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Administration and Research Support Officer

Apply now Job No:513569
Area:Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Salary (FTE):Professional Level 05 ($70,796.58 - $78,852.96)
Work type:Part Time - Fixed Term
Location: St Lucia

School of Social Sciences

The School of Social Science is one of the leading social science schools in Australia. It is known internationally for its strong research focus and for producing undergraduate and postgraduate students with the skills and confidence to move through the world as curious, critical and engaged global citizens who secure work in their chosen careers.

The School teaches in the disciplines of anthropology, archaeology, criminology and sociology, as well as in interdisciplinary degree programs in criminology and criminal justice, development practice, museum studies, social science and cyber-security. The lecturing staff bring to the classroom enthusiasm for their disciplines, together with their considerable research expertise.

UQ Node, ARC Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Automated Decision Making and Society (ADM+S)

The recent rapid expansion of automated decision-making, enabled by a wide range of technologies from machine learning to the blockchain, has given rise to new risks to human rights and welfare. Potential harms range from data discrimination against disadvantaged communities to the spread of disinformation for political and commercial ends. Increasing inequality, lower productivity and diminished economic security have all been highlighted as risks in the coming decade. 

Led at UQ by Professor Paul Henman, the Australian-wide ARC CoE ADM+S was established in August 2020 and aims to contribute to the mitigation of these social and economic risks in the development and implementation of ADM, and to improve outcomes and efficiencies in four key focus areas where automation is already well advanced - news and media, transport and mobility, health care, and social services. The research is being conducted in four research programs – Machines, Data, People, and Institutions

About the Opportunity

We are currently seeking an Administration and Research Support Officer to assist with the coordination of operational, administrative and research related activities of the Centre at its UQ location and elsewhere.

Working closely with Centre Node Administrators and the Centre’s leadership across multiple sites, general duties and responsibilities also include, but are not limited to:

  • Coordinate logistics and prepare materials for the successful running of Centre within UQ, and in junction with RMIT (the administering organisation).
  • Ensure timely and accurate reporting of UQ Node activities in the Centre’s reporting systems, including coordinating with UQ Finance to prepare quarterly budget reporting.
  • Be the point of contact for staff within the Centre at UQ in relation to recruitment and selection issues, processes, and timelines.
  • Provide administrative support when necessary for administrative and academic committees and boards of the Centre.
  • Give basic research support to the Node investigators.

This position is primarily located at our picturesque St Lucia campus. St Lucia is renowned as one of Australia’s most attractive university campuses and is located just 7km from Brisbane’s city centre. Bounded by the Brisbane River on three sides, and with outstanding public transport connections, our 114-hectare site provides a perfect work environment – you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a vibrant campus with the tradition of an established university.

Our Ideal Candidate

Alongside the completion of a Bachelor degree, or an equivalent combination of relevant experience/education/training, we are seeking candidates with the following skills and experience: 

  • Demonstrated skills in providing administrative support, including diary and timetable management, minor events organisation, maintaining clear filing practices, and minutes keeping.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to successful coordinate and collaborate with varied people in different locations to achieve operational outcomes.
  • Undertake basic social research skills, such as literature reviews.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
  • Proven ability to work independently and take initiative.

For a full list of duties and selection criteria, please see the attached Position Description.

You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment to apply. Visa sponsorship is not available for this appointment.

We value diversity and inclusion, and actively encourage applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Our Diversity and Inclusion webpage contains further information if you require additional support. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to

What We Can Offer

This is a part-time (0.3 FTE), fixed-term position for up to 2 years at HEW Level 5.

The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $70,796 - $78,852, plus super of up to 17% (the total FTE package will be in the range $82,832 - $92,257).

You will be able to take advantage of salary sacrificing options, discounted private health insurance, cheap parking, development programs and many other benefits.

For further information, please review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018-2021.

Position Description

Download File 513569_Administration and Research Support Officer-PD.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Professor Paul Henman, CoE ADM+S UQ Node Leader, via

For application queries, please contact stating the job number in the subject line.

Want to Apply?

To submit an application for this role, use the APPLY NOW button below. All applicants must supply the following documents:

  • Cover letter
  • Statement addressing the key selection criteria (in the attached PD),
  • Resume

 Interviews tentatively scheduled: 6 May 2021

Applications close: E. Australia Standard Time

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