Postdoctoral Research Associate Positions

SEI is excited to announce two new postdoc positions in Indigenous Environmental Studies and Environmental Humanities/Social Sciences.

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Sydney Environment Institute is currently welcoming applications for two new postdoctoral research associate positions. Both positions, commencing in September 2019, run for three years full time and will be based at the Sydney Environment Institute, working with SEI director David Schlosberg.

The Postdoctoral Research Associate in Indigenous Environmental Studies will assist in the development and management of research projects that examine environmental issues and approaches relevant to Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, and/or global Indigenous communities, whilst the Postdoctoral Research Associate in Environmental Humanities/Social Sciences will assist in the development and management of multidisciplinary and collaborative research projects that examine either the experience of environmental change, and/or approaches to social, cultural, economic, and political adaptation and transformation.

Key duties of both roles include:

  • Conducting research under limited supervision as part of the broad research themes of the Sydney Environment Institute.
  • Coordinating, incorporating, and communicating research – both individual and with collaborative teams.
  • Taking a leading role in organising 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.
  • Actively contributing to the research seminars and workshops, as well as contributing to the research activities of the broader Sydney Environment Institute and Indigenous studies at the University of Sydney.

Successful candidates will have:

  • A PhD in the humanities or social sciences, broadly defined, with a focus either on Indigenous environmental issues and/or approaches, or on the social, cultural, economic, or political impacts of environmental change, and/or the design of adaptive or transformational responses.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and an emerging profile in environmental and/or Indigenous studies, or demonstrated knowledge and an emerging profile in interdisciplinary environmental studies
  • Ability to address key research themes of the SEI (environmental culture and loss, justice and governance, adaptation and transition, oceans and reefs, sustainable materialism, food systems) and/or environmental elements of the university’s Indigenous research strategy (focused on language and culture, health, governance)
  • 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.

More specific information and application details may be found in the official job listings for the position in Indigenous Environmental Studies and the position in Environmental Humanities/Social Sciences respectively. Applicants are also warmly invited to contact our Director, Professor David Schlosberg, at for more information.