Research Associate

Location: Melbourne
Job Type: Full time
Contact: David Moore
Email: email David
Reference: CURTIN109


Job No: CURTIN109
Location: Fitzroy, Melbourne


Full time position running until February 2021

$68,768 - $93,178 (ALA) + 17% Superannuation

Curtin University is ranked in the top 200 universities worldwide (ARWU 2017), and in the top 50 in the world for universities under the age of 50 (QS World University Rankings 2017). In recent years, Curtin has climbed significantly in global league tables and in the 2016 Nature Index results, Curtin was named as a rising star, the most collaborative of the Australian universities, and the biggest Australian mover. Curtin is industry-facing, highly engaged with relevant partners, and a major global player, with well-integrated campuses in Singapore, Malaysia, and Dubai. 

Research Area

The National Drug Research Institute (NDRI) conducts high-quality, high-impact research on alcohol and other drug use in Australia. Funded by the Australian Research Council, a large, international research project is about to commence at NDRI’s Melbourne office, which is currently located in Fitzroy. The project will investigate the gender concepts informing research and policy on alcohol-related violence among young people, using a comparative approach encompassing Australia, Canada and Sweden. Using a combination of qualitative methods, including interviews with epidemiologists and policymakers, the project aims to develop recommendations for improving Australia’s capacity to address gender issues in alcohol-related violence. The project also involves research collaborators at The Australian National University, the Centre for Addiction & Mental Health (Canada) and Stockholm University.

Your new role

You will be employed to manage the day-to-day operations of the project. This position will be responsible for recruiting, conducting, coding and analysing research interviews;  collecting, coding and analysing textual materials; coordinating other aspects of the project; contributing to the publication of research findings and other project outputs; and presenting findings to academic and other audiences.

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You will bring to the role

  • A PhD in Sociology, Anthropology or cognate discipline
  • Experience in conducting and analysing qualitative interviews
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct scholarly database searches and write high quality literature reviews
  • A track record in peer-reviewed publications
  • The ability to coordinate large research projects with social media presence
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing, and pay close attention to detail
  • Exceptional ability to organise, plan and meet project deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to use initiative and also work as part of a small team to fulfil directives
  • A commitment to high quality scholarship and research independence and integrity
  • The capacity to contribute to the supervision of HDR students
  • The capacity to travel within Australia and overseas if necessary to conduct interviews
  • Demonstrated experience working within an MS windows environment and general experience with Microsoft Office applications.

Other desirable skills include expertise in gender studies, knowledge and understanding of critical health social sciences and the alcohol and other drug field, and experience in effectively liaising with a range of agencies and professions.

What we offer you

Strengths of NDRI’s Melbourne office include:

  • Expertise in a range of qualitative methods and cutting edge social theory;
  • Experience in developing policy-relevant, high-impact research linked into national and international research, policy and service provision collaborations;
  • Experience in supervising students to successful higher degree completion;
  • An international reputation for high-quality, world-leading research;
  • The opportunity to network and collaborate with researchers from other institutions and disciplines, including law, criminology, medicine and policy, and with some of Australia’s leading experts in drug use in society.

The salary ranges presented are those which are contained within the University's Enterprise Agreements; as are the employee benefits which include employer superannuation contribution at the rate of the current Government Superannuation Guarantee amount up to 17 percent, study assistance, a comprehensive salary packaging and wellness programs and flexible and family friendly work practices.

Valuing Diversity and Affirmative Action

Curtin University embraces diversity and inclusion and invites applications from women, men and intersex individuals who share the University's values, ethics, international outlook, value diversity and have an informed respect for indigenous people. We are committed to making reasonable adjustments to provide a positive, barrier-free recruitment process and supportive workplace, therefore, if you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at time of application. We will then work with you to identify the best way to assist you through the recruitment process. All personal information will be kept confidential in compliance with relevant privacy legislation.

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Contact details

To apply complete the application form below. Applications close: 5PM, Monday 14 May 2018

For more information contact:

Professor David Moore

Phone:  03 9079 2203



Curtin reserves the right at its sole discretion to withdraw from the recruitment process, not to make an appointment, or to appoint by invitation, at any time.