Posted on: 8 January, 2019
Application deadline: January 29, 2019

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Political Economy (2 vacancies), University of Sydney, Australia

  • Join our collaborative and supportive Department and develop your research and teaching profile
  • Located at Camperdown/Darlington Campus
  • Full-time, 2 year fixed term, Academic Level B, salary $104,155 to $123,682 p.a., plus leave loading and generous superannuation

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Sydney About the opportunity 

We are seeking to appoint two postdoctoral research fellows in the Department of Political Economy. These postdoctoral fellowships are intended to reinforce key research priorities while filling critical teaching needs in the Department. Successful candidates will work on one of the following projects: “Women and the Future of Work” (a University of Sydney Strategic Research Excellence Initiative) or “Asset Ownership and the New Inequality” (a Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Strategic Research Theme). Duties will include conducting research, co-authoring publications, and writing grant applications. These fellowships are outstanding opportunities for recent PhDs to advance their research profile. The teaching load will be set at 20%, which would translate into approximately four hours of teaching per week (for instance, one unit of study and associated tutorials per semester).

For information on the project “Women and the Future of Work”, please contact Elizabeth Hill on visit

For information on the project “Asset Ownership and the New Inequality, please contact Martijn Konings or visit


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 in the pursuit of teaching and research excellence.

We are seeking candidates interested in building an academic career in the area of either (1) feminist political economy, work and gender, or (2) finance, inequality and neoliberalism. Ideal candidates for the position will have a background in political economy and be equipped to teach into both core and selective units in the undergraduate and/or postgraduate program.

To be a successful candidate you will possess:

  • a completed PhD in political economy or a relevant field
  • teaching experience at undergraduate level
  • demonstrated previous research experience and expertise with a demonstrated ability to achieve research outcomes
  • experience of coauthoring academic outputs (including research reports)
  • potential to prepare successful applications for grant funding
  • expertise in fields such as feminist political economy, financialization, economic inequality
  • demonstrated theoretical and methodological background. Quantitative skills are highly desirable. Familiarity with qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research approaches essential.
  • evidence of successful teamwork and collegial approach
  • ability to work collaboratively across disciplinary boundaries
  • excellent written communication skills and an ability to discuss research with non-specialist audiences.

Desirable for appointment is:

  • teaching experience at postgraduate level.

About us

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 Australias 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.

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers one of the most comprehensive and diverse range of humanities and social science studies in the Asia Pacific region and is regularly ranked in the 20 top faculties of its kind.

The Department of Political Economy is one of four departments within the School of Social and Political Sciences (SSPS). SSPS is the largest school in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, with over 100 academic staff. These postdoctoral fellowships reflect the significant investment in engaged research being made by the Faculty and University in cross-disciplinary projects which consolidate Political Economy as the premier location in the Asia Pacific for research and teaching in political economy.


Intending applicants are welcome to seek further information about the position from:

Dr Elizabeth Hill on +61 2 9114 1481 or regarding the “Women and Future of Work” project


Associate Professor Martijn Konings on +61 2 9351 6982 or regarding the “Asset Ownership and the New Inequality” project. 


For recruitment-related enquiries, or if you require reasonable adjustment or support filling out this application , please contact Michelle Carlon on +61 2 8627 0646 or

Please refer to the candidate information pack for further details.

Job Reference No. 2489/1218F

Closing date:  11:30pm, 29 January 2019 (Sydney time)*

 *Important Note: The University of Sydney is closed for the Christmas and New Year period from 4pm on Friday 21 December 2018 and all staff are on leave until the University reopens on Tuesday 8 January 2019.

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.

The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.

Candidate Information Pack

How to apply: