Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Sociology

Sydney, Australia
Thursday, 7 February 2019
End of advertisement period
Wednesday, 6 March 2019
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Sociology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

School of Social and Political Sciences

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

  • Join an exciting ARC project titled ‘Knowledge Making in Australian Society: Sociology and its Social impact’
  • Located at our, Camperdown Campus.
  • Part-time (0.5FTE), Academic Level B, fixed term until December 2021, salary $52,077 to $55,983 p.a. plus generous superannuation and leave loading  

About the opportunity 

As the Senior Research Associate you’ll join a small team supervised by Associate Professor Fran Collyer, to work on a project funded by the Australian Research Council for three years (2019-2021) titled 'Knowledge-Making in Australian Society: Sociology and its Social Impact'. Working within the framework of the Sociology of Knowledge, the team will investigate the history of Australian sociology and the impact of sociological knowledge on the media, on legislation, on policy-making, and on the broader community.

Your role will be to l share responsibility for the administration of the project, maintaining communication among team members, organising meetings and interviews, undertaking searches and ensuring the safety of documents. You will also undertake some travel in order to assist with qualitative, indepth interviews; write ethics applications and reports; analyse data and the literature; and be a co-author on a range of publications from the project.

This position represents an excellent opportunity to join a team undertaking ground-breaking research at a time of rapidly emerging, global interest in writing national histories of Sociology. Also you can develop your career in Sociology, deepen your understanding of the discipline and its history, and develop valuable skills in research methods, social and historical analysis, writing and publishing.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Senior Research Associate who has:

  • completed a PhD in Sociology or a closely aligned discipline
  • an interest and curiosity in the past, and how the present has come to be the way it is
  • an interest in the discipline and the social sciences;
  • has experience with qualitative research methods and a willingness to learn analytical techniques such as thematic analysis, content analysis, discourse analysis, and basic statistical analysis;
  • a demonstrated keen eye for detail and a methodological approach to finding, organising and filing information
  • demonstrated good investigative skills, and competence in the searching of information from archives and library data bases;
  • evidence of a high level of competence in academic writing and a good existing publication record
  • enthusiasm and highly motivated to embark on, or continue their career in the academy.

About us

The Department of is one of four departments within the School of Social and Political Sciences (SSPS). SSPS is the largest school in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, with over 100 academic staff. These postdoctoral fellowships reflect the significant investment in engaged research being made by the Faculty and University in cross-disciplinary projects which consolidate Political Economy as the premier location in the Asia Pacific for research and teaching in political economy.

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 7,600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. Visit and search by the reference number 186/0219F to apply.

Closing date: 6 March 2019 (11:30pm Sydney Time)

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

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