Postdoctoral Fellow in Contemporary Art
University of New South Wales

The Judith Neilson Post-Doctoral Fellow in Contemporary Art

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Work type: Full-time
Location: Sydney, NSW
Categories: Post doctoral research fellow


The Judith Neilson Chair and Post-doctoral Fellow in Contemporary Art were established at UNSW as a result of a gift to the university by the philanthropist and collector of Chinese contemporary art, Judith Neilson AM. Since taking up their posts in 2018, the inaugural Judith Neilson Chair and Judith Neilson Post-Doctoral Fellow in Contemporary Art have begun to establish an internationally recognised platform for research into contemporary art/visual cultures with a particular focus on East Asia and related diasporic communities. That platform supports innovative research-led teaching and learning, public engagement, and impact outside the university sector. Significant achievements thus far include the establishment of the:

  • Peer reviewed book series, Contemporary East Asian Visual Cultures, Societies and Politics (Palgrave Macmillan);
  • UNSW undergraduate programme, Contemporary East Asian Art: Theories and Practices;
  • Public seminar series, School of Art and Design with the 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney Present;
  • Contemporary East Asian Visual Cultures international research network; and
  • International “post-West” research symposium series, Jointly organised by the University of Maryland and UNSW, Sydney.

Scholarly engagement with the arts/visual cultures of East Asia and related diasporic communities is crucial to an understanding of contemporary culture in the global context. It also informs Australia’s strategic cultural partnerships regionally and internationally.

The Judith Neilson Post-Doctoral Fellow will continue to support the work of the Judith Neilson Chair in Contemporary Art while pursuing their individual research with the Chair as a mentor.

  • 3 year Fixed Term 
  • Level A Research Role 

Reporting Relationships

Line manager/mentor: Judith Neilson Chair in Contemporary Art

Other relationships: Faculty Board, Dean, other Faculty Executive and Academic Staff. University Executive. Judith Neilson and/or her representatives.

Position Summary

The Judith Neilson Post-Doctoral Fellow supports the work of the Judith Neilson Chair in Contemporary Art in its aim to:

  • establish an internationally recognised platform for ground-breaking scholarship, public engagement and impact with a particular focus on the contemporary arts/visual cultures of East Asia and related diasporic communities.

Working together, the Chair and Post-Doctoral Fellow will:

  • engage in research that is world-leading or excellent in terms of its originality, critical significance and rigour;
  • publish research outputs in high-quality peer-reviewed and other contexts;
  • develop innovative research-led teaching and learning;
  • lead public engagement and build diverse communities of interest;
  • facilitate innovative research-led impact;
  • where appropriate, grow research, public engagement and impact through successful grant capture.


Specific accountabilities for this role include:

  • Lead or assist with the conduct of research, grant capture and impact.
  • Understand research problems and select appropriate methods of analysis and reporting.
  • Individually author and contribute substantially to publications in high-quality peer reviewed and other relevant contexts.
  • Contribute to teaching, programme organisation, assessment and student learning support.
  • Lead or provide assistance with the organisation of conferences and other public events.
  • Undertake such duties as requested by the line manager or their delegate.
  • Align with and actively demonstrate the UNSW Values in Action: Our Behaviours and the UNSW Code of Conduct.
  • Cooperate with all health and safety policies and procedures of the university and take all reasonable care to ensure that your actions or omissions do not impact on the health and safety of yourself or others.

Skills and Experience


  • Successful completion of a PhD or other doctoral-level award in a relevant discipline.
  • Knowledge and understanding of contemporary critical/cultural theory.
  • An ability to conduct research demonstrated by a track-record of peer reviewed publication.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
  • An ability to work independently and as part of a team to complete tasks successfully within agreed timeframes.
  • An understanding of and commitment to UNSW’s aims, objectives and values in action, together with relevant policies and guidelines.
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training.


  • An ability to secure research funding.
  • Evidence of research-led impact outside the university sector.
  • Written and verbal communication in an east Asian language.
  • English-East Asian Language translation skills.

Pre-employment checks required for this position

  • Academic Qualification check

Additional details about the specific responsibilities for these positions can be found in the position description via the advert on

 Please apply online via Applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed on the UNSW Jobs website. 

Contact: Nikki Hayes


Applications close: 11:50pm, 15 January 2021

 UNSW aspires to be the exemplar Australian university and employer of choice for people from diverse backgrounds.

UNSW aims to ensure equality in recruitment, development, retention and promotion of staff, and that no-one is disadvantaged on the basis of their gender, cultural background, disability, sexual orientation or identity. We encourage everyone who meets the selection criteria to apply.

Advertised: 15 Dec 2020 AUS Eastern Daylight Time

Applications close: 15 Jan 2021 AUS Eastern Daylight Time

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