Research Fellow, 2yrs - Indigenous People and Epigenetic Science

Research Fellow – ‘Indigenous People and Epigenetic Science'

Job no: 494523
Work type: Full-time
Location: Melbourne - Burwood
Categories: Education

Work in the Faculty of Art and Education, Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation

The Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation aims to understand complex social issues associated with globalising processes through innovative, mixed method multidisciplinary research. With a focus on disseminating our research through high-impact channels, engaging in partnerships and supporting high-quality researchers and doctoral students, we seek to contribute to knowledge construction and influence research developments, public debates and policy agendas

  • Full-time, 24 months Fixed Term

  • Level B $97,398 + 17% Superannuation 

  • Based at our Melbourne Burwood campus

The Role

This two-year position focuses on the project 'Indigenous people and epigenetic science' led by Prof Emma Kowal (Deakin), Prof Megan Warin (Adelaide) and A/Prof Maurizio Meloni (Deakin). Epigenetics is a rapidly evolving science concerned with how life experiences, such as trauma or stress, can modify DNA and be passed on to negatively affect children's (and possibly grandchildren's) health and development.

Drawing on anthropology, and science and technology studies, the overall study aims to: 1) investigate how epigenetics is being received by Indigenous Australians, and 2) identify the potential risks and opportunities that narratives of biosocial damage entail. The research aims to understand how the interplay of biology, race, and society are unfolding at the intersection of different knowledge systems and at the forefront of technological progress.

The Research Fellow project will be tailored to the skills and interests of the successful applicant, but will broadly involve social social research with Indigenous people and scientists engaged in projects involving epigenetics in Australia.

Your key responsibilities will include

  • provide an excellent contribution to the Faculty’s research programs

  • exhibit and/or publish high quality research in journals of high repute

  • contribute to the achievement of Deakin’s strategic goals in research, engagement and innovation

  • contribute to the research achievement of the Faculty

  • undertake professional and administrative roles and responsibilities that enhance the discipline and Deakin

  • develop relationships with research, community, industry and government for enhanced research outcomes

To be successful, you’ll have

  • PhD in a relevant discipline

  • emerging research and scholarship through publications, and/or exhibitions as appropriate to the discipline

  • ability to make a contribution to communities through research

  •  capacity to contribute to research and administration

  • excellent interpersonal skills and a proven ability to establish good working relationships with colleagues

For a copy of the position description, please see below:

 Final PD - Research Fellow.pdf

Applications for this position close on 31st July 2019.

Please ensure to include a cover letter, resume and responses to the Key Selection Criteria in your application.

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, please contact Luke Cuttance Executive Officer, Alfred Deakin Institute Telephone +61 3 9244 6384