Research Fellow in Political Ecology/ Agrarian Studies

  • The University of Melbourne
  • Australia, Vic
  • Nov 8, 2023

Job Description:

Job no: 0056579
Location: Parkville
Role type:
Full-time; Fixed-term for 2 years
Faculty of Science
Department/School: School of Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Level A - $80,258 - $108,906 p.a p.a. plus 17% super (*PhD entry level $101,460 p.a.)

About the Role
As the Research Fellow, you will conduct high-level research as part of a ACIAR project focusing on sustainable rice yields in the Philippines. In this role, you will conduct qualitative and quantitative social science research on rice crop production's intricate politics, practices, and ecologies, and how these impact livelihoods and food security in the Philippines. Ethnographic and applied in nature, the role will involve an analysis of the political ecology/ economy of upland and lowland rice production systems, and a situated ethnoecology of both systems.

Working as part of the School of Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, you will receive ample research support and infrastructure to excel in this vital role and grow your career. Join us and make a global impact.

Who We Are Looking For
Our ideal candidate is an exceptional researcher, with a strong awareness of the ethical considerations involved in conducting research with marginalised rural populations and sensitivity to navigating power imbalances in culturally diverse settings. You will have an excellent understanding of ethnographic methods and proficiency in applied, participatory approaches. Additionally, you will demonstrate the ability and willingness to engage in extended fieldwork in remote rural locations.

You will have demonstrated ability to build relationships with stakeholders to foster collaborative partnerships and an ability and desire to build an academic research career trajectory.

You will also have:

For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the attached PD.

This position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check to ensure the University provides a safe environment for everyone.

Visa sponsorship may be available for this position.

Your New Team – School of Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
The School of Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences synergises discipline strengths in geography, atmospheric science and geoscience. The School offers undergraduate and graduate research programs in these core discipline areas, and in the multi-disciplinary fields of Climate Change, Environmental Science and Archaeological Science.

The research within the School is built upon extensive expertise in geography, geoscience and atmospheric science, ranging from the social sciences through to the quantitative physical sciences. In addition to internationally recognised discipline expertise, we have strengths in a number of multi-disciplinary areas including: climate change; resource futures; space, place and social change; environmental hazards; Indigenous knowledge; and Earth system interactions.

What We Offer You!
In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services and discounts on graduate courses. For more information, check out our benefits page!

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We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact the email address listed at the bottom of the page.

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Join Us!
If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents:

^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to

If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Ana Gencic via email at, ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject. Please do not share your application to this email address.

If you have any particular questions regarding the job please follow the details listed on the Position Description.

Applications close: 7 DECEMBER 2023 11:55 PM Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT)

Position Description: 0056579 Research Fellow in Political Ecology_Agrarian Studies PD.pdf