Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Small Scale Fisheries Resilience and Equity

Townsville, Australia
08 Aug 2017
End of advertisement period
27 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time


World Fish and The Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies have common interests in improving the governance of fisheries.The ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies is an internationally renowned research centre encompassing >200 researchers and graduate students, with ongoing research projects in 30 countries. The vision of the Centre is to provide the scientific knowledge necessary for understanding the world’s coral reefs and their interactions with people in order to foster their sustainable use, secure the benefits they provide to the tropical societies and economies, and enhance the effectiveness of coral reef management world-wide. 

World Fish is an international non-profit scientific agency working in Africa, Asia and the Pacific to ‘reduce poverty and hunger through improving fisheries and aquaculture’. World Fish has a global staff of about 330, permanent offices in 7 countries and ongoing projects in 25 countries.This position will benefit from an exceptional mix of research excellence, policy relevance,and access to development networks.

This position provides the opportunity for an exceptional candidate to pursue research on governing for food security, equity and resilience in Pacific small-scale fisheries. The appointee will work alongside a World Fish team working with regional authorities (e.g., the Secretariat of the Pacific Community) and national governments (e.g., Solomon Islands, Kiribati and Vanuatu). The research will contribute to World Fish’s Resilient Small Scale Fisheries Research Program.

The joint appointment will provide the opportunity to collaborate with leading social scientists in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies program on policy, institutions and governance. The candidate will be provided with exceptional support to develop an ongoing social science program of research linked to the objectives of the position that suits her or his interests and abilities.


  1. Conduct research independently and as part of a team which contributes to the achievement of the aims of the ARC Centre of Excellence
  2. Contribute to research planning and delivery as a core member of the World Fish Resilient Small-scale fisheries team
  3. Provide expert input, as required, to components of multi-disciplinary projects that may include development, fisheries,and climate policy and governance.
  4. Publish research in high-quality journals.
  5. Work collaboratively with research and other partners, including communicating research process and findings in policy venues
  6. Co-supervise graduate students enrolled at James Cook University and/or provide research capacity building to early career researchers in partner countries, if appropriate.


There are generic responsibilities that apply to all James Cook University staff. 

  1. The Research Fellow is required to observe the lawful and reasonable directions, policies and decisions of the University Council, understand and comply with the Enterprise Agreement, the Statutes and Rules of the University, the policies and decisions of the University Council and other appropriate University authorities, as in force from time to time.
  2. The Research Fellow is required to demonstrate a personal commitment to ensure personal safety and the safety of others and contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance. This includes the effective implementation and compliance with James Cook University WHS policies, procedures and safe systems of work, together with all relevant legislation, duties and obligations. Contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance.
  3. The Research Fellow is required to exercise proper discretion in all matters affecting the well-being of the University which involve public writing or speaking in accordance with the University’s Code of Conduct


Key Selection Criteria

  1. PhD in related discipline.
  2. Exceptional publication record for stage of career.
  3. Evidence of exceptional research ability, including a demonstrated capacity to work effectively in developing-country settings with minimal supervision.
  4. Demonstrated research skills in a cognate discipline (e.g., geography, development studies, politics, economics, sociology, law).
  5. Established links (national and international) with appropriate research organisations and personnel.
  6. Demonstrated effective interpersonal and communication skills.