Opportunity: PhD Scholarships in Population History

The Laureate Centre for History and Population is excited to invite applications for two (2) PhD scholarships in population history. The successful candidates will join the Laureate research team, under the supervision of Professor Alison Bashford, within the School of Humanities and Languages, Faculty of Arts Design and Architecture, UNSW.

PhD scholars will research Australian, Pacific or international history related to population. This may be focussed on medical, migration, Indigenous, gender, environmental, intellectual or political/economic history. Possible topics include colonialism, population and early political economy; depopulation across Australia or the Pacific; the reception of Malthus in Australia or Aotearoa/NZ; population and the United Nations after 1945; reproductive rights and human rights; biographical studies of key Australian demographers; the history of population and migration policies in Australia.

The scholarships ($28,854 per annum for up to four years) are available to Aus/NZ candidates with honours or masters qualifications in history, and will commence by 26/06/2022.

Applications will continue to be received until the positions are filled.

How to apply:

Visit https://research.unsw.edu.au/faculty-and-donor-funded-scholarships-0 and scroll down to ‘Laureate Centre for History and Population’ for further particulars.

Those wishing to apply should contact Alison Bashford, Laureate Centre Director:
a.bashford@unsw.edu.au to discuss topics. Please include a CV and brief outline of your
research interests with your first email.

The candidate must be eligible to enrol in an accredited Research Doctorate at UNSW. Applicants for this scholarship will not be considered if they do not meet the minimum UNSW requirements for doctoral candidature. UNSW eligibility requirements are available here: https://research.unsw.edu.au/higher-degreeresearch-programs

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Apply to be Centre Manager

Applications are currently open for a Centre Manager to manage the day-to-day and long-term strategic operations of the Laureate Centre for History & Population. You can find more details, including the link to apply, remuneration information, and a full position description by following this link.

In mid 2021 we will appoint a Centre Manager to manage the activities of the Laureate Centre for History & Population at UNSW and provide support to Centre Director Professor Alison Bashford, associated project teams, and other internal and external stakeholders. The successful candidate will be appointed for a fixed-term of five years (0.8FTE).

The Laureate Centre for History & Population is a 5-year Australian Research Council-funded research centre directed by Professor Alison Bashford. Working with Professor Bashford and the Laureate team, the Project Officer/Coordinator will organise conferences, seminars, lectures and workshops, develop and manage communications, contribute to a range of projects at various stages of development, administer budgets, and take responsibility for the Centre website. An understanding of or experience in historical research will be highly regarded.

Applications close on April 30 2021. The successful candidate will commence in mid 2021. Apply here.

About the role

  • $88,782 to $94,709 + 17% Super and Leave Loading (pro-rata) 
  • 5-year Fixed-Term contract – commencing mind June 2021
  • Part-Time – 28 hrs/per week

Specific responsibilities for this role include:

  • Coordinate Centre administration including the organisation of conferences, seminars and lectures, internal workshops and meetings. Manage promotional activities, logistics, minute taking, the management of assigned actions and status reporting.
  • Develop and manage effective communications with key national and international stakeholders, both internal and external to the project, and maintain the Centre’s website.
  • Support Professor Bashford and Centre academic staff in research funding bids, the appointment of personnel, and delivery of Centre projects and initiatives to achieve operational and strategic goals.
  • Support Professor Bashford’s management of related research teams and projects.
  • Contribute to the development of Centre plans and schedules and participate in planning processes as required.
  • Monitor, track and report on the status of deliverables to ensure time, cost and quality metrics are in line with approved plans and budgets.
  • Provide practical and proactive support and administrative services to the Centre team and stakeholders covering proposals for research funding, financials, and file management.
  • Assess and monitor Centre risks and issues and provide solutions where applicable. Assist in the monitoring of research activity and quality.
  • Support adherence to UNSW governance pathways to ensure projects are managed within a defined, consistent and proven set of rules for project development.
  • 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 & safety of yourself or others.  

