Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Business/Management

Boroondara, Australia
05 Jan 2018
End of advertisement period
17 Jan 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • We are driven to find innovative research solutions to real world problems
  • Academic Level B, $91,849 - $108,961
  • Fixed term contract until 2023, Hawthorn Campus

About Swinburne

Swinburne’s emphasis is on high quality, engaged teaching and research in science, technology, business, design and innovation – teaching and research that makes a difference in the lives of individuals and contributes to national economic and social objectives. 

About the job

This Postdoctoral Research Fellow will be engaged in an Australian Research Council (ARC) Industrial Transformation Training Centre for the Chemical Industries. The Training Centre will foster a world-class environment of transformative innovative research in Australia’s chemical and advanced manufacturing industry through sustained partnerships with universities. More generally, the Training Centre will establish a new industry-led HDR graduate program that aims to improve chemical analytical and manufacturing capabilities, new biopharmaceuticals, enhanced global competitive advantages, and long-term growth in the chemistry industry. 

Critically, this social science role focuses on understanding the social infrastructure of innovation that is necessary to make the Training Centre a success. The role with focus on understanding how networks are built and maintained in this training program, and provide both opportunities and constraints build bridges between industry and universities, as well as across the chemistry industry in Australia more generally.

The role will use SNA to determine how networks are involved in producing up-skilled, workplace-ready graduates with experience in conducting industry-focused research. This role will require a significant understanding of the theory, method and application of Social Network Analysis (SNA).

The position will be located in the Centre for Transformative Innovation, working in the Networked Innovation group who specialise in SNA, a group that is also the Swinburne node of MelNet – a Melbourne-based consortium of experts in SNA who conduct research and training in the theory, methods and applications of social networks.

Skills and experience

To be successful in this role you will need to demonstrate the following:

  • A PhD in Business/Management, Sociology, Psychology, or related discipline
  • Significant expertise in the theory, method and application of social network analysis (SNA)
  • Demonstrated experience in projects involving technological innovation 

A full list of the selection criteria is available within the position description


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How to apply

The diverse culture within Swinburne is a source of strength. We have an inclusive working environment with employees from a variety of backgrounds. We acknowledge that diversity in the university workforce increases the effectiveness of teams and our capacity for innovation. We welcome applications from Indigenous people, workers of all ages, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

We are proud to be recognised by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality 2016 and of key initiatives such as our Pride@Swinburne Strategic Action Plan and our Reconciliation Action Plan which are integral components of our 2025 vision to be world class university creating social and economic impact through science, technology and innovation. 

To start an application click on 'apply' at the bottom of this page and submit a resume, cover letter and response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the Position Description.

Swinburne University of Technology is a Child Safe Organisation and as part of this commitment, we require all employees to have a current Working with Children’s Check. All appointments are subject to a valid Working with Children’s Check, therefore it will be a mandatory requirement to have and maintain a current Working with Children Check.

Please do not email or send paper applications, all applications must be submitted online.

For further information about the position, please contact Peng Wang on +61 3 92148230 or

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Recruitment team on +61 3 9214 8600 (option 2).

Applications close at 5 pm, Wednesday 17th January 2018