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The Sydney School of Education and Social Work has an opportunity for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to join a social science research program investigating fairness, trust and transparency, in the use of Artificial Intelligence in education policy.  Reporting to Professor Kalervo Gulson, the Postdoctoral Research Fellow will have the opportunity to help develop and to lead aspects of the research program, and work with other academics at Australian and international universities. The role includes: data collection using qualitative interviews and analysis; working with computer scientists, data scientists, and education academics and policy makers on creating explanations/translations of AI driven analysis; writing up manuscripts and conference presentations; plus, assisting with grant writing/reporting. About you The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for Postdoctoral Research Associate who: 

  • has a complete PhD in education policy studies, sociology of science, Science and Technology Studies, media and software studies, or related fields and experience in social research. The preference is for scholarly excellence (and potential) in an area related to the project topics, rather than specialisation a particular sub-field
  • demonstrates a solid understanding of, and facility with, social theory (relevant to field of expertise)
  • demonstrates skills and experience in qualitative research, and capacity to do independent fieldwork
  • has the capacity to understand rudimentary statistics and/ or computer science related to AI techniques/ tasks and applications would be desirable
  • demonstrates an ability to publish original research (either independently or as part of a team) within discipline or area of expertise.

About us The Sydney School of Education and Social Work  is home to outstanding staff and students undertaking world-leading teaching and research. The school is regularly among the top education schools in a range of world rankings. The School manages successful funded partnerships with local schools and communities, state and federal government departments, through to international scholarly collaborations on global standards of education and social policy. Research areas include specialisations in social and education policy, international and comparative education, and the learning sciences. Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australias first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 8,100 academic and non-academic staff who support over 73,000 students. We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us. 

 How to apply For further information about the position or if you require reasonable adjustment or support filling out this application please contact Michelle Carlon 02 8627 0646 or michelle.carlon@sydney.edu.au

Please note that the University annual closedown period is from 23rd December 2020 – 6 January 2021 inclusive. During this time,  the Recruitment Operations team will not be available to respond to any enquiries.
 Please refer to the position description for further details.Job Reference No. 1505/1220F

Routine pre-employment probity checks will be carried out for this position Please note: visa sponsorship is not available for this positionClosing date: 11:30pm, Tuesday 19 January 2021 (Sydney time) The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged. The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment. 

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