Research Fellow, Institute for Culture and Society

Sydney, Australia
10 Nov 2020
End of advertisement period
15 Dec 2020
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Sociology
Contract Type
Full Time

Automated Decision-Making in Global Contexts, ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision- Making & Society (ADM+S). Institute for Culture and Society

About Us

The Institute for Culture and Society carries out research on the transformations in culture and society in the context of contemporary global change. It operates as a leading international centre for interdisciplinary, engaged and collaborative scholarship in the humanities and social sciences for a digital age. Research at the Institute for Culture and Society is organised around an integrated program of research focusing on a number of broad themes including cities and economies, digital life, diversity and globalization, heritage and environment.

The Institute is one of four Research Institutes at the University, and the only one predominantly focused on the discipline area of the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS). An important role of the Institute is to help develop the University’s overall research performance through external income generation and high-quality publications. It also conducts profile-raising activities through organising major conferences, developing a network of similar research entities nationally and internationally, hosting visiting scholars, and forging strategic partnerships with external organisations and communities. Public and community engagement is an integral aspect of the Institute’s work. The Institute for Culture & Society hosts the Western Sydney University node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society.

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society (ADM+S) ( is a new, cross-disciplinary, and national research centre, which aims to create the knowledge and strategies necessary for responsible, ethical, and inclusive automated decision-making. Funded by the Australian Research Council from 2020 to 2026, ADM+S is hosted at RMIT in Melbourne, Australia, with nodes in eight other Australian universities (Monash University, University of Melbourne, University of Queensland, QUT, Swinburne University, University of Sydney, University of NSW and Western Sydney University).

The Centre brings together leading researchers in the humanities, social and technological sciences in an international industry, research and civil society network. Its priority domains for public engagement are news and media, transport, social services and health. The Centre of Excellence for ADM+S has four Research Programs: Data, Institutions, Machines and People and four Focus Areas: Health, Mobility and Transport, News and Media and Social Services .

The Role

Research Fellow for ADM in Global Contexts

The Research Fellow will develop and collaborate on projects that explore the ways in which ADM is being integrated in different parts of the world.

Project(s) will explore the relative norms around privacy and personhood that shape ADM practices in different national contexts through case studies of innovations in ADM in global contexts that have been largely ignored in the dominant literature theorising AI, automation, robotics and ADM. Attending to one or more of the focus-area themes, the case studies will be used to identify differences and similarities between research on ADM in Australia, challenging our assumptions about how ADM operates around the world.

The Research Fellow will work with Professor Heather A Horst, the ARC CoE node leader at Western Sydney University and ICS Director. The position will conduct and manage primary research on the current practices and possibilities of automated decision-making in at least two globally-situated ethnographic contexts; publish research in high-quality outlets; engage and translate research with collaborators, international colleagues and industry partners; assist with project management and administration of project research; supervise research assistants and, where appropriate, co-supervise PhD students.

This research-focused role does not include a teaching load, but opportunities for developing and maintaining a teaching profile may be available during the course of the Research Fellowship.

Remuneration Package : Academic Level B $122,848 to $144,960 (comprising Salary $103,808 to $122,587 p.a., plus 17% Superannuation, and Leave Loading).

Position Enquiries : Professor Heather Horst via email

To Apply To be considered for this position, please include with your application a 2-page cover letter outlining your experience and how you will contribute to the research on ADM in Global Contexts as part of the Centre of Excellence in Automated Decision-Making and Society’s People Program.

Closing Date : 8:30pm, Tuesday 15 December 2020

The successful applicant will be subject to meeting Australian Immigration and Australian border travel regulations due to COVID-19 at the time of appointment.