Postdoctoral Research Associate in Indigenous Environmental Studies

Sydney, Australia
02 May 2019
End of advertisement period
02 Jun 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Sydney Environment Institute

  • Develop your academic career and contribute to research projects of import to Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, and global Indigenous communities and their environments
  • Full-time, 3-year fixed term, Academic Level A, salary $92,682 to $98,940 p.a. plus leave loading and generous superannuation
  • Preferred start date: September 2019 (this may be negotiable)

About the opportunity 

You’ll work with the Sydney Environment Institute (SEI) over a period of three years in the area of Indigenous environmental studies. You’ll report to Professor David Schlosberg (Director, SEI) and assist in the development and management of research projects that examine environmental issues and approaches relevant to Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, and/or global Indigenous communities. You will also be a member of the intellectual community associated with the broadly interdisciplinary Sydney Environment Institute.

Key duties of the role include:

  • Conducting research under limited supervision as part of the broad research themes of the Sydney Environment Institute.
  • Coordinating, incorporating, and communicating research – both individual and with collaborative teams.
  • 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, as well as contributing to the research activities of the broader Sydney Environment Institute and Indigenous studies at the University of Sydney.

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 Associate who has:

  • completed a PhD in the humanities or social sciences, broadly defined, with a focus on Indigenous environmental issues and/or approaches.
  • demonstrated knowledge and an emerging profile in environmental and/or Indigenous studies
  • ability to address key research themes of the SEI (environmental culture and loss, justice and governance, adaptation and transition, oceans and reefs, sustainable materialism, food systems) and/or environmental elements of the university’s Indigenous research strategy (focused on language and culture, health, governance)
  • 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.

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.

How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. Visit and search by the reference number 808/0419F to apply.

Closing date: 11:30pm, 2 June 2019 (Sydney time)

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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