General enquiries

Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR)
The University of Queensland
Long Pocket Precinct 
Level 2, Cycad Building (1018) 
80 Meiers Rd 
Indooroopilly Queensland 4068 Australia

Phone: +61 7 3346 7471
Facsimile: +61 7 3346 7646

Contact ISSR


The University offers a free shuttle bus service from the St Lucia campus to the Long Pocket precinct, which runs every 30 minutes on the hour from Chancellor’s Parade at the UQ, Long Pocket Shuttle Bus timetable

Long Pocket Visitors Guide

Education and Training

Education & Training

Professional development & targeted training courses

Research Services Manager Methods for Social Analysis and Statistics (MFSAS), Ms Sue York,

Supervision for doctoral students

ISSR Postgraduate Coordinator, Dr Cameron Parsell,

Visiting scholars

ISSR Seminar Coordinator & Chair, Internationalisation Sub-committee, Dr Wojtek Tomaszewski,

Summer and Winter internships (Summer and Winter Research Scholarships)

ISSR Contact, Postgraduate Administration Officer, Lisa Pope,



Comercial Services & research consulting

Ms Sue McKell

Survey Research, Training, Text Anaytics, CATI laboratory

Ms Sue York

Data Analysis & Statistical Advising

Professor Michele Haynes


Work Opportunities

Work Opportunities

Current opportunities



Expression of Interest - Group Leaders/Senior Research Fellows

Are you a research leader or aspiring research leader who:

  • Wants to make research breakthroughs that will help shape the world beyond universities?
  • Wants to grow your own group in an outstanding and supportive environment?
  • Believes implicitly in the value of partnering with government, industry and not-for-profits on problems that matter to them?

ISSR wants you!

ISSR (the Institute for Social Science Research) is UQ’s flagship social science research organisation and a world-class multidisciplinary social science institute. ISSR undertakes solution-oriented social science, working with non-university partners to address critical challenges using breakthrough research that contributes to better policy, practice and societal outcomes. The key elements of our approach are deep partnerships with government, industry and not-for-profits, to solve problems that matter to them, using innovative multidisciplinary and cross-sectoral collaborations and leading-edge theories, tools and data.  ISSR’s outstanding research environment includes the $28 million Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course, only the second Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence to be funded in the social sciences. The Institute is housed in two purpose-redesigned buildings on the new UQ Long Pocket Precinct.

ISSR currently has new Group Leader opportunities for research leaders who want to design, build and grow innovative work programs in high impact social science. To be an ISSR Group Leader, you will have disciplinary and methodological expertise in a relevant social science or science discipline. You will have a strong intellectual vision for what you want to achieve, and a desire to grow your own group to build something distinctive. You will have managed groups and teams, and worked with funders, clients and stakeholders to help address their questions.

ISSR currently has a number of focal areas:

  • The science of social and economic inequality and disadvantage
  • Family processes and social outcomes
  • Addressing indigenous disadvantage in Australia and internationally
  • Global development
  • Applied and social statistics

The Institute is also developing research concentrations in:

  • Data science
  • Social aspects of health

We welcome applications in any of these areas or in new areas that complement our existing strengths.

To be successful in these roles you will need to demonstrate:

  • Leadership skills in a team environment
  • Strong track record of working effectively with non-university stakeholders
  • A track record of external contract and grant funding, publications and a high profile in your area of research
  • The capacity to attract personal fellowship or other funding to support your activities
  • Successful completion and mentoring of research higher degree students or demonstrated potential to successfully mentor and advise such students
  • Commitment to your social scientific or scientific research communities
  • The ability to coach and mentor early career researchers
  • Networking, influencing, advocacy and presentation skills.

