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Vice Chancellor Research Fellowship / Senior Research Fellowship (Early Years Research Lab)

Southern Cross University
Australia (AU)
Salary ranges between $101,544 - $142,531 plus 17% superannuation
Posted Date
Sep 28, 2022

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Faculty Positions, Education, Other Education, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Research Administration, Student Affairs
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Full Time
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  • Full-time, fixed term (3 years) opportunity
  • Make a positive impact in the world and in the lives of those we serve
  • Location choices suited to the Australian coastal lifestyle on the east coast

About us Southern Cross University is a young, dynamic and rising institution of excellence committed to transforming tomorrow. Our game changing new education model brings a deeper learning experience, improving individual student outcomes and quality of life.


Working at Southern Cross University combines a rare combination of being surrounded by ambitious students, amazing and dedicated colleagues and an environment of stunning natural beauty. We are leaders in our communities in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Coffs Harbour and the Gold Coast and pride ourselves on helping shape a better tomorrow.


About the opportunity With a global reputation for excellence in collaborative and transdisciplinary educational and social research, Southern Cross University’s Faculty of Education is seeking a Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow to join our  Early Years Research Lab (EYRL). The Research Fellow or Senior Research Fellow will primarily be responsible for leading the research into early years education with a focus on one or more of the following areas:


Early learning and literacy Early intervention and children’s outcomes Inclusive education in ECEC The transition to school A quality early childhood workforce Quality ECEC provision Being internationally connected and collaborating with global leaders in the field, the EYRL works with research end-users to reduce educational inequalities and promote positive outcomes for all young children through universal access to and experience of quality early childhood education and care. As a Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow or Senior Research Fellow, you will be engaged in research to further expertise within this growing profile. Your core responsibilities will include:


  • Grow the world-leading research activities of the EYRL; Engage in university-wide and Faculty of Education research activities, contributing to a robust research culture; Lead esteemed research publications in high ranked journals and research outlets; and Liaise with project stakeholders and partners regularly to manage the success of project activities and outcomes.

About you You will be passionate about Early Years Education and Care or Early Childhood Development, with experience in relevant research publication activity, demonstrating the social impact of that research in practice. You will have a strong publication profile in early childhood education or early childhood development, along with experience working within research and on funded projects. Readiness for a DECRA will be highly regarded. More specifically, you will have:


  • A PhD in Education, and relevant research experience aligned with the Early Years Research Lab; Demonstrated ability to carry out research, contributing to multidisciplinary, team-based research activities; Track record, relevant to opportunity in publications and research income generation; and, Well-developed written and communication skills, including research engagement and impact.

The University’s values are integrity and collegiality. Alignment with these values, along with the ability to actively contribute to the success of a team, are inherent requirements of the role.


Salary and benefits Our staff benefit from flexible work arrangements, including hybrid work models, generous parental and carer’s leave provisions, wellbeing initiatives, employee assistance programs and professional learning opportunities. This position is:


  • Full-time, fixed term (3 years) Located at either Coffs Harbour, Gold Coast or Lismore. Generous relocation support available Academic Level B or C: Academic Level C –The base salary ranges from $123,900 - $142,531 per annum, plus 17% employer contribution to superannuation.  The total remuneration package is up to $166,761 per annum is offered for a Senior Lecturer appointment. Academic Level B –The base salary ranges from $101,544 - $120,179 per annum plus 17% employer contribution to superannuation.  The total remuneration package is up to $140,609. 

Find out more about working at SCU by visiting Why Work at SCU


Application requirements Applicants must apply online and respond to the selection criteria in the position description by the closing date.  Information to support you prepare your application is available on our website. If you experience difficulties applying online or need reasonable adjustments at any point in the application or interview process, please let us know by contacting  


This opportunity is open to Australian and international applicants. If the successful candidate requires visa sponsorship, the University will work with the appointee to support visa and travel requirements.


Further information To view the full position advertisement and details of the application process please click on the APPLY button where you will be redirected to the Southern Cross University website.




Closing Date: 9:00 am AEDT, 1 November 2022




Southern Cross University is committed to diversity and social inclusion and aims to ensure equality in the recruitment of our staff.  Applications are supported and encouraged by those that bring diversity to the University.


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