Postdoctoral Research Fellow / Research Fellow, Social Science - Health

Camperdown, Australia
$100,717 to $134,403 plus leave loading and generous employer's contribution to superannuation
19 May 2023
End of advertisement period
18 Jun 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Opportunity to contribute to an innovative sociological program of research based at the Sydney Centre for Healthy Societies / School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Conduct collaborative research in sociology including undertaking critical analyses of issues related to health
  • Full-time fixed-term for 2 years with possibility of extension. Offering a base salary of $100,717 (Level A) to $134,403 (Level B) plus leave loading and generous employer's contribution to superannuation

About the opportunity

The School of Social and Political Sciences (SSPS) at the University of Sydney is home to the key social science disciplines, with outstanding staff and students undertaking world-leading teaching and research. The School comprises the disciplines of Anthropology, Government and International Relations, Political Economy and Sociology and Criminology.

The Sydney Centre for Healthy Societies (SCHS) is seeking Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Level A) or Research Fellow (Level B) to join a team on a wide-ranging program of research centred on the social, political and economic dimensions of health, wellbeing and care under Professor and Director of the SCHS Alex Broom.

This role will centre on developing innovative sociological analyses of critical and emerging health issues, including those of particular interest to the SCHS. The role will involve taking a whole-systems, multidimensional approach to health and illness concerns, moving from 'everyday' experiences of illness and care, right through to the economic, cultural, and political dynamics that surround and assemble them.

There is no requirement to have a background in health and illness specifically. Rather, we are looking for demonstrated potential for scholarly excellence in social science, conceptual capabilities, and qualitative research skills. Relevant area(s) of expertise include but not limited to: sociology, anthropology, public health, qualitative research, science and technology studies, or a related fields.

In this role, you will be undertaking the following activities:

  • undertaking qualitative fieldwork, including in-depth qualitative interviews
  • leading qualitative data analysis
  • writing, leading and co-publishing academic papers with Professor Broom
  • contributing to the preparation and submission of applications for competitive research grants/fellowships
  • taking responsibility for the day-to-day logistics of carrying out research
  • working with research assistants to develop ethics submissions and satisfy reporting requirements
  • furthering the vison and objectives of the SCHS and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

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 Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Sociology (Level A) / Research Fellow (Level B) in Sociology who has:

  • a PhD in sociology, or a closely related discipline
  • an emerging research profile evidenced by high-quality peer-reviewed research in sociology, anthropology, public health, science and technology studies, qualitative health research or a related discipline
  • demonstrated project management experience
  • skills and capacity to design, manage and disseminate findings from social research projects including experience working with qualitative data
  • demonstrated capacity for engagement with social science/sociological concepts and theory
  • ability to contribute to the preparation and submission of research grants
  • demonstrated ability to work both independently and as a member of a team, capacity to succeed in a fast-paced research-intensive environment, and sound written, verbal communication, and interpersonal skills suitable to collaborating in an academic context.

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Sponsorship / work rights for Australia

Please note: For the right candidate, visa sponsorship is available for this position.

Pre-employment checks

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

EEO statement

At the University of Sydney, our shared values include diversity and inclusion and we strive to be a place where everyone can thrive. We are committed to creating a University community which reflects the wider community that we serve. We deliver on this commitment through our people and culture programs, as well as key strategies to increase participation and support the careers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, women, people living with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and those who identify as LGBTIQ. We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds.

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Sunday 18 June 2023 11:59 PM

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