You will be rewarded by:

  • An attractive negotiated start-up package (at Academic Level C to D)
  • The remuneration package will be in the range $109,586.85 - $126,360.11 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $128,216.61 - $147,841.33 p.a.) for Level C or $131,951.19 - $145,370.30p.a. plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $154,382.89 - $170,083.25 p.a.) for Level D.
  • Access to a highly innovative and commercially-savvy research development team with an outstanding record facilitating funding success in government and industry contracts and competitive research grants
  • Generous salary packaging opportunities
  • Flexible and family friendly work environment
  • Access to world-class facilities and infrastructure
  • The opportunity to build an innovative research group doing work of real value.

ISSR welcomes applications from outstanding candidates with unconventional academic trajectories including research leadership in non-university organisations. 

All applicants must supply the following documents: a cover letter outlining your background, experience and research vision, a full academic curriculum vitae, response to the selection criteria and contact details of three professional referees.

Term: This position will be Fixed term for three years with the possibility of renewal.

Closing date: These positions will be open until filled. A first review of applications has closed. Subsequent reviews will take place in 2017, dates to be announced. Please check back at this page for further details. 

Enquiries: This is an exceptional opportunity to join our organisation and help build your and the Institute’s futures. For further information please contact Professor Mark Western, Director, ISSR on +61 7 33467344 or email, cc’ing,


Please check back at this page, or UQ Jobs, for all other future opportunities.

Other opportunities

For postgraduate study opportunities, see and email Postgraduate Administration Officer Dr Lisa Pope for further information.

To request information about visiting scholars or research opportunities, email, or contact the Program Leader of the Research Program you are interested in.

For all other current vacancies, please visit UQJobs.

Up to four scholarships are available to suitably qualified, high-achieving Australian domestic students with a passion for research, to pursue PhD studies in environmental health sciences within the Queensland Alliance of Health Sciences (QAEHS) at the University of Queensland.

QAEHS is a new university-wide multidisciplinary Centre, funded jointly by Queensland Health and the University of Queensland, to conduct research into all aspects of interactions between the environment and human health. Scholarships may be available in toxicology, microbiology, epidemiology, and integrated environmental health (see attached list).

Eligibility requirements: Applicants must be eligible for enrolment as domestic students (Australian citizen or permanent resident, or New Zealand citizen). The minimum academic requirement is Honours Class 1 or equivalent, consistent with APA (Australian Postgraduate Award) requirements at the University of Queensland: see

Stipend: $26,288 per annum (2016 rate), indexed annually, tax-free for three years with a possible six month extension in approved circumstances.

Dates: These scholarships are for commencement in early 2017. The recommended last date for applying online is 16 September 2016.

Advisors: See attached list.

Inquiries: To discuss specific topics and research areas, contact advisors directly

Information about PhD enrolment/progression at UQ: see

General inquiries: Ms Leanne Brennan 

To apply: Applicants should contact potential advisors directly to initiate a conversation about specific projects and student-advisor match. See attached list, and the specific ISSR topics below. Once you have agreement in principle with an advisor, apply online at Please ensure that you specify in the free-text field QAEHS PhD Stipends. Note that this call is limited to four places, but you can also specify that, if unsuccessful, you wish to be considered in the general (UQ-wide) scholarship selection process.


Professor Michele Haynes, (, with

Senior Research Fellow Dr Jason Ferris, ( and

Research Fellow Dr Danilo Bolano, (

Professor Haynes, Dr Ferris and Dr Bolano provide expert supervision in environmental epidemiology. Professor Haynes is a statistician with over twenty years’ experience in the development and application of statistical methodology for the analysis of data, particularly in the social sciences. Dr Ferris is a statistician has over ten years of social science and public health research experience, with a strong focus on alcohol and drug research, sexual health, and adolescent health. Dr Bolano is a demographer and social statistician with expertise in quantitative methods for social sciences and longitudinal data analysis.

Research topics include:

  • Clandestine drug labs and evaluation of remediation practices in Queensland
  • Waste-water analysis
  • Spatial analysis (e.g. alcohol outlet density, alley lighting changes) and population health harms
  • Social determinants of environmental and health risk exposure
  • Interrelationships between social processes, environmental exposure and health outcomes over the life course.


