Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Gender and War

Sydney, Australia
21 Aug 2018
End of advertisement period
23 Sep 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Department of Government and International Relations
School of Social and Political Sciences

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

  • Develop your academic career and contribute to world-class research projects on gender, war and militarism
  • Full-time, 3-year fixed term, Academic Level A, salary $92, 682 to $98, 940 plus leave loading and generous superannuation
  • Preferred start date: January 2019 (though this may be negotiable)

About the opportunity 

The appointee will work with Professor Megan MacKenzie over a period of three years in the area of ‘gender and war.’ The appointee will report to Professor MacKenzie and primarily assist her in developing projects on military suicide and sexual violence in the military, though will also have the space to undertake a research project of his or her own in the broad area of ‘gender and war.’ The appointee will be a member of the intellectual community associated with the Department of Government and International Relations and the School of Social and Political Sciences.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow who has:

  • completed a PhD in International Relations, Political Science, Gender and Cultural Studies or a related discipline
  • demonstrated knowledge and an emerging profile in the fields of feminist international relations, critical military studies, and gender and war
  • evidence of the ability to conduct independent research and assume responsibility for the development and completion of research projects and publications
  • a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively
  • an emerging track record in academic publications and the potential to develop further research expertise through various projects
  • familiarity working with media analysis, and data collection and visualisation (including info graphics).

Key duties of the role include:

  1. Conducting research under limited supervision as part of established projects on military suicide and military sexual violence. Taking a leading role in organizing and promoting seminars and workshops in relation to these projects (including communication, logistics, and managing twitter feeds). Writing peer review publications and preparing competitive grant applications. Taking a leading role in managing the social media and web content for the projects. Contributing to teaching in the areas of gender and war to a maximum of 0.1FTE within the Government and International Relations Department (although this is primarily a research position, minimum teaching hours are set to provide the appointee with teaching mentorship and experience). Actively contributing to the research seminars and workshops relevant to the project, as well as contributing to the research activities of the broader Department of Government and International Relations.

About us

The Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney is a vibrant department that includes some of the top politics and international relations scholars in the world. It is one of only four Politics departments ranked a 5 in the 2015 Excellence in Research Australia (the top ranking) and is home to the Centre for International Security Studies. 

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 7600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number to apply.

  • Closing date for applications: 11:30pm, 23 September 2018 (Sydney time)
  • Preferred start date: January 2019 (though this may be negotiable)

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

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