Research Fellow (Indigenous Water)

Monash University

Clayton VIC, Australia 🇦🇺

Job No.: 625759

Location: Clayton campus

Employment Type: Full-time

Duration: 2-year fixed-term appointment

Remuneration: $101,130 – $120,093 pa Level B (plus 17% employer superannuation )

  • Be inspired, every day
  • Enjoy the freedom to discover something new
  • Take your career in exciting, rewarding directions 

There’s a certain feeling you get from working at Monash University. It’s the feeling that you’re a part of something special. Something significant. So if you’re looking for the next chapter in your career, it’s here. You’ll be given the opportunity to challenge yourself, build on your skills, and make a significant contribution to a workplace that’s filled with energetic and inspiring people. Talent thrives here – and so do truly satisfying careers.

The Opportunity

An exciting opportunity has become available for a Research Fellow on Indigenous Water to join the team at Monash within the Monash Sustainable Development Institute (MSDI) on a fixed-term full-time basis. You will be a critical part of MSDI Water, a team of interdisciplinary researchers, knowledge brokers and influencers who bridge between research and action to drive change for more sustainable water futures.

You will be responsible for undertaking engagement and research on topics related to Indigenous water justice. A particular focus is anticipated to be on strengthening Indigenous sovereignty, water rights and peoples as part of water governance frameworks, and embracing Indigenous ways of knowing and being in our approach to planning and decision making to enhance the wellbeing of people and planet. You will share research insights with community, industry and academic audiences, including through research publications. You will lead the development of partnerships with Indigenous communities and organisations, as well as provide supervision of research-support staff and guidance to junior members of the research-only academic staff. 

To ensure you have strong support to do this work well, you will be connected to and culturally supported by Monash University’s William Cooper Institute. 

Only Indigenous Australians are eligible to apply for this position as it is exempt under the Special Measure Provision, Section 12 (1) of the Equal Opportunity Act 2011 (Vic). Hence, this position is suited to a highly motivated Indigenous Australian who holds a doctoral qualification in a discipline area related to water and/or Indigenous justice, or equivalent qualifications or research experience. Additionally, the successful candidate will ideally have a demonstrated track record of research achievement in a relevant field, with the proven ability to work both independently in a research environment and, ideally, as part of an interdisciplinary research team. 

The successful candidate will ideally have experience working with Indigenous communities and have an understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and knowledge of protocol. A track record in successfully engaging with industry and government stakeholders is desired. Experience in successfully supervising, mentoring and coaching to support the development of research staff is also desired.

This role is a full-time position; however, flexible working arrangements may be negotiated.

If you believe you can fulfil these requirements, you are strongly encouraged to apply.

At Monash University, we are committed to being a Child Safe organisation. This position at the University will require the incumbent to hold a valid Working with Children Check.

Your application must address the selection criteria. Please refer to “How to apply for Monash Jobs“.


Professor Chris Chesterfield, MSDI Water Strategy and Engagement, +61 419 748 325

Position Description

Download File Research Fellow – Indigenous Water

Closing Date

Thursday 28 October 2021, 11:55pm AEDT

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IHE Delft Institute for Water Education - MSc in Water and Sustainable Development