Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Women, Work and Leadership Research Group

Sydney (Suburb), New South Wales (AU)
10 Apr 2017
End of advertisement period
03 May 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

University of Sydney Business School
Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies

Reference no. 624/0317

  • Join an organisation that encourages progressive thinking
  • Exciting opportunity to help build our reputation as the key hub in Australia and the Asia-Pacific for research on women and work
  • Level A, research only appointment, 3 year fixed term

About the opportunity
We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Associate attached to the Women, Work & Leadership Research Group (WWLRG) in the University of Sydney Business School. This is an exciting opportunity to work with high profile scholars in a leading Business School. We aim to build on our reputation as the key hub in Australia and the Asia-Pacific for research on women and work.

The Women, Work & Leadership Research Group undertakes research in all aspects of women and work. The WWLRG is a focal point for collaboration between leading scholars, business practitioners and policy makers to build more equitable workplaces and more sustainable careers. The WWLRG engages closely with debates on the key social and economic trends impacting the workplace, including the feminisation of the workforce, population ageing, flexibility and technological change and emerging issues which lead to changing expectations of employers, employees and of the organisation of work. During its 10 years of operation, the WWLRG has made significant contributions to discussions about maternity, family and carers leave, women and leadership, flexible work arrangements, and domestic and family violence leave. Recent studies and reports have included a focus on women and leadership in the NSW public sector, on non-traditional careers for women, on work and care chains in the Asia-Pacific, on the operationalisation of flexible working arrangements, and analysis of the financial impact of changes to Australia’s paid parental leave system.

The Co-Directors of the WWLRG are Professor Marian Baird and Associate Professor Rae Cooper, both research specialists in women’s employment, flexible working and employment relations and regulation. In this role you’ll work with the Co-Directors to analyse the work and career experience of women who are employed in traditionally male-dominated occupations, professions or sectors. The project will attempt to understand the:

  • career lifecycle (educational pathways, recruitment / selection, development, health and well-being, performance management and reward to exit / retirement);
  • women’s experience of occupational and/or Organisational cultures within such contexts;
  • the reactions and insights of women to such experiences – both individually and collectively;
  • comparative study of the variations across different employers, occupations / professions and sectors;
  • drivers for improving practice.
  • the role of regulation in changing practices, policies and outcomes.

Ultimately the work seeks to develop understanding and theory in order to effect change toward labour market gender equality and women’s economic independence.

As the WWLRG has a strong background in applied workplace studies and in policy analysis and engagement, candidates with such an orientation will benefit most from the expertise, advice and mentorship available in the group.

As the successful candidate you will:

  • work closely with the Co-Directors of the WWLRG, to co-design research on women’s careers in male-dominated occupations, professions or sectors
  • undertake fieldwork, and collect and analyse data, both quantitative and qualitative
  • co-write and publish research outputs for academic and stakeholder audiences.
  • work toward writing applications for future funding of relevant research projects
  • engage with academic and industry-based WWLRG members and stakeholders on an ongoing basis
  • present results and insights at WWLRG events and beyond as appropriate.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance in recruiting talent aligned to these values in the pursuit of research excellence.

Essential Criteria:
We are seeking a candidate with:

  • a completed PhD in employment relations or a related and relevant field: human resource management, diversity management, gender relations and sociology
  • a background in employment relations, HR or business-related disciplines with a strong focus on gender equality and work/careers
  • expertise in quantitative and qualitative or mixed method research approaches
  • demonstrated previous research experience with a research program in line with the orientation of the WWLRG
  • future potential for high quality publications and for preparing successful grant and industry funding applications
  • excellent team work skills and the ability to foster collaborations with academia and business.

There are also desirable criteria for appointment.

  • refereed publications in the broad topic area at international level
  • good presentation and media skills
  • project coordination experience

About us
Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across 9 campuses, we employ over 7600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 47,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number to apply.

Closing date: 11:30pm, 3 May 2017 (Sydney time)

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