Postdoctoral Fellow/Research Fellow

Randwick, Australia
15 Nov 2017
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01 Dec 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • One of Australia’s 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.

Chinese Social Policy Program: We have a strong track record in conducting social policy research in China For over 10 years, SPRC researchers have worked collaboratively with the Chinese government, local authorities and communities, researchers, not-for-profits, civil society and other key organisations to conduct research to inform the development of effective evidence-based social policy. This research has had a direct influence on almost all major reforms to China’s child protection policy over the past decade, including the introduction of a national orphan’s allowance and foster care guidelines. It is estimated that over 750,000 children have directly benefited from these policy changes to date, with millions more children benefiting indirectly. The program is directed by Associate Professor Bingqin Li. Team members include Professor Ilan Katz, Professor Karen Fisher, Associate Professor Bruce Bradbury, Associate Professor Xiaoyuan Shang, and postdoctoral fellows, Adjunct professors and PhD students.

About the role

  • Level A $91K - $98K plus (9.5% Superannuation and annual leave loading)
  • Level B $103K - $121K plus (9.5% Superannuation and annual leave loading)
  • Fixed Term for one year, with the possibility of a renewal
  • Full-time 

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will work with Associate Professor Bingqin Li and other team members, to develop and expand the Chinese Social Policy Program at the Social Policy Research Centre at UNSW. The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will initiate new, support existing, and conduct outstanding research. The preference is for scholarly excellence (and potential) in social policy.

The successful candidate may preferably have multi-disciplinary background including but not limited to social policy, public policy, economics and social studies of governance, community development and technological innovation and social innovation with special interests in China. Solid understanding of, and familiarity with social policy theory and micro-economics is expected. Candidates with skills in qualitative research are preferred, capacity to do in-depth interviews essential. 

About the successful applicant

To be successful in this role you will:

  • Hold a PhD in social policy or a closely related discipline, and experience in public policy research
  • Have experience in researching the vulnerable or conducting research using in-depth interviews and/or participatory observation
  • Have experience in, or capacity to contribute to, the preparation and submission of research grants
  • Have Interests in and capacity for furthering theoretical understandings of governance, community development, welling-being and the relationship with technological innovation
  • Be able to demonstrate capacity to complete, analyse and publish sociological/social science research, as evidenced by peer reviewed publications (see selection criteria). 
  • 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.


David Cami, Associate Director, SPRC


T: (61 2) 9385 7588

Applications close: 1st December 2017