Postdoctoral Research Associate, Sydney Southeast Asia Centre

Sydney, Australia
AU$105,000 per annum + Super
Jul 05, 2021
End of advertisement period
Aug 03, 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Opportunity to build your track record and develop and submit a DECRA application
  • Located at Camperdown Campus
  • Full-time fixed term for 24 months offering a base salary of $105K p.a., and generous employer's contribution to superannuation

About the opportunity

The Sydney Southeast Asia Centre (SSEAC) is Australia's premier centre of interdisciplinary academic excellence on Southeast Asia. It aims to forge an innovative and engaged approach to a region marked by rich diversity, by challenging problems, and by countries, communities and cultures that have a rapidly changing sense of their own place in the world. SSEAC responds to policy needs as well as intellectual challenges, fosters regional engagement and equips Australian graduates with the confidence and skills to interact professionally and culturally in the region.

SSEAC's postdoctoral positions are available to postdoctoral researchers working on topics related to our five research clusters-economic and social development, environment and resources, health, heritage and the arts, state and society-in any Southeast Asian country (or countries) and in any discipline. Applicants must have held their PhDs for no more than four (4) years as of 30 June 2021 (or equivalent if the candidate has substantive career interruptions). Appointments are for two years.

In this position, you will:

  • participate in the SSEAC Fellowship Hothouse and submit a high-quality DECRA application in either 2021 or 2022
  • prepare and submit high-quality publications based on existing or new research
  • design, plan, schedule and prepare for implementation of future research projects
  • undertake other activities commensurate to the role's classification level

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance in recruiting talent aligned to these values in the pursuit of research excellence.

We are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate who possesses:

  • a PhD in a relevant field of study
  • experience conducting original research related to Southeast Asia
  • experience publishing in high-quality journals
  • a willingness and ability to actively contribute to the life of SSEAC


To be considered for this role please address below criteria in your cover letter and upload a statement that:

  1. Describes how your work contributes to, or complements, existing Southeast Asia-related research at the University of Sydney.
  2. Outlines your thinking on your proposed DECRA project, noting: (a) the topic, (b) your core research question and (c) your methodology and explaining (d) why this project is both timely and important.
  3. Describes how you could contribute to a range of SSEAC activities outside the research domain.

For the position description for this role, please email 

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role-required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

For a continuing position, you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident.

How to Apply

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For a confidential discussion about the role, or if you require reasonable adjustment or support filling out this application, please contact Liz Mackinlay, Recruitment Partner Recruitment Operations, Human Resources on 0422 994 254 or by email

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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