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Australian Catholic University

Research Fellow or Senior Research Fellow

  • Job No: 972437
  • Campus Location: Brisbane
  • Functional Unit: National School of Psychology
  • Participate in the Learning Disorders and Cognition research program
  • Clarify the cognitive causes of different developmental disorders
  • Full-time, fixed term (3 years) position located at our McAuley campus at Banyo

Australian Catholic University (ACU) is an inclusive community which welcomes students and staff of all beliefs. ACU has over 2,500 staff supporting more than 34,000 students across seven campuses – Adelaide, Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, North Sydney and Strathfield.

As valued members of our community, all staff members are expected to have an understanding of ACU's mission and values and to demonstrate an active contribution to them.

The School of Psychology has a strong emphasis on quality research and research training outcomes, and is developing a key presence in the emerging Research Institutes at ACU. The research activities of staff relate to three overlapping areas of strength: (i) cognition and applied cognitive neuroscience; (ii) developmental and educational psychology, and (iii) clinical and health psychology. The School has a number of leading researchers of international profile in these areas. It boasts new laboratory facilities at its Strathfield campus, supports for early career researchers and scholars, and productive onshore and offshore collaborations including a number of joint appointments of esteemed international academics from the Netherlands, USA, and UK.

The Learning Disorders and Cognition research group is based on the Brisbane campus of ACU. The group explores the nature, causes, comorbidity, and underlying cognitive mechanisms of Dyslexia, Mathematics Disorder, Reading Comprehension Impairment, Developmental Coordination Disorder, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

The Research Fellow / Senior Research Fellow will contribute to enhancing the profile of psychological research in the School of Psychology. More specifically you will:

  • utilise a large-scale longitudinal study and a series of smaller-scale studies
  • focus on conducting publishable research in high impact journals
  • develop research proposals and conduct experimental and psychological research
  • contribute to the research supervision of Honours, Master of Psychology and higher degree research students and co-supervise Research Assistants where appropriate.

You will need to have:

  • a PhD in psychology in an area relevant to the program of research conducted by the Learning Disorders and Cognition group
  • an outstanding track record in research publications in peer-reviewed, high quality psychological journals and the capacity to attract research grant income
  • evidence of ability to show commitment with integrity to the Catholic Identity, Mission and ethos of the University
  • advanced knowledge of statistical analysis and interpretation.

The University pursues an excellence agenda and offers an environment where staff are welcomed and safe, and valued through development, participation and involvement.

More information and to apply: http://careers.acu.edu.au/caw/en/job/972437/research-fellow-or-senior-research-fellow

Total remuneration valued to AUD$110,847 - $130,747 pa, including salary component AUD$93,667 - $110,590 pa for Research Fellow (Academic Level B), OR total remuneration valued to AUD$138,669 - $150,553 pa, including salary component AUD$117,361 - $127,518 pa for Senior Research Fellow (Academic Level C) plus employer contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading.

General enquiries can be sent to Associate Professor Anne Tolan, School of Psychology, (07) 3623 7256.

Applications Close: Wednesday 29 March 2017

 

Australian Catholic University

Research Programs Operations Manager

  • Job No:972425
  • Campus Location: Strathfield
  • Functional Unit:Institute for Positive Psychology & Education
  • Work Type:Continuing full time
  • Strategic operations management for the research program
  • Opportunity to blend leadership, operational and financial management skills
  • Full-time, continuing appointment, located in Strathfield initially and moving to North Sydney

Australian Catholic University (ACU) is an inclusive community which welcomes students and staff of all beliefs. ACU has over 2,500 staff supporting more than 34,000 students across seven campuses – Adelaide, Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, North Sydney and Strathfield.

As valued members of our community, all staff members are expected to have an understanding of ACU's mission and values and to demonstrate an active contribution to them.

The Institute of Positive Psychology and Education (IPPE) has a recognised world-class research program characterised by the attraction of prestigious externally funded grants and research partnerships, publications in top tier scholarly works, a world-class research training experience for HDR students, and best practice Institute governance procedures.

As the Research Program Operations Manager you will provide high level operational support to the Research Theme Leader, including strategic operations management for the research program. The role requires strong leadership and financial management capability as well as the capacity to work collaboratively with all project stakeholders, including existing and potential collaborators as well as partners. More specifically the role entails:

  • supporting the research theme leader with the overall management of the research theme
  • providing operational leadership, and administration of strategic initiatives
  • financial management and planning
  • recruitment, training and development of professional staff, including mentoring and allocating workloads
  • internal and external stakeholder relationship management.

