Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Sociology

Randwick, Australia
12 Jul 2017
End of advertisement period
31 Aug 2017
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Sociology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • One of Australia‚Äôs leading research & teaching universities
  • Vibrant campus life with a strong sense of community & inclusion
  • Enjoy a career that makes a difference by collaborating & learning from the best

At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.

The Practical Justice Initiative, based at UNSW Arts and Social Sciences, is a core UNSW research initiative focused on tackling some of the most difficult social issues that face our society and the globe today. The Initiative brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars from across the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, to better understand key social problems, and seek to solve them in innovative and creative ways. UNSW's Practical Justice Initiative couples innovative research on the theoretical dimensions of justice together with a practical and applied focus on significant social and political problems such as climate change; health; and sexuality, gender and justice. The Co-Directors of the Practical Justice Initiative are Professor Alex Broom and Professor Jeremy Moss

About the role

  • $90,387-$96,677 plus (9.5% Superannuation and annual leave loading)
  • Fixed Term for one year, with potential of renewal based on funding and performance
  • Full-time 

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will work with Professor Alex Broom and other team members, to develop and expand the health and illness research program at the Practical Justice Initiative at UNSW. The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will initiate new, support existing, and conduct outstanding, research. 

The preference is for scholarly excellence (and potential) in sociology, rather than a particular sub-field. The successful candidate may have a background in various areas of sociology, including but not limited to, health sociology, social studies of science, gender, sociology of the body/emotions, sociology of the family and so on. Solid understanding of, and facility with, sociological theory is expected. Candidates with skills in qualitative research are preferred, capacity to do fieldwork essential. 

About the successful applicant

To be successful in this role you will:

  • Hold a PhD in sociology or a closely related discipline, and experience in sociological research
  • Have experience in researching the vulnerable or conducting research in sensitive issues
  • Have experience in, or capacity to contribute to, the preparation and submission of research grants
  • Have Interest in and capacity for furthering theoretical understandings of experiences of illness, wellbeing and care
  • Be able to demonstrate capacity to complete, analyse and publish sociological/social science research, as evidenced by peer reviewed publications. 
  • Be able to demonstrate understanding of social research methods, including experience in collecting, analysing and disseminating qualitative data.

You should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application. Please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent directly to the contact listed.


Professor Alex Broom


T: (61 2) 9385 2829

Applications close: 31st August 2017