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Call for Expressions of Interest

Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies

University of Queensland  


The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

The Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies (CCCS) at the University of Queensland is seeking expressions of interest for applications for 3 year UQ Postdoctoral Research Fellowships for 2015 - 2017. The UQ postdoctoral scheme seeks to attract talented early career researchers with well-developed research programs and strong track records. The fellowships support full time research, although it is possible to organise some teaching experience if desired.

If successful the applicant will be based in the CCCS, a leading Australian research centre in the humanities that supports broad-ranging research in cultural and media studies. Current research emphases include the environmental humanities, surveillance studies, digital media