Postdoctoral Research Fellow/Research Fellow, The Institute for Social Science Research

Brisbane, Australia
04 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
25 Apr 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The 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 and the world today in areas such as education, employment, housing, social wellbeing, homelessness, sustainability, international development and Indigenous studies. The Institute also undertakes research to improve social science and evaluation methodology and is developing new capabilities in data science, and in the social aspects of health. The Institute also offers commercial services and training for public, private and community sector organisations. It 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 nearly 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, statistics and computer science. ISSR is located on the University's Long Pocket Precinct (off Meiers Road, Indooroopilly).

In 2013, ISSR was successful in its $28m bid for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course (the Life Course Centre). The Life Course Centre is undertaking research targeted at reducing the intergenerational transmission of disadvantage in Australia and internationally. The Centre aims to identify the drivers of disadvantage in Australia and to develop innovative solutions to mitigate or reverse its impact by:

  1. Identifying the principal causes of disadvantage in Australian families and the key threat points in a person’s life course so that public resources can be directed appropriately towards pre-identified risks.
  2. Examining the impacts of remedial public policy and public/private program solutions to disadvantage.
  3. Implementing a range of social interventions to evaluate the effectiveness of targeted solutions to reduce disadvantage on multiple levels, including a population trial of parenting interventions.

The Centre is based in ISSR and is a partnership between The University of Queensland, the University of Western Australia, the University of Melbourne and the University of Sydney, and 18 other research, government and non-government organisations.

Further information can be found at and

The role

Duties will include undertaking research analyses, participating in research projects, preparing funding applications, preparing papers, research reports, working papers and conference submissions. The appointee will also assist with maintaining research partnerships across the Centre nodes, including liaising with stakeholders in industry and government to build productive relationships.

The role will be based at The University of Queensland’s new Long Pocket precinct (off Meiers Road, Indooroopilly).

The person

Applicants should possess PhD (or close to completion) in relevant field (e.g. sociology, demography, economics, psychology, social statistics or a related area). You will have research experience across one or more of the following areas:  family dynamics, life course studies, gender inequality, social  disadvantage/inequality. Ideal applicants will have demonstrated expert knowledge on empirical research methods.

The University of Queensland values diversity and inclusion and actively encourages applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Please refer to the University’s Diversity and Inclusion webpage ( for further information and points of contact if you require additional support.  

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

Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to the contact person listed in the job advertisement.


This is a full-time, fixed-term three (3) year appointment at Research Academic Level A or B (this position may be filled at either Level A or B depending on the qualifications and experience of the applicant as per the Position Description). The remuneration package for Level A will be in the range of $64,533 - $ 87,535 p.a.; and for Level B will be in the range of $92,142 - $109,419 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package for Level A will be in the range $75,504 – $102,416 p.a.; and Level B will be in the range of $107,807 - $128,020 p.a.).

Position Description



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