Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Sydney Business School

Sydney, Australia
24 Sep 2019
End of advertisement period
23 Oct 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Opportunity to join a highly successful and collaborative team committed to innovating for innovation
  • Located at the University of Sydney Business School
  • Full-time, 2 year fixed-term, Academic Level A, base salary $74,962-$101,018 p.a plus geneours superannuation

About the opportunity 

Although Universities have long been recognised as engines of innovation, they have been rarely approached as ‘living laboratories’ for innovation scholarship and practice. The new Discipline of Strategy, Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the University of Sydney Business School is innovating to redress this situation through “Engaged Innovation Scholarship for Impact” – the systematic production, translation and mobilisation of scholarly knowledge about innovation by members of multidisciplinary teams into which the Business School and/or other social science scholars of innovation and related fields have been embedded. It aims to break new ground by embracing and implementing the idea that the path to superior innovation outcomes – for any organisation, including Universities – begins with organisational innovation.

The importance of the Discipline’s work is highlighted by Innovation and Sciences Australia’s statement that

 “Australia is in a $1.6 trillion global innovation race, where the prize at stake is a bigger share of global wealth, better jobs, and the best access to the products of innovation for addressing societal challenges… Innovation and Science Australia’s [ISA’s] vision for 2030 is that Australia will be counted within the top tier of innovation nations. We will take pride in our global reputation for excellence in science, research and commercialisation.” (ISA, 2018)

Achieving ISA’s vision by 2030 represents a grand challenge for Australia, especially in light of the country’s historical performance along metrics of innovation. Despite outstanding results in terms of the excellence of its Universities, with 7 of the top 100 according to the 2019 QS World University Rankings, Australia ranks only 20th in the 2018 Global Innovation Index. Clearly, business as usual by organisations within the Australian innovation ecosystem is insufficient to realise the vision. New approaches are required, including – if not especially – inside Universities.

To further strengthen our research group, we are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate interested in innovating within the University context in such an engaged way and will complement and extend the Discipline of Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurships’ existing and emerging strengths in innovation scholarship. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will bring their interest and research experience in innovation and work closely with multidisciplinary project teams who have been embedded, from within the University or in partner organisations, to study innovation ‘in the making’ using ethnographic and qualitative methods, complimented with qualitative methods and/or statistical analysis. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will also work with the project teams to collect and analyse data in order to create and co-create new knowledge about innovation processes as well as translate and mobilise relevant existing knowledge for the teams.

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 possesses:  

  • a complete or near complete PhD in a relevant field
  • strong skills in qualitative and/or quantitative research methods and related analysis techniques
  • a demonstrated interest in innovation and in innovative approaches to studying and practising innovation
  • the ability to conduct independent and collaborative research and to assume responsibility for the development and completion of research projects
  • an emerging track record of academic publications in high quality refereed journals and a demonstrated potential to develop further research expertise
  • a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and across disciplines
  • excellent verbal and written communication skills in English

About us

The Discipline of Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship brings together knowledge from academic, business and government sectors to foster sustainable innovation and strategy. Our researchers are a collaborative and engaged group with a mission to produce impactful research and practical, actionable knowledge for business, government and society.

Our work aims to:

  • play an important role in entrepreneurial eco-systems and contribute to policy dialogue
  • champion sustainability in social, economic and environmental arenas
  • inspire and equip executives to design and implement innovative strategies in their organisations

The University of Sydney Business School is implementing its ‘Business Not As Usual’ strategic plan to create a truly distinctive business school – one with a clear sense of purpose, a commitment to providing a transformational educational experience, and, through our research, an influential and respected voice.

The University of Sydney Business School (the Faculty of Business) is one of the Asia Pacific region’s premier centres for engaged and innovative business education and research. The Business School has strong alliances with industry, government and the not for profit sector and a highly international outlook, with a broad global network and accreditation by major international organisations. The Business School is large by international standards, with 458 (FTE) highly qualified staff and 8,967 (EFTSL) students from diverse backgrounds enrolled in a comprehensive suite of undergraduate, postgraduate coursework and postgraduate research programs including the MBA, MBA in Leadership and Enterprise, and GEMBA.

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 position description 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 1816/0919F to apply.

Closing date: 11:30pm, 23 October 2019 (Sydney time)

The preferred start date for the successful applicant is January 2020 however it may be negotiable until March/April 2020.

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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