About the successful applicant (Selection Criteria)

  • Relevant tertiary qualification with subsequent relevant experience or equivalent competence gained through any combination of education, training and experience. An understanding of or experience in historical research will be highly regarded.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with a high level of attention to detail. Some experience in publishing or editing assistance will be highly regarded.
  • Sound stakeholder management skills, with the ability to liaise effectively.
  • Proficiency in the MS Office suite and experience working across a range of computer systems and applications including Zoom, Eventbrite, WordPress and Zotero.
  • Proficient time and workload management skills, with a demonstrated ability to respond to changing priorities, manage multiple tasks and meet competing deadlines by using judgement and initiative.
  • Project experience, including in budget administration and analysis. An understanding of the project life cycle and development of project plans, objectives and documentation.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and productively within a team, but also to take initiative and work independently while managing competing demands.
  • 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.

Apply now.

Contact:
Dr Jarrod Hore, Interim Manager, Laureate Centre for Population & History
E: j.hore@unsw.edu.au

We’re Recruiting

Applications have recently closed for Postdoctoral Fellows. We’ll be in touch with candidates as soon as possible.

In July 2021 we will appoint 3 Laureate Postdoctoral Fellows to undertake independent and collaborative research on aspects of the modern (post 1800) history of population policy; the intellectual history of population and political economy; and/or the international history of population debate, including environmental history dimensions. Preference may be given to historians or historical geographers of India, China or Japan, or of the United Nations’ engagement with population matters.

The Laureate Centre for History & Population is a 5-year Australian Research Council-funded research centre directed by Professor Alison Bashford. Working with Professor Bashford, Laureate Postdoctoral Fellows will contribute to a reassessment of modern world history by centrally analysing population change and population policy, at national, regional and international levels within a ‘multiple modernities’ framework, and by analysing Malthusian theories, their uptake, translation and critique, across a range of modern polities. Environmental, economic, and intellectual historians, as well as historians of gender and health are invited to apply.

The Centre’s research program is structured around four intellectual strands: Bio, Geo, Eco, Cosmo.

Applications have recently closed.

Postdoctoral appointments are for three years, commencing July 1 2021 or soon thereafter.

About the role

  • $96K – $104K plus 17% Superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Fixed Term – 3 years
  • Full time (35 hours)
  • There are x3 positions available

Specific responsibilities for this role include:

  • Contribute independently and as a team member to historical research on population in a modern world history context
  • Present and publish academic papers for international journals, and conduct research towards an independently authored monograph
  • Design and manage intellectual strands within the Laureate Program, including research activities with international collaborators
  • Assist with the coordination of research activities and actively contribute to research outputs to meet project milestones.
  • Assist in occasional lecturing and tutoring to undergraduate or postgraduate students, according to area of expertise
  • Participation in international conferences and/or workshops relevant to the project as required
  • Participate in regular program meetings and undertake other research and administration activities as required.
  • 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.

About the successful applicant (Selection Criteria)

To be successful in this role you will have:

Level A:

  • PhD in the history of modern gender, environmental, economic or intellectual history of population.
  • Preference may be given to historians of East Asia or South Asia or of the United Nations.
  • Preference may be given to historians of 20th century world history, although historians with expertise in earlier periods may apply
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research with limited supervision
  • Demonstrated track record of high-quality research outputs, publications and conference presentations relative to opportunity, with potential for agenda-setting contributions
  • Potential to initiate and drive scholarly meetings, panels, symposia and conferences
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team, collaborate across disciplines and build effective relationships.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to communicate and interact with a diverse range of stakeholders
  • 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

For Level B appointment, in addition to the above:

  • A monograph related to population history published with a scholarly press; or manuscript already delivered to a press
  • A prior postdoctoral appointment partially or fully completed

For further information on the Laureate Centre for History & Population, please contact Professor Bashford, a.bashford@unsw.edu.au  

In addition to cover letter addressing selection criteria, please include 3-5 page proposal for a 3-year independent research project and one sample chapter or article, published or unpublished.

For informal queries, please see the below contact details. 

Contact:
Dr Jarrod Hore, Interim Manager, Laureate Centre for Population & History
E: j.hore@unsw.edu.au