Research Fellow Education

at Deakin University

The role

The Faculty of Arts and Education is seeking to appoint a Research Fellow to join a team of established colleagues working in the School of Education.

The School is a leading provider of primary and secondary teacher education, early childhood educator preparation, educational leadership and adult, vocational and applied learning education. The School has a vibrant research culture and is involved in a number of ARC funded projects. Deakin University's Strategic Research Centre in Education, Research for Educational Impact (REDI) is located within the School of Education.

You will join a three year project partially funded by the ARC (2019-2021) that involves researchers from Deakin University, Monash University, the University of New South Wales and Curtin University as well as an International Expert Reference Group. The project is situated within the broad political consensus in Australia and internationally that greater school autonomy within the context of increased school accountability will drive up academic standards and improve public education. Through broad and in-depth methods of research across four Australian states (Vic, Qld, WA, NSW), the study will generate an evidence base and new knowledge to support social justice through school autonomy reform.

The role has a dual focus and key responsibilities will be to coordinate and administer the project to ensure its smooth running whilst also contributing to research and writing tasks, including literature searches and reviews and policy analysis and interpretation.

The appointment fraction is 0.6 (3 days per week) for 3 years and offers flexibility for the successful individual.

To be successful, you'll have:

  • an Honours or Masters degree within Education, the Humanities or Social Sciences and experience with undertaking research within the Education context
  • strong organisation and coordination skills and experience in managing and coordinating a research project as part of a large research team
  • experience organising and analysing qualitative data
  • demonstrated experience preparing and writing for traditional and non-traditional dissemination of research
  • an ability to liaise with and maintain relationships with representatives from government, departments, professionals associations and schools

Your key responsibilities will include:

  • overall coordination and administration of the project in close and regular consultation with the chief investigators to ensure the smooth running of the project
  • liaising with representatives from multiple stakeholder groups including schools, education departments, professional and parent organisations as well as the international expert reference group (IERG) to complete tasks associated with the project
  • organising and undertaking preliminary analyses of qualitative data gathered
  • supporting and coordinating traditional and non-traditional project dissemination (position papers, journals, conference papers, reports etc)
  • monitoring the research budget in accordance with University and ARC guidelines


Deakin University is proud to be recognised as an organisation that offers a friendly, supportive and challenging working environment. Our staff are committed to making a genuine difference to people's lives through excellence in education and research.

We acknowledge the importance of providing a dynamic and diverse working environment and offer variety in day-to-day roles as well as professional development opportunities to assist staff to grow and progress their careers.

Deakin University staff have the opportunity to interact with colleagues from a diverse range of cultures and professional backgrounds, all of whom share a common interest in lifelong learning.


We value our staff and understand that they are more than just their jobs, that's why we offer benefits that enhance work life. Some of Deakin's workplace benefits include:

  • 17% superannuation
  • flexible work arrangements
  • discounts with third party suppliers for health insurance, car rentals IT and more

About us

The flexible learning options we provide our students and our diverse team of professionals and academic experts has enabled us to achieve a 5-star rating by the prestigious university ranking organisation Quacquarelli Symonds. For eight consecutive years, we've achieved the highest level of overall student satisfaction among Victorian universities.

We have a network of campuses, learning centres and research centres across Victoria and corporate offices in Melbourne, China, Indonesia, India and Sri Lanka. Our online Cloud campus provides more than 13,000 students with access to state-of-the-art digital tools and direct access to world-renowned academics.

As a Victorian university with a global impact, Deakin is translating its research into commercial outcomes that will help drive innovation for Australia's economy.

To apply please provide a resume and a cover letter clearly outlining how your experience meets the requirements of the role. Applications close Friday 22 February 2019.

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*At Deakin we value diversity, embrace difference and nurture a connected, safe and respectful community. We recognise that our academic workforce is increasingly diverse with a variety of backgrounds, experiences and responsibilities. In many cases, academic careers can be put on hold through career breaks or part-time work arrangements to take on caring duties, gain experience in other industries, for medical reasons or other personal circumstances. *

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