Postdoctoral Research Associate in Housing Studies
University of Sydney School of Education and Social Work in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

About the opportunity

We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Housing Studies, who will make a significant contribution to research in housing and urbanism at the University of Sydney. We are particularly seeking candidates whose own research experience and capabilities will complement and extend the school’s existing and emerging strengths in housing and urban analysis. The successful candidate will work with our team of researchers in Urban and Regional Planning and Policy, where we research the design, characteristics and processes of urbanism (living in cities) and the policy and planning solutions proposed to create better cities.

As a member of our research team, you will support relevant research efforts within the School; advance a research program related to your expertise; develop work for publication with highly regarded journals or publishers; and contribute to wider research dissemination and engagement activities with policy, practice, industry and advocacy groups as well as the wider community. You will also be expected to contribute to teaching in housing and/or urbanism units, up to the equivalent of one day per week of your role.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance in recruiting talent aligned to these values in the pursuit of research excellence. We are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Housing Studies who possesses:

A PhD relevant to housing and/or urban studies or planning (awarded prior to commencement of the position)

Skills in qualitative and/or quantitative research methods, and various analysis techniques

Knowledge of the Australian housing policy context.

The ability to conduct independent and collaborative research and assume responsibility for the development and completion of research projects.

An emerging record of successful translation of research outcomes (relative to opportunity) into high impact, international, peer-reviewed research outputs.

The ability to seek funding from, and collaborate with, external research partners.

The ability to work both independently and collaboratively; to organise and prioritise work, sometimes under pressure, with competing priorities.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.

About us

From the appointment of its first Chair in 1918, the University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning has been an internationally acknowledged centre for intellectual, scientific and aesthetic research in architecture and the built environment, attracting the highest quality applicants in Australia. In the 2019 QS World University Rankings by Subject, the School was first in Australia, and ranked 15th in the world for Architecture/Built Environment.

The School is focused on the built environment and uses the methods of architecture, design, planning, science, art, engineering, computing, and social sciences to analyse, understand and design innovative environments. We have one of Australia’s best university laboratory infrastructures for research and design in the built environment, including our Lighting Lab, Spatial Audio and Acoustics Lab, and the Indoor Environmental Quality Lab. We have a major and ongoing investment in the Design Modelling and Fabrication Lab, including architectural robotics.

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 7600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

Intending applicants are welcome to seek further information about the position from Professor Nicole Gurran, Chair of Urban and Regional Planning and Policy at

For recruitment-related enquiries, or if you require reasonable adjustment or support filling out this application, please contact Michelle Carlon on +61 2 8627 0646 or at

Please refer to the position description for further details.

Job Reference No. 1724/0819F

Routine pre-employment probity checks will be carried out for this position

Closing date: 11:30pm, 25 September 2019 (Sydney Time)

The University of Sydney 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.

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

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