Employment Opportunities

Research Fellow: Environmental Social Sciences

Location: James Cook University, Townsville
Vacancy number: 15326
Academic Level A: $77,614 – $83,054 per annum; Academic Level B: $87,242 – $102,941 per annum. Level of appointment and commencing salary will be in accordance with qualifications and experience.
Appointment period: Three years.
Closing date for applications: Friday 2nd October 2015

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies is seeking to appoint an outstanding early-career research fellow with expertise in human geography, development studies, social psychology, behavioural economics, sociology, political science or other relevant social science discipline. You will be provided with exceptional support to develop a social science research program that suits your interests and abilities.This is a full time research-only position. You will be required to conduct research independently and as part of a team, and make original contributions to the research aims of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies. Initially, this is a fixed term appointment of three years. Applicants must have a PhD in a relevant social science discipline with an exceptional publication track record for their stage of career. Previous experience in coral reefs is not essential.

Position Overview

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies is the world’s leading coral reef research group, encompassing >250 researchers and graduate students, with ongoing research projects in 30 countries. The vision of the Centre is to provide the knowledge necessary for understanding the world’s coral reefs and their interaction with people in order to foster their sustainable use, secure the benefits they provide to tropical societies and economies, and enhance the effectiveness of coral reef management world-wide. The Centre fosters a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional approach to its research programs drawing on expertise from its collaborating universities and other national and international partners.

Principal Accountabilities

1. Conduct research independently and as part of a team which contributes to the achievement of the aims of the ARC Centre of Excellence
2. Publish research in high-quality journals.
3. Plan, prepare and submit research proposals to external funding agencies
4. Contribute to the research, mentoring and outreach culture of the Centre
5. Co-supervise graduate students enrolled at James Cook University, where appropriate.

Selection Criteria

1. PhD in related discipline.
2. Formal training in the social sciences and/or a proven ability to conduct cutting edge social science research.
3. Excellent publication record for stage of career.
4. Evidence of outstanding research ability.
5. Established national and international links with appropriate research organisations and personnel.
6. Demonstrated effective interpersonal and communication skills.

 Appointment period

Appointment will be fixed term for three years.

Application Procedure

Applications must be uploaded through James Cook University’s jobs@jcu, vacancy number 15326.
Applicants must provide the following:

  • Resume / Curriculum Vitae with names and contact details of three referees
  • Statement of research interests
  • Copies of up to 3 recent research publications

Applications close: 5.00pm Friday 2nd October 2015

Additional Information

Dr Tiffany Morrison, Centre of Excellence Tiffany.Morrison@jcu.edu.au phone 61 7 4781 6825
Professor Josh Cinner Joshua.Cinner@jcu.edu.au



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