Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Ethics of Automated Decision Making in Social Services
University of Queensland School of Social Science

Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Ethics of automated decision making in social services

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Area:Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Salary (FTE):Academic Research Level A1 ($69,342.89 - $92,782.26)
Work type:Full Time - Fixed Term
Location: St Lucia

The School of Social Science

The School of Social Science is located in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science. It is one of the leading social science schools in Australia. It is known internationally for its strong research focus and for producing undergraduate and postgraduate students with the skills and confidence to move through the world as curious, critical and engaged global citizens who secure work in their chosen careers.

The School teaches in the disciplines of anthropology, archaeology, criminology and sociology, as well as in interdisciplinary degree programs in criminology and criminal justice, development practice, museum studies, social science and cyber-security. Information about the School may be accessed on the Faculty’s web site at

About This Opportunity

An opportunity exists for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to conduct research relating to the ethical automated decision making in social services. The research will contribute to the Centre for Excellence (CoE) for Automated Decision Making and Society (ADM+S) in general, and the UQ Node more specifically. The fellow will contribute to the Machines program, through two projects:

  • Mapping ADM machines in Australia and the Asia-Pacific; and
  • Building Ethical Machines in Social Services: Examining, Evaluating, Building Fairness and Explainability in ADM.

Areas of social services can include child protection, income support, criminal justice or disability services.

The ARC CoE for ADM+S is located across nine Australian universities and led by 18 internationally renowned Chief Investigators, in partnership with international universities and industry partners. As Postdoctoral Fellow you will be part of and contribute to of this transdisciplinary network, and be located UQ Node, based in the School of Social Science, which is led by Professor Paul Henman.

This position is located at our picturesque St Lucia campus, renowned as one of Australia’s most attractive university campuses, and located just 7km from Brisbane’s city centre. Bounded by the Brisbane River on three sides, and with outstanding public transport connections, our 114-hectare site provides a perfect work environment – you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a vibrant campus with the tradition of an established university.

Our Ideal Candidate

To be successful, you must have a PhD in a relevant discipline relating to the UQ Node’s work, including social sciences (science and technology studies (STS), policy studies, sociology, political science, public administration), law, humanities (media and communication studies, ethics) or computer science. In addition the candidate will have an emerging research track record of high quality publications; a demonstrated interest in automated decision making and society; and an ability to work collaboratively within a team, while maintaining an individual role within a research area.

For a more detailed list of duties and selection criteria, please refer to the attached Position Description.

We value diversity and inclusion, and actively encourage applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Our Diversity and Inclusion webpage contains further information if you require additional support. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to

What We Can Offer

This is a full-time, fixed term position for 3 years at Academic Level A, which will need to begin prior to 30 June 2021.

The full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $69,342 - $92,782, (2020 rates) plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be in the range $81,131 - $108,555.

You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities, recreation leave loading, salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare, discounted private health insurance, cheap parking, development programs and many other benefits.

For further information, please review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018-2021.

Position Description

Download File 511319_Postdoctoral Research Fellow_PD.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Professor Paul Henman, by email at

For application queries, please contact stating the job number in the subject line.

Want to Apply?

To submit an application for this role, use the apply button. All applicants must supply the following documents:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Responses to the Selection Criteria

To satisfy pre-requisite questions and ensure your application can be considered in full, all candidates must apply via the UQJobs portal by the job closing deadline. Applications received via other channels including direct email will not be accepted.

Interviews Tentatively Scheduled: Mid-end of November 2020 (via Zoom video conference)

Advertised: 01 Oct 2020

Applications close: 06 Nov 2020 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time

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