ANU Postdoctoral Fellowship for Research on North Korea

view of Australian National UniversityThe Aus­tralian Nation­al Uni­ver­si­ty is seek­ing appli­cants for a post­doc­tor­al fellowship/research fel­low­ship to work with the Aus­tralian Research Coun­cil lau­re­ate fel­low­ship “Infor­mal Life Pol­i­tics in the Remak­ing of North­east Asia: From Cold War to Post-Cold War.” This eigh­teen-month fixed-term posi­tion is in the School of Cul­ture, His­to­ry and Lan­guage, Col­lege of Asia and the Pacif­ic at the Aus­tralian Nation­al Uni­ver­si­ty. Appli­cants should have a Ph.D. in a rel­e­vant dis­ci­pline and a record of aca­d­e­m­ic pub­li­ca­tions on North Korea. The salary range is $78,611 to $104,254 per annum plus 17 percemt super­an­nu­a­tion.

The suc­cess­ful appli­cant will pur­sue both inde­pen­dent and team-based research con­sis­tent with the project, which focus­es on “infor­mal life pol­i­tics”: local-lev­el grass­roots move­ments in which indi­vid­u­als or groups act to pro­tect their health or liveli­hood from threats seen as ema­nat­ing from eco­nom­ic and envi­ron­men­tal change, state action or the fail­ures of state pol­i­cy. The post­doc­tor­al fel­low­ship appointee will iden­ti­fy and research rel­e­vant case stud­ies from North Korea and col­lab­o­rate with oth­er project mem­bers in cross-bor­der analy­sis of infor­mal life pol­i­tics in the North­east Asian region as a whole. The appointee will also assist in project man­age­ment, in sup­port­ing the work of oth­er mem­bers of the research team, and in super­vis­ing and men­tor­ing post­grad­u­ate stu­dents.

Appli­cants should sub­mit a full cur­ricu­lum vitae, a state­ment address­ing each of the selec­tion cri­te­ria, a three-page research pro­pos­al (demon­strat­ing how his or her research will con­tribute to under­stand­ing of infor­mal life pol­i­tics in the North Kore­an and broad­er region­al con­text), and three ref­er­ees’ reports. The clos­ing date for appli­ca­tions is Jan­u­ary 10, 2016. To view the com­plete posi­tion descrip­tion and selec­tion cri­te­ria, as well as to apply, vis­it Only appli­ca­tions sub­mit­ted on line will be con­sid­ered.

Inquiries may be direct­ed to Pro­fes­sor Tes­sa Mor­ris-Suzu­ki (tele­phone +61 2 6125 2277; e-mail