Jobs, fellowships and internships

Jobs

We are currently recruiting for the two positions shown below.

Research Fellow, Foreign Policy and Defence Program

  • Reports to: Director, Foreign Policy and Defence
  • Full-time fixed-term position (with potential for extension)
  • Salary $100-125k pa (+benefits) commensurate with experience
  • Primary position activity: Undertake original research, conduct policy outreach and engagement, and manage key think tank activities within the Foreign Policy and Defence Program.

The United States Studies Centre is recruiting an experienced Research Fellow to contribute to the work of the Foreign Policy and Defence Program. The successful candidate will play a key role in all aspects of the Program, undertaking original research, conducting policy outreach and delivering key think tank activities.

As a core member of our expanding Foreign Policy and Defence team, the Research Fellow will be immersed in the research work, policy engagement and major activities of one of Australia’s leading think tanks. They will have expertise in, and will work across, some of the following priority research areas:

  • Strategic, international, military and geoeconomic trends in the Indo-Pacific
  • Regional alliances, partnerships and alignment dynamics
  • Deterrence and counter-coercion in US and Australian policy
  • Defence strategy and budgets, industry and emerging technology

This position offers a unique opportunity for a mid-career researcher and/or policy professional to apply and advance their substantive expertise, policy acumen, analytical skills and project management abilities as part of a dynamic team; and contribute to Australia’s policy debate on regional strategic, defence and foreign policy issues. It offers room for professional growth and advancement in the think tank and government sectors; and highly transferrable skills for careers in public service, academia, corporate/risk analysis and policy research.

Applicants should have background, experience and/or demonstrated interest in strategic studies, Indo-Pacific security and/or foreign and defence policy issues, including on the role of Australia and the United States in the Indo-Pacific region. Specific expertise in one or more of the priority areas outlined above is highly desirable. They should possess a relevant advanced degree and 4-5 years of applicable work/research experience in a think tank, government, policy or academic setting. Preference will be given to dynamic applicants who can independently manage research and administrative tasks; have proven strong research, writing, analytical and communication skills; and have prior experience in research, think tanks, government or other related roles.

Position description

Apply

Submission:

  • Expression of interest
  • CV or resumé
  • Contact details for two referees
  • Writing sample (max. 10-pages)

Apply for this position by emailing your expression of interest and supporting documents to: ussc.fpd@sydney.edu.au

Applications close midnight 1 August 2021

Questions: ussc.fpd@sydney.edu.au

Research Associate, Foreign Policy and Defence Program

  • Reports to: Director, Foreign Policy and Defence
  • Full-time fixed-term position (with potential for extension)
  • Salary $70-90k pa (+benefits) commensurate with experience
  • Primary position activity: Undertake research, conduct policy outreach and engagement, and provide administrative support for the Foreign Policy and Defence Program.

The United States Studies Centre is recruiting a Research Associate to contribute to the work of the Foreign Policy and Defence Program. The Research Associate will work across all aspects of our activities, providing research, policy outreach and administrative support.

As an integral member of our expanding Foreign Policy and Defence team, the successful applicant will be immersed in the research, policy outreach activities and major events of one of Australia’s leading think tanks. They will work across the following priority areas:

  • Strategic, international, military and geoeconomic trends in the Indo-Pacific
  • Regional alliances, partnerships and alignment dynamics
  • Deterrence and counter-coercion in US and Australian policy
  • Defence strategy and budgets, industry and emerging technology

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Research in support of Program publications, including empirical and data work
  • Tracking policy and current affairs developments in priority areas
  • Contributing to the delivery of Track 1.5 / 2 meetings and other Program activities
  • Supporting Program engagement with US, Australian and regional stakeholders
  • Assistance with editing, grant administration, budgeting, event management, reporting and other administrative tasks

This position offers a unique opportunity for an early career researcher and/or policy professional to develop their applied research, project management and outreach skills as part of a dynamic team; and to deepen subject matter expertise in foreign policy and defence. It offers room for professional advancement in the think tank industry; and highly transferrable skills for careers in public service, project management, academia, policy research and strategic communications.

Applicants should have a background and demonstrated interest in strategic studies and foreign policy issues, including the role of Australia and the United States in the Indo-Pacific region. They should possess a relevant degree and related work experience. We welcome applicants with Honours and/or Masters degrees. Preference will be given to applicants who can independently manage research and administrative tasks; have strong research, writing, analytical and communication skills; and have prior experience in research, think tanks, government or other related roles.

Position description

Apply

Submission:

  • Expression of interest
  • CV or resumé
  • Contact details for two referees
  • Writing sample (max. 10-pages)

Apply for this position by emailing your expression of interest and supporting documents to: ussc.fpd@sydney.edu.au

Applications close midnight 1 August 2021

Questions: ussc.fpd@sydney.edu.au

Casual tutors

If you are interested in a role as a casual tutor for the United States Studies Centre, please fill out the Casual Tutor Expression of Interest form. See our unit of study pages for more information on what we teach at the undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Fellowships

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Internships

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