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Research Consultant

University of Technology Sydney

International Development Team - Institute for Sustainable Futures.

About the Team

Bring your passion for creating positive social change and develop your career at the Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF). For 25 years ISF has been a recognised leader in applied sustainability research in Australia and internationally. We deliver high-impact applied research through partnerships with government, industry, civil society and the international research community.

About the Role

We seek applications from talented individuals passionate about research for sustainable development. The roles involves working on research projects focused on water and sanitation in Asia and the Pacific, bringing your technical skills to bear on urban sanitation, urban water cycle management, rural water supply or sanitation projects. The projects commonly include technical (engineering based), environmental, institutional, economic and social dimensions (such as gender equality and social inclusion), and support our clients and partners to improve their evidence-based water and sanitation policy and practice. Embarking on or furthering your research career, you will benefit from the opportunity to work on projects with a team of exceptional, well-recognised senior researchers and practitioners in this field who will mentor and support you.

About You

We would like to hear from applicants who have an educational background in engineering, environmental sciences, public health or a related field, with a passion for realising the human rights to water and sanitation and have an ability to take a flexible and team-oriented approach. Working in teams and with international partners (NGOs, private sector and government), you will apply your knowledge to contribute evidence that informs policy and practice. Suitable applicants will demonstrate relevant research skills for varied study designs, including strong analytical, critical thinking, communication and writing skills. We are looking for applicants who have a genuine passion for water and sanitation in low and middle-income countries, excellent project management skills and a keenness to learn and contribute within a team.This advertisement relates to a single position which may be either at Level 6 (Research Consultant) or Level 5 (Research Assistant). Candidates may apply for either level as appropriate to their skills and experience.

For a Research Consultant role, we would like to hear from applicants with previous research experience in water and sanitation and an interest to develop professionally in this field. You will be conducting team-based research including design, data collection, analysis, writing and communication, engaging with research partners in Asia and the Pacific, providing research project management support, contributing to strategic planning and preparing proposals for external funding opportunities and other outputs.

For a Research Assistant role, we would like to hear from graduates who have a flexible approach, interest in research, organisational skills and willingness to learn. You will be responsible for contributing as a team member to research project tasks including with partners in Asia and the Pacific, organising activities and events, and assisting with the preparation of proposals for external funding opportunities and written reports and publications.

Suitable applicants must have excellent results in their undergraduate degree; however, ultimately, we are looking for graduates who have a real passion and a genuine desire to learn and contribute to a team. Excellent writing and data analysis skills are required for all positions, as is the ability to manage multiple projects concurrently.

Remuneration and Benefits:

  • Base Salary Range: Research Assistant (Level 5) $78,667 to $89,995
  • Base Salary Range: Research Consultant (Level 6) $91,254 to $98,805

The level of appointment is dependent upon the applicant's skills, experience and competencies. Please apply for the level for which you would like to be considered for by the panel.

The university offers 17% employer provided superannuation and salary packaging opportunities.

This position is full-time, and appointment will be made on a Two-Year Fixed term basis.

Part time - 0.8 FTE (4 days per week)will also be considered. This is a Sydney-based role with travel required to countries in Asia and the Pacific as part of a core requirement of the role.

How to Apply

Please click the Apply link to be taken to the UTS website. Here you can download:

  • Full details of the application process;
  • A copy of the position statement; and
  • Information on remuneration, benefits, terms and conditions

Please ensure that the file name for each document submitted includes IRC271960 and your name.

Please have all required documents and information available prior to commencing the application process as you will be unable to save your application once started.

Specific enquiries or issues with your application may be directed to Recruitment Team at [email protected], using the subject line: Research Consultant enquiry via EthicalJobs.

A position description is attached.


Applicants must have current and valid work rights in Australia.

Please note: If you have a disability that requires adjustment to the recruitment process or an alternative application pathway please contact [email protected] for assistance.

At UTS, the concepts of equity and social justice are key to our core and purpose - we are recognised widely as supporting inclusivity and valuing diversity through our Wingara Indigenous Employment Strategy, Social Impact Framework and UTS Access and Inclusion Plan.

Cited as a WGEA Employer of Choice since the inception of the award, we are now among the first Australian institutions to receive the Athena SWAN Bronze Accreditation for our commitment to action addressing gender equity in the STEMM disciplines.

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