Laureate Postdoctoral Fellow

UNSW Sydney
Kensington, Randwick (AU)
$96K - $104K plus 17% Superannuation and leave loading
Tuesday, 2 February 2021
End of advertisement period
Monday, 15 March 2021
Academic Discipline
Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
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At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.

The Laureate Centre for History & Population is a 5-year Australian Research Council-funded research centre directed by Professor Alison Bashford. We seek three (3) Laureate Postdoctoral Fellows to undertake independent and collaborative research on aspects of the modern (post 1800) history of population policy; the intellectual history of population and political economy; and/or the international history of population debate, including environmental history dimensions. Preference may be given to historians or historical geographers of India, China or Japan, or of the United Nations’ engagement with population matters.

Working with Professor Bashford, Laureate Postdoctoral Fellows will contribute to a reassessment of modern world history by centrally analysing population change and population policy, at national, regional and international levels within a ‘multiple modernities’ framework, and by analysing Malthusian theories, their uptake, translation and critique, across a range of modern polities. Environmental, economic, and intellectual historians, as well as historians of gender and health are invited to apply.

The Centre’s research program is structured around four intellectual strands: Bio, Geo, Eco, Cosmo.

The Laureate Centre for History & Population is based in the School of Humanities and Languages, UNSW Arts, Design & Architecture. The School of Humanities and Languages is one of Australia’s leading centres of research and teaching excellence in History, Environment & Society, Philosophy, Languages and Area Studies.

About the role

  • Fixed Term – 3 years
  • Full time (35 hours)
  • There are x 3 positions available

Specific responsibilities for this role include:

  • Contribute independently and as a team member to historical research on population in a modern world history context
  • Present and publish academic papers for international journals, and conduct research towards an independently authored monograph
  • Design and manage intellectual strands within the Laureate Program, including research activities with international collaborators
  • Assist with the coordination of research activities and actively contribute to research outputs to meet project milestones.
  • Assist in occasional lecturing and tutoring to undergraduate or postgraduate students, according to area of expertise
  • Participation in international conferences and/or workshops relevant to the project as required
  • Participate in regular program meetings and undertake other research and administration activities as required.
  • Align with and actively demonstrate the UNSW Values in Action: Our Behaviours and the UNSW Code of Conduct.
  • Cooperate with all health and safety policies and procedures of the university and take all reasonable care to ensure that your actions or omissions do not impact on the health and safety of yourself or others.

About the successful applicant

To be successful in this role you will have:

Level A:

  • PhD in the history of modern gender, environmental, economic or intellectual history of population.
  • Preference may be given to historians of East Asia or South Asia or of the United Nations.
  • Preference may be given to historians of 20th century world history, although historians with expertise in earlier periods may apply
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research with limited supervision
  • Demonstrated track record of high-quality research outputs, publications and conference presentations relative to opportunity, with potential for agenda-setting contributions
  • Potential to initiate and drive scholarly meetings, panels, symposia and conferences
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team, collaborate across disciplines and build effective relationships.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to communicate and interact with a diverse range of stakeholders
  • An understanding of and commitment to UNSW’s aims, objectives and values in action, together with relevant policies and guidelines.
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training

For Level B appointment, in addition to the above:

  • A monograph related to population history published with a scholarly press; or manuscript already delivered to a press
  • A prior postdoctoral appointment partially or fully completed

For further information on the Laureate Centre for History & Population, please contact Professor Bashford,  

In addition to cover letter addressing selection criteria, please include 3-5 page proposal for a 3-year independent research project and one sample chapter or article, published or unpublished.

Applications close: 15th March, 2021

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