Jobs, fellowships and internships

We are currently recruiting for the following positions:

  • Director, Emerging Technology Program
  • Director, Foreign Policy and Defence Program
  • Director, Political Economy, Trade and Investment Program
  • Research Associate (Data Insights)

Research Program Directors (Emerging Technology; Foreign Policy and Defence; and Political Economy, Trade and Investment)

The United States Studies Centre is looking for Program Directors to lead three distinct research verticals. These positions provide unique opportunities for well-established researchers to lead the creation or redesign of one of three research programs at Australia’s leading think tank on the United States and to shape the agenda for bilateral cooperation.

Primary functions of Program Directors

The Program Director role leads and oversees their research vertical and has responsibility for the delivery and impact of their program’s research and engagement. While we are looking for three Program Directors to lead ‘Emerging Technology’, ‘Foreign Policy & Defence’ and ‘Political Economy, Trade & Investment’, the exact structure is flexible depending on the skills and experience of qualified applicants.

Program Directors will be involved in all aspects of research, including proposing, developing, and managing research projects within their own program. It is essential that they collaborate effectively with others at the Centre, in line with Centre-wide strategies and have a ‘whole-of-centre’ mindset and approach.

Program Directors will provide their subject matter expertise to produce high quality, policy-relevant research. This includes actively leading as well as contributing to programmatic research activities, managing programmatic research priorities, undertaking analysis and developing key insights.

A key component is building and maintaining a research profile and reputation on agreed research themes. This will be achieved by publishing through the Centre’s channels as well as in high-quality Australian and international newspapers and journals.

Central to the Program Directors’ duties will be growing the impact of their team’s research and the work

The Program Director is expected to conduct public outreach through stakeholder and media engagement in order to broaden the reach of their program’s research and analysis, as well as support other Centre efforts to communicate and promote research.

The Program Director will manage their own administration with support from Centre staff. They will be expected to lead the preparation of grant applications relevant to their portfolio, and contribute to Centre-wide fundraising activities. They will contribute to Centre-wide projects, in conjunction with the operations, academic, events, and communications teams. They will also contribute to Centre-wide activities to engage key stakeholders.


  • A postgraduate (Masters or PhD) degree in their field of expertise
  • Proven thought leadership in their field either in government, a think tank or the private sector
  • Proven leadership designing programs and leading teams, including supervising research projects, managing budgets, hiring, managing performance, and quarterly reporting to the board of directors
  • Demonstrated ability to convene meetings of and brief diverse stakeholders across government, civil society and the private sector
  • Highly advanced writing, editing, and analytical skills, including experience drafting policy briefs and reports
  • A track record of impactful and informed written publications and media appearances
  • A network within one or more of government, media, academia, and business either in the United States or Australia (preferably both)
  • Willingness to fundraise in a not-for-profit setting with prior experience highly regarded
  • Collaborative attitude, ‘whole-of-centre’ mindset and demonstrated ability to work across diverse teams
  • Willingness to undertake domestic and international travel, subject to health advice

About the United States Studies Centre

The United States Studies Centre is a leading research institute, shaping policy, debate and ideas by deepening understanding of, and strengthening Australia’s relationship with the United States. With the arrival of a new CEO and a new Operational Plan for 2022, the Centre’s strategic goal is to tackle key national interest questions, provide innovative policy ideas, and serve as a timely and indispensable voice in the public policy debate on the Indo-Pacific.

Enquire about these positions

If you would like to learn more about these exciting opportunities, please contact Jared Mondschein at

Research Associate (Data Insights)

  • Be valued for your strong data analysis skills
  • Located on the Camperdown/ Darlington Campus
  • Full-time, fixed-term until December 2023 with a base salary of $72K p.a., plus leave loading and 10% employer’s contribution to superannuation

About the opportunity

Do you have a Data Science background grounded in R and Salesforce technical expertise? If so, the role of Research Associate (Data Insights) at the US Studies Centre, University of Sydney, may be of interest to you.

We are looking for a self-motivated data expert who can help our research work by providing compelling data analysis and insights to inform our work focused primarily on three areas that include Foreign Policy and Defence, Trade and Investment, Emerging Technology, and Politics, Society and Culture.

This is a great opportunity to flex your superb organisational skills, “can do” approach, ability to adapt to various working styles and use your technical expertise in R and Salesforce architecture.

About you

The Centre 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 and are looking for a Research Associate (Data Insights) who demonstrates:

  • a degree or major in a quantitative field such as Statistics, Data Science, Computer Science, or a closely related discipline
  • an ability to work with complex data in R (tidyverse)
  • experience using Salesforce data tools (e.g. Data Loader, Excel Connector, Demand Tools) or willingness to learn
  • an ability to interpret and then write clearly and succinctly about key data insights
  • experience with developing computer graphics applications including mobile-friendly graphs
  • existing knowledge or the willingness to learn JavaScript or related interactive data visualisation software or techniques, e.g. d3, Tableau, Data wrapper, R Shiny
  • experience using GitHub to maintain a central codebase
  • an ability to work with APIs and open source software ecosystems
  • excellent organisational skills with an ability to prioritise and adapt to competing demands, whilst maintaining attention to detail
  • highly developed interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral, including the ability to engage effectively with and influence internal and external stakeholders
  • an ability to work as part of a team of people, to provide consistent, timely and high-quality administrative support services
  • an understanding of broad issues pertinent to the Australia-US alliance.

About us

The United States Studies Centre is a leading research institute, shaping policy, debate and ideas by deepening understanding of, and strengthening Australia's relationship with, the United States. With the arrival of a new CEO and a new Operational Plan for 2022, the Centre’s strategic goal is to tackle critical national interest questions, provide innovative policy ideas, and be a timely and indispensable voice in the public policy debate on the Indo-Pacific.

How to apply

To apply for this position please send a cover letter explaining your suitability for the position as well as your resume to

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

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