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School/Centre: Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation
Faculty/Institute/Division: Faculty of Arts and Education
Classification: Level A, Research Only

Responsible to: Research Chair, Islamic Studies and Intercultural Dialogue
Hours of Duty: Full-time (36.75 hours per week) and fixed term for three years
Location of Work: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Vacancy closes: Sunday 30 October, 2016
Vacancy reference number: 160543
More information: Cayla Edwards Tel: +61 3 9244 6658, Email:


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Alongside our international and Australian partners, Deakin University operates on four main campuses; Melbourne Burwood Campus, Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus, Geelong Waterfront Campus, and the Warrnambool Campus. We also have a location in the Melbourne and Warrnambool CBDs as well as learning centres across regional Victoria.

The University may require staff to work at other locations outside their primary place of work.

The Associate Research Fellow will initiate and conduct research in the area of Islamic studies, Islam-state-society, Muslim World and politics, Muslim minorities and intercultural and interfaith dialogue.

The Associate Research Fellow is expected to contribute to the research output of the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation.


The appointee will work with support, guidance and / or direction from research only staff classified at Research Fellow (Level B) and above and with an increasing degree of autonomy as the researcher gains greater skills and experience.


The Associate Research Fellow reports to the Director of the Alfred Deakin Research Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation through the Research Chair, Islamic and Intercultural Studies.


The Associate Research Fellow is expected to contribute towards the research effort of the University and develop his/her research expertise through the pursuit of defined research projects relevant to the particular field of research.
* Initiate and conduct research under limited supervision either as a member of a team, or independently.
* Contribute to building an active national research record, prepare findings for oral and written communication including publications and the generation of external research income.
* Constructively contribute to a vibrant research team, including participating with colleagues in developing and maintaining links and partnerships with industry and the wider community.
* Produce literature reviews and other background materials on Islamic studies, Islam-state-society, Muslim World and politics, Muslim minorities and intercultural and interfaith dialogue.
* Promote the activities of the University, particularly those relating to research and research training, within academic and professional communities locally and in Australia.

* Initiate and conduct research under limited supervision or independently (where appropriate).
* In consultation with the Chair, develop and submit individual research proposals to external funding bodies, most importantly a competitive ARC DECRA application.
* Remain up-to-date with current literature and methods relevant to the area of responsibility.
* Be involved in professional activities, including attendance at conferences and seminars in the field of expertise (subject to availability of funds).
* Attend meetings associated with the Chair’s research project(s) and attend other meetings as directed, such as Institute / School /Faculty meetings.
* Provide support to the Chair in the development and coordination of associated reports and various communications as well as academic events and activities.
* Engage in scholarly publications, personally and in research teams and prepare findings/results for oral and written communication, producing or contributing to the production of high quality publications from that research.
* Constructively contribute to a vibrant research team by guiding the research effort of junior colleagues.
* Other reasonable duties as directed by the Chair.


Research is conducted independently, or as part of a team, in the context of frequent consultation with other team members and with the responsible research investigators.


The Associate Research Fellow is expected to exercise judgement on work methods and task sequences within standard practices and procedures and to seek expert advice for work methods that fall outside the standard practices. Capacity to work independently, to use initiative and to work well within a team setting is expected.

The Associate Research Fellow will be responsible for:
* Following safe work procedures and instructions.
* Taking reasonable care for the safety of self and others.
* Seeking guidance for all new or modified work procedures.
* Ensuring that any hazardous conditions, near misses and injuries are reported immediately to a supervisor.
* Participating in meetings, training and other health and safety activities.
* Using equipment in compliance with relevant guidelines, without wilful interference or misuse.
* Must cooperate with the University in relation to actions taken by the University in order to comply with the Occupational Health and Safety and Environmental legislation. In addition, research only academic staff are responsible for ensuring that an equivalent standard of environment, health and safety is afforded to their students as is afforded to University staff generally. Research only academic staff are deemed to have
principal supervisory duty for undergraduate and postgraduate research student activities.

* A PhD qualification in Sociology, Politics or any closely related fields.
Experience, Knowledge and Skills
* Demonstrated skills in the coordination of data collection, data entry and analysis using STATA, SPSS and Excel.
* A strong track record in producing research and publications including journal articles, reports and other scholarly outputs in sociology and/or politics.
* Demonstrated experience with quantitative and qualitative research methods.
* Demonstrated ability to plan and conduct high quality research.
* Demonstrated ability to present on topics of expertise.
* Demonstrated ability to manage complex and competing deadlines, initiative and sound judgment.
* Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
* Good interpersonal skills, including the ability to interact well with research and technical staff and students and excellent oral, written communication and presentation skills.

Experience, Knowledge and Skills
* Demonstrated skills in the publication of research journal articles, conference papers, report, or professional or technical contributions and / or demonstrated skills in the preparation of research manuscripts.
* Experience in contributing to the supervision of undergraduate honours and / or research higher degree students. Islamic studies, Islam-state-society, Muslim World and politics, Muslim minorities and intercultural and interfaith dialogue.

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