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Senior Research Fellow

Summer Foundation

The role of the Senior Research Fellow is to contribute to the research and dissemination activities of the Summer Foundation Research Unit.

A Senior Research Fellow is expected to carry out independent and/or team research within the relevant field and carry out activities to develop their research expertise relevant to the particular field of research.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Conduct and publish, or otherwise disseminate high quality and/or high impact research as a member of a team or independently and produce conference/seminar papers and publications from that research.
  • Lead and/or contribute to writing up research findings for publication and dissemination.
  • Prepare research proposal submissions to external funding sources.
  • Engage with industry and community to ensure that all research results are communicated and adopted by industry, community and/or government.
  • Co-supervise or supervise Higher Degree by Research (HDR) postgraduate students as required.
  • Mentor and build the capacity of other research team members.
  • Supervise research support staff involved in the staff members and research.
  • Develop limited amount of research related material for teaching or other purposes.
  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of a robust and ambitious research culture.
  • Contribute to the activities of the organisation, as agreed with manager and as consistent with the requirements of any external contracts relating to funding of the position.
  • Attend to effective and efficient performance of allocated leadership and administrative functions primarily connected with the area of research.
  • Pursue continuing professional development and foster culture of curiosity and learning in the research team.
  • Contribute to building relationships at local and national level.
  • Undertake other duties commensurate with the classification and scope of the position.

Skills and Experience

Essential Criteria

  • Completion of a PhD or equivalent qualifications and research experience in an area relevant to younger people in aged care (e.g. disability, housing, discharge planning or primary health). Qualifications in a range of disciplines will be considered (e.g., clinical psychology, neuropsychology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, social work, speech pathology, epidemiology, disability studies, public health, urban planning or data science);
  • A record of publications, conference papers and/or reports, or professional or technical contributions which provide evidence of strong research potential;
  • Sound analytical skills with an ability to communicate complex information clearly both orally and in writing;
  • High level organisational skills: the ability to set priorities, meet deadlines, initiate and follow-up actions, all with minimal or no supervision;
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with people with severe acquired brain injury;
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and productively with staff and students from a diverse range of backgrounds;
  • Ability to liaise effectively with a range of collaborators nationally and/or internationally and with industry partners;
  • Evidence of the ability to work as a member of a team in a co-operative and collegial manner;
  • Demonstrated high level of self-motivation and personal management skills;
  • Currently hold, or be able to obtain, a Working With Children Check;
  • Employment subject to National Police History Check

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience in the preparation of research proposal submissions to external funding bodies and evidence of success in securing research funding;
  • Confident and competent user of technology;
  • Drivers licence and own vehicle.

Core Competencies

The successful applicant’s values will match those of the Summer Foundation.

The Summer Foundation’s values include:

  • Vision: We are creative, innovative and resourceful. We continually strive to be the best
  • Integrity: We act with integrity and honesty in everything we do
  • Communication: We communicate openly by exchanging information and actively listening to all stakeholders
  • Team Spirit: We value and recognise the contribution of our colleagues, both locally and globally. We enjoy working together to achieve outstanding results and total job satisfaction.
  • Corporate Responsibility: We act responsibly within our community and care for the environment.

Other Relevant Information

  • The position description is indicative of the initial expectation of the role and subject to changes to Summer Foundation goals and priorities, activities or focus of the job.
  • People with disability are encouraged to apply. Lived experience is valued by the organisation and looked upon favourably
  • Employment Type: Full-time or Part-time (minimum 3 days per week)
  • Term: Fixed-term contract, 3 years with 6-month probation
  • Location: Office space available in Box Hill, Victoria. Open to interstate researchers working remotely and working from Box Hill office approximately 12 days per annum.
  • Salary: Senior Research Fellow (Level C) range – Exact salary dependent on level of experience. Salary sacrificing is also available.

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