Category Archives: Opportunities

Job Opportunity: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Sydney

The University of Sydney is offering a 2-year Postdoctoral Research Fellow/Research Fellow position based at the Sydney Centre for Healthy Societies and the Charles Perkins Centre.

For the full position description and to apply, please refer to the University of Sydney Career Site.

Job Opportunity: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, UQ

There is an exciting opportunity for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to join the Centre for Policy Futures at the University of Queensland, Australia.

The position will undertake primary research on the socio-political, cultural and environmental implications of the expansion of high-value horticulture for the contested regional politics of (a) land and development, (b) labour and livelihoods, and (c) natural resources and environmental governance. The project will analyse how incorporation within agricultural global production networks interacts with diverse drivers of multifunctional landscape change in the north-eastern coastal strip region of Australia (from Coffs Harbour to Cairns), and critically consider how pre-existing regional economic, social and environmental factors influence the form of, and tensions around, the development of high-value horticulture. This will contribute to improving pathways to a more sustainable and equitable future for rural regions within Australia, and elsewhere in the world. 

The role will work closely with researchers located at The University of Queensland, The University of Sydney and James Cook University, as part of an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant.

For more information and the apply, please visit the UQ Careers website.

Job Opportunities at Universität Heidelberg, Germany

There are two job opportunities in the research project Food for Justice: Power, Politics and Food Inequalities in a Bioeconomy at the HCIAS. Applications close 9 April, 2023. For more information about these positions, please follow the links in the respective position listings.

Research Associate – Postdoc (f/m/d) with a focus on qualitative research. Part-time (75%). Full position description and application instructions can be found here.

Research Associate – Postdoc (f/m/d) with a focus on quantitative research. Part-time (75%). Full position description and application instructions can be found here.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Marlene Pichler.

Job Opportunity: EnviroNZ, Dunedin, New Zealand

To support a large municipal contract, and their customers, EnviroNZ have a newly created role for a Waste Minimisation & Education Advisor to join their team. This role is specific to their organisation and industry but will see the successful candidate working closely with various businesses, schools and community groups on how to minimise their waste, recycling more, and how to be more sustainable overall.

Further details and application links can be found here.

Macquarie University Research Fellowship (MQRF) Scheme: Call for Intentions to Apply

Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia) will offer up to 10 full-time Research Fellowship positions commencing in 2024. Fellowships will be awarded on a competitive basis and will be fixed-term for three years. Applicants must have been awarded their PhD on or after 1 March 2020 or submit their thesis on or before 16 August 2023 (or make a convincing case for early career researcher status).

MQRF24 applicants must either reside in Australia and have appropriate work rights (either be an Australian Permanent Resident or Citizen) OR if they are applying from overseas, they must have appropriate work rights for Australia already (returning Australian Permanent Resident/Citizen) and be able to get themselves back to Australia to commence no later than 30 June 2024 or they forfeit their MQRF.

If you have an interest in applying for a Fellowship in the 2024 round through the Macquarie School of Social Sciences in the disciplines of Anthropology, Geography and Planning, Politics and International Relations or Sociology, please send: 

  1. Provisional project title and a brief (400-word) project description
  2. Name of potential Sponsor (there is no need to contact them at this stage)
  3. Your PhD conferral date (or thesis submission date if the PhD is not yet awarded).
  4. A copy of your CV as an attachment including a list of publications. Publications should be listed under the headings: books, book chapters, peer-reviewed journal articles and other. Your CV should also briefly detail any career interruptions since the award of your PhD.
  5. A copy of your Australian residency document – passport or visa.

to A/Prof Andrew McGregor, Director of Research and Innovation, School of Social Sciences, by Wednesday, 29 March 2023.

If the School is able to sponsor your application, you will be notified by Tuesday, 11 April 2023. Sponsored applicants will then be invited to work with their sponsors to develop their formal Expressions of Interest which must be submitted to Research Services by Wednesday, 26 April 2023.

Please find more details about the scheme here.

Scholarship Opportunities: 2023 MPI Postgraduate Science Scholarships, Aotearoa New Zealand

The Ministry for Primary Industries are pleased to announce that applications for the 2023 MPI Postgraduate Science Scholarships have opened to Master’s and PhD candidates from New Zealand universities. These scholarships are for candidates planning to study (or currently studying) a wide range of fields relevant to the primary sector, including (but not limited to) economics, physical or social sciences and Mātauranga Māori.

The scholarship scheme is aimed at building science, technology and cultural capability within the primary industries and provides a gateway into a career using evidence to improve the primary sector.

Each recipient receives a prize combining a financial contribution towards their study and a professional development package, including the benefit of an MPI mentor for the duration of their study and other professional development opportunities. The value of each MSc scholarship is $12,000 over 2 years and the value of each PhD scholarship is $50,000 over 3.5 years.

To apply, or for more information, please visit the MPI website.

Key timeframes for the 2023 MPI Postgraduate Science Scholarships: 

  • February 10 2023 – applications open
  • March 11 2023 – applications close
  • April 2023 – interviews with shortlisted candidates
  • May 2023 – announcement of successful candidates

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • propose research that is relevant and meets a priority need for MPI or the primary industries. The application form shows specific priority areas.
  • be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
  • be enrolled or intending to enrol for a master’s or PhD at a New Zealand tertiary education institution
  • have a supervisor who holds a position at a New Zealand tertiary education institution.

