Postdoctoral Research Fellow Level A / Level B

at University of Melbourne

Work type: Full-time fixed-term position for 3 years

Salary: $69,148 to $93,830 per annum (pro rata for part-time) plus 17% superannuation (Level A)

         $98,775 to $117,290 per annum (pro rata for part time) plus 17% superannuation (Level B)

Level of appointment is subject to qualifications and experience;

Generous establishment/project allocation of $50,000 for additional costs (e.g. travel, conference, research assistance, data collection).

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The Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE) is at the forefront of innovation in education, working with partners in schools, early childhood settings, communities, government and beyond, constantly seeking new and improved ways to support Australia's education system.

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow Appointment at MGSE, to be awarded to an outstanding scholar to undertake three years of research within a research longitudinal research program of Australian youth and young adults, in the field of sociology of youth, including in one or more of the following research areas: sociology of education, higher education, employment, youth transitions, living conditions, wellbeing, social class, gender, generations, belonging, and rurality.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will be part of the Youth Research Centre, with the Life Patterns research team that has an excellent track record in producing high quality research outputs and provides a supportive and collaborative research environment. The Life Patterns research project tracks the lives of two generations of Australians: one since 1991 and the other since 2005. The team is led by Distinguished Professor Johanna Wyn, with CIs Professor Helen Cahill and Associate Professor Dan Woodman, senior researchers Associate Professor Hernan Cuervo and Dr Jenny Chesters, and international partner Professor Carmen Leccardi (University of Milano-Biccoca).

As the successful applicant you will have completed your PhD within the last 5 years and demonstrate:

  • evidence of a developing research profile in the relevant areas;
  • an interest in and knowledge of the field of sociology of youth, and the related research areas;
  • alignment with the focus of the Life Patterns research project. Please familiarise yourself with it:

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the research performance of MGSE through publishing, assisting with external research funding applications, supervising Research Higher Degree Students and contributing to the teaching of the Life Patterns research team.

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Professor Helen Cahill prior to applying to receive details of the research program outline. To be considered, applicants must respond to the selection criteria outlined in the position description and provide a 1,500-word research proposal outline including a) key questions and relevance of the project within the research program b) approach c) methodology and d) expected outcomes, including intended publication and other outputs; ongoing or new collaborations and other benefits to both the scientific and broader community.

Any offer of employment will be conditional upon maintenance of a valid Working with Children check.


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