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Postdoctoral / Research Fellow, The School of Culture, History and Language (CHL) job with AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY (ANU)

Classification: Academic Level A/B
Salary package: $76,271 – $117,736 AUD per annum plus 17% Superannuation
Term: Fixed Term, Full-time appointment of up to 2 years
Position Description: Level A_B_Research PD_546358.pdf

  • Opportunity to work with a vibrant and supportive work group as part of the ARC Center of Excellence for Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH)
  • On campus childcare facilities
  • Excellent employer superannuation contributions
  • Beautiful campus environment on the city’s doorstep

about us

The ANU College of Asia & 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. The College hosts the largest number of regional experts and specialist academic programs in the English-speaking world, and plays a vital role in informing public policy and Australia’s intellectual engagement with the societies, cultures and economies of Asia and the Pacific.

The School of Culture, History and Language (CHL) is part of CAP and conducts research and teaching in Asian and Pacific humanities, social sciences and languages, and seeks to build excellence in understanding and capability in engaging with the Asia and Pacific region. The key disciplinary areas represented in the School are anthropology, archeology and natural history, cultural studies, gender studies, history, linguistics, and languages.

Archeology and Natural History explores deep time in the Asia Pacific region with a focus on the interaction of people with the environment. It is a unique multidisciplinary unit, integrating environmental scientists and archaeologists to uncover patterns in human behaviour, cultural development and environmental change through millennia across this vast region. ANH is also the ANU node for the ARC Center of Excellence for Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH).

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The Position

Funded by the ARC Center of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage, this position is based on the Archeology and Natural History unit at ANU. The Postdoctoral/Research Fellow will work closely with Associate Professor Janelle Stevenson as well as a community of palaeoecological researchers across the Center of Excellence on the establishment of an Australian pollen monitoring network.

The Postdoctoral/Research Fellow will dedicate 0.5 FTE of their time to projects related to the establishment of the network, while the other 0.5 FTE can be spent on a project of their choosing. The Postdoctoral/Research Fellow will be responsible for a diverse range of fieldwork and research activities including the deployment, collection and management of data related to the network.

They will work as part of a research team, liaising with a wide range of stakeholders, including school and community outreach programs, and will provide assistance with the design and implementation of research directions. They will be expected to liaise broadly with academic and professional colleagues across the School, College, wider University community and external stakeholders.

Our ideal candidate

Our ideal candidate will have a track record of independent research, publications in peer-reviewed journals and experience at presenting at conferences. You will have demonstrated experience working alongside staff, students and external partners. An interest in public engagement and experience in data management with knowledge in ‘R’ is highly regarded. You will hold a PhD in palaeoecology or other relevant field or awarded a PhD within six months of appointment.


To inquire about this opportunity, please contact the Assoc. Prof Janelle Stevenson – T: +61 2 6125 3153, E:

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

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

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.
  • 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.

Closing date: 25 August 2022


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