Research Assistant in Education

Hobart, Australia
26 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
21 May 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Fixed Term

The Peter Underwood Centre (the Centre) is a partnership between the University of Tasmania and the Tasmanian State Government in conjunction with the Office of the Governor of Tasmania. Named for the 27th Governor of Tasmania, the Honourable Peter Underwood, who started the conversation with the University that led to its creation. Pursuing a mutual goal to set high aspirations for the educational outcomes of Tasmanians, the Centre was conceived to lead a process of positive and sustained transformation in Tasmanian education to benefit the whole community. The Centre works to develop and draw together expertise that informs educators, government, industry and community.

The Research Assistant position will undertake research assistance for several projects and publications under the direction of the Deputy Director, Dr Becky Shelley.

In the role you will:

  • Contribute to research projects underway in the Peter Underwood Centre, and provide support to the Deputy Director Research as required.
  • Write ethics applications for Peter Underwood Centre projects and evaluations.
  • Undertake literature reviews to inform projects, project design and ethics applications.
  • Write and refine survey instruments for data collection.
  • Undertake data collection, collation and preliminary analysis.
  • Undertake other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

Based in Hobart you will be employed on a part-time (.6 full time equivalent), fixed-term basis until 31 December 2018.

To be considered, you will have:

  • A degree in Education, Social Sciences or a related field with relevant experience
  • Experience in undertaking qualitative research, including data collection in the form of (online) surveys and interviews
  • Experience in undertaking qualitative data analysis
  • Experience in reporting on and dissemination of research findings for lay and scholarly audiences
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including written and oral communication skills, team work skills, and the ability to exercise discretion and confidentiality
  • Excellent organisational skills, including time management to prioritise workload and meet deadlines, ability to take initiative, application of sound judgement, and exercising successful problem solving skills
  • Full driving licence and Working with Vulnerable People card
  • Experience of conducting research with Australian schools, staff and/or school students
  • Expertise in using relevant software packages, such as Endnote, NVIVO and Excel.
  • Experience in writing ethics applications for Social Science research.

Appointment to this role will be at Research Assistant, and will have a total remuneration package of up to $79,795 comprising base salary of $65,798 to $72,872 plus 9.5% superannuation (pro rata).

For further information about this position please contact Dr Becky Shelley, Deputy Director, Peter Underwood Centre, / 03 6226 6703

**Please note, your application must as a minimum include your resume, a cover letter and your responses to the position criteria. The position description for this role is available on the University of Tasmania website.

Please note, you will require a valid Working with Children Registration to commence in this role.

Applications close Monday 21 May 2018.