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Postdoctoral Research Associate and Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Organising for Resilience

Camperdown, Australia
$100,717 - $134,403 + 17% superannuation
Closing date
12 Apr 2024

Job Details

  • Two full time positions, fixed term for 18 months with high potential for extension. Located on the Camperdown Campus at the University of Sydney
  • Contributing to the interdisciplinary research stream of Organising for Resilience
  • Base Salary $100,717 - $134,403 + 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Organising for Resilience to join the University of Sydney.

The roles are primarily based on the School of Project Management but work closely with interdisciplinary teams across the Management and Organisation Sciences, Social Sciences, Urban Studies, Engineering, and Computer Science to advance research on climate change and global grand challenges.

The School of Project Management in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sydney is fostering interdisciplinary research and delivers world class teaching for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. The program courseware is accredited by the Global Accreditation Centre of the Project Management Institute. It builds the capacity of graduates to examine the key interdependencies inherent in managing and leading complex projects, including projects in the face of climate change. The program engages with these dynamics to develop skills for effective planning, management and leadership. Please refer to the website for more information about the academic program structure and courses for the undergraduate and postgraduate programs.

You will be supervised by Dr Nader Naderpajouh, to provide close collaboration across a range of disciplines including Organisation Studies, Management, Urban Studies, Engineering, Computer Science and Social Sciences. You will contribute to development of ideas in the further establishment of this research stream through their research, proposal development, and writing of academic articles. You will have the opportunity to work with interdisciplinary collaborators from other universities, government agencies and the private sector. You will be primarily based in the School of Project Management at the University of Sydney.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • work closely with interdisciplinary scholars, government agencies, and private businesses
  • develop collaborative research proposals and research plans
  • conduct research, including research design, ethics approval, data collection, analysis and reporting,
  • write academic papers, industry reports, research communication articles,
  • develop and deliver research outputs, tools; present results and research translation,
  • coordinate research teams

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 and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Organising for Resilience who has:

  • a PhD in a relevant field such as Management, Organization Studies, Urban Studies, Social Sciences, Political Sciences, Computer Sciences, or Engineering, with a strong track record (relative to opportunities) in research on disaster management, extreme contexts, and resilience including a body of work published in their disciplinary background peer reviewed journals. Applicants who have submitted their PhD for examination or will do so in the immediate future will be considered,
  • the ability to work with industry partners in written and verbal forms and to sustain relationships with them and engage them in research,
  • capabilities in working both independently and as part of a team of researchers, to identify opportunities, and to contribute and lead to the development of papers for publication
  • outstanding interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills and the ability to conduct high quality research with increasing independence and to present that work in an engaging way
  • willingness to cross collaborate with the other Post-Docs in an engaged interdisciplinary environment that is required in the face of challenges such as the ones induced by climate crisis
  • previous experience within a research environment and publication in relevant and refereed journals, and in a broad range of qualitative or quantitative data analysis.

Essential criteria (level B):

  • an understanding multidisciplinary research, and strong disciplinary track record on disciplines mentioned in the post
  • the ability to coordinate teams and timely management of research projects.

Desirable criteria - you may have (or be willing to learn):

  • the ability to write research proposals, and to lead research papers,
  • knowledge of research on project studies and how to develop papers using qualitative or quantitative analysis
  • an understanding of research on extreme contexts, climate change and resilience across different disciplines.

To keep our community safe, please be aware of our COVID safety precautions which form our conditions of entry for all staff, students and visitors coming to campus.

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.

How to apply

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Applications Close

Friday 12 April 2024 11:59 PM


The University of Sydney was established in 1850 and is consistently recognised, both locally and internationally, for its outstanding teaching and research excellence. Sydney alumni include Prime Ministers, Governor Generals, Nobel Prize winners and leaders in every field of endeavour.

The University offers a comprehensive range of courses, including a number of disciplines unique in Australia. Teaching is spread across nine different state-of-the art campuses, located across New South Wales.

The University of Sydney’s commitment to excellence in research has resulted in an outstanding record in national competitive funding and underpins an approach to teaching which has won nominations for excellence and resulted in high student satisfaction ratings. The University has 78 research centres and institutes and is home to three ARC Centres of Excellence.

The teaching, research and cultural life of the University is supported by extensive facilities, including the largest library collection in the Southern Hemisphere, the world-class Nicholson Museum of archaeological antiquities, the Macleay Museum of natural history and ethnographic collections and the University Art Gallery. Its outstanding sporting and recreation facilities provide a training centre for students and Olympic athletes.

The University of Sydney is a key member of the Group of Eight Australian major research-intensive universities, and the Worldwide Universities Network.


The University of Sydney has nine official campuses.

1.         Camperdown/Darlington Campus.

2.         Cumberland Campus. Home to the Faculty of Health Sciences (based in Lidcombe).

3.         Mallett Street Campus. Home of the Sydney Nursing School.

4.         Sydney Conservatorium of Music Campus. In Macquarie Street, central Sydney.

5.         Rozelle Campus. Home to Sydney College of the Arts.

6.         Surry Hills Campus. Home to the Faculty of Dentistry.

7.         Camden Campus. Contains facilities connected to the Faculty of Veterinary Science and the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment.

8.         Burren Street Campus. Facilties are currently under development.

9.         Sydney Medical School campuses. These include the School of Rural Health (in Dubbo and Orange), the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Concord Hospital, Westmead Hospital, the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Nepean Hospital, Northern Clinical School, Sydney Adventist Hospital, Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health, and Northern Rivers University Department of Rural Health.


The University of Sydney has 16 faculties.

1. Agriculture and Environment

2. Architecture, Design and Planning

3. Arts and Social Sciences

4. Business (Business School)

5. Dentistry

6. Education and Social Work

7. Engineering and Information Technologies

8. Health Sciences

9. Law (Sydney Law School)

10. Medicine (Sydney Medical School)

11. Nursing and Midwifery

12. Pharmacy

13. Science

14. Sydney College of the Arts

15. Sydney Conservatorium of Music

16. Veterinary Science

Number of Employees

Full-time employees: 7616

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