Social Research Centre

Senior Research Consultant

The Social Research Centre is looking to appoint an experienced Senior Research Consultant to work in our Evaluation and Qualitative Research team. Our Senior Research Consultants have proven experience in leading and delivering large-scale and / or complex qualitative research and evaluation programs to a high standard.

We value people who are curious, team oriented and willing to learn and develop skills. You will be confident leading projects and comfortable working collaboratively to achieve positive project outcomes. You’ll have a client service focused mindset and an ability to actively nurture and manage these relationships as part of a client facing team.


Your role and responsibilities

Reporting to a Research Director in the Evaluation and Qualitative Research team, your projects will be supported by a diverse team of researchers, operational staff, programmers, statisticians, methodologists, data scientists and communication specialists. You will be responsible for:

  • End-to-end management, execution, and delivery of research projects
  • Communicating with and managing internal and external stakeholders
  • Leading fieldwork, analysis, reports, and proposals
  • Effectively problem-solving issues and adapting on the fly
  • Contributing to continuous improvement
  • Upholding our professional standards and corporate values.


Working at the Social Research Centre

The Social Research Centre is dedicated to conducting world-class research that informs decision making and advances our understanding of Australian society. We have championed best practice methods for more than 20 years and are Australia’s largest social research and evaluation only agency. Our staff have:

  • A genuine desire to develop and support people to work to their best
  • The opportunity to learn and work with experts in their fields
  • An integrated suite of internal and external learning and development opportunities
  • Clearly articulated career paths and mentoring opportunities
  • Flexible work from home arrangement possible
  • Office spaces to encourage creativity and collaboration
  • Regular social events and opportunities to meet and mix with colleagues face-to-face and virtually
  • A recruitment referral bonus (for eligible employees and roles)
  • A commuter club, access to annual flu vaccinations and a comprehensive Employee Assistance Program

Minimum qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 6 years of relevant professional experience
  • Mission aligned with an interest in developing a career in social or public policy research.

Key Selection Criteria

  • Research cycle. Experience in project leadership, research and evaluation design, literature and documentary reviews (including analysis of secondary data), qualitative fieldwork (including interviews, focus groups, consultation, online communities), analysis, reporting and proposals
  • Detail and organisation. Detail orientated with strong organisational skills to efficiently manage multiple projects, people and deadlines
  • Adaptability. Ability to respond to changing situations, pick up concepts quickly and apply them to new scenarios
  • Communication. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Ability to proactively communicate and work collaboratively
  • Software. Experience in using Microsoft Office products and other packages relevant to research projects, including NVIVO and referencing software. Additionally experience with Qualtrics of R would be an advantage

This position is offered on a permanent, full-time basis and offers the opportunity for a hybrid work arrangement (working from home some days with remaining days in the office). We are willing to accept applications from interstate or regional Victoria, as long as travel to Melbourne were possible.


To apply for this position:

Please click apply and upload your resume and one page expression of interest covering the key selection criteria. Applications will close on Friday 28 June 2024.


Please note, applications will be reviewed as they are submitted, and interviews may commence before the job advertisement closes. As such, please beware the job advertisement may close earlier if role is filled.


You must have full working rights in Australia to be eligible to apply. A suitable home workspace and reliable internet connection are required to work from home. For more information or to see the Position Description, please reach out to our People & Culture team at


The Social Research Centre values diversity and believes that an inclusive and fair work environment has a positive impact on the wellbeing of employees, job satisfaction and productivity. We encourage people of Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander heritage, people with diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, sexual orientation, gender identity, and people with disability to apply.