First listed on: 22 April 2022


Ref 2294/22 Research Fellow, Institute for Culture and Society

About Western

Western Sydney University is a modern, forward-thinking, research-led university, located at the heart of Australia’s fastest-growing and economically significant region, Western Sydney. Boasting 11 campuses – many in Western Sydney CBD locations – and more than 200,000 alumni, 49,500 students and 3,500 staff, the University has 14 Schools with an array of well-designed programs and degrees carefully structured to meet the demands of future industry.

The Institute for Culture and Society (ICS) carries out research on the transformations in culture and society in the context of contemporary global change. It operates as a leading international centre for interdisciplinary, engaged and collaborative scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences for a digital age.

Research at the Institute for Culture and Society is organised around an integrated program of research focusing on a number of broad themes including: Automated Worlds; Cultural Infrastructures; Borders and Diversity; Environment and Technology; and Urban Futures.

About the role
ICS is looking to appoint a part time (0.4 FTE - 14 hours per week) Research Fellow for a period of two years and nine months to provide support to an ARC Linkage Project with the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) titled “Curating Museum Collections for Climate Change Mitigation”, assisting Chief Investigators Associate Professor Fiona Cameron and Professor David Ellsworth (Western Sydney University); and Professor Karen Malone (Swinburne University of Technology).

The position is critical to the conduct and implementation of the research and project overall, with key responsibilities for its research development and its management. The Research Fellow will take a lead role in the Collections and climate histories phase of the project, investigating the histories of collection items. They will play a coordinating role in advancing the Project’s translational work, and, as co-author of the Project’s book, a central role in the delivery of the Project’s major academic output.

The Research Fellow will also coordinate data collection, prepare materials and content for the collection’s histories, act as a clearinghouse for the Project, including the collation of the material analysis, organise the workshops, symposium, meetings and travel in collaboration with the CIs, PIs, MAAS and ICS staff.

About the Research Project: “Curating Museum Collections for Climate Change Mitigation”
The Project aims to investigate how museum collections, many of which have histories entangled in Australia’s high emission sectors that supported the nation’s economic growth, can be curated to support climate change mitigation. Drawing together the disciplines of biogeochemistry, museology, environmental humanities, Indigenous knowledge and education, the Project anticipates enhancing MAAS’ capacity for climate action through innovative programs. Its benefits include developing new collections-based climate research which incorporate the perspectives of multi-stakeholders, including Indigenous Australians, and builds museums’ capacity to grow public climate literacy.

The position will be based at Parramatta South campus.

Western Sydney University highly values equity and inclusiveness. We have a proud history of doing so and consider this an important part of our social and civic responsibilities as a University. We strive to contribute to tackling inequalities and promoting wellbeing within our own institution, the Greater Western Sydney region, nationally and internationally.

Western Sydney University has long been identified as a University of the people. We value the contributions made by our staff and recognise that they underpin the enablement of our mission and values. In return, we offer:

• 17% super contributions
• Inclusive culture
• Multi-Campus opportunities

Remuneration Package: Academic Level B $50,122 to $59,144 p.a. (comprising Salary of $42,354 to $50,012 p.a., plus Superannuation and Leave Loading)

Please note the above salary range is based on 0.4 of the full-time equivalent. 

Position Enquiries: Mr Terence Fairclough:

Closing Date: 8:30pm, Monday 16 May 2022.

To be eligible for this position you must provide evidence of your fulltime Working Rights in Australian at time of application.

In addition to your resume and cover letter, you are required to address the selection criteria in your application. Only those applications submitted via the WSU online recruitment system will be accepted.

Full details on how to apply for these positions can be found at our website. Western Sydney University values workplace diversity.

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