Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Sydney Business School

Sydney, Australia
22 Oct 2020
End of advertisement period
11 Nov 2020
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Sociology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Develop your academic and engaged research profile working on an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant funded project on gender and the future of work
  • Located in the University of Sydney Business School, Camperdown Campus
  • Full-time, 2.5 years fixed term with a base salary of $76K to $103K p.a., plus leave loading and a generous employer’s contribution to superannuation

About the opportunity 

We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Associate attached to the Women & Work Research Group (WWRG) in the University of Sydney Business School on a multidisciplinary, cross-institutional, engaged research project on gender and the future of work. This is an exciting opportunity to work with leading scholars at the University of Sydney (and the Australian National University) on a Linkage project funded by the Australian Research Council and institutional partners the Law Society of New South Wales, the Women Lawyers Association of New South Wales, and the Shop Distributive and Allied Employees Association.

The post-doctoral research associate will work closely with the Chief Investigators (Cis) Prof. Rae Cooper and Dr. Meraiah Foley (WWRG, Business) and Prof. Ariadne Vromen (ANU). Prof. Cooper will be the post-doctoral researcher’s supervisor.

The project aims to examine women’s and men’s experience and understanding of workforce changes within two sectors at distinct ends of the labour market, namely retail and the law. Ultimately, this project seeks to build understanding and insight to affect change toward an inclusive future of work. The post-doctoral research associate will contribute to this unique project by:

  • managing the project in collaboration with the CIs
  • conducting fieldwork to build insight
  • assisting in the co-design of organisational interventions to enhance gender equality in collaboration with industry partners.
  • analysing data and producing industry and public-facing reports.
  • writing academic presentations and academic papers.
  • preparing media briefs, submissions to inquiries and industry presentations.
  • preparing grant applications with a view to building the project.
  • organising seminars and events to leverage the impact of research.

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:

  • a completed PhD in employment relations, human resource management, sociology of work, or another closely related field
  • demonstrated ability to achieve research outcomes, including publications in high-quality and relevant academic journals
  • experience in analysing themes such as workplace gender inequality, workplace dynamics, workplace technological change, low paid work, and/or high paid and professional work
  • demonstrated theoretical and methodological background, and familiarity with qualitative research methods and tools (quantitative research skills will be seen as an additional bonus)
  • experience in successful project management and administration
  • evidence of successful teamwork and a collegial approach, including the ability to exercise initiative and meet deadlines
  • the ability to foster collaborative links in academia and with government, industry, and community groups
  • excellent communication skills and an ability to discuss research results with non-academic audiences.

About us

The University of Sydney Business School  is regarded as a leader in the region, and has an outstanding reputation for the quality of its research across a wide range of academic disciplines. The School is recognised as one of the leading business schools contributing to business practice, policy and regulation both nationally and internationally.

The Work and Organisational Studies (WOS) Discipline within the Business School includes leading international scholars investigating management, work and organisations.  Our research has national and international significance and policy impact and informs our teaching across undergraduate and postgraduate courses.  There is a strong tradition of teaching excellence within the discipline, ensuring we expose students to cutting-edge research, using our innovative and engaged teaching methods. A number of market-leading textbooks in our area of expertise have been written by WOS academics. We nurture critical thinking and relevant industry knowledge to prepare students for their careers. Our graduates report high levels of teaching satisfaction and many of our alumni are now leading successful careers in business.

TheWomen, Work & Leadership Research Group (WWLRG)at the University of Sydney Business School undertakes research into all aspects of women’s working lives. 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).

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 1243/1020Fto apply.

Please note:

  • Visa sponsorship is not available for this position
  • The successful candidate must be available to commence the role no later than in February 2021
  • Flexible work options will be considered for this role
  • Routine pre-employment probity checks will be carried out for this position 

Closing date: 11:30pm, Wednesday 11 November 2020 (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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