You will need:

  • a relevant postgraduate degree in business or management, or possess a combination of relevant experience or education and/or training
  • operations management skills (including finance, HR and relationship management) ideally gained in a research centre or research program environment
  • evidence of ability to show commitment with integrity to the Catholic Identity, Mission and ethos of the University
  • demonstrated experience in managing budgets and resources for large projects.

Total remuneration valued to $107,331 - $119,997 pa, including salary component $90,696 - $101,399 pa (HEW Level 8), employer contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading.

More information and to apply: http://careers.acu.edu.au/caw/en/job/972425/research-programs-operations-manager

Applications Close: Thursday 30 March 2017

 

Deakin University

Senior Surveys Officer

  • School/Centre: Strategic Intelligence and Planning Unit
  • Faculty/Institute/Division: Academic Development Deakin
  • Classification: HEW 8
  • Responsible to: Manager, Institutional Research and Surveys
  • Hours of Work: Part-time (22.05 hours per week) and continuing
  • Location: Geelong Waterfront Campus
  • Vacancy Reference Number: 170143
  • More Information: Wendy Marchment, Tel: +61 3 5227 8106, Email: wendy.marchment@deakin.edu.au

ABOUT DEAKIN
Deakin University was established in 1974, the first university in regional Victoria and the first to specialise in distance education. Deakin has five campuses: one in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs, two in the port city of Geelong, one in Warrnambool on the southwest coast of Victoria and one in the cloud (Deakin’s fastest growing cohort is online). Deakin also has a corporate centre in the Melbourne CBD, a network of technology-rich learning centres across regional Victoria and international offices in India, China and Indonesia.

Deakin has always had a strong reputation for innovation, and in this digital age, has been at the forefront of new and emerging technologies in research and teaching. Vibrant, technology-rich spaces both at its campuses and in the cloud are a hallmark of life at Deakin.

Deakin is committed to a workplace culture that fosters and supports excellence in teaching, research and administration. It provides an extensive program of capacity building, supporting teaching practice, digital scholarship, career progression and personal growth. Deakin values diversity, enables access and celebrates inclusion. It has a long standing commitment to being flexible, accessible and friendly.

ABOUT YOU
You are willing to enthusiastically embrace the Deakin Offer and Promise as expressed in the Deakin University Strategic Plan, LIVE the Future, and must share the University’s values.

You will be a person who is ambitious for Deakin University’s success and optimistic about its future; and will display diligence, have great resolve and a focus on producing results.

WHY WORK FOR OUR UNIVERSITY?

  • Strategic Intelligence and Planning Unit
  • Benefits of working at Deakin
  • LIVE the Future – Deakin University Strategic Plan

POSITION PURPOSE
The role of Senior Surveys Officer has responsibility for the management of the University’s evaluation framework, including the coordination of internal and external surveys. The position provides high level support and undertakes data analysis and reporting tasks to support the institutional research and survey activities of the Strategic Intelligence and Planning Unit (SIPU). Reports and advice provided by the incumbent will support the Manager, Institutional Research and Surveys and the Director, SIPU in assisting the management of the University make evidence-based decisions on matters of strategic importance.

POSITION CONTEXT
The Strategic Intelligence and Planning Unit (SIPU) is responsible for the provision of accurate and timely management information and policy advice to the Executive and staff of Deakin University. The Unit is also responsible for integration of student load and resource planning, management of University surveys, provision of business intelligence capabilities and coordination of external reporting requirements.

The Senior Surveys Officer reports to the Manager, Institutional Research and Surveys and works as a member of a team of staff supporting the work of the Unit. The position has no supervisory or budget responsibility.

The Senior Surveys Officer is responsible for the scheduling of University surveys that impact on the work of other staff within the Institutional Research and Surveys area. The Senior Surveys Officer provides day to day guidance required to give direction to surveys staff, but has no formal line management responsibilities.

The position has daily contact with staff within the Strategic Intelligence and Planning Unit and will have regular contact with staff in faculties and divisions, including Faculty General Managers and Directors. This position will have infrequent contact with members of the Senior Executive.
The position will have regular contact with government and external bodies such as the Social Research Centre (SRC), the Federal Department of Education and Training (DET), the Australian Council of Educational Research (ACER), Universities Australia (UA), and will also liaise with survey officers in other tertiary institutions.

