Postdoctoral Fellow at Australian National University

Australian National University is pleased to invite applicants to apply for a postdoc position. This fellowship is available for all students around the world. Applicants should apply before September 16, 2018.

The Strategic and Defence Studies Centre (SDSC) at the Australian National University (ANU) is looking for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to join a new research program directed by Dr Amy King, supported by the Australian Research Council (ARC) and Westpac Bicentennial Foundation.

The research program examines China's role in shaping international economic order and consists of two interrelated projects: a historical project that will provide the first comprehensive account of China's role in shaping the post-World War II international economic order, through the lens of the Bretton Woods and Bandung conferences, held between 1944 and 1955; and a contemporary project that will examine the economic ideas and strategies underpinning 21st century Chinese institutions and initiatives like the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and Belt and Road Initiative.

The Postdoctoral Research Fellow's duties will include assisting with field work, assisting in gathering contemporary and historical Chinese documents, assisting in compiling a database of Chinese economic ideas, and contribution to project administration. They will also be expected to aid in disseminating the results of the research through co-authorship of project publications, assistance in co-ordinating project workshops and conferences, and construction of an online open-access database. It is also expected that the Fellow will have time to pursue independent research within the broader remit of the project focus, and applicants should therefore be able to devise and conduct original research ideas independently of direct oversight.

The successful candidate will hold a doctorate in the field of international relations, political science, or history, or be close to completion of a PhD in a relevant subject. Applicants should have research experience that is closely related to the focus of the project, a track record of fieldwork and research in China, and the ability to undertake research using Mandarin Chinese (written and spoken). The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will also be expected to contribute to a modest amount of teaching in SDSC (up to one course per year).

The successful candidate will join one of the world's leading institutions outside of China for research into and teaching about China. The ANU is home to more than fifty China-specialists undertaking research in fields including international relations, economics, politics, history, culture, language and society. Within the ANU, the Postdoctoral Research Fellow will be based in the Strategic & Defence Studies Centre (SDSC), which forms part of the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs. SDSC is Australia's oldest, largest and highest ranking academic institute for strategic studies research, education and commentary. SDSC is a multidisciplinary research centre, with significant expertise in international relations, Asian Studies, history, and military studies. In recent years, SDSC has developed an internationally-recognised record of research on Asian security, with particular expertise on rising powers, war and memory, international order, the nexus between economics and security issues, and the strategic behaviour and policies of key regional powers such as the United States, China and Japan.

The successful candidate will have access to generous funding for conference travel and research support. They will also have opportunities to access national and international networks of scholars, who are connected through the SDSC's Graduate Research and Development Network on Asian Security (GRADNAS), and through the regular programs of conferences, seminars and visits to the ANU.

This post is offered on a full-time basis, for a period of 2 years, to commence from 1 February 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

For all enquiries, please contact Dr Amy King, Chief Investigator, E:


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