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Research Associate - Ethics and Social Sciences

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Work type: Part time
Location: Sydney, NSW, Regional NSW, Other location
Categories: Other

Employment Type:  Part time  

Duration: Fixed term

Remuneration: $ 80,476 - $ 107,299 full time equivalent plus 17% superannuation and leave loading

Location: Remote working (Melbourne or Sydney) or Kensington campus

  • Be part of a team that’s delivering change at scale.
  • See the difference you can make; through the work you do.

About us

UNSW School of Social Sciences is motivated by the pursuit of social justice and transformative social change. Our world-leading research is recognised for its academic excellence, interdisciplinarity and social impact. 

We have an exceptional community of active researchers and a vibrant cohort of approximately 100 higher degree research students. 

Our fundamental and applied research approach makes us one of the top-performing universities in the world. We have strong partnerships with key organisations and are recognised locally and globally for our social impact.

Benchmarked with the highest global rating of 5 in the latest ARC’s Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA 2018), our school’s studies in human society research are among the best in the world.

Year on year, we support an innovative, creative and stimulating environment, which enables us to hold our standing among the worlds leading universities. Our researchers thrive in an environment that celebrates achievements, nurtures talent and promotes collaboration.

Why your role matters:

The School of Social Sciences is seeking a Research Associate to support the data collection and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data from various sources relevant to the aims of the project, including interviews and file reviews. This role will also be co-ordinating high level interstate meetings with academics, partner and peak organisations.

The role of Research Associate reports to Senior Lecturer and Chief Investigator, School of Social Sciences and has no direct reports. This project is a joint venture between UNSW and Monash University in Melbourne which provides a unique opportunity of working across two highly reputable institutions.

This study examines the link between girls declared ‘missing’ and their trajectory into the criminal justice system, expanding the Australian knowledge base along with providing a clear, tangible practice framework to prevent the
drift into youth and adult criminal justice systems. By addressing concerns of practitioners and policy makers this significant research increases the visibility of a marginalised groups, exploring individual and systemic impacts of missing girls entering the criminal justice and welfare systems. Findings of this research will detail opportunities for early intervention for service providers in addition to rich empirical data to better inform policy makers and service developers targeting at risk young people.

This position is being offered for three years fixed term. The first two years will be 0.5 FTE (17.5 hours per week) and the final 3rd year will be 0.2 FTE (7 hours per week).

The successful incumbent can be based in either Melbourne or Sydney and can work from home. There may be adhoc travel required in this role.

Who you are:

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • A tertiary degree in social work, criminology, social sciences or other relevant degree and experience, or an equivalent level of knowledge gained through any combination of qualifications, training and experience.
  • Clinical or research experience working with vulnerable groups including women and First National people and communities.
  • Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills and the ability to collaborate effectively with internal and external stakeholders, including First Nations stakeholders.
  • Experience or interest in qualitative data analysis.
  • Capacity to deliver on research and writing tasks to a high quality within agreed deadlines.
  • Capacity to prepare and present findings in an accessible way for a variety of audiences


To learn more about this position a copy of the Position Description can be on JOBS@UNSW.



People are at the core of everything we do. We recognise it is the contributions of our staff who make UNSW one of the best universities in Australia and the world.  

Our benefits include: 

  • Flexible Working Options (work from home, flexible hours etc) 
  • Career development opportunities 
  • 17% Superannuation contributions and additional leave loading payments 
  • Additional 3 days of leave over Christmas period 
  • Discounts and entitlements (retail, education, fitness)

How to Apply:

Make each day matter with a meaningful career at UNSW. Please respond to the questions within the application form and upload your CV.

Get in touch:

For questions relating to the role please contact:

Dr Phillipa Evans


For any questions regarding the recruitment process please contact:

Persa Tzakis

Please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed above.

Applications close: Tuesday 23rd August at 11.30pm (Sydney Time) 

UNSW is committed to equity diversity and inclusion. Applications from women, people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, those living with disabilities, members of the LGBTIQ+ community; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged. UNSW provides workplace adjustments for people with disability, and access to flexible work options for eligible staff. The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.

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