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Review, plan and administer the University’s core surveys, with a focus on those associated with the Quality Indicators in Learning and Teaching (QILT).
  2. Manage and schedule resources to ensure that survey timetables and deadlines are adhered to.
  3. Continually improve centralised databases and reporting processes for the efficient and effective coordination of distribution of survey results. This includes the use of web-based technologies.
  4. Interpret and implement university policy and procedure in relation to Deakin surveys as well as, external survey guidelines. Develop and maintain internal survey policy and procedures.
  5. Provide high level advice and interpretation of the requirements established by government and external bodies relating to Deakin data to meet Federal benchmarking requirements, ensure eligibility for performance funding, inclusion in publications and world university rankings.
  6. Analyse survey data and provide timely reports for senior staff and other audiences as appropriate.
  7. Provide support, training and advice on surveys and survey data to various staff.
  8. Design, develop and maintain a series of reports and papers on areas of strategic importance to the University, as directed by the Manager, Institutional Research and Surveys.

KEY DUTIES

  1. Manage the surveys conducted by or on behalf of the Strategic Intelligence and Planning Unit, including the development, organisation, conduct and analysis of those surveys.
  2. Continuously improve the university’s surveys, identifying gaps in the data leading to process improvements and keeping up-to-date with current practices and research associated with surveys, implementing changes to internal practices as appropriate.
  3. Use the appropriate methodology to analyse the data and identify areas of statistical significance. Develop reports that provide accurate and timely results from the surveys and interpret complex data in a way that is easily understood and appropriate to the target audience. Disseminate the results to the appropriate audience including making recommendations to University Committees and/or senior staff.
  4. Develop and maintain databases so as to provide a single source of the most up to date and relevant information on surveys.
  5. Manage the relationship with external agencies (such as the Social Research Centre) and external suppliers regarding survey-related requirements. Represent the University at national meetings and forums and make submissions on behalf of the University related to survey matters when required.
  6. Undertake institutional research to inform operational or strategic plans, and management decision-making.
  7. Research current survey practices, and identify opportunities for continuous improvement.
  8. Develop and deliver training and the supporting materials to inform internal stakeholders on the surveys conducted at the University and how this information is used to support decision making.
  9. Provide expert advice to internal and external clients and stakeholders on survey design and survey data.
  10. Other duties as directed by the Manager, Institutional Research.

SELECTION CRITERIA - ESSENTIAL
Training/Qualifications:

  • A higher education degree, preferably in a quantitative discipline, with subsequent relevant experience; or
  • Extensive experience and specialist knowledge associated with surveys ; or
  • An equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training.

Experience:

  • Recent experience in the analysis and management of surveys, and descriptive and inferential statistics.
  • Experience in project management.
  • Experience and demonstrated skills in writing reports that convey complex statistical information tailored appropriately to the audience, including senior management and committees.

Skills/Techniques:

  • Demonstrated high level knowledge and skills in survey management including online surveys in a complex organisation.
  • Demonstrated skills relating to the interpretation of policies and procedures and their application to organisational management and planning.
  • High level skills in the interpretation and analysis of quantitative data.
  • High level computer literacy, particularly in the use of spreadsheets, databases and standard word processing packages.
  • High level verbal and written communication skills to liaise effectively with all levels of staff across the university, as well as external contacts.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as a collaborative part of a team.
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise initiative and judgment, maintain confidentiality and manage sensitive information.

SELECTION CRITERIA - DESIRABLE

  • Experience in the use of SPSS statistical software.
  • Experience in survey design.
  • Experience in the Australian higher education sector.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Deakin encourages staff to take recreation leave regularly to promote a healthier workplace. Leave must be taken at a mutually convenient time which meets the operational needs of the University and, where possible, the staff member's needs. In this role, there are peak operational periods in which recreation leave may not be approved.
  • A commitment to understanding the need for, and ensuring the confidentiality of the sensitive nature of information to which the position has access.

DISCLAIMER
It is not the intention of the position description to limit the scope or accountabilities of the position but to highlight the most important aspects of the position. The aspects mentioned above may be altered in accordance with the changing requirements of the role.

