Postdoctoral Research Fellow or Research Fellow in Sociology

University of Sydney

  • Full time, Fixed Term for 2 years  
  • Opportunity to contribute to the ARC Discovery project: The Social Life of Death
  • Full-time fixed-term for 2 years with possibility of extension. Offering a base salary of $100,717 (Level A) to $134,403 (Level B) plus leave loading and generous employer’s contribution to superannuation

About the opportunity

The Sydney Centre for Healthy Societies (SCHS) is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Level A), or Research Fellow (Level B), to join our team, under the guidance of the Centre Directors, Professor Alex Broom , Dr Katherine Kenny , and Associate Professor Nadine Ehlers , as well as a dynamic core team of social science researchers.

Your work will focus on a new Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project entitled: The Social Life of Death , and will investigate experiences of death, dying and bereavement amidst rapid social, economic and political transformation.

This is a collaborative study with families, persons who are dying and a spectrum of health professionals, to generate new knowledge that will better inform and improve experiences at the end of life, professional practices, national policy, and spark cultural renewal around death and dying. You can read more on the project website .

Key responsibilities of this role include:

  • Qualitative fieldwork (local and interstate), including in-depth qualitative interviews, solicited diaries and photo elicitation, with people who are dying and/or their families, and caring professionals;
  • Writing, leading and co-publishing academic papers with Centre members;
  • Leading qualitative data analysis including submission of co-authored journal articles outlets;
  • Taking responsibility for the day-to-day logistics of carrying out research;
  • Working with research assistants to develop ethics submissions and satisfy reporting requirements; and
  • Furthering the vision and objectives of the Sydney Centre for Healthy Societies and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences .

The Sydney Centre for Healthy Societies is a Flagship Centre for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences , at The University of Sydney , housing leading humanities and social science scholars, across various spheres of health and wellbeing (spanning the key themes of 1) Politics and Economies of Health and Wellbeing; 2) Race, Ethnicity and the Biohumanities; 3) Health/Care Across Time, Place and Scale; 4) Work, Education and Welfare; and 5) The Social Life of Food and Nourishment).

The School of Social and Political Sciences (SSPS) at The University of Sydney is a leading social science environment, with outstanding staff and students undertaking world-leading teaching and research. The School comprises the disciplines of Anthropology, Government and International Relations, Political Economy and Sociology and Criminology.

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 in Sociology (Level A) / Research Fellow (Level B) in Sociology who has:

  • A PhD in sociology, anthropology, humanities, social work, counselling, psychology, medicine, nursing, public health, science and technology studies, or a closely related discipline;
  • Advanced qualitative research methods skills and experience;
  • Experience in undertaking sensitive research;
  • An emerging research profile evidenced by high-quality peer-reviewed research;
  • Demonstrated project management experience;
  • Skills and experience in working with qualitative data;
  • Demonstrated capacity for engagement with social science/sociological concepts and theory; 
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as a member of a team;
  • Capacity to succeed in a fast-paced research-intensive environment; and
  • Sound written, verbal communication, and interpersonal skills suitable to collaborating in an academic context.

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Sponsorship / work rights for Australia

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. Australian Temporary Residents currently employed at the University of Sydney may be considered for a fixed term contract for the length of their visa, depending on the requirements of the hiring area and the position.

Pre-employment checks

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

EEO statement 

At the University of Sydney, our shared values include diversity and inclusion and we strive to be a place where everyone can thrive. We are committed to creating a University community which reflects the wider community that we serve. We deliver on this commitment through our people and culture programs, as well as key strategies to increase participation and support the careers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People , women , people living with a disability , people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds , and those who identify as LGBTIQ . We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds. 

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