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  • LocationNewcastle, NSW 2300
  • Work TypeFull Time - Fixed Term
  • Positions1 Position
  • Published At:22 days ago
  • Job no: HRC0001359
  • Category: Professional, HEW 7
  • Make a demonstrable impact
  • Work with, and be mentored by academic, industry, and community leaders
  • Solve real world problems

Look to the future

The Institute for Regional Futures delivers high-value consultancy advice, research, analysis, and innovation to support the socio-economic development of the Hunter region, regions in Australia, and the Asia-Pacific region.

A flagship research institute, led by Professor Roberta Ryan, we work with key government, industry, and community partners to inform the global debate on how to ensure successful outcomes for regional communities undergoing profound social and economic change. We specialise in rigorous, relevant, and revealing projects to convey insights that are clear, compelling, and actionable.

We exist to serve regional communities by taking research that matters to the world and bringing our global expertise home. Our well-established partnerships with all levels of government and industry anchors enable us to drive impact in regions, especially at the local level and through regional collaborations.

The University of Newcastle stands as a global leader distinguished by a commitment to equity and excellence. Our vision is to be a world-leading University for our regions and creating a better future for our regions and the globe. Underpinned by this vision are our values of excellence, equity, engagement, and sustainability.

Be challenged and imagine with us

As a Consultant, you will be contributing towards growing the impact of the Institute by delivering fee-for-service projects and other strategic initiatives within our service areas of social science, economic development, and spatial research. You will be working in close partnership with stakeholders including:

  • Government agencies,
  • key regional, national, and international business, industry, and NGO partners, and
  • University’s academic staff researchers in the Colleges

What we offer

  • A diverse range of exciting, purpose/values-driven projects.
  • Work with, and be mentored by academic, industry, and community leaders, strengthening your professional network.
  • A fresh approach to consulting under a non-commercial model focused on outcomes and building capacity.
  • Building and applying regional and national datasets, including through the continuation of the Hunter Research Foundations legacy and establishing the Regions Matter research program

What challenges will you solve?

Using translational research, you will be solving real-life problems - informing the global debate and empowering communities in regions undergoing profound social and economic change.

Working directly on governance and policy issues you will help to:

  • shape the economy in a way that is as fair and inclusive as possible to everyone
  • create decent work opportunities, and
  • leave no one behind

And we want you to bring your innovative ideas to the team.

What will you achieve?

  • You will directly contribute to projects by collecting and analysing data, engaging with stakeholders / communities, and preparing impactful reports/presentations.
  • By assisting with project design and costing, drafting grant applications and project proposals, you will play a key role in growing our fee-for-service area
  • By bringing new ideas to the team, you will have a demonstrable impact in the shaping where we focus our research efforts and how we apply research and engagement techniques within communities.


How will you inspire us?

You will have:

  • Advanced capability to collect and analyse social, economic, or spatial data.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills, with an ability to build a rapport with a range of stakeholders
  • Experience in project-based work, including designing, proposing, managing, and delivering projects in a consultancy, research, or industry setting.
  • A personal interest or commitment to regional communities.

Conditions & Benefits

Salary range is $91,259 to $102,667 plus 17% superannuation. Remuneration will be commensurate with skills and experience. This is a HEW level 7 appointment.

This is a 3 year, fixed-term contract with the possibility of extension (subject to funding and operational requirements) and is located at our inspiring NUspace building in the CBD.

To ensure we meet our goals, we need to make sure our staff are supported and happy at work. We offer a range of benefits and employment conditions that help you balance your commitments, stay healthy and work effectively, including a range of leave options.

Your next steps

Please visit here for a guide on how to apply for a role.

If viewing this on a job board other than the University's please click ‘Apply’ to reach the University's website, where a copy of the Position Description can be accessed. Please download a copy before commencing your application.

Your application must include:

  • Your resume
  • A cover letter outlining your motivation to apply for the position
  • A statement telling us about your:
  1. Experience working with social, economic, or spatial data, preferably in a regional context,
  2. Qualitative and quantitative analysis skills,
  3. Curiosity and ability to think critically, and
  4. Ability to write or present your findings and insights in engaging ways.

Please upload your cover letter and statement as one PDF document.

For additional information on the position contact Amanda Wetzel, Director Research Programs, Institute for Regional Futures on 0460 848 680 or amanda.wetzel@newcastle.edu.au

Having Difficulties? Please reach out to us on employment@newcastle.edu.au

Applications for this position will only be accepted from those with Australian residency or a valid work permit.   

Closing date: Friday 2nd December 2022 at 11.59pm

We are excited to be Looking Ahead with you


  • Published on 09 Nov 2022, 4:56 AM