Research Associate, Faculty of Built Environment

Sydney, Australia
04 Jul 2019
End of advertisement period
04 Aug 2019
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Geography
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • One of Australia’s leading research & teaching universities
  • Vibrant campus life with a strong sense of community & inclusion
  • Enjoy a career that makes a difference by collaborating & learning from the best
  • Location-Kensington Campus, Sydney Australia 

At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.

UNSW BE (Built Environment) is one of the largest built environment faculties in Australia and is internationally renowned for its comprehensive range of multidisciplinary degree programs. UNSW BE focus is on research and education relevant to the design, delivery and management of the 21st century city and the elements. The Faculty’s strategic direction is one based on a commitment to deliver high impact research and graduates equipped with the knowledge and practical skills required to realise sustainable urban environments of enduring cultural value. The Faculty currently incorporates one formally recognised Research Centre, being the City Futures Research Centre (CFRC), and one Cooperative Research Centre being the CRC for Low Carbon Living

City Futures Research Centre was established in 2005 to enhance understanding of our cities, their people, the policies that manage their growth, the issues they face and the impact they can make on our environment and economy. The Centre is hosted by the Faculty of Built Environment and is based at the University of New South Wales, Kensington campus. It forms a key part of UNSW’s ERA ‘5’ rated (‘well above world standard’) research concentration in Urban and Regional Planning.

The City Futures Research Centre is seeking to appoint a postdoctoral Research Associate to play a key role in contributing to our work on city and regional planning, development and renewal, urban policy and related issues. We expect the postholder to have experience in research in the broad area of urban policy, and a demonstrable commitment to making a major contribution to the debate on the future of metropolitan areas, regional cities and communities both in Australia and internationally. The post provides an excellent opportunity for a motivated researcher to join an active research centre and develop further their portfolio of qualitative, quantitative and research management skills.

Please see Built Environment website

About the role

  • $76,570- $102, 091 plus 17% Superannuation and annual leave loading
  • 2 year fixed-term  
  • Full-time (35 hours per week)


  • Collaborate as part of a multi-disciplinary research team with Centre and Faculty colleagues;
  • Organise fieldwork, including liaison with stakeholders and partners both within the University and externally;
  • Undertake primary research using both qualitative and quantitative research techniques both in the office and in the field, working alongside other Centre staff. This may require interstate and international travel as required;
  • Undertake analysis of statistical and spatial data;
  • Undertake analysis of qualitative research data;
  • Apply critical and concise analysis in preparing literature and policy reviews;
  • Develop and prepare research grant applications;
  • Prepare research reports and publications at an international standard for submission to refereed academic journals;
  • Represent the Centre in internal and external meetings and at relevant academic conferences;
  • Assist in the supervision and training of research assistants;
  • Assist in the supervision of undergraduate/Honours and postgraduate students where appropriate;
  • Undertake administrative functions primarily connected with his/her area of research;
  • Other duties as required by the Director of the City Futures Research Centre.
  • Co-operate with all health and safety policies and procedures of the University and take all reasonable care that their actions or omissions do not impact on the health and safety of others in the University;

You should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application. Please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed.


Steve Lalic, Talent Acquisition Consultant


Closing date: Sunday 4th Aug, 11 pm (AEST) 2019

UNSW aspires to be the exemplar Australian university and employer of choice for people from diverse backgrounds.

UNSW aims to ensure equality in recruitment, development, retention and promotion of staff, and that no-one is disadvantaged on the basis of their gender, cultural background, disability, sexual orientation or identity. We encourage everyone who meets the selection criteria to apply.