Research Officer (Social Sciences)

The Centre for Urban research is looking for a new Research Officer to join its thriving Beyond Behaviour Change program.

  • Melbourne CBD location
  • Part time (0.7 FTE), 12 month fixed term contract
  • $79,750-$85,604 pro rota + 17% super

The Organisation RMIT is a global university of technology, design and enterprise. Our mission is to help shape the world through research, innovation, teaching and engagement, and to create transformative experiences for our students, getting them ready for life and work. The Centre for Urban Research within the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies undertakes a range of research projects in areas including housing, sustainability, urban planning and climate change adaptation.

The role and your responsibilities

Reporting to the Senior Research Fellow, the Research Officer will carry out research and administration tasks as part of the Beyond Behaviour Change research program within the Centre for Urban Research. In particular, the successful applicant will work across several projects on heat stress, climate change adaptation and smart home technologies. Key tasks will include recruitment activities for qualitative fieldwork, assistance with conducting fieldwork activities (including interviewing households and key stakeholders), data processing and management, collation and analysis of research materials, literature reviewing, research administration, assistance with report and publication writing, and other tasks as required.

Skills and experience required

The ideal candidate will bring to the role your excellent qualitative research skills including interviewing skills and use of qualitative data analysis software. Your ability to work autonomously to co-ordinate and deliver research projects, including managing timelines, complex tasks, varying workloads and changing priorities will be critical to your success in this role. Your understanding of social context and disadvantage will be important as it relates to policy and planning. Key to this role will be your demonstrated writing ability in an academic context and familiarity with publishing in peer-reviewed journals and reviewing academic literature.

An undergraduate qualification in a relevant social science discipline (e.g. sociology, geography, cultural studies) is required. A postgraduate qualification in relevant social science discipline is desirable.

Applicants need to have a current Visa that entitles the applicant to work in Australia. The successful applicant must have capacity to conduct occasional periods (1-2 weeks) of fieldwork independently in interstate locations including regional areas. Appointment to this position is subject to passing a Working with Children check.

Apply online

To view a Position Description please see below or for further information please contact Yolande Strengers , Senior Research Fellow on +61 3 9925 1916. Applications close on 16th September.

Applicants are requested to separately address the key selection criteria as outlined in the Position Description. 


RMIT is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from all sectors of the community.