Postdoctoral Research Fellow, College of Arts and Social Sciences

Canberra, Australia
$107,475 - $121,857 per annum plus 17% superannuation
28 Feb 2023
End of advertisement period
19 Mar 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Classification: Academic Level B
Salary Package: $107,475 - $121,857 per annum plus 17% superannuation
Terms: Full time, Fixed term (2 years)
Position Description and Selection Criteria: Postdoctoral Research Fellow PD + PEWER.pdf

  • ARC Postdoctoral Laureate position on the Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate ‘Rediscovering the Deep Human Past: Global Networks, Future Opportunities’.
  • Opportunity to contribute to Australian Indigenous studies and the field of ‘deep history’ more generally.

Position Overview

The Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS) at ANU  provides a dynamic research environment; it undertakes research and education across several disciplines to the highest international levels. The School of History is  seeking a highly capable and self-motivated Postdoctoral Research Fellow to work on the 2017 Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellowship for research on ‘Rediscovering the Deep Human Past: Global Networks, Future Opportunities’. This project will launch an innovative research initiative, The Deep History Research Centre, an Australian-based international consortium in partnership with Harvard and Cambridge centres, which will make a significant impact on global scholarship. The appointee will be located in the School of History within RSSS.

This project aims to transform the scale and scope of history. Australia’s epic Indigenous narratives will be analysed alongside relevant new scientific evidence, to create a big picture history of Greater Australia/Sahul. Fresh periodisations and understandings will reorient this history in its wider global context. Critiquing the evolution of disciplines, especially the world history/prehistory divide and the Cambridge training nexus, we will develop future-oriented transdisciplinary techniques for researching the deep human past. A key outcome of the project will be a website showcasing these studies.

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will develop community relationships, work in the repatriation of cultural materials, follow up and progress community liaison arrangements and workshops, and develop and coordinate thematic National and International Symposia and publications. The Fellow will be required to develop a research program, work with the PhD students and organise new skills programs. 

The ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) is one of seven Colleges at ANU. The College, which is structured in two main research schools, offers degrees in more than 20 discipline areas and excels in research across the creative arts, humanities and social sciences. The College has a substantial international research presence and is a major source of national policy advice. Our academic staff are internationally recognised for their research, and 46 members of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, the Academy of the Social Sciences of Australia, or both. We also host 13 Australian Research Council Future Fellows and three ARC Laureates. A hub of vibrant activity, we host more than 100 lectures, concerts and exhibitions each year, most of which are open to the public. Our students, staff and graduates come from more than 60 nations, bringing a diversity of perspective to campus life.

For further information please contact Professor Ann McGrath E:

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Application information:

In order to apply for this role please make sure that you upload the following documents:

  • A statement addressing the selection criteria;
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) which includes the names and contact details of at least three referees (preferably including a current or previous supervisor).  If your CV does not include referees you can complete these online when prompted in the application form;
  • Other documents, if required.

Applications which do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position.

Please note: The successful candidate must have rights to live and work in this country and will be required to undergo a background check during the recruitment process. An offer of employment is conditional on satisfactory results. 

CLOSING DATE: March 19 2023