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Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Initiative for Peacebuilding

Employer
UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE
Location
Melbourne, Australia
Salary
$105,518 - $113,262 p.a. plus 17% super
Closing date
23 Jun 2024

Job Details

Job no: 0062574
Location: Parkville
Role type: Full-time; Fixed-term until December 2026
Faculty: Arts
School: Social and Political Sciences
Salary: Level A.6 - A.8 - $105,518 - $113,262 p.a. plus 17% super

  • Join a multidisciplinary Research Initiative advancing peacebuilding and conflict prevention in the Indo-Pacific region
  • Salary packaging, subsidised health and wellbeing services, fitness and cultural clubs, Myki discounts, and a 25% discount on graduate courses to our staff and their immediate families!

About the Role

The School of Social and Political Sciences is inviting applications for a  Postdoctoral Research Fellow position within the Initiative for Peacebuilding, on a fixed-term basis until December 2026.

As a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, you will join a dynamic Faculty, School, and philanthropically supported Research Initiative dedicated to multidisciplinary research, engagement, and education aimed at advancing peacebuilding and conflict prevention in the Indo-Pacific region.

You will have the opportunity to contribute to one of the Initiative’s primary research streams: (1) enhancing the role of conflict prevention and peacebuilding in Australian foreign policy and (2) innovations in advancing knowledge and practice in peacebuilding.

Your work will play a crucial role in shaping these areas and supporting the Initiative's broader goals from an Australian non-government perspective through a program of research, training, and engagement activities.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Assist in the coordination, development, conduct and reporting of research;
  • Conduct literature searches and reviews in support of the Initiative’s projects;
  • Work with the project team and non-academic partners to develop the Initiative’s research projects;
  • Assisting with preparation of interview schedules, data collection and analysis;
  • Recruiting research respondents;
  • Undertaking interviews with respondents (digital and face to face);
  • Data entry and analysis;
  • Contribute substantially to reports and other publications by submission and successful publication of articles in peer reviewed journals during the term of the appointment;
  • Publish academic papers and other scholarly outputs to a high standard, and in accordance with the research expectations of a Level A academic at the Faculty of Arts;
  • Support the efficient administration of the Initiative’s project;

Who We Are Looking For

The successful applicant is expected to contribute to the Initiative's research and administration and actively promote the Initiative’s research outcomes via different channels, including conferences and academic publications. The successful applicant should demonstrate capability to conduct fieldwork and data collection/analysis and be able to work collaboratively and collegially with fellow academics within the research team and with non-academic partners.

You will also have:

  • PhD in peace and conflict studies or a closely related discipline;
  • Demonstrated strong research project coordination skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a research team and work with other members of staff to meet project aims and deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to develop good relationships and work effectively with partners, organisations, industry and/or professional associations;
  • Capacity for multidisciplinary research and/or the willingness to engage in cross-disciplinary environments   
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct fieldwork and qualitative research (e.g. interviews, case studies);
  • A track record in research, writing and publications in the appropriate area and the potential to develop further research expertise;
  • Ability to present research findings to a wide range of audiences (e.g. academic and industry conferences).
  • Desirable - Post-doctoral research that aligns with one of the main research streams that are being progressed by the Initiative: (1) to enhance the role of conflict prevention in Australian foreign policy and (2) innovations in Peacebuilding.

For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the attached PD.

This role requires that the successful candidate must undergo and maintain an up-to-date Working with Children Check.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. This role requires current valid work rights for Australia.

Your New Team - The School of Social and Political Sciences

The appointee will join the School of Social and Political Sciences, which is at the forefront of teaching and research in the social sciences in Australia and internationally. The School’s aim is to redefine the world and change what matters, and our work is underpinned by the values of intellectual freedom, integrity, diversity, environmental sustainability and social justice.  We value collegiality and active citizenship and are committed to contributing strongly to public and institutional life, and to providing an engaged and distinctive social science and arts education for our students. 

What We Offer You!

In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services and discounts on graduate courses. For more information, check out our benefits page!

About the University of Melbourne

We’re tightly connected with the community, both at home and abroad. We take pride in our people, who all contribute to our mission to benefit society through the transformative impact of education and research. Discover more via our website and stay connected with our stories and people on LinkedIn.   

Be Yourself

The University of Melbourne values the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and welcomes and celebrates diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, parents, carers, people of all ages, abilities and genders, and people of diverse ethnicity, nationality and faith are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live. For more information please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page.

We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require reasonable adjustments, please contact the employee listed on the first page of the Position Description found below, with an email containing your name and contact details for a confidential discussion. Please ensure your email is titled "Reasonable Adjustments Request".

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants

We aspire to be the University of choice for Indigenous Australians, with unprecedented investment to attract, nurture and retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff. Tangible support through a range of programs and initiatives will ensure that you personally succeed and flourish while at the University of Melbourne.

For further information, including our 2023-2027 Indigenous strategy please visit -https://about.unimelb.edu.au/reconciliation/murmuk-djerring

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents: 

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter outlining your interest and experience
  • The responses against the Selection Criteria^ (found in the Position Description)

^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to http://about.unimelb.edu.au/careers/selection-criteria

If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Ana via email at hr-careers@unimelb.edu.au, ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject. Please do not share your application to this email address.

If you have any particular questions regarding the job please follow the details listed on the Position Description.

Applications close: 23 JUNE 2024 11:55 PM Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)

Position Description: 0062574_Postdoctoral Research Fellow Initiative for Peacebuilding_PD.pdf

Further Opportunities!

This opportunity is one of multiple exciting roles currently available within the Initiative for Peacebuilding in the School of Social and Political Sciences.

Applicants are highly encouraged to explore all positions, and apply to all deemed suitable – follow the links to discover more.

Position Description

Applications close: 23 Jun 2024 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time

Company

The University of Melbourne enjoys an outstanding reputation with world rankings consistently placing us as Australia’s leading comprehensive research-intensive university, and one of the world’s top 50*.

Melbourne attracts the best and brightest students and researchers and, with a history of over 160 years, we occupy a special place at the heart of our city’s cultural scene.

Melbourne is a leading research university, widely renowned for its teaching and the social and economic contributions it makes through knowledge transfer. The University’s performance in international rankings puts it at the forefront of higher education in the Asia-Pacific and beyond.

Internationally, the University is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, with its international peers placing it in the top 20 worldwide, and employers placing it in the top 10. In the recent Times Higher Education rankings of the world’s top 200 universities, Melbourne ranked top in Australia and 33 in the world.

Melbourne’s international research pre-eminence was also acknowledged with a top 100 ranking in the Shanghai Jiao Tong rankings. Ranked No. 44 in 2015, the University has climbed steadily in the rankings since first appearing at No. 92 in 2003.

The Melbourne Model introduces undergraduate programs characterised by both breadth and depth, followed by a graduate professional degree, a research higher degree or entry directly into employment.

In 2008 Melbourne commenced offering six New Generation undergraduate degrees in Arts, Biomedicine, Commerce, Environments, Music and Science. The Melbourne Model also introduces a new graduate school experience to Australia, providing the best and brightest with a more focused, intense and professionally relevant degree in areas such as Law, Architecture, Teaching and Nursing. With the Melbourne curriculum now aligning the University with the world’s top universities in Europe, North America and Asia, we enable our students to develop the skills and attributes required by employers all over the world.

More than 50,000 students from over 120 countries take courses in the University’s 12 faculties and graduate schools.

For more information please visit: http://www.unimelb.edu.au

*Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015 – 2016 and Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015

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Parkville
Melbourne
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