University of Queensland

University of Queensland

Senior Research Administration Officer - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sport History



  • School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences

  • Support two research projects focusing on the history of sport in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

  • Strong commitment and action toward a diverse and inclusive workforce

  • Plan for your future with a generous 17% superannuation allowance

  • Based at the conveniently located St Lucia campus

  • About UQ

    As part of the UQ community, you'll have the opportunity to work alongside the brightest minds, who have joined us from all over the world.

    Everyone here has a role to play. As a member of our professional staff cohort, you will be actively involved in working towards our vision of a better world. By supporting the academic endeavour across teaching, research, and the student life, you'll have the opportunity to contribute to activities that have a lasting impact on our community.

    Join a community where excellence is at the core of our culture, contributions are valued and a range of benefits and rewards are available, such as:

  • 26 weeks paid parental leave or 14 weeks paid primary caregiver leave

  • 17% superannuation contributions

  • 17.5% annual leave loading

  • Access to flexible working arrangements including hybrid working options and flexible start/finish times.

  • Health and wellness discounts – fitness passport access, free yearly flu vaccinations, discounted health insurance, and access to our Employee Assistance Program for staff and their immediate family

  • On campus childcare options

  • Cheap parking (from just $5.75 a day)

  • Salary packaging options

  • About This Opportunity

    This is a great opportunity to join the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences as a Senior Research Administration Officer. In this role, you will be involved in the projects ‘Pride, Resilience and Identity: Reimagining Aboriginal Sport History' and ‘Torres Strait Islander History: Sport, Culture and Identity', funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) and being undertaken by Professor Murray Phillips, Associate Professor Gary Osmond, and Mr Alistair Harvey, in conjunction with Professor Barry Judd from the University of Melbourne.

    Sport is central to Indigenous communities, identities, and cultures. These projects aim to engage Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the history-making process by combining the passion for sport that exists in these communities with culturally appropriate digital technologies. The goal is to expand our understanding of the complexity of life for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples during their institutionalisation under the State Protection Acts. Anticipated benefits include the empowerment associated with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples reclaiming their histories. The scholarship produced will prioritise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander agendas, interests, and narratives, facilitating reconciliation through an understanding of the multifaceted relationship between sport and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

    Key responsibilities for the Senior Research Administration Officer will include:

  • Coordinating aspects of the research project on the history of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders

  • Assisting in creating Ethics Proposals, creating Ethics applications for the projects and any other administrative requirements relating to Ethics

  • Performing basic research and archival activities required by the projects

  • Maintaining research-related databases, records, and electronic documentation

  • Contributing to databases on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sport history

  • Organising travel and accommodation for field trips and research venues

  • Assisting the research team to facilitate the completion of the projects by the proposed deadline

  • This is a part-time (40%), fixed-term position for up to 2 years.

    At HEW level 6, the full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $88,099 - $94,512, plus a generous super allowance of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be up to $103,076 - $110,579 annually. As this role is covered by an Enterprise Agreement, you will also receive regular remuneration increases – at least once a year.

    About You

    This role involves basic historical research, research coordination and database work, and is ideally suited to someone with historical or archival training and an understanding of Australian/Queensland history.

    Ideally, you will be able to demonstrate:

  • A degree with subsequent relevant experience; or equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training.

  • Experience in research administration with a sound knowledge of research policies and procedures or the demonstrated capacity to rapidly gain that knowledge.

  • Foundational knowledge about Australian/Queensland history including an understanding of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander history and cultures.

  • Demonstrated ability to develop strong relationships with colleagues internal and external to the University including professional, academic staff and health professionals engaged in research.

  • Advanced skills in the use of computer applications for word-processing, data storage and retrieval, and spreadsheets including experience working with basic databases for archiving information and sources.

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to maintain confidentiality.

  • Ability to work collaboratively within a team or independently as necessary and exercise judgement and initiative.

  • Excellent organisational skills with demonstrated ability to manage and prioritise competing tasks and meet deadlines.

  • Prior experience working with Indigenous communities would be desirable.

  • In addition, the following mandatory requirements apply:

  • Work Rights: You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment to apply. Visa sponsorship is not available for this appointment.
  • Questions?

    For more information about this opportunity, please contact Professor Murray Phillips at [email protected]. For application queries, please contact [email protected] stating the job reference number (below) in the subject line.

    Want to Apply?

    All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Cover letter addressing the ‘About You' section

  • Resume

  • Other Information

    At UQ we know that our greatest strengths come from our diverse mix of colleagues, this is reflected in our ongoing commitment to creating an environment focused on equity, diversity and inclusion. We ensure that we are always attracting, retaining and promoting colleagues who are representative of the diversity in the broader community, whether that be gender identity, LGBTQIA+, cultural and/or linguistic, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, or people with a disability. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to [email protected].

    If you are a current employee (including casual staff and HDR scholars) or hold an unpaid/affiliate appointment, please login to your staff Workday account and visit the internal careers board to apply for this opportunity. Please do NOT apply via the external job board.

    Applications close Wednesday 10th April 2024 at 11.00pm AEST (Job Reference Number - R-36869). Please note that interviews have been tentatively scheduled for Wednesday 17th April 2024.


    Job details


    Senior Research Administration Officer - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sport History


    University of Queensland




    March 26, 2024

    Application deadline

    April 10, 2024

    Job type



    Education,Social Science

    About the employer

    The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia’s leading research and teaching institutions. UQ strive for excellence through the creation, preservation, transfer and application of knowledge. For more than a century, this university has educated and worked with outstanding people to deliver knowledge leadership for a better world.

    Since it was founded in Brisbane in 1909, UQ has provided exceptional study experiences, research excellence and collaborative partnerships, coupled with an unforgettable lifestyle and stunning climate, to deliver knowledge leadership for a better world. With 3 campuses and more than 40 teaching and research sites, UQ is the perfect place to teach, research and study. Take advantage of the extensive UQ features including the largest research library in Queensland, hundreds of quality study spaces, several museums, a theatre, 11 college residences, and magnificent sporting facilities, such as swimming pools, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, sports fields, Olympic-standard running tracks, and gymnasiums.

    Our high-quality range of around 390 undergraduate and postgraduate programs is one of the most comprehensive in Australia, providing students with the latest and most advanced disciplinary knowledge and industry placements informed by UQ’s world-leading research. UQ’s 6 faculties, 8 globally recognised research institutes and 100+ research centres attract an interdisciplinary community of more than 2,000 scientists, social scientists and engineers, who continue UQ’s tradition of research leadership.

    As you enjoy Queensland’s stunning campuses and climate, you can also make the most of the University’s proximity to many natural wonders – including beautiful beaches, lush rainforests, outback deserts, the Great Barrier Reef, as well as the largest sand island in the world – and visit stunning tourist attractions within an hour’s drive, such as the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, Byron Bay, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and the world-famous ‘Australia Zoo’. Within Australia, Brisbane is renowned as a friendly and affordable city, with plenty of dining and entertainment attractions, and was ranked by The Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2019 Global Liveability Index as the world’s 18th most liveable city, achieving a perfect score for education and healthcare.

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