Job opportunity: Research Officer/Fellow, La Trobe University (Melbourne)

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Research Officer/Fellow
Job No.: 545294
Faculty/Division:
Location: Melbourne (Bundoora)
Full-time, fixed-term (12 month) research contract
Opportunity to contribute to Auslan (Australian Sign Language) research and the education of deaf children
Level A Research Officer $53,465 to $72,559 p.a (plus 17% Superannuation)
Level B Research Fellow $76,382 to $90,700 p.a (plus 17% Superannuation)
A research officer/fellow is required as part of the ‘Australian Sign Language (Auslan) Assessment and Early Intervention Strategies Project’ which is funded by a grant to Associate Professor Adam Schembri at the National Institute of Deaf Studies and Sign Language at La Trobe University from the Victorian Deaf Education Institute in the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. The project aims to (a) create an Auslan developmental scale/checklist and (b) adapt existing comprehension and production tests of British Sign Language for Auslan.
The position
This position is being offered at either Level A or B. As a research officer, you will lead on preparing the literature review, work with the project director to adapt the British Sign Language test materials and create a sign language developmental checklist for Auslan. You will lead on data collection using the assessment tools, and undertake analysis and writing up of the final report in co-operation with the project director. The research fellow will lead on preparing the literature review, work with the project director to adapt the British Sign Language test materials and create a sign language developmental checklist for Auslan, lead on data collection using the assessment tools, and undertake analysis and writing up of the final report in co-operation with the project director.
The candidate
To apply as a research officer, you will hold a degree in relevant subject area (e.g., linguistics, applied linguistics, psychology, education) and have a demonstrated understanding of signed/spoken language bilingual approaches to the education of deaf children. As a research fellow, you will hold a postgraduate degree in linguistics, psychology, or education and experience in linguistics, language acquisition and/or educational research. Demonstrated native signing skills or a high level of fluency in Auslan (or related sign language) and a high standard of written English are essential to be considered for either level.
Closing date:  31 July 2011
Position enquiries: Assoc. Prof. Adam Schembri, Tel: +61 3 9479 2887,
Email: a.schembri@latrobe.edu.au
See the position descriptions at http://www.unijobs.com.au/show.php?title=research_officer_fellow_50315
Position is open to people with a valid full-time working visa.
As this position is being offered across different appointment levels, please indicate whether you wish to be considered at either/both levels and structure your application accordingly.
Please address the key selection criteria and attach these with your application.
This role is subject to a valid working with children and police check.
Applicants should include with their applications the names and contact details of three referees from whom reports may be sought. It would be appreciated if email addresses for the referees could be included.
Please visit http://www.unijobs.com.au/show.php?title=research_officer_fellow_50315 to apply.
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La Trobe University is an Equal Opportunity employer.
For further enquiries on how to apply for this role, please contact People and Culture reception on +61 (03) 9479 1365.

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