Research Associate in Law

Randwick, Australia
17 Feb 2018
End of advertisement period
31 Mar 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Law
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.

UNSW Law is Australia’s leader in progressive and rigorous legal education and research. Ranked 14th in the world among all law schools, UNSW Law is inspired by principles of justice. UNSW Law promotes a holistic understanding of law and its role in society through its teaching, research and community outreach. The Faculty’s strong sense of social responsibility embodies a commitment to promoting equity, diversity, and social justice while actively engaging in law reform and policy development domestically, regionally, and globally. Our teaching is student-centred, experiential, research-based and outward-looking. Our graduates have flexible skills, critical perspectives and broad horizons.

About the role

  • AUD$91K - $98K plus 17% superannuation and leave loading
  • 2 years and 9 months fixed term
  • Full-time

UNSW Law is seeking a postdoctoral Research Associate (Level A) to coordinate and assist in undertaking an Australian Research Council (ARC) funded research project: ‘Data Science in Humanitarianism: Confronting Novel Law & Policy Challenges’.

The Research Associate will conduct research to advance the Project and provide high-level administrative support to the Project research team, including liaising with collaborators at King’s College London and with stakeholders at multiple locations (such as UN Global Pulse). The Research Associate will work in close collaboration with Chief Investigators Professor Fleur Johns (Law) and Associate Professor Wayne Wobcke (Computer Science). The Project is interdisciplinary, combining socio-legal research with applied, participatory data science. The Research Associate will primarily be involved on the socio-legal side, as well as helping coordinate the Project as a whole. The Project will entail examining data science’s use in humanitarian and development-related decision-making, by studying specific projects such as those of UN Global Pulse, and theorising ramifications for law and governance of this change in practice. There will be some travel required.

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a dynamic, collegial work environment.

About the successful applicant

To be successful in this role you will:

  • have a PhD or equivalent qualification in law, social sciences, history and philosophy of technology, or another relevant field and have experience in conducting fieldwork involving semi-structured interviews;
  • have knowledge of scholarly work in fields relevant to the DSH Project (such as the social study of technology, science and technology studies, development studies, international law, international relations);
  • have demonstrated excellence in written and oral communication, including a record of peer-reviewed scholarly publication or outstanding scholarly publications in progress;
  • have outstanding organisational and time management skills and proven ability to communicate effectively with stakeholders; and
  • be able to work as part of a diverse, interdisciplinary team of researchers.

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. The position description and the application may be accessed below.


Fleur Johns, Professor of Law and Associate Dean (Research), UNSW Law


T: (61 2) 9385 9893

Applications close: Sunday, 31 March 2018

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