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Research Associate

Job Reference Number: 208/0219F

  • Full time fixed term to 31 Dec 2019 (renewable subject to funding)
  • Located at: University of Sydney Darlington/Camperdown Campus
  • $65K – 70K plus 9.5% super (depending on experience)

About the opportunity

The mission of the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney is to increase understanding of the United States in Australia and around the world.

Spanning the study of politics and policy, economics and business, culture and society, the core activities of the Centre include undergraduate teaching and postgraduate degrees, academic research, student study abroad programs, thought leadership projects, policy analysis and commentary, business leadership forums and community outreach.

About you

Ideally, the successful candidate has experience as a Think Tank Researcher as this would add to their understanding of the Centre’s Think Tank operations across three research verticals: Foreign Policy & Defence, Trade & Investment and Innovation & Entrepreneurship.

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 who has:

  • Tertiary qualifications with some relevant work experience; and/or equivalent combination of relevant experience and training
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills with a demonstrated level of tact and discretion in dealing with day to day operational matters
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team, taking initiative and exercising sound judgement in resolving matters that may arise as part of normal daily work
  • Demonstrated strategic thinking in a fast moving and complex area requiring ability to exercise political judgement.
  • Understanding of broad issues pertinent to the Australia-US alliance.
  • Experience in government or think tank environment desirable. Ideally this will be as researcher in a Think Tank Program

About us

The Centre is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

How to apply

Intending applicants are welcome to seek further information about the position from Jared Mondschein at, Senior Research Fellow and Advisor (Strategic Planning & Evaluation).

For recruitment-related enquiries, or if you require reasonable adjustment or support filling out this application, please contact Recruitment Officer, Karen Dowling on 02 8627 7743 or

Closing Date: 11:30pm, 27th February 2019

The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.

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  • Start your application by clicking the "begin" button on the University of Sydney's job page here.

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