Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Economics

Sydney, Australia
29 Apr 2020
End of advertisement period
31 May 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Develop your academic career in one of Australia’s top economics schools
  • Located at the Camperdown Campus’s Faculty Of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Full-time, 2 year fixed term (with the possibility of extension subject to funding and performance) remuneration package: $115,458K - $130,564K p.a. (which includes base salary Academic Level A - B, leave loading and up to 17% employer’s contribution to superannuation)

About the opportunity

This position is based in the School of Economics within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney. Working on the research program on the cognitive science of disadvantage. This encompasses a broad range of issues which are neuroeconomics, behavioural economics and cognitive psychology including mental health, child health and development; education; sleep disorders; youths and risky behaviour. In particular, the position is part of a new ARC Discovery Grant exploring the role of self-control in economic behaviour.

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 in Economics who:

  • has completed a PhD in Economics
  • has evidence of a strong research interest in behavioural economics generally, and the role of self-control in economic decision making in particular
  • can show evidence of the ability to conduct independent economic research and assume responsibility for the development and completion of research papers
  • has demonstrated ability to work as part of a research team, and work with other members of staff to meet the aims and deadlines of a project
  • has a track record in research and writing and the potential to develop further research expertise through various projects

About us

The University of Sydney’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has a proud history and tradition of intellectual rigour. It offers a vibrant research and teaching environment. It is the largest and most complex faculty in the University, with over 600 permanent staff and approximately 10,000 students. The School of Economics is one of six Schools within the Faculty and offers degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate levels that attract some of the best students from Australia and overseas.

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Medicine and Health are partners in an exciting new research initiative -- the ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course (Life Course Centre) -- which will identify the pathways through which social and economic disadvantage are perpetuated over the life course, within communities, and across generations. The Life Course Centre is comprised of an inter-disciplinary team of renowned social scientists based at four Australian universities, NGOs, government departments, and eminent international research affiliates.

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 8,100 academic and non-academic staff who support over 73,000 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 633/0420F to apply.

Closing date: 11:30pm, Sunday 31 May 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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