Research Fellow in Education
The University of the South Pacific, Institute of Education

Fellow/ Senior Fellow in Research 
Institute of Education (USP Tonga Campus) - FIE036 

The Opportunity 

The appointee will be required to conduct research and collect data for the Institute using quantitative and qualitative approaches, including the design and implementation of large scale surveys, analyse the data using a range of statistical tools and present findings in a coherent and accurate manner. The Research Fellow will be expected to provide leadership in the development and implementation of the Institute's Research Program that may include preparing project proposals, securing funding, management of field researchers and associate researchers of the Institute and presentation of findings through public forum and publications. Additionally, she/he will also be expected to supervise graduate students and may teach courses for the School of Education when required. The incumbent will also be expected to assist with all other programs of the Institute. The Research Fellow, as a member of a regional organisation, will be required to travel and work in the 15 member countries of the Institute. This position will initially be based in Tonga before relocation to Fiji. 

The Person We Seek 

To be considered for this position, applicants must:

  • Have a PhD in Education
  • Be fluent in English and a Pacific language
  • Be highly computer literate with skills in using SPSS and other qualitative analysis software
  • Have at least five years of teaching experience at either primary or secondary level
  • Have a demonstrated ability to conduct quantitative research and qualitative research
  • Have a demonstrated ability to develop a range of surveys, collect and analyse data and present findings accurately and coherently
  • Have a demonstrated ability to develop research proposals, secure funding and conduct research.
  • Have demonstrated administrative and leadership qualities to lead a group of field researchers and research associates to successfully complete research assignment in a timely and efficient manner
  • For appointment at the Senior Lecturer level one, must also have a strong record of published research in top-tier journals and books and a range of technical reports demonstrating research capability in a range of cultural, organisational and geographical contexts.

Preference will be given to applicants with:

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a multi-cultural context and an active team player
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively under pressure and able to meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to lead the project team in a diverse range of socio-cultural contexts
  • Demonstrated ability to be innovative, self-motivated and able to work independently when required
  • Highly skilled in report writing, presentation of information and a confident public speaker
  • Perform well with a high level of resilience, confidence and agility

The position is available for a term of 3 years and may be renewed by mutual agreement. 
Salary Range: Lecturer TOP $72, 922 to TOP $95, 951 per annum 
Senior Lecturer TOP $98, 930 to TOP $114, 151 per annum 

Enquiries: Dr Seu`ula Johansson Fua ; email: 

Closing date for applications: 20 May 2016 

How to Apply 

Candidates are strongly encouraged to use the University's online E-Recruitment system to view full details and apply for this position at Candidates may request further information from the Human Resources Office; tel.: (679) 32 32072; email: or 
Manual applications are no longer accepted. 

Please also include the following documents in your application: Cover letter and Resume clearly addressing key Selection Criteria, academic transcript and names of three referees, one of which must be your current or most recent direct work supervisor.

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