Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Women, Work and Leadership Research Group

Sydney, Australia
26 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
25 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

University of Sydney Business School

  • An amazing opportunity to be part of the Women, Work & Leadership Research Group (WWLRG)  
  • Full-time, fixed-term (2-years), with a possibility to accommodate flexible working arrangements
  • Academic Level A, Salary: $92K to $98K p.a. plus leaving loading and generous superannuation contribution

About the opportunity

We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Fellow attached to the Women, Work & Leadership Research Group (WWLRG) in the University of Sydney Business School on a multidisciplinary project with colleagues across the Business School and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. This is an exciting opportunity to work with leading scholars in a leading University on a unique project, seed funded by the University of Sydney, on young women and the future of work.

The WWLRG at the University of Sydney Business School undertakes research into all aspects of women and work. It is a focal point for collaboration between leading scholars, business practitioners and policy makers to build more equitable workplaces and more sustainable careers (see for previous work).  

The post-doctoral project will work with Rae Cooper and Marian Baird (WWLRG, Business), Ariadne Vromen, Elizabeth Hill and Elspeth Probyn (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences). Rae Cooper will be the post-doctoral researcher’s supervisor. The project builds on phase one of the mixed method project (2016/2018) to:

  • Analyse survey and focus group data - on women’s current experience of work, attitudes toward work and expectations and fears for the future  -
  • Write academic presentations and papers
  • Undertake additional field work to build on the insights;
  • Understand the attitudes and roles of key industry stakeholders toward women’s working futures;
  • Prepare grant applications with a view to building the sustainability of the project;
  • Engage with stakeholders and organise seminars and events to leverage the impact of research;

Ultimately the work seeks to build understanding and insight to effect change toward an inclusive future of work.

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 seeking a candidate interested in building an academic career in employment relations / HR / workplace sociology or relevant field with a strong focus on gender equality and work / careers. Ideal candidates for the position will likely have a background in one or more of the following fields: employment relations, human resource management, or sociology of work. A researcher with expertise in quantitative and qualitative research methods would fit best with our objectives and vision.

To be a successful candidate you will possess:

  • a completed PhD in employment relations or a relevant field
  • demonstrated previous research experience and expertise
  • demonstrated ability to achieve research outcomes
  • potential to prepare successful applications for grant funding
  • expertise in fields such as women’s employment and careers, workplace studies
  • demonstrated theoretical and methodological background, and familiarity with qualitative, quantitative and mixed method research approaches
  • evidence of successful teamwork and a collegial approach
  • ability to work collaboratively across disciplinary boundaries
  • ability to foster collaborative links in both academia and with the business community
  • excellent communication skills and an ability to discuss research work with non-specialists

About us

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 6000 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.

The University of Sydney Business School is regarded as a leader in the region, and is one of the very few Australian schools to hold business and  accounting accreditation from AACSB International and EQUIS accreditation from the European Foundation for Management Development. It is also the only Australian member school of CEMS, the Community of European Management Schools & International Companies.

Important notes:

  • Please refer to the candidate information pack on the job’s listing on the University’s website for further details including the detailed selection criteria.
  • We are open to conversations about working flexibly and would happily discuss this with the successful applicants.

Specific enquiries about the position can be directed to: Professor Rae Cooper, Associate Dean (Programs), via

Enquiries regarding the recruitment process can be directed to Mohammed Abu Naser on 02 8627 1215 or at

Closing date:  25 November 2018, 11.30pm (Sydney time)

How to apply

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number 2111/1018F to apply.

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.

We are open to applicants who wish to work on a flexible basis, please let us know how flexibility might work for you within this role

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