First listed on: 30 September 2022


Ref 5423/32 Research Theme Fellow - Education and Work, Office of Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research, Enterprise & International)

In 2022, Western Sydney University (WSU) was awarded #1 in the world for its commitments to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Western Sydney University is one of Australia’s largest and most dynamic universities, with a geographic footprint across one of the nation’s most important economic and culturally diverse metropolitan region. We operate research networks around the globe, delivering innovation, progress, and equity.

Western is seeking to appoint a Research Theme Fellow with a focus on Education and Work. This is a prestigious 4-year position with an opportunity to negotiate an ongoing position after completion of the third year of the Fellowship based on exceptional performance. The Fellowship includes a maximum of 30% teaching, and the comes with start-up funding to kickstart your research at WSU. The Research Theme Fellow (Education and Work) will be an integral part of Western’s Research Theme Program. This multi-disciplinary program breaks down the silos of traditional academic disciplines to support solutions for the complex issues societies, environments, and economies face today. Each of our four Research Themes is staffed with two Champions and one Fellow. Learn more about the work done by the Research Theme here.

As the successful applicant, you will have freedom and support to develop your own research program. You will be encouraged to attain research excellence, expand your high-quality research program and foster links to industry and community. In return, we expect that you win competitive research income, publish your research nationally and internationally, and support our early and mid-career researchers, encouraging cross-disciplinary approaches to the research. In addition, you will be tasked to work collaboratively with the other Research Theme Champions to provide programs and opportunities that connect our academics with industry and government.

You must hold a research doctoral degree (equivalent to an Australian PhD degree). Preference will be given to external applicants and applicants who have joined Western Sydney University within approximately two years of the closing date for applications. You are expected to commence the appointment by 1st February 2023 and undertake research in Institutes, Schools or Strategic Research Initiatives as appropriate for a period of up to four years.

For further information about this position and what is required to apply, please refer to the Position Description and Application Form.

Remuneration Package: Academic Level C – Remuneration Package: $155,383 to $178,242 p.a. (including salary $131,433 to $150,971 p.a., plus 17% Superannuation, plus Leave Loading).

Position Enquiries: Associate Professor Sebastian Pfautsch via email

Closing Date: 8:30pm, Sunday 30 October 2022.

Work rights for Australia
Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. You must provide evidence of your working rights in Australia at time of application.

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