Friday, June 19, 2009

postdoc position at the university of sydney

The University of Sydney is offering 10 postdoctoral fellowships in 2010.
short summary:
  • up to 3 years,
  • for phds awarded after 1-Jan-2004,
  • research grant up to 25,000 aud, plus some relocation expenses
  • salary around 72,000 aud
    (i think... that's USyd level A8 according to this pdf, linked from this page)
  • fellowship might involve up to 6h per week of "other duties" (teaching)
  • research proposal for the application is 4 pages

Applicants need to contact the Head of the proposed school/department before august 7 (for computer science that's sanjay chawla at
more details in this pdf.

Copying the announcement from the University of Sydney website:

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships


Applicants must contact the Head of the host School/Department before 7 August 2009.

The University of Sydney Postdoctoral Fellowships were established in 1996 to support excellence in full-time research undertaken in any Department or School at the University. The University will be offering up to 10 new Fellowships in 2010. The Fellowships are extremely prestigious and highly competitive internationally in line with equivalent externally funded fellowships. Applicants must have an outstanding track record relative to opportunity in order to be short-listed. Successful applicants are expected to be based full-time at the University for the duration of the Fellowship and must not hold a concurrent paid appointment.


Strong preference will be given to applicants seeking to join the University from another organisation in Australia or from overseas. Applicants must have a PhD award dated no earlier than 1 January 2004.. Applicants with a Phd award dated later than 31 December 2008 are extremely unlikely to be competitive and should talk to the host Head of School to assess competitiveness before applying.
Applicants with a PhD awarded by the University of Sydney within the timeframe specified above may apply if they have held a position with another organisation subsequent to the award of their PhD. Applicants currently employed at the University of Sydney or other affiliated institutions (including but not limited to medical institutes) who commenced such employment after the award of their PhD AND on or after 1 July 2008 are eligible to apply.
Applicants wishing to clarify eligibility must submit a written request by 24 July 2009 to the Research Office.[at]

Assessment Criteria

Excellence will be the primary criterion, both in terms of the project and the researcher. Equal weight will be given to the quality of the project and the track record of the applicant relative to opportunity. The alignment of the proposed research with existing activity and the environment in the host Department/School will also be an important consideration.


  1. What I find interesting is the focus on recruiting people with experience _outside_ the university.

    Apart from these postdocs, what are the other avenues for people with PhDs to enter into the world of academia?

  2. @Enoch
    they're looking from someone who's been away from the university of Sydney, not away from any university or academia. thought that was obvious and a fairly common practice.

  3. Is it possible to go from phd straight into a lecturer position? I assume you would have to be very good for that.

    Also 72k seems to be fairly decent for a new postdoc.

  4. 5 months since the last post? Surely something has happened in the last 5 months!! Also clean up your spam

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