Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Food Systems Studies

Sydney, Australia
14 Sep 2018
End of advertisement period
01 Oct 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Sydney Environment Institute (SEI)
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Reference no. 1799/0918F

  • Develop your academic career and contribute to world-class research projects on food security, food systems, and business incubation
  • Develop your career alongside internationally renowned colleagues
  • Part Time appointment 75% of FTE , 3-year fixed term, Academic Level A, salary $69,511 to $74,205 p.a. (pro-rated) plus leave loading and generous superannuation, Preferred start date: January 2019

About the opportunity 

The appointee will work with Professor David Schlosberg (Government and International Relations/SEI) and Dr Alana Mann (Media and Communications/SEI) over a period of three years in the area of food systems studies.

The appointee will report to Professor Schlosberg and primarily assist in development and management of research projects related to the ARC Linkage Grant on “Addressing food insecurity through participatory social enterprise,” including work on policies to address food insecurity, public engagement and inclusion in food system interventions, and measurement of the impact of a food business incubator. The appointee will be a member of the intellectual community associated with the broadly interdisciplinary Sydney Environment Institute.

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 Postdoctoral Research Fellow who has:

  • completed a PhD in Political Science, Geography, Food Studies, Environmental Studies or a related discipline
  • demonstrated knowledge and an emerging profile in the fields of food systems studies, environmental or food justice
  • an interest in using systems mapping methodologies or social network analysis
  • evidence of the ability to conduct independent research and assume responsibility for the development and completion of research projects and publications
  • a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively
  • an emerging track record in academic publications and the potential to develop further research expertise through various projects
  • familiarity working with local communities, local governments, and data collection and visualisation.

Key duties of the role include:

  • conducting research under limited supervision as part of an ARC Linkage project on food insecurity and participatory social enterprise.
  • coordinating, incorporating, and communicating additional research undertaken by the larger research team involved in the linkage project.
  • taking a leading role in organizing and promoting seminars and workshops in relation to these projects (including communication, logistics, and managing twitter feeds).
  • writing peer review publications and preparing competitive grant applications.
  • taking a leading role in managing the social media and web content for the projects.
  • actively contributing to the research seminars and workshops relevant to the project, as well as contributing to the research activities of the broader Sydney Environment Institute.

About us

The central aim of the Sydney Environment Institute (SEI) at the University of Sydney is to confront, address, and respond to key environmental challenges. SEI crafts a leading role for environmental humanities and social sciences in understanding, confronting, and transforming social and academic responses to environmental crises. Our affiliates across the university are productively engaged in cross-disciplinary local, national, and international collaborations. SEI fosters and supports interdisciplinary work through making connections, hosting topical workshops, and seeding projects. We have developed both leadership and engagement on a range of topics, from food systems to ocean cultures, from adaptation policy to the cultural losses of species extinction. Through these means and processes we create not only new academic outputs, but also participate more broadly in urgent cultural and political discussions about how we can evaluate and intervene in the broad set of environmental crises, engage a broad set of internal and external partners and stakeholders, and develop models for positive social and environmental transformations.

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 7600 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.

Please refer to the candidate information pack for more details.

Intending applicants are welcome to seek further information about the position from Professor David Schlosberg at

For recruitment-related enquiries, or if you require reasonable adjustment or support filling out this application, please contact Mohammed Abu Naser on +61 2 8627 1215 or  

Closing date: 11:30pm, Monday 1 October 2018 (Sydney time)

Preferred start date: January 2019 (though this may be negotiable)

Please note: visa sponsorship is not available for this position

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.

The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.