Indigenous Postdoctoral Fellowship in Social Science

Melbourne, Australia
05 Sep 2017
End of advertisement period
01 Oct 2017
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Sociology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Faculty of Arts

Only Indigenous Australians are eligible to apply as this position is exempt under the Special Measure Provision, Section 12 (1) of the Equal Opportunity Act 2011 (Vic).

Salary: Postdoctoral Grade 1 (Level A.6)$87,415 - $93,830 p.a or Postdoctoral Grade 2 (Level B.1) $98,755 - $117,290 p.a., plus 17% superannuation

The Faculty of Arts Indigenous Postdoctoral Fellowship provides the opportunity for a post-doctoral researcher to develop a research project in the humanities or social sciences, ideally in a field with already existing research strengths within the Faculty of Arts. As part of your application you will be required to articulate your research plans and if successful will be located in the School most relevant to their proposed research project.

The key goal of the two-year fellowship is for you to prepare a competitive application for a Category 1 government grant, e.g. ARC DECRA, ARC Discovery Indigenous or equivalent. You will be provided with an experienced research mentor relevant to your field of expertise to achieve this goal.

You must be able to show an understanding of the ethos and vision of the Indigenous development programs of the Faculty and the University. If so desired, you will have the opportunity to take on a (very broadly defined) leadership role in this area (up to a maximum of 0.2 FTE).

The Faculty of Arts Indigenous Postdoctoral Fellowship is remunerated at a starting salary of Level A.6 (Postdoctoral Grade 1) for candidate’s near-completion of their PhD, and at a starting salary of Level B.1 (Postdoctoral Grade 2) for candidates whose PhD has been awarded. The successful candidate will be furthermore supported through an AUD16,000 fund for project costs (over two years) and has the opportunity to apply to the Faculty’s Indigenous staff development fund for further assistance.

The Faculty of Arts Indigenous Postdoctoral Fellowship is an integral part of the Faculty’s Reconciliation Action Plan plan which includes a range of measures and initiatives with the ultimate goal to create population parity for Indigenous students and staff. The fellowship represents a committed attempt to build a cohort of Indigenous academic staff within the Faculty of Arts and to enrich the Faculty’s diverse scholarly community. It forms an important link in building a sustainable career pathway for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders within the Faculty of Arts — from undergraduate to staff level.

Close date: 1 Oct 2017

Position Description and Selection Criteria

 0043955 5 Sept 2017.pdf

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