsewhere (1-2 days per week) if they wish.

Skills and Experience

  • Completion of a PhD or equivalent qualifications or research experience.
  • Sound analytical skills with an ability to communicate complex information clearly both orally and in writing.
  • High level organisational skills with the ability to set priorities, meet deadlines, initiate and follow-up actions.
  • Ability to liaise effectively with a range of collaborators nationally and/or internationally and with industry partners.
  • Experience and/or demonstrated understanding of working safely and effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Please refer to the Position Description for other duties, skills and experience required for this role.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Persons with all the above skills and experience with the exception of a PhD or equivalent qualifications, who are interested in building research expertise (and potentially undertaking a PhD as part of this role) are encouraged to apply and express interest (Research Level A).

All La Trobe University employees are bound by the Working with Children Act 2005.  If you are successful, you will be required to hold a valid Victorian Employee Working with Children Check prior to commencement.

How to apply

Closing date:  Tuesday, 12 December 2017 by 11.00pm AEDST.

Position Enquiries:  Catherine Chamberlain, 0428 921 271 or

This position is open to people with a valid full-time working visa.

Please submit a cover letter, resume and a separate document addressing the Key Selection Criteria located in the Position Description.

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La Trobe University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

For further enquiries on how to apply for this role, please contact Deborah Dare, Recruitment Consultant on +61 3 9479 1241 or

La Trobe is proud to be a member of the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Athena SWAN program to advance gender equality in academia.