Join our team – Research Fellow

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Position description

Classification: Academic Level B
Salary package: $110,162 – $124,903 per annum plus 17% superannuation
Term: 1 x Full-time, Fixed Term (up to March 2025) & 1 x Full-time, Fixed Term (up to October 2024)

This is an exciting opportunity to work with a small, dynamic team undertaking world leading research on critically important social policy issues, with a strong focus on ending child poverty. Be part of the region’s leading Public Policy School, located in a beautiful campus environment with flexible work arrangements.

Closes: March 24, 2024 at 23:5 AEDT

About Us
The ANU College of Asia & the Pacific (CAP) leads intellectual engagement with the Asia-Pacific region through research, teaching and contributions to public debate, and seeks to set the international standard for scholarship concerning the region. The College hosts the largest number of regional experts and specialist academic programs in the English-speaking world, and plays a vital role in informing public policy and Australia’s intellectual engagement with the societies, cultures and economies of Asia and the Pacific.

CAP is the centre of excellence for understanding human development and organisation in Asia and the Pacific, and addressing the cultural, economic, environmental, political and societal dimensions of global challenges.

Crawford School of Public Policy is a School within CAP and is Australia’s premier public policy school, with recognised world-class expertise and experience in interdisciplinary research in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

The Children’s Policy Centre, within the Crawford School of Public Policy, undertakes innovative, inter-disciplinary research on a range of issues relating to children’s policy, with a strong focus on ending child poverty. We communicate research findings to contribute to better outcomes for children and young people and seek to connect researchers, policy makers and practitioners working on a range of issues to promote the human rights, wellbeing and best interests of children.

The Opportunity
We are seeking up to two researchers, with experience in undertaking qualitative research and analysis, and some knowledge of poverty and social indicators to contribute to our research on children’s experiences of poverty, place-based responses to child poverty, and child-inclusive policies within the Children’s Policy Centre. The research fellow(s) will report to Professor Sharon Bessell, and will work with our local partners in communities and government.  

In this role you will undertake qualitative research with children, undertake analysis of qualitative data, communicate findings to diverse audiences, contribute to developing child-centred indicators, provide support to the small, dynamic research team.

Our Ideal Candidate
Our ideal candidate will have a PhD in social sciences, with experience in working on social policy in Australia. Experience in undertaking research with children or on issues of poverty or social disadvantage will be an advantage. To excel in this role, proficiency in NVivo and experience in research communication will be an advantage.

To enquire about this opportunity, please contact the Director of the Children’s Policy Centre Professor Sharon Bessell – T: +61 2 6125 6562 E:

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access
Increasing the representation of women, First Nations people and persons from diverse gender, ability, cultural and linguistic backgrounds is a strategic priority for the College of Asia and the Pacific. We strongly encourage applications from these groups.

The University actively encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. For more information on employment opportunities, contact our Indigenous Employment Consultant on  

ANU is a large, diverse employer. We are a recipient of the bronze award through the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) program and a platinum member of the Australian Network on Disability. We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and identities and from individuals who may have had a non-linear career path, career gaps or career breaks. For more information about staff equity at ANU, visit

How to Apply
In order to apply for this role please make sure that you upload the following documents:

  • A statement addressing the selection criteria.
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) which includes the names and contact details of at least three referees (preferably including a current or previous supervisor). If your CV does not include referees you can complete these online when prompted in the application form.
  • Other documents, if required.

Applications which do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position.

Please note: The successful candidate must have rights to live and work in this country. The successful candidate will be required to undergo a background check during the recruitment process.  An offer of employment is conditional on satisfactory results.