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If you're a bright, energetic, out-of-the-box thinker seeking a distinctive environment in which to flourish then the University of Canberra wants to hear from you.

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Research Officer- Early Childhood Development

Apply now Job no: 495347
Work type: Academic
Location: Bruce
Categories: Research Only

• An opportunity to join the Health Research Institute team at UC!
• UC Academic Level A $70,871pa- $82,824pa + 17% Super
• Full-Time, 3 Year Fixed-Term Contract

The University of Canberra is a dynamic university with great ambition. The university partners with government, business, and industry locally and internationally to challenge the status quo through the pursuit of best practice in teaching, learning, and research. UC’s place-based identity ensures that it exists to serve Australia’s capital community and its surrounding region with a strong impact on the nation. The university's success in research and education has been internationally recognised, resulting in UC becoming the world’s fastest rising university (QS, 2019).

The Health Research Institute at the University of Canberra is a multidisciplinary research institute that integrates epidemiological and social research with a strong translational focus. We are currently seeking a Research Officer to join our team.

Reporting to the Director, UC-Health Research Institute the primary purpose of the Research Officer is to support our research team for the “Good Start in Life” program for early childhood development (funded by the Medical Research Future Fund). Using data from the Australian Early Development Census we will target neighbourhood areas in Canberra with a high proportion of developmentally vulnerable children. Place-based approaches to supporting children and families will be delivered in pre-schools, early childhood education centres, local play groups, and public places such as playgrounds.

A key feature of this role is to be responsible for providing research support to the planning, management, and conduct of the initiative including developing project plans, research tools, data collection (qualitative and quantitative), data analysis, conducting workshops or training sessions, and other research tasks as required.

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate a good understanding of early childhood development including knowledge of how social and economic systems impact the wellbeing of children and families. The candidate will hold a bachelor’s degree or postgraduate qualifications in a related area, such as public health, social work, early education or psychology.

Demonstrated experience in quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis as well as project management experience is required.

Experience in evaluation and in mixed methods research (research design, implementation, evaluation) and the ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team is desirable but not essential.

The successful candidate will be required to obtain a Working With Vulnerable People (WWVP) card and a satisfactory current police check and an unrestricted driver’s licence is required for local travel.

The University offers excellent conditions and benefits such as flexible, family-friendly policies, on site gym, on site medical services, a supermarket, and childcare facilities.

UC’s Strategic Plan 2018-2022 sets a goal to be the national sector leader in equity, diversity, inclusion, and access, and the ambitious goals of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategic Plan are designed to ensure that our Indigenous students and staff flourish in a welcoming and culturally safe environment. UC encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disabilities, and people from culturally diverse groups.

To be considered for this position your application must include your resume demonstrating your skills and experience in line with the key capabilities outlined in the position description.

If you are initially shortlisted, you may be asked to complete an online one-way video interview through a platform called Sonru. There will be a list of pre-set questions that will need to be answered within a stipulated time.

Working Rights: Applicants who wish to apply for this position should have valid working rights or eligibility to obtain a work visa for Australia.

For job-specific information: please contact Dr. Vicky Saunders via email at

Recruitment and application questions: please contact the UC Talent team on 02 6206 3867 or email

Closing Date: 11.55pm, Sunday 7th March 2021

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