Further questions should be directed to the inbox with “MPI Postgraduate Scholarship Query” in the subject line.

Job Opportunity: Associate Dean (Research), William Angliss Institute, Melbourne

William Angliss Institute (Melbourne) has advertised for an Associate Dean (Research) (non-teaching permanent position at Assoc Pro/Prof level). It is open to anyone in the food, tourism, hospitality or events fields. To find out more and to view position description, or apply, please visit the job listing here.

Job Opportunity: 3-year Post Doc at Lund University

The Department of Human Geography at Lund University, Sweden, are seeking candidates with an interest in the interaction of economic geography, sustainability and socioenvironmental issues. Particularly, this position will concern developing research on the links between climate change adaptation and innovation in the agriculture sector of Skåne.

Feminist and critical geographers with proved field experience using qualitative methods and a topical focus in agricultural innovation and climate change adaptation are encouraged to apply for this 3-year scholarship.

To read the position description and to apply, please visit the job listing here.

Job Opportunity: Casual Research Assistant

Dr Jenn Lacy-Nichols is looking for a casual research assistant to support a one-year project analysing government transparency regarding corporate lobbying. The RA would support the first two workstreams of the project: a scoping review of peer-reviewed and grey literature; and an audit of government websites. They would also assist in drafting academic papers as a named co-author. 

The project will run from January to December 2023. The total RA input is estimated to be .6FTE over five months. Specific timelines and hours are open for discussion.

Desired experience:

  • Familiarity with the literature on the commercial determinants of health, corporate political activity, and lobbying.
  • Conducting scoping reviews
  • Using Excel and Endnote (or other referencing software)
  • Writing academic papers

Work can be completed remotely, however candidates will require Australian work rights.

To register your interest, please email Jennifer by 20 February 2023:

–          Your CV

–          1-2 paragraphs outlining your skills and interest in this work

Any questions or to discuss the project further, please contact Jennifer.

Postdoctoral Researcher needed for EcoFoodSystems project at the University of Galway

EcoFoodSystems project seeking postdoctoral researcher for interdisciplinary research on climate-resilient agroecological transitions of city regional food systems.

Food systems encompass all actors and interlinked value-adding activities involved in the production, aggregation, processing, distribution, consumption and disposal of food products that originate from agriculture, forestry or fisheries, and components of the broader economic, societal and natural environments in which they are embedded. Most available data for food-systems decision making remains at the national scale, while day-to-day multi-sectoral decision-making in food systems largely happens in city regions and along value chains with their interconnected peri-urban and rural foodsheds.

Research and innovation activities are needed to enable scaling of innovations and evidence-based transitions to climate-resilience food systems across interlinked urban, peri-urban and rural communities. The EcoFoodSystems project will conduct research and innovation activities that enable stakeholders, decision-makers and change-agents within City-Regional food systems (encompassing both rural and urban communities, production systems, value chains and consumption systems) to improve day-to-day performance towards agroecological and climate-resilient transitions.

By integration of data (including big-data) and research findings, the project will develop sub-national decision-support dashboards and decision-support tools in collaboration with stakeholders, end-users and beneficiaries in the food systems of selected city regions. The project will co-develop and disseminate a common framework, methods and innovative action-learning processes that can be scaled with multi-stakeholder platforms across (and beyond) the selected cities and the rural communities which supply their food.

The EcoFoodSystems project is funded by IFAD/EU and led by the University of Galway’s Ryan Institute, in partnership with Alliance Bioversity International – CIAT, Wageningen University & Research (WUR), and RIKOLTO International. EcoFoodSystem’s research and innovation activities are focused on city regions in Vietnam, Colombia and Ethiopia. 

To further build the EcoFoodSystems project team, the EcoFoodSystems project at the University of Galway is now recruiting a postdoctoral researcher based in the EcoFoodSystems project within the Ryan Institute at the University of Galway and who will conduct research and innovation activities between Galway and the partner countries (Vietnam, Colombia, Ethiopia).

We are seeking an impact-motivated postdoc who is willing to conduct research across disciplinary boundaries that contributes to meeting the goals and objectives of the EcoFoodSystems project. We are particularly interested in applications from talented and motivated researchers with strong backgrounds in the arena of sustainability and food systems, who have strong and proven skills in food systems data analytics, big data, modelling, geospatial analytics, data visualisation, network mapping and environmental footprinting (e.g. life cycle analysis) and development of data-driven decision support tools. Experience in data analytical and visualisation tools such as R (incl. statistical, GIS packages), Python, Tableau, PowerBi, SQL, ArcGIS) and strong competency in data-analytical and statistical techniques.

The successful applicant for the postdoc position will have a PhD and significant/proven prior practical research experience and be willing and capable of conducting field-based research activities via EcoFoodSystems partner institutions in Vietnam, Colombia and Ethiopia. Evidence of prior involvement in research leading to high-quality publications and reports would be particularly welcome, including engagement in the process of drafting, revising and publishing research outputs. The successful applicant will be paid a salary of €39,523-€43,127 per annum.

Applications to include a covering letter, CV, and the contact details of three referees should be sent, via e-mail (in word or PDF only) to Prof. Charles Spillane. Please put reference number University of Galway 283-22 in the subject line of the e-mail application.

The deadline for applications is 1700 (GMT) 25th January 2023. Please note that only applications that put reference number University of Galway 283-22 in the subject line of e-mail application will be considered.