Local recruitment: Research Fellow, WASH

Griffith University

Nathan QLD, Australia 🇦🇺

Company Description

The International WaterCentre (IWC) was founded in 2005, with the vision of harnessing the diverse expertise of leading water professionals and academics from Australia and internationally to educate and empower individuals, communities and organisations, to build capacity to respond to water challenges in innovative ways. IWC’s main areas of activities are Applied Research, Education, and Engagement and Training. Since our inception, we have grown to become a significant actor in the global water sectors and an important feature of the Australian ‘water landscape’. We play a central role in stimulating and brokering relationships between Australian and international academics, researchers and practitioners, to collectively strengthen integrated water management approaches to tackling complex water challenges. This role in brokering collaborations allows us to lead and participate in teams that are larger than we are, and is central to the high level of our productivity and performance. IWC is situated within the Australian Rivers Institute (ARI), located at the Nathan campus of Griffith University (GU), Australia.

The Australian Rivers Institute (ARI) was formed in 2006 and is one of Australia’s largest university aquatic ecosystem research groups with globally recognised expertise in river, catchment and coastal ecosystems and the interaction with these systems in society.  ARI combines outstanding scholarship with significantly contributing to society by providing knowledge and advice. ARI’s talented researchers offer essential insights into the water cycle’s linkages, interconnectedness, and interdependencies.  

We undertake research to national and international standards, achieving the highest quality outcomes.  We aggregate research activities, attract external funding exceeding national averages, and actively partner with industry, government, and the broader scientific community to balance humanity’s growth whilst maintaining functional ecosystems and associated services. 

We support high-quality research training for Higher Degree Research students and provide a supportive and productive research environment, including mentoring for early-career researchers. 

The Institute has over 180 staff and postgraduate students across the University’s Nathan and Gold Coast campuses and hosts the International Water CentreCoastal Management Research Centre and the Sustainable Water Future Programme. We undertake high-quality research and postgraduate training in freshwater and estuarine ecology, catchment processes and water resource management. 

Job Description

The Research Fellow will focus on research relating to water management and WASH (water supply, sanitation, and hygiene) that will assist in developing, managing and delivering research projects that may include multiple partners, stakeholders and countries.

The IWC undertakes a range of knowledge-generating and sharing activities, including training, capacity development, engagement and education programs. The Research Fellow may be required to participate in other activities that suit their experience and capabilities.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Design and conduct data collection activities. This includes fieldwork, data analysis, research communication and other tasks that contribute to the research objectives of the IWC
  • Oversee the delivery of research activities by the broader research team, which includes researchers from partnering institutions, such as in Vanuatu, Fiji and Papua New Guinea, including collaboration with and mentoring partner researchers.
  • Manage the preparation and formulation of publications, ethics applications, presentations and research reports from the research. Prepare regular financial and narrative reports to funders and partners, including coordinating and supporting input from collaborators.
  • Develop a good publication record in high-impact, international, esteemed peer-reviewed journals and seek competitive funding.
  • Assist in mentoring and supervision of higher degree research candidates.
  • Supervise and support Research Assistants and Technical Staff, including from partnering institutions.
  • Lead and promote compliance with relevant legislation and University policies and procedures, including research ethics, equity and health & safety, laboratory standards and exhibit good practice in relation to same.

What we can offer
This is a fixed term (ending in December 2024), full time or part time (minimum 75% FTE) position and is based at the Griffith University Nathan campus. International travel will also be required.

The full time equivalent base salary for a Research Fellow 1 Level RF1 is in the range $82,359 – $96,473per annum + 17% superannuation. The total FTE package will be in the range $96,360 – $112,873per annum.


The occupant of this position will hold a PhD or equivalent qualifications/work experience in a relevant field.

Additional Information

As a values-led organisation, at Griffith University, we’ve worked hard to create a dynamic and strong organisational culture. We support the professional and personal development of all our employees and invest in the skills of our people. We offer:

  • Flexible working options and genuine work-life balance.
  • Salary packaging options & corporate health discounts.
  • Generous leave entitlements including paid parental leave.

Griffith University values diversity, inclusion and flexibility and we encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and people of all backgrounds to apply. For more information please visit our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion page.

Griffith’s strategic goals are to also increase the proportion of women in senior academic and administrative roles and in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM).

How to Apply
Please submit your application online and ensure your application includes the following:

  • A covering letter outlining your suitability for the role (please refer to the Qualifications above and the position description)
  • Current curriculum vitae/resume including full contact details
  • Please include the details of three supporting referees

Click here to view the position description.

Applicants must have unrestricted work rights for the duration of this appointment with the ability to travel overseas.

Further Information
For further information specifically about this role, please contact Dr Regina Souter, Director, International WaterCentreon r.souter@griffith.edu.au.

For application and recruitment advice, please contact Jake Barwick, Talent Acquisition Partner on j.barwick@griffith.edu.au.

For application support, please contact People Services on +61 (0) 7 3735 4011.

Closing date: Monday 10th April 2023 at 5:00pm AEST. All applications must be submitted online.






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