First listed on: 30 March 2017

Research Fellow 

  • One of Australia’s leading research & teaching law schools
  • Vibrant campus life with a strong sense of community & inclusion
  • Enjoy a career that makes a difference by collaborating & learning from the best

At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.

UNSW Law is Australia’s leader in progressive and rigorous legal education and research.  Ranked 14th in the world among all law schools, UNSW Law is committed to the development of contemporary professional skills and inspired by principles of justice. UNSW Law through its teaching, research and community outreach promotes a holistic understanding of law and its role in society. The Faculty’s strong sense of social responsibility embodies a commitment to promoting equity, diversity, and social justice while actively engaging in law reform and policy development domestically, regionally, and globally.

UNSW Law is committed to workforce diversity and strongly encourages Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander legal scholars to apply

  • Salary: $101,524 - $119,683 per year (plus 9.5% employer superannuation and leave loading)
  • Fixed term for 18 months, with the possibility of renewal
  • Full time. Candidates interested in fractional appointments are welcome to apply, provided they have the capacity to work full-time when required to travel abroad for fieldwork.

UNSW Law is seeking to appoint a Research Fellow to work with Scientia Professor Ross Buckley and his Digital Financial Services research team (the Team) on his Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage project entitled “Regulating a Revolution: A New Regulatory Model for Digital Finance”.

The successful candidate will contribute towards the research effort of UNSW Law by undertaking research on the effective and enabling regulation of Digital Financial Services (DFS) in developed and developing nations.  This is a unique opportunity to contribute to research that has attracted considerable international attention and acclaim and be part of the only sizable team in the world researching the regulation of digital financial services. The Team’s Research Diagnostic Toolkit was one of the three finalists in the UNSW Innovation of the Year Award in 2016, and the only non-STEM project among finalists. The Team have to date worked extensively in Malawi, Timor Leste and the Solomon Islands, and will shortly commence work in West Africa. The Team’s research findings are already reflected in the laws and regulatory approaches of a range of countries.

About the ARC project

The delivery of financial services over mobile phones has reduced poverty and promoted growth in some developing countries, yet failed to flourish in many. This project explores innovative approaches to enabling regulation in these nations. Working with the United Nations Capital Development Fund, local central banks and other regulators, this Team advises on the development of effective and enabling regulation. The work of the team enhances financial inclusion and the economic well-being of individuals, particularly those living in remote regions.

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Demonstrated ability to carry out independent research, including qualitative and empirical research; and
  • A PhD in Law, economics, finance, political science or cognate area or equivalent research and/or professional experience (such as professional experience as a banking and finance lawyer).

Applicants should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in their application. Please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent directly to the contact listed.


Scientia Professor Ross Buckley, UNSW Law
T: +61 413 455 044

Applications close: Sunday, 23 April 2017

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