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Post Doctoral Research Fellow/Research Fellow

Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (AU)
AUD$97,548- $104,099 (Postdoc)/$112,916 - $128,026 (Research Fellow) (Jul 2024-)+17% Super Annuation
Closing date
7 May 2024

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Environmental Science
Job Type
Postdoctoral, Researcher
Employment - Hours
Full time
Fixed term

Come work at Australian National University on a new ARC Laureate Fellowship Project titled "Cities as Transformative Agents for Climate Safe Futures" awarded to Distinguished Prof. Xuemei Bai. We are looking to hire three outstanding Postdoc/Research Fellows to join this exciting new project that will kick off June 1st, 2024, at Fenner School of Environment & Society, Australian National University. We are casting a broad net to build an enthusiastic , collaborative, interdisciplinary research team, with expertise in inter- and, trans-disciplinary urban/sustainability science, complex system modelling (e.g. system dynamics and network modeling), spatial analysis, statistical analysis, field work in world cities etc.


These positions will offer excellent opportunity for up and coming early career researchers aspiring to be next generation leaders in urban/sustainability science and policy. They will be research intensive, working closely with me and in an international network of collaborators and advisors. These positions will be up to 5 years initial appointment with generous remuneration packages, contingent funding afterward. They are open for international applicants with the potential for visa/PR sponsorship.


Application will be closed on April 1st, or until filled.


For details, see below:

About the job

Classification: Academic Level A/B
Salary package: $95,169 - $124,903 per annum plus 17% superannuation
Term: Full time, Continuing (Contingent Funding)(up to 5 years)
(Multiple roles available)
Position Description and Selection Criteria:

Working at ANU
This is an opportunity to work with a world class University that undertakes cutting edge research and has a strong tradition in research-led teaching excellence.

We offer:

  • Flexible working arrangements including hybrid arrangements working both on our beautiful, green campus and working remotely,
  • Generous paid parental leave entitlements of up to 32 weeks. We are one of the leading employers in Australia for parental leave entitlements,
  • Designated parent rooms, quiet spaces and childcare facilities on campus,
  • Career support, training, mentoring & upskilling opportunities.

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A Diverse and Inclusive Team
ANU is introducing measures to support the recruitment, inclusion and retention of employees with disability. To find out more, please click here.

ANU is a large, diverse employer with staff working across numerous professions (see the full list of available roles here. We are a recipient of the bronze award through the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) program and a platinum member of the Australian Network on Disability. We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and identities and from individuals who may have had a non-linear career path, career gaps or career breaks.

The Position
We are looking to appoint three academic staff at Academic Levels A (Postdoctoral Fellow) or B (Research Fellow). The levels of the appointments will be determined by the appointee’s level of experience and expertise. The successful candidates will work within the Australian Research Council (ARC) Laureate Fellowship Project “Cities as Transformative Agents for Climate Safe Futures” awarded to Distinguished Professor Xuemei Bai. The project aims to build knowledge and identify strategies to bring about rapid, positive, and widespread transformations within and across cities towards zero-carbon, resilient futures.

Working closely with Professor Bai, the successful candidates will play a pivotal role in addressing the four main components of the project: a) Develop archetypes of urban evolution and transformations; b) Explore how innovations in mitigation and adaptation practice can be scaled exponentially across cities; c) Reveal the behaviour of a networked system of cities, and explore pathways to build networks that enhance functional resilience to climate change; and d) Governing for transformation. The successful candidates are each expected to lead one of the first three themes, while collaborating on and contributing to other themes. Tasks may include: case studies in 4 international cities and a number of Australian cities, building conceptual and dynamic system models, literature review, surveys and structured interviews, policy analysis, co-supervising PhD, Masters and/or Honours students, co-producing high quality peer reviewed academic outputs, disseminating research findings to academic community, urban policy makers and practitioners.

The Person
These positions provide rare, long-term opportunity for outstanding and ambitious early career researchers to build successful research career in urban, environmental and sustainability science. The successful candidates will play essential roles in a highly collaborative, motivated, and inspiring team with an excellent international collaborative network.

We are looking for strong team players, who are eager to expand horizon, and able to actively contribute, learn and thrive in an interdisciplinary environment. Ideal candidates will have outstanding research capability demonstrated by strong publication track record; capability and experience in conceptual and quantitative modelling e.g. system dynamics, agent-based, networked system modelling; statistical analysis; survey design and implementation; working in field with city level governments and other stakeholders; will be a strength. Ability to execute work and deliver on time is essential.

For more information about the position please contact Distinguished Professor Xuemei Bai on T: +61 2 6125 7825 E: or

To Apply
To be considered for this position, please upload the following documents:

  • A cover letter outlining your research experience, motivation and objectives
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV), and
  • No more than a three-page summary addressing your suitability against the selection criteria.

The committee will consider candidates that do not meet one or more aspects of the selection criteria.

If shortlisted, candidates will be asked to complete an interview with the selection committee.

If you require adjustments to participate in any of the above assessments, please contact our HR team at E: Any adjustment request or the disclosure of disability will not be communicated to the selection committee without the candidates consent and it will not have any bearing on hiring decisions.

For examples of common reasonable adjustments please click here.

The successful candidate will be required to undergo a background check during the recruitment process. An offer of employment is conditional on satisfactory results.

Closing Date:1 April 2024


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