Research Fellow - The Pacific Research Group

Curtin University

Join The Pacific Livelihoods Research Group and work on funded research projects in Papua New Guinea.

  • $101,079-$119,738 plus 17% superannuation
  • 2 year, fixed term contract - full time
  • Opportunity for on-going career development
Job Reference: 643094

About us

The Pacific Livelihood Research Group at Curtin University is seeking to appoint a Research Fellow to work on funded research projects in Papua New Guinea. This small team is an active group working largely in Papua New Guinea. The research focus of the team is on rural and urban communities in the Pacific region who are experiencing significant economic, social and environmental change as they grapple with the challenges and opportunities of globalisation, modernity and rising resource pressures. The Pacific Livelihoods Research Group seeks to understand the causes and impacts of these changes, as well as the factors that enhance or constrain the adaptive capacity and resilience of households and communities to manage opportunities and risks. This practice-based research program seeks to use this information to improve opportunities for strengthening the livelihood options of people, particularly women and the asset-poor who are more vulnerable to livelihood insecurity.

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In this role you will…

The Research Fellow will work on funded projects under the supervision of Professor George Curry and Associate Professor Gina Koczberski. Many of the projects involve working with smallholders whose main income is coffee, cocoa, oil palm and vegetables. The person will work closely with other project research investigators in Australia and Papua New Guinea.
  • Spend extended periods in PNG conducting fieldwork in line with project objectives
  • Work closely with rural women
  • Work in multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural research teams
  • Achieve project objectives and meet deadlines
  • Produce high quality research papers and reports
  • Assist with the supervision of HDR and Honours students
  • Assist in some teaching in the undergraduate program
Why choose Curtin?   
  • Easily accessible location with great parking, bus station and end of trip facilities
  • A flexible benefits package with excellent superannuation provisions.
  • Wellness is part of our culture, and we encourage positive lifestyle choices through a range of activities and initiatives.
  • Curtin continues to be a leader in reconciliation in the Higher Education sector, being one of the first Universities to receive accreditation for an Elevate RAP - the highest level within Reconciliation Australia’s Workplace RAP Framework.
  • The University has recently been named as one of Australia’s Inclusive Employers for 2019-2020 by the Diversity Council of Australia (DCA)
  • A major global player, with well-integrated campuses in Singapore, Malaysia, Mauritius and Dubai.
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We are looking for someone with…
  • PhD in Geography, Anthropology or a related discipline
  • Fieldwork experience in the Pacific, especially in Melanesia
  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently
  • Capacity to communicate in tok pisin highly desirable
  • Capacity to collect and analyse qualitative and quantitative data
  • Evidence of high quality research publications
Next steps

Please address the selection criteria listed above and include a copy of your resume. If you require reasonable accommodation to participate in the recruitment process please advise in your cover letter.

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Inclusion and Diversity at Curtin

We are committed to ensuring that Curtin has an inclusive environment, free from harassment, in which all students, staff and the community feel respected, valued and welcome.

We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, women, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and are committed to making reasonable adjustments to enable people with disability to participate fully in our recruitment, selection and appointment processes.

We have received recognition in this area:
  • Voted one of Australia’s Inclusive Employers for 2019-2020 (Diversity Council of Australia).
  • Have become one of the first Universities to receive accreditation for an Elevated Reconciliation Action Plan.
  • Achieved Athena Swan Bronze Accreditation (2018-2020).
  • Voted 16th best workplace for new dads in Australia (HBF - Direct Advice for Dads, 2019).
Applications close: Monday 25th January 2021, 9:00pm AWST

Please note, due to the urgency of this vacancy, we are only able to consider applicants residing in Australia/New Zealand with full Australian work rights.

Contact details

If you have a query in relation to the application process please contact our careers team on Lisa Kirkpatrick on 08 9266 4292.

If you would like to speak to a technical specialist please contact Associate Professor Gina Koczberski by email:


Curtin reserves the right at its sole discretion to withdraw from the recruitment process, not to make an appointment, or to appoint by invitation, at any time. We reserve the right to remove the advert earlier than the date on the advert.