City, Architecture, Building, Office Building, Outdoors, Cityscape, Urban, Road, Aerial View, Construction Crane

Research Associate

  • 555550
  • Canberra / ACT, ACT, Australia, 2601
  • Fixed Term
  • Closing at: Apr 30 2024 at 23:55 AEST

Classification: Academic Level A or B
Salary package: $80,914 - $124,903 per annum plus 17% superannuation
Term: Full-time, Fixed Term, up to 2 years (part time hours will be considered)

This is an opportunity to work with a world-class university that undertakes cutting edge research and has a strong tradition in research-led teaching excellence. We offer:

  • Flexible working arrangements including hybrid arrangements working both on our beautiful, green campus and working remotely.
  • Generous paid parental leave entitlements of up to 32 weeks. We are one of the leading employers in Australia for parental leave entitlements.
  • Designated parent rooms, quiet spaces and childcare facilities on campus.
  • Career support, training, mentoring & upskilling opportunities.

For more information on a range of lifestyle, financial and non-financial rewards and programs, please click here.

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.

Crawford School of Public Policy is one of four Schools within CAP and one of the world’s leading public policy schools. Crawford School is the University's focal point for contributing to public policy research, education and policy impact. Its graduate programs have trained many of the region’s leaders, and its research has impacted on policymaking. Public policy scholarship at Crawford School is characterised by high quality, policy-relevant research across a range of disciplines.

The Opportunity
The position will contribute to research on an Australian Research Council funded Discovery Project “Inequality, Prosperity and the Australian Welfare State’. This project aims to clarify contested understandings of Australian income disparities and the role of economic and social policies in addressing these inequalities. It is a collaboration between the Social Policy Institute in the Crawford School, POLIS@ANU Centre for Social Policy Research and the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of New South Wales.

The project aims to fill significant gaps in understanding of developments in inequality in Australia over the long run and more recently.

It will achieve this by providing detailed, consistent and comprehensive data to enable the analysis of inequality and poverty trends in Australia over time. These databases will be used to analyse the past distributional impact of taxes and social security benefits to identify what factors explain historical and recent inequality trends and identify the most effective policies to reduce inequalities going forward.

Depending on the level of appointment, the responsibilities of the position will range from data development and analysis, contributing to working papers and journal articles with senior colleagues, or publishing original and innovative analysis in refereed journals and/or other refereed publications, presenting research at academic seminars and at national and international conferences, and collaborating with other researchers involved in the project and/or at the international level. The position’s responsibilities will include contributing to the management of the project, including managing the website.

Our Ideal Candidate
The successful applicant will have qualifications in social policy or other social science and cognate disciplines and/or will have experience in working on these issues in an academic or policy environment. They will have contributed to or undertaken research on income distribution and social security or taxation policies and have demonstrated knowledge of existing data sources and the academic literature on these or related issues.

The candidate will report directly to Professor Peter Whiteford and is expected to work collegially, leading by example to develop and maintain effective, productive, and beneficial workplace relationships within the academic and professional School and College staff, students, and honorary appointees, as well as with industry stakeholders. This position may also have a supervising role for students and will engage in collegial and productive collaborations with local, national, and where possible, international colleagues.

To enquire about this opportunity, please contact Professor Peter Whiteford at the Crawford School of Public Policy; T: 61 261254295; 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.


Apply Now

Refer someone to this job

Not You?

Thank you

Job referral

Know someone great for this role! 

Recommended Jobs

Communication and Engagement Officer

ANU Officer 5 555674 Canberra / ACT ACT Australia Canberra / ACT, ACT, 2601 Crawford Sch of Public Policy Professional Continuing
Are you a talented communication specialist with strong storytelling, events and outreach skills? Adaptable and organised? If this sounds like you, we'd love to hear from you.

International Student Recruitment Officer (Regional Manager)

ANU Officer 6/7 555573 Canberra / ACT ACT Australia Canberra / ACT, ACT, 2601 Student Recruitment Division Professional Continuing
The International Strategy and Future Students (ISFS) Division is seeking International Student Recruitment Officer (Regional Manager)

Digital Designer

ANU Officer 6/7 555774 Canberra / ACT ACT Australia Canberra / ACT, ACT, 2601 Communication and Engagement Professional Continuing
ANU Communications and Engagement (ACE) is looking for an experienced Digital Designer to join an incredible team of storytellers. In this role, the opportunities to tell incredible, impactful stories is limitless.

Job Alerts

Not You?

Thank you