Evaluation Job Vacancies

Principal Researcher, Australian Education Research Organisation (deadline: 29 September 2023)

Principal Researcher, Australian Education Research Organisation (deadline: 29 September 2023)

Position Details

Principal Researcher (remote/work from home) 
• Full time or part time (0.8FTE) $148,526-$164,439. plus 11% superannuation
• Term contract to June 30 2025
• Work from home (Australia-wide) 

Are you…
• a self-starter who is passionate about education research and can evaluation?
• experienced managing project teams to deliver research-informed policy advice?
• familiar with research and evaluation methods, and able to both critically consume this information, and plan work using these methods?
• looking to join a new team of dedicated professionals all passionate about improving education outcomes using evidence?

Be part of Australia’s education research organisation

The Australian Education Research Organisation (AERO) is Australia’s national education evidence body. AERO is working towards excellent and equitable outcomes for all children and young people by generating and making high-quality evidence accessible, and enhancing the use of evidence in Australian education.

AERO is bringing together people who are passionate about evidence-informed policy and practice for schools and early childhood services. Our team is collegial, creative and committed to fulfilling AERO’s potential to make an impact. Many of our people have ongoing connections to research, policy and practice organisations, helping us to bridge the gap between evidence generation and translation.

As a Principal Researcher, you would lead projects spanning research, evaluation and policy analysis in K-12 education.

Essential requirements:

1. Experience in designing qualitative and quantitative research or evaluation projects, and advising school systems on the basis of this work.

2. Experience working in research and/or policy teams to deliver complex, high-quality products under tight timelines and competing priorities.

3. Excellent oral and written communication skills, with an ability to translate technical and complex information concisely for diverse audiences including policymakers, academics and school staff.

4. Deep knowledge of the Australian education sector, including key stakeholders, policies and frameworks.

5. Ability to critically consume research in academic journals and from other sources including think tanks, NGOs, consultancies and governments.

6. Experience managing, supporting and developing staff to deliver organisational outcomes.

7. Understanding of and experience in facilitating cross organisational collaboration.


Those who have worked within education departments, or as an advisor to them, are particularly encouraged to apply, as are those with experience undertaking evaluations that use causal methods (e.g. randomised controlled trials) in education or other policy contexts.

Details of how to apply:

How to apply?
If you reside in Australia and are an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or have unrestricted work rights in Australia, and believe you meet the requirements of the roles, we'd love to hear from you by COB Friday 29th September. We will interview candidates as suitable applications are received, and may progress the recruitment process prior to this date. We therefore encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Please only apply for this role if you already have current work rights in Australia.

Please press ‘apply with:
• a resume
• a cover letter describing your interest in and suitability for the role
• A brief (200-500 word) response to the following question: What is one change to the way education research and evaluation is conducted in Australia that you’d like to see, and what tangible difference would this make relative to its cost?
Your application will not be considered unless you provide all three items.

AERO particularly welcomes applicants who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.

More information
For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Deadline: 29 September 2023


We acknowledge the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of this nation. We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands in which we conduct our business. We pay our respects to ancestors and Elders, past and present. We are committed to honouring Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ unique cultural and spiritual relationships to the land, waters and seas and their rich contribution to society.