Deadline: September 10, 2017

Kimberlee Weatherall

Michelle Carlon

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The University of Sydney Law School Postdoctoral Fellowship aims to attract an outstanding early career researcher to the University of Sydney to contribute to and enhance the research strengths and culture of the university and the Law School, and to build capacity and collaborative links with the University of Sydney multidisciplinary initiatives. 

The University of Sydney is home to a number of multidisciplinary initiatives which bring together talented researchers across diverse disciplines to advance teaching and research objectives in a collaborative environment. These initiatives create thought leadership, delivering research excellence and education opportunities in established and developing areas of strength, across our faculties. The successful candidate will be affiliated with The University of Sydney Law School and one of the multidisciplinary initiatives with which the Sydney Law School has existing collaborative links. 

Candidates will be required to provide a description of a proposed research project (they would undertake in the role) and the project’s strategic alignment with the relevant multidisciplinary initiative.

There is one position available for a 3 year fixed term. The successful candidate will be expected to focus on research, however may be required to undertake other duties (e.g. teaching) for up to 0.2FTE.

Reference no: 1288/0617


Essential selection Criteria

  • A PhD (in any discipline) awarded (i.e. passed by examiners) prior to the commencement of the fellowship, and in any event no earlier than 1 January 2012 and no later than 1 January 2018
  • An LLB or JD
  • A proven track record for innovative and high quality research
  • The ability to work collaboratively in a cross disciplinary environment
  • The ability to teach into our LLB/JD teaching program
  • A proposed research project


  • Expertise in or capacity for engagement with external stakeholders such as industry, government, non-governmental organisations, communities and community organisations

Note: this position is open to candidates who require work sponsorship (i.e. those without existing work rights for Australia).


Academic Level A, Step 8 (base salary $96,905) with a total remuneration package of $114,679 including salary, leave loading and superannuation. Research support of $15,000 will also be provided in year one of the fellowship. Research support funding in subsequent years of the fellowship may be negotiated subject to project needs.


The application process will be as follows:

1. Candidates will need an academic sponsor from the Sydney Law School working in a closely aligned field, who will support their application. Eligible multidisciplinary initiatives include:

  • Charles Perkins Centre  
  • China Studies Centre   
  • Southeast Asia Studies Centre  
  • Sydney Environment Institute   
  • Centre for Translational Data Science  
  • Brain and Mind Centre    

Further information on the strategic objectives of the multidisciplinary initiatives is available in the candidate pack accessible at the bottom of this job advertisement.

2. After academic sponsor approval is obtained candidates will submit a full application through the University of Sydney Careers website by 10 September 2017 which will include:

  • Completing the online application form which includes writing a response to the selection criteria and listing 2 academic referees (a nominated sponsor cannot be a referee)
  • Attaching your letter of endorsement from your Sydney Law School academic sponsor (the template for the letter is available at the bottom of this job advertisement) 
  • Attaching your curriculum vitae of up to 5 pages (including qualifications, prizes, honours, awards and research outputs, employment history (including any teaching experience and your career opportunities for research).
  • Attaching proof of the award of your PhD (where already completed) or a progress report from your supervisor if not yet complete and academic transcripts for LLB/JD. English translations must be provided if applicable
  • Attaching your proposed research project document (up to 4 pages including bibliographic references). Text must be 12 point Times New Roman, Arial or equivalent. Page margins must be at least 2cm. This document needs to include the:
    • Project Title
    • Project Summary
    • Aims & Significance
    • Research Plan, Methods & Techniques
    • Information on the Strategic Alignment i.e. in which multidisciplinary centre you see your work being located? Why is it the best location for your research project?
    • Bibliographic References (up to ½ a page)

3.  Additional application requirements:

All candidates will need to contact the 2 academic referees they listed in their online application form (and who have the capacity to comment on the quality of their work, track record relative to opportunity and capacity to undertake their proposed project). Provide these referees with the template (available at the bottom of this job advertisement) and ask them to submit their confidential referee report via email to: by 10 September 2017. A nominated sponsor cannot be a referee. As mentioned above candidates who have experienced career interruptions may submit an Eligibility Exemption request.

Note: The successful candidate will be expected to commence at the Sydney Law School by February 2018 

For position specific enquiries, please contact Professor Kimberlee Weatherall (Associate Dean Research, Sydney Law School) via email at 

For enquiries regarding the recruitment process, please contact Michelle Carlon/Cherie Goodwin, Lead Recruitment Consultants on +61 2 8627 0646 or via email at

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