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Ngarrngga Post Doctoral Fellow

Job no: 0057684
Location: Parkville
Role type: 
Fixed-term for three years
Melbourne Graduate School of Education
Level B – $110,236 – $130,900 p.a. plus 17% super

Only Indigenous Australians are eligible to apply as this position is exempt under the Special Measure Provision, Section 12 (1) of the Equal Opportunity Act 2011 (Vic).

The University of Melbourne would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which our campuses are situated, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung Peoples, the Yorta Yorta Nation, the Dja Dja Wurrung People. We acknowledge that the land on which we meet and learn was the place of age-old ceremonies, of celebration, initiation and renewal, and that the local Aboriginal Peoples have had and continue to have a unique role in the life of these lands.

About -  Melbourne Graduate School of Education
The Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE) fosters staff productivity, growth and engagement in a collective effort to enrich the contribution that education makes to society. We conduct research and teaching that leads to the transformation of education practice both within and beyond the profession. MGSE stimulates learning that enriches the potential of students from around the world, enabling meaningful careers and profound contributions to communities.

About the Role
The Ngarrngga Project Postdoctoral Fellowship is an opportunity to support a signature initiative of the University of Melbourne which aims to empower educators to teach Australian students about the depth and wealth of First Nations peoples’ histories and contributions to Australia.   

This is a three-year postdoctoral Fellowship for an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander candidate with excellent records and evidence of outstanding potential as an academic researcher and leader.

Responsibilities include:

  • Conducting research project as outlined in Fellowship Application.
  • Engaging in ongoing professional development in relevant fields of educational, Indigenous specific and sociological research, and maintaining knowledge of current research, resources and practice in the field.
  • Where appropriate, contributing to supervision and Advisory Panels for Research Higher Degree students.
  • Treating everyone equitably; acting fairly with staff and demonstrate respect for diversity

The Fellowship requires the successful candidate to undertake a substantial new research project and to build their academic profile and expertise through publications and national and international collaborations. Applicants are asked to provide a project proposal aligned to the Project’s Research Agenda, and this is also considered in the award of the Fellowship. 

About You
You will show advanced research and writing skills as well as advanced knowledge in Indigenous education, Indigenous pedagogy, sociology and social justice research. You will also bring your expertise in policy analysis, theory and case study research relevant to the field of Indigenous education, sociology and social justice. 

You will also have:

  • PhD in Education, or cognate discipline in Social Sciences
  • Applicants must identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander;
  • Unrestricted right to work in Australia;
  • Any offer of employment will be conditional upon receipt and maintenance of a valid Working with Children Check;
  • This position is based at the Parkville site. Travel to other sites may be required.

To ensure the University continues to provide a safe environment for everyone, this position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check.

About the University
The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.

Benefits of Working with Us
In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

  • Flexible working arrangements, generous personal, parental and cultural leave
  • Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary packaging and leave loading
  • Free and subsidised health and wellbeing services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs
  • Discounts on a wide range of products and services including Myki cards and Qantas Club
  • Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families

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Be Yourself
We value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and encourage and celebrate diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages, with disabilities and culturally and linguistically diverse people are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please submit your application including a brief cover letter, your resume and your responses against the selection criteria^ (found in the Position Description) for the role.

^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to

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