Research Fellow Position – Now Closed


The Pacific Livelihood Research Group at Curtin University is seeking to appoint a Research Fellow to work on funded research projects in Papua New Guinea.

The position is a 2 year, fixed term contract – full time.

Application close date has been extended to: Friday 12th February 2021, 9:00pm AWST.



About us

The Pacific Livelihood Research Group at Curtin University is seeking to appoint a Research Fellow to work on funded research projects in Papua New Guinea. This small team is an active group working largely in Papua New Guinea. The research focus of the team is on rural and urban communities in the Pacific region who are experiencing significant economic, social and environmental change as they grapple with the challenges and opportunities of globalisation, modernity and rising resource pressures. The Pacific Livelihoods Research Group seeks to understand the causes and impacts of these changes, as well as the factors that enhance or constrain the adaptive capacity and resilience of households and communities to manage opportunities and risks. This practice-based research program seeks to use this information to improve opportunities for strengthening the livelihood options of people, particularly women and the asset-poor who are more vulnerable to livelihood insecurity.

In this role you will…

The Research Fellow will work on funded projects under the supervision of Professor George Curry and Associate Professor Gina Koczberski. Many of the projects involve working with smallholders whose main income is coffee, cocoa, oil palm and vegetables. The person will work closely with other project research investigators in Australia and Papua New Guinea.

  • Spend extended periods in PNG conducting fieldwork in line with project objectives
  • Work closely with rural women
  • Work in multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural research teams
  • Achieve project objectives and meet deadlines
  • Produce high quality research papers and reports
  • Assist with the supervision of HDR and Honours students
  • Assist in some teaching in the undergraduate program

We are looking for someone with…

  • PhD in Geography, Anthropology or a related discipline
  • Fieldwork experience in the Pacific, especially in Melanesia
  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently
  • Capacity to communicate in tok pisin highly desirable
  • Capacity to collect and analyse qualitative and quantitative data
  • Evidence of high quality research publications

Please note, due to the urgency of this vacancy, we are only able to consider applicants residing in Australia/New Zealand with full Australian work rights.