PhD Scholarships to study Indigenous healthcare architecture

Scholarships are available to Australian and New Zealand citizens for PhD study as part of the project: ”Understanding Indigenous experiences of architectural settings to improve Indigenous health outcomes: Does design matter?” This is an Australian Research Council funded Discovery Project led by Prof Paul Memmott, and Dr Timothy O’Rourke from the AERC, with Prof. Michele Haynes and Dr Bernard Baffour from the Institute for Social Science Research at The University of Queensland. Prof Memmott and Dr O’Rourke will supervise the successful applicants who chose to focus on architectural questions related to healthcare design for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The project would suit applicants with degrees in architecture, planning, anthropology and social science.


The scholarship has the conditions of an Australian Postgraduate Award with a stipend of AUD$26,288 per annum (2016 rate, indexed annually) for three years. Candidates are required to be resident in Brisbane. Additional funding may be available for candidates undertaking fieldwork in remote or regional areas. There are no tuition fees due for Australian and New Zealand citizens.  Online applications are now open. Further advice is on PhD study at UQ available from the UQ Graduate School. Interested applicants are encouraged to read the project description website and then to contact Dr Timothy O’Rourke directly.

Project summary

The significance of cross-cultural design principles and practice is recognized for particular building types but poorly understood in healthcare architecture, despite the untenable state of Indigenous health. Preliminary evidence suggests that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people fail to present for health care until chronically ill, due to fear or dislike of health services and their settings. Across a range of institutional scales and service delivery settings, this research aims to understand how the design of particular settings affect Indigenous people’s use, experience and perceptions of hospitals and clinics. Developing innovative and adaptable research methods, we aim to establish the programmatic principles and architectural qualities that lead to improved Indigenous healthcare participation, user experience and health outcomes, reducing the disparity in health for the most marginalized Australians.

The goal of this research project is to improve the experience and use of healthcare architecture for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  Our aim is to identify the best design principles and practices through an analysis of existing clinics and hospitals and surveys of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander users.

The overarching research question is: “When it comes to health service engagement, does design matter to Indigenous people, and how does it affect their decisions around accessing health care?” This aim is further articulated in the following four research questions:

What are the typical architectural characteristics of existing healthcare settings?

What is the relative importance of setting in attracting or preventing Indigenous access health services?

What are Indigenous people’s perceptions of healthcare settings (both positive & negative attributes)?

What are the setting design elements and strategies that promote Indigenous access to healthcare?


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Room bookings

Room bookings

The Institute for Social Science Research Long Pocket premises features unique spaces for hire that are suitable for meetings, workshops, 
seminars, training and events for University of Queensland organisational units only.

 Please contact Lynette Dawson on 07 3365 6072 or email for enquires.

Training Room

The training room allows flexible seating layout options, being a large room of 60sqm. The room has dual presentation screens, one at the front and one at the rear and natural light from the outside deck area.

Seating options

  • Theatre style for 40 people
  • U shape for 16 people
  • Classroom for 24 people
  • 22 laptops available for training


  • Half day (under 4 hours)     $175
  • Full day (4 hours or more)  $350
    $20 per laptop setup    
    $50 for AV 

Board Room

The board room is the perfect size to conduct a professional yet still intimate Board Meeting. Our board room is 40sqm with natural light and a kitchenette available at the back of the room.

Seating options

  • Boardroom for 12 - 20 people


  • no charge if existing setup of room is not changed

Open Plan Event Space

The training and board room open up to become one large space of approx 125sqm. (Sir Llew Edwards Level 6 Terrace Room is 174sqm)
The space is perfect for seminars or events.

Seating options       

  • Theatre style with seating for 88 people
  • Stand-up finger food functions/cocktail events 100 people
  • Mobile furniture enables multiple setup options so please contact us to discuss your needs.
  • Price on application