Research Officer / Senior Research Officer, Survey Methodology

Position Title Research Officer / Senior Research Officer
Organisation Unit Survey Methodology, Longitudinal and Lifecourse Studies
Agency classification APS Level 3-4 or APS Level 5-6
Immediate Manager Manager, Survey Methodology
Term Non-ongoing for an initial period of up to 18 months with the possibility of extension to a maximum term of 3 years
Status Full-time or part-time
Location Melbourne
Review date January 2019

We are the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS), the Australian Government’s key independent research body and advisor in the area of family wellbeing, based in Melbourne. Our work increases understanding about the factors that help Australian families thrive, or that are barriers to their wellbeing. We produce research about ‘what works for families’ and make it accessible to decision makers, practitioners and the general public. 

Our Longitudinal and Lifecourse Studies (LLS) area is a highly professional team with in-depth experience in managing numerous national longitudinal studies. The team is structured around three main areas of expertise: survey methodology, data management and analytics, and research and analysis. 

The Survey Methodology team has a high level of expertise in the design and development of longitudinal studies. The team is responsible for managing the methodology and content development for three of the Institute’s flagship longitudinal studies: Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC), Building a New Life in Australia (BNLA; the longitudinal study of humanitarian migrants), and Ten to Men (a national longitudinal study of men’s health). 

The purpose of the Research Officer/Senior Research Officer is to provide assistance and support with the design of survey content and methodology across various longitudinal and lifecourse studies (LLS). Ideally you will have: 

  • An understanding of the principles underlying the development of content and methodology for social science surveys.
  • The ability to produce high quality work to support survey research activities, while juggling competing deadlines.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively with key research partners and other project stakeholders.
  • A flexible approach to diverse work demands and the ability to work independently. 

We are seeking an experienced Research/Senior Research Officer (full-time or part-time) to join the Survey Methodology Team on a full-time or part-time basis. The role will be offered on a non-ongoing basis for a period of 18 months (with the possibility of extension to a maximum term of three years) at APS Level 3–4 with a salary range of $57,596 to $69,698 per annum (full time equivalent) or APS Level 5–6 with a salary range of $72,070 to $88,827 per annum (full-time equivalent). (The appointment level of the successful applicant will be determined by their skills, knowledge, qualifications and experience.)

How to apply

Please read through the application requirements and download a full Position description [Word, 120 KB] here.

To be considered for this position, please email your CV and covering letter together with an AIFS application form [Word, 120 KB] to In your letter, tell us how your skills, knowledge, experience and qualifications will make you a great fit for the job.

For further information, contact Human Resources on (03) 9214 7888.

Apply now, applicants are being considered on an ongoing basis. As soon as a quality pool of applicants is identified, shortlisting and interviews will commence.

The Institute welcomes applications from the diverse Australian community including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people with disability, people of all ages and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.