Research Fellow, Centre for Social Impact, Swinburne

Boroondara, Australia
06 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
25 Jun 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
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About Swinburne

Swinburne delivers excellence in teaching and research in science, technology, business, law, design and innovation. As a multi-sector provider, there are opportunities to apply for jobs in higher education, vocational education and pathways. Or you can work in professional services to support the delivery of quality education. Find jobs in marketing and communications, customer service, information technology, finance, human resources and administration. 

About CSI

The Centre for Social Impact (CSI) Swinburne is a multi-disciplinary research centre based at Swinburne University of Technology. Our research strives toward positive social change through improving the systemic and organisational conditions that shapes communities.

CSI Swinburne was established in 2014 to contribute to Swinburne University of Technology’s mission to create social and economic impact through science, technology, and innovation. We form part of the national CSI network; a partnership between the University of New South Wales, University of Western Australia, and Swinburne University of Technology.

About the job

The purpose of this position is to contribute to growing the research capacity and impacts of the Centre for Social Impact (CSI) Swinburne. The appointee will be primarily involved in contributing to the research in the area of evaluation and social impact measurement, both independently and as part of small teams. 

The position is expected to assume project leadership responsibilities in relation to grant funded and commissioned research, and to undertake administrative and other activities associated with research. To a lesser extent the appointee will contribute to the Centres engagement activities both within and outside the University, and contribute to supervision of postgraduate and honours candidates as appropriate.

What does the function looks like at Swinburne?

We integrate research, leaning and engagement to produce high-quality outputs that are dynamic, accessible and useful.

Our research is located at the intersection between social and organisational sciences and the humanities, and focuses on four key themes:

  • social innovation
  • social investment and philanthropy
  • enterprise for social goals
  • measuring social impact

About you

To be successful in the role, you will have:

  • A PhD in business or social sciences, or a cognate area
  • Demonstrated experience in contributing to high quality research of national or international significance in at least one of the areas of: social enterprise or evaluation and measuring social impact.
  • Ability to manage funding relationships that support applied research with government, philanthropy, community and/or business.

A full list of the selection criteria is available within the position description


The diverse culture within Swinburne is a source of strength. We have an inclusive working environment with employees from a variety of backgrounds. We acknowledge that diversity in the university workforce increases the effectiveness of teams and our capacity for innovation. We welcome applications from Indigenous people, workers of all ages, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

We are proud to be recognised by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality 2016 and of key initiatives such as our Pride@Swinburne Strategic Action Plan and our Reconciliation Action Plan which are integral components of our 2025 vision to be world class university creating social and economic impact through science, technology and innovation. Swinburne has also received the Victorian “High Commendation” Multicultural Excellence Award (Business Category).

At Swinburne we recognise the need to support the work/life balance and flexible needs of our staff. As such a range of flexible working arrangements including paid maternity/partner leave, onsite childcare, working from home and part time options are available. You will have access to many benefits such as career development opportunities including 50% study reduction and staff and management development programs. You will receive up to 17% employer contributions (pension) and various discounts on annual Myki cards, private health insurance and movie tickets. 
To find out more about the extensive benefits offered to Swinburne employees please visit:

Further information, contacts and support

To start an application click on apply at the bottom of this page and submit a resume, cover letter and response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the Position Description.

Please do not email or send paper applications, all applications must be submitted online.

For further information about the position, please contact Jo Barraket (Director, Centre for Social Impact Swinburne) on 

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Recruitment team on +61 3 9214 8600 (option 2).

Should you require further support for an interview due to special needs or consideration, please contact our Diversity Consultant, Dr. Walter Robles, on, or our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Officer, Sherrin Trautmann on

Applications close at 5 pm, Monday 25th June 2018.

For further details on How to Apply, including Hints & Tips, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions section.