Jobs, fellowships and internships

The United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney recognises the value of diversity and inclusion and we strongly support a culture where everyone can thrive. We welcome applications from women, people of all ages and from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, LGBTIQ+ individuals, people with disability, refugees and veterans.

The Centre is committed to providing a safe, respectful place of work and learning that fosters positive mental health and wellbeing. Maintaining our health and wellness, and supporting the health and wellness of those around us, is an important part of our daily life at USSC.

The Centre is also committed to improving accessibility in its hiring processes, so if you would like to make a request for support or reasonable adjustments to complete your application, please contact the hiring manager.

We are currently recruiting for the following positions:

  • Executive Officer
  • Research Associate (Data Insights)

Executive Officer

  • A fantastic opportunity to support the newly appointed CEO at the USSC
  • Full-time, 24-month fixed-term contract (opportunity for extension subject to funding)
  • Base Salary $91,644 + 10.5% superannuation
  • Hybrid working arrangement, 3-days in the office, 2 days from home (flexible)

About the opportunity

The United States Studies Centre is looking for an experienced Executive Officer to support the CEO’s strategic vision.

As a leader in the organisation, you will play a key role in consulting with stakeholders and coordinating the CEO’s program of work. You will be an integral part of the USSC forward-thinking team and add value to their workplace culture.

Some of your key responsibilities will be:

  • serve as the first point of contact for all enquiries directed to the CEO
  • build and maintain key internal and external stakeholder relationships
  • promote internal communication for future events and initiatives
  • team building and staff training arrangement/mentoring for younger staff
  • support the Centre’s Visiting Fellow Program under the leadership of the Program Director
  • provide support for financial management and database reporting matters
  • diary management for the CEO and ad-hoc administrative support where needed.

About you

If you are someone who takes pride in their excellent organisational skills and is looking for an opportunity to make a role your own, this would be a great opportunity for you!

  • proven experience supporting senior executives and a strong understanding of their needs
  • experience working with a diverse group of key internal/external stakeholders and partners
  • technical skills include advanced computer skills with diary management experience
  • experience working within the higher education sector or a large multifaceted organisation
  • ability to adjust and adapt to workloads sometimes under pressure, with competing priorities
  • financial management experience looking after budgets and controlling income and expenditure.

Sponsorship/work rights for Australia

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


Applications closing date: 11.59pm, Sunday 4th December 2022


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.

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.


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