Postdoctoral Research Fellow - domestic and family violence studies

Swinburne University of Technology

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Part time (0.8), 24 month fixed term position at our Hawthorn campus

About the Role 
This position available is part of an Australian Research Council funded project led by Professor Kay Cook at Swinburne University. Titled ‘Prioritising women’s financial safety: Developing institutional interventions for intimate partner financial abuse’, this project will run from 1 May 2024 to 30 April 2026. The successful candidate will be responsible for contributing to research activities and project management within the scope of the project.

This research project focuses on addressing the issue of intimate partner financial abuse, particularly its persistence post-separation. By collaborating with frontline service providers and victim survivors, the project aims to identify how financial abuse operates within financial, legal, and government systems. Through co-design workshops involving policymakers and practitioners, practical solutions and implementation frameworks will be developed to combat post-separation financial violence. The application of Safety by Design principles within these systems will ultimately benefit affected families by reducing avenues for financial abuse perpetration.

Further information regarding this role can be found in the attached position description. 

About You  
To be suitable for this role you will need to have experience in the below key accountabilities: 
  • Demonstrated experience applying the methods of design sociology in research data collection and developing practical outputs
  • Experience in conducting research that uses various design and qualitative social science methods, such as casefile analysis, digital content analysis, in-depth interviews, and/or focus groups/workshops, and including the use of qualitative or design data management packages
  • Experience working with diverse cohorts of victim survivors of gendered violence, as participants and stakeholders
  • Ability to work autonomously and in a team environment, and to follow through on tasks to completion and on time with minimal supervision

  • A PhD in a social science discipline, such as sociology, criminology or gender studies OR in a design discipline such as communication or system design

About Swinburne University of Technology 
Swinburne Horizon 2025 draws upon our understanding of future challenges. With this new strategic plan, we choose to build Swinburne as the prototype of a new and different university – one that is truly of Technology, of Innovation and of Entrepreneurship, and proud of it. We are committed to a differentiated university proposition in education and research, so that:

•    Every Swinburne learner gets a work experience
•    Every Swinburne graduate gets a job
•    Every Swinburne partner gets a tech solution
•    Swinburne is the prototype of global best practice

The achievement of our 2025 moon shots depends on our capacity to work collectively, always, as One Swinburne.

To Apply 
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Applications Close: Wednesday 10th April 2024, 5pm

Swinburne offers flexible working options, leave and parenting/carer policies to support work life balance.

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Swinburne is a large and culturally diverse organisation and we are proud of our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion through key initiatives.  For further information on all our initiatives visit our Equity & Diversity website.

We welcome and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

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