Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Education

Townsville/Cairns, Australia
19 Dec 2017
End of advertisement period
31 Jan 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Position Overview

James Cook University aims, over the next three years, to build the small cohort of research active Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers and non-Indigenous researchers working in the field to strengthen its national reputation, and develop a distinctive international presence in Indigenous research and practice, especially in the tropics. This position has been developed to develop one of two strategic research directions in the Centre around: a) Indigenous higher education; and b) Quality of life and social and emotional wellbeing.

Organisational Charts

James Cook University

Division of Tropical Environments and Societies 

Indigenous Education and Research Centre

Principal Accountabilities

  1. Contribute to the Indigenous Education and Research Centre as a member of staff and make a significant contribution to the University’s research by actively engaging in scholarly meetings and workshops.
  2. Apply for external research grant funding in line with the strategic objectives of the Centre.
  3. Publish academic papers, monographs, and present at scholarly forums to communicate the research findings to the wider international, academic and general community.
  4. Co-supervise postgraduate research projects and provide guidance in the research effort of junior research employees in the employee’s research area.
  5. Support the University's commitment to the principles of reconciliation, which exemplify respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and the valuing of justice and equity for all Australians.
  6. Demonstrate a commitment to the University values.
  7. Support the principles of the TropEco program and engage in commitment to JCU sustainability goals and objectives.

Generic Accountabilities

There are generic responsibilities that apply to all James Cook University staff.

  1. The Research Fellow is required to observe the lawful and reasonable directions, policies and decisions of the University Council, understand and comply with the Enterprise Agreement, the Statutes and Rules of the University, the policies and decisions of the University Council and other appropriate University authorities, as in force from time to time.
  2. The Research Fellow is required to demonstrate a personal commitment to ensure personal safety and the safety of others and contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance. This includes the effective implementation and compliance with James Cook University WHS policies, procedures and safe systems of work, together with all relevant legislation, duties and obligations. Contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance.
  3. The Research Fellow is required to exercise proper discretion in all matters affecting the well-being of the University which involve public writing or speaking in accordance with the University’s Code of Conduct.

Selection Criteria

Selection and appointments will be assessed against selection criteria.


  1. Doctoral qualification in a relevant disciplinary area.
  2. Demonstrated expertise in the strategic areas of research for the Centre (higher education, quality of life and wellbeing).
  3. Demonstrated experience in designing, conducting, and reporting research relevant to Indigenous communities.
  4. Demonstrated knowledge of ethical research practices when working with Indigenous communities.
  5. Demonstrated ability to work, under direction, as a member of a research team.
  6. Demonstrated ability to work to a timetable, and produce results on time.
  7. Demonstrated ability and commitment to disseminate the results of research in high quality publications within agreed timeframes; evidence of high level written, oral and interpersonal communication skills to diverse audiences.


  1. Identifies as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander researcher
  2. Demonstrated experience in working with Indigenous communities in the tropics.

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