To apply: deakin.edu.au/about-deakin/careers-at-deakin

Vacancy Closes: Sunday 26 March 2017


The Social Research Centre

Manager, Education and Training Statistics

  • Social impact organisation
  • CBD location, close to public transport
  • Lead data collection and reporting across our Education and Training research portfolio

Established in 2000, the Social Research Centre is Australia’s leading provider of social research services. We provide the social research community with access to world-class survey research and a full range of survey design, survey data management, statistical consulting, analytical thinking and qualitative skills. As a wholly owned subsidiary of the Australian National University (ANU), we enjoy unprecedented access to ANU researchers and ANU’s world class research environment.

Leading a small team, this strategically important research role will be responsible for continuing to expand the Social Research Centre’s presence and enhance our reputation in the broad area of education and training research.

The main focus of this position is to service established contracts with educational authorities, including the Department of Education & Training, the Education Departments in several States, the National Centre for Vocational Education Research and almost all higher education institutions across Australia.

As a lead expert in the area of collecting, processing and presenting data you will: 

  • Develop and implement data management models for the production and support of high quality data outputs from various data collection methods, mainly in the field of educational policy and evaluation;
  • Process data for research analysis and prepare files to a standard suitable for lodgement with the Australian Data Archives;
  • Ensure that inputs to and outputs from the data collection process are undertaken within a framework of continuous improvement and with a focus on maximizing both quality and efficiency;
  • Support research staff and end-user clients in the execution of projects;
  • Lead authorship of high quality and detailed research and analytical reports.

Key Selection Criteria:

  • Tertiary degree in a relevant discipline or an equivalent level of expertise gained in a large and complex work environment
  • Demonstrated advanced experience and knowledge of data analysis methodology and use of analytical tools and market research software such as SPSS, SAS as well as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel) and other software that is relevant to projects
  • Demonstrated high level experience and skills to consistently produce high quality data outputs in a timely and effective manner, including a strong understanding of data manipulation and complex data structures
  • Working knowledge of approaches to sampling and weighting
  • Exceptional attention to detail with a real focus on quality with the ability to work independently and efficiently
  • Demonstrated ability to produce high quality reports
  • Sound time management skills and the ability to multi-task and meet tight deadlines are essential
  • Experience working in the tertiary education sector and a knowledge of administrative collections such as HEIMS or AVETMISS is highly desirable

Please send your resume, cover letter, and responses to the selection criteria to: hr@srcentre.com.au. Applicants who do not address the selection criteria will not be considered.

For more information or to see the Position Description, please contact Lizzie Johnsen, Human Resources Coordinator (03) 9236 8500 or hr@srcentre.com.au. Visit www.srcentre.com.au/careers for more information. To be eligible for this position you must be have working rights in Australia.

Application closing date: 5:00pm (EST), Thursday 23rd March 2017

 

The Social Research Centre

 Research Director – two exciting opportunities

  • A rare opportunity to join Australia’s leading social research provider
  • Roles available in our Research Consulting and Educational Research teams
  • Work on nationally significant projects with a positive social impact
  • Melbourne CBD location close to public transport

Established in 2000, the Social Research Centre is Australia’s leading provider of social research services, and is dedicated to conducting world-class research that informs decision-making and advances our understanding of Australian society. The Social Research Centre is part of the Australian National University (ANU) and enjoys unprecedented access to ANU researchers and ANU’s world-class research environment.

Due to growth, we have two outstanding opportunities for experienced Research Directors to join our Quantitative Research Team.

Research Director – Quantitative Research Consulting

Reporting to the Director Quantitative Research Consulting, this is a senior position with responsibility for running major projects and leading a small team. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work across a wide range of health and social policy issues. This role has a strong emphasis on proposal writing, high quality project execution and superior analytical and report writing.

Research Director – Education and Training

Reporting to the Executive Director Research Strategy, this senior position will take responsibility for running a portfolio of projects which focus on child development and wellbeing, early years and education and training. As part of this portfolio, the position will take a lead role in managing the Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) – a large and nationally significant social research project which measures early childhood development across Australia. The successful candidate will have proven experience in managing large and complex projects, strong focus on project delivery and an ability to communicate effectively with government, research and policy communities.

Key Selection Criteria:

  • Post-Graduate tertiary degree in a relevant discipline and 8+ years’ experience gained in a government or social research environment
  • Demonstrated expertise in business development particularly in the generation of new business
  • Well-developed quantitative research skills including sampling, questionnaire design, statistical analysis and reporting
  • Experience with online data collection
  • Ability and willingness to work in a very ‘hands on’ project role – sometimes with limited availability of support staff
  • Ability to run a project team and coordinate the workflows of other team members
  • Willingness to mentor and train other research and project support staff
  • Ability to write / contribute to publication standard reports and presentations
  • Ability to document survey procedures and produce publication quality technical and methodological reports
  • Ability to respond to research briefs / write high-quality proposals
  • Committed work ethic in terms of documenting decisions, transparency, leaving an audit trail, using professional email protocols and maintaining system files
  • Superior leadership and project management skills
  • An excellent understanding of the tender process for government and social research including demonstrated experience in proposal preparation/submission and/or writing
  • Demonstrated experience in effective stakeholder management
  • Ability to manage change effectively

Please send your resume, cover letter, and responses to the selection criteria to: hr@srcentre.com.au. Please indicate in your application which role you are applying for.

Applicants who do not address the selection criteria will not be considered.

For more information or to see the Position Description, please contact Lizzie Johnsen, Human Resources Coordinator (03) 9236 8500 or hr@srcentre.com.au. To be eligible for this position you must have full working rights in Australia.

More information: www.srcentre.com.au/careers

Application closing date: 5:00pm (EST), Wednesday 23rd March 2017

 

Australian Catholic University

Research Fellow / Senior Research Fellow (Statistics)

Campus Location: Melbourne
Functional Unit: Institute for Health and Ageing
Work Type: Fixed term full time

  • Research design and associated quantitative methods
  • Collaborate with the Built Environment research stream
  • Full-time, fixed term (5 years) appointment, located in Melbourne, Australia

Australian Catholic University (ACU) is an inclusive community which welcomes students and staff of all beliefs. ACU has over 2,500 staff supporting more than 34,000 students across seven campuses – Adelaide, Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, North Sydney and Strathfield.

As valued members of our community, all staff members are expected to have an understanding of ACU's mission and values and to demonstrate an active contribution to them.

The Institute for Health and Ageing (IHA) aims to enhance the lives of older people and those who support them by approaching issues of ageing through a positive, multidisciplinary lens across a range of settings including community, residential and acute care. IHA has grown rapidly in its first phase of operation, with a focus on creating teams of highly skilled research staff and practitioners whose work intersects with ageing.

Primarily responsible for conducting analyses for the International Physical Activity and the Environment (IPEN) projects, the Research Fellow or Senior Research Fellow will provide high-quality statistical inputs, and conduct research in statistical methodology aligned with research programs in environmental influences on active living and health. More specifically you will:

  • enhance the development, design, analysis and reporting of designated research projects as a collaborative researcher
  • conduct research in relevant statistical methods and produce conference and seminar papers and publications from that research
  • participate in initiatives to enhance the competitiveness of funding submissions
  • contribute to scholarly publication, and generate research and commercial funding for the Built Environment research stream.

In addition to a strong track record of high-quality publications, you will need to have:

  • a PhD or relevant postgraduate qualification in biostatistics/statistics (preferred), epidemiology or quantitative psychology
  • experience in the design and analysis of experiments and complex sample surveys (in biological, health or behavioural / social sciences)
  • evidence of ability to show commitment with integrity to the Catholic Identity, Mission and ethos of the University
  • exposure to established and novel methods for spatial and other correlated data couple with experience in statistical analysis packages and programming environments (particularly R, STATA and MPlus).

The University pursues an excellence agenda and offers an environment where staff are welcomed and safe, and valued through development, participation and involvement.

How to Apply: http://careers.acu.edu.au/caw/en/job/972339/research-fellow-senior-research-fellow-statistics

Total remuneration valued to $110,847 - $130,747 pa, including salary component $93,667 - $110,590 pa (for Lecturer, Academic Classification Level B), OR $138,669 - $150,553 total remuneration pa, including salary component $117,361 - $127,518 pa (for Senior Lecturer, Academic Classification Level C), plus employer contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading.

General enquiries can be directed to: Professor Ester Cerin, Institute for Health and Ageing at ester.cerin@acu.edu.au

Equal Opportunity and Privacy of personal information is University policy. For more details visit: www.acu.edu.au/careers

ACU is committed to diversity and social inclusion in its employment practices. Applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disabilities and people from culturally diverse groups are encouraged.

Applications Close: Thursday 23 March 2017


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