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Research Fellow (Level B)
University of Technology Sydney

  • Dec. 20, 2017
  • Jan. 12, 2018
  • Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Indigenous Law
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An exciting opportunity exists for an experienced Research Fellow to become an integral member of the research team on the UTS Indigenous Knowledge Forum project:
Garuwanga: Forming a Competent Authority to protect Indigenous knowledge

This project has successfully attracted ARC Linkage funding to work with four Aboriginal Communities from the Kimberley in WA to the Southern Highlands and South Coast NSW to identify, evaluate and recommend an appropriate Competent Authority legal structure so Australia can meet the requirements of the Nagoya Protocol. This Protocol calls for a Competent Authority to govern and administer a legal framework that ensures Indigenous communities’ informed consent is obtained for access to their traditional knowledge, and that establishes fair and equitable benefit-sharing mechanisms for use of that knowledge.

Chief Investigators, Professor Natalie Stoianoff (UTS), Associate Professor Fiona Martin (UNSW) and Professor Andrew Mowbray (Austlii UTS) joined by Partner Investigators Auntie Fran Bodkin, Uncle Gavin Andrews, Dr Virginia Marshall and Dr Anne Poelina, will work with Indigenous Australian communities to address concerns over the form, independence and funding of the Authority to ensure a grass roots approach to the development of an Indigenous governance framework providing transparency and accountability.

Main tasks of the role include:

•     Complete and deliver project tasks in accordance with Garuwanga Project Plan including preparing
minutes and associated documents for all meetings
•     Manage and reconcile budget and financial statements for the project
•     Organise research project meetings including catering and travel arrangements for Partner Investigators
•     Organise research field trips to Indigenous communities in South Coast NSW and the Kimberley in WA including all travel arrangements for team members, prepare information sheets and consent forms, and record/take minutes of each of the consultations.
•     Manage the Indigenous Knowledge Forum website

Main skills and knowledge required for the role include:
•     Demonstrated capacity to work independently
•     Skills in legal research methods with experience in Indigenous research methodologies highly desirable
•     Project management skills
•     Ability to work in a team
•     Strong oral and written communication skills including skills in academic writing
•     Ability to analyse and solve problems
•     Experience in website management using content management systems such as Wix
•     Doctoral qualifications in Law (PhD) or in a related field.
•     Knowledge of corporations law (required)
•     Knowledge of environmental law, intellectual property and Indigenous law highly desirable .

Base Salary Range: $97,406 to $115,486 pro-rata at 0.5 FTE (Level B)

This role attracts 9.5% superannuation in addition to the base salary. Employee benefits include flexible work practices, child care centres, generous parental leave and salary packaging opportunities.

This appointment will be on a part time (0.5 FTE) fixed term basis for 12 months with the role due to commence in late January 2018.

How To Apply

Prior to commencing your application for IRC103307 please review the Position Description and the relevant selection criteria - these can be found on our website by clicking on the apply link. You are required to address the selection criteria in your submission in a separate document.

Please click on the apply button to be taken to the UTS job website

Specific enquiries or issues with your application may be directed to the UTS Recruitment Team at or on +61 (0) 2 9514 1080 - Please note the UTS Recruitment office will be closed from 5pm Friday 22nd December 2017 to Monday 1st January 2018 (inclusive). There will be no telephone or email support during this period. For queries during this period please contact Professor Natalie Stoianoff via

Closing Date: Friday 12th January 2018 at 11.59pm (AEST)

  • We are committed to diversity and social inclusion, evidenced by our WGEA Employer of Choice citation, Wingara Indigenous Employment Strategy and the UTS Access and Inclusion Plan. We welcome applications from women (particularly for senior and non-traditional roles), Indigenous Australians, people with disability, those who identify as LGBTIQ and applicants from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

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Contact Information

  • Mark Fischer
    University of Technology Sydney
    Research Fellow (Level B)
  • 02 9514 1862


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