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Research Fellow

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Work type: Continuing
Location: Canberra / ACT
Categories: Academic

Classification: Level B

Classification:  Academic Level B

Salary package: $101,805 - $115,428 per annum plus 17% superannuation

Terms: Full-time, Continuing

  • Be at the forefront of research on Indonesian and Southeast Asian politics and social change.
  • Enjoy generous benefits including 17% superannuation
  • Work in a beautiful campus environment on the city’s doorstep
  • Be a part of Australia’s #1 university, ranked first in politics and international relations and with a unique concentration of Asia and Pacific expertise.

About Us 

The Department of Political and Social Change is a leading centre for the study of Asian politics and society. We have particular depth of expertise on the political and social dynamics of Southeast Asian countries and China. Research on Indonesia is a major focus of the Department. Academic specialisations include democratisation and authoritarianism, subnational and local politics, gender politics, conflict, religious politics and political economy.

The Department of Political and Social Change is located within the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, a school within the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific. 

The Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs (Bell School) is a world-leading centre for research, education, and policy analysis on international and Asia Pacific politics, security, diplomacy, and strategic affairs. The School comprises a number of vibrant, interdisciplinary, intellectual communities: the Department of International Relations, the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, the Department of Political and Social Change, and the Department of Pacific Affairs.

The ANU College of Asia and the Pacific (CAP) leads intellectual engagement with the Asia-Pacific region through research, teaching and contributions to public debate, and seeks to set the international standard for scholarship concerning the region. 

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About the role

We are seeking a Research Fellow to produce world-leading research on Indonesian politics and/or social change, and to teach, supervise students, and engage in service within the Department of Political and Social Change. The Research Fellow will report to the Head of Department and work closely with academic and professional colleagues across the Department, School, and College.

Our ideal candidate

Our ideal candidate will have a PhD in political science or a cognate discipline with experience in conducting research in and on Indonesia, and be fluent in the Indonesian language. You will also have demonstrated experience in publishing your findings in international peer-reviewed publications, teaching at a university level, and working collaboratively in teams. To excel in this role, you will also have demonstrated potential to supervise graduate students and to win external research grants.

What we offer

  • A supportive work environment that will nurture your career and assist you in further developing your research, writing, teaching and other professional skills.
  • The opportunity to work with researchers leading the field of Indonesian and Asian political studies, and to build networks and collaborations with area specialists, political scientists and other scholars across the School, College and University.
  • Generous remuneration and conditions, including 17% superannuation and a range of benefits

Applicant enquiries:

Please contact Professor Edward Aspinall, Head of Department of Political and Social Change.

Selection Process Timeline

  • We anticipate interviewing shortlisted candidates the week commencing 1 November 2021 
  • All applicants will be contacted and advised of the outcome of their applications

Given the need for more voices from women in this field of research, female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

ANU values diversity and inclusion and is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to those of all backgrounds and identities. For more information about staff equity at ANU, visit

The University actively encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. For more information on employment opportunities, contact our Indigenous Employment Consultant on

How to Apply

In order to apply for this role please make sure that you upload the following documents:

  • A statement addressing the selection criteria.
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) which includes the names and contact details of at least three referees (preferably including a current or previous supervisor). If your CV does not include referees, you can complete these online when prompted in the application form.
  • A two-page document outlining your research plans for the next five years.
  • Other documents, if required.

Applications which do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position.

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


Position Description & Selection Criteria

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Applications close: AUS Eastern Daylight Time

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