Research Fellow, Melbourne Law School

Melbourne, Australia
Jan 06, 2020
End of advertisement period
Feb 03, 2020
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Law
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Work type: Fixed Term
Location: Parkville
Division/Faculty: Melbourne Law School
Salary: $72,083 - $97,812 (Level A)
Role & Superannuation rate: Academic - Part time - 9.5% super

We are seeking to appoint a Research Fellow with expertise in legal theory, property/ environmental law or a related field for a fixed term position for 12 months to work on an ARC-funded research project on ‘Property as habitat: reintegrating place, people, and law’. The Research Fellow will assist with research, writing and with the administration of the project, including establishing a project website. The Research Fellow will work collaboratively with ARC project researchers located at Flinders University and Sydney University.

The research project aims to produce an original account of property law that will re-connect it to place and human relationships and to develop innovate conceptual frameworks around law as habitat. The successful applicant will gain experience of researching legal issues in topic areas such as the evolution of property law and environmental theory; the spatial and material ‘turn’ in law, and innovative property law models. This is an opportunity for an early stage researcher with expertise in legal theory related to property and environment law, together with strong interdisciplinary skills, to work alongside established legal theory researchers to enhance their knowledge of the research process and to build a publication and impact trajectory.

About Melbourne Law School

Melbourne Law School (MLS) is Australia's first all-graduate law faculty. Melbourne Law School has an outstanding research profile and the project provides an opportunity to liaise with two other Australian law schools that have specialist legal theory researchers.

About the role

The Research Fellow with work with Professor Lee Godden Melbourne Law School, Professor Margaret Davies, Flinders University, College of Business, Government, and Law, and Associate Professor Nicole Graham, Sydney Law School, on an ARC-funded project on ‘The potential and limits of international adjudication’. The successful applicant will carry out research as preparation for publications and presentations, be involved in writing some research outputs, work collaboratively across 3 law schools, organise workshops and take an active role in helping to disseminate the research findings. Tasks will include research, manuscript and article preparation, conference organisation, project administration, and establishing and maintaining a project website.

About you

You will have excellent research and writing skills, a background in legal theory or related expertise, a demonstrated capacity to work independently, to meet deadlines and to contribute to the collaborative team effort of the ARC project.

Indigenous Australians seeking support to apply for a vacancy are encouraged to contact the University by emailing their contact details and position number to

Position Description


Applications close: 03 Feb 2020 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time