First listed on: 10 July 2024

James Cook Univesrity (JCU) is creating a brighter future for life in the Tropics and beyond, through education and research that makes a difference locally and globally.  An opportunity is now available for a Research Fellow, Social and Economic Risk to work within a multi-institutional team of social scientists contributing to the Reef Restoration and Adaptation Progream (RRAP), Stakeholder and Traditional Owner Engagement Subprogram.  

  • Full-time; fixed-term to June 2025
  • Academic Level B $106,593 - $125,774 p.a. + up to 17% employer superannuation contributions, leave loading and other generous employee benefits
  • Based at either the Townsville, Bebegu Yumba campus, Douglas or the Cairns Nguma-bada campus, Smithfield.

Position Overview

The Research Fellow will undertake collaborative research orientated towards understanding social and economic risks associated with reef restoration and adaptation.

 The RRAP aims to develop effective interventions to help coral reefs resist, adapt to, and recover from the impacts of climate change.

What you can bring to the role

  • PhD in social sciences and substantive research experience in the social and economic dimensions of environmental management.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with a strong capacity to develop effective relationships across diverse sectors including Reef Traditional Owners.
  • An ability to synthesise and analyse large amounts of quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Project management skills including planning, budgeting and financial management, monitoring progress, evaluation and reporting.
  • Demonstrated ability to work under broad guidance from senior academic staff, with the ability to work in a team as well as being self-motivated to achieve a high standard of research delivery.
  • An established academic publishing track record.

Why JCU? 

We support our people through the provision of:

  • Attractive options for salary packaging
  • Five weeks’ annual recreation leave
  • Fitness Passport
  • Free Employee Assistance Program (coaching and counselling)
  • Access to online media subscriptions
  • Corporate discount on health insurance premiums
  • Well-equipped facilities including cafes and sporting fitness
  • Balance of work and life so you can enjoy a lifestyle that supports a diverse range of leisure and sporting interests.

What matters to us at JCU? 

Our People – Our staff, students, and the communities we serve

Our Education – Knowledge has the power to change lives

Our Place – the Tropics and beyond

Our Research – a catalyst for innovation and knowledge generation.

How to Apply

Ready to embark on this exciting journey? Visit the Careers at JCU Website and submit your application online.

Vacancy Reference Number 18981. Please ensure you refer to the application instructions before applying.  

Applications Close 28 July 2024 at 11:59PM AEST.

James Cook University encourages people from all backgrounds who meet the role requirements to apply. We value and celebrate the diversity of our community and are committed to ensuring our learning and working environment is safe and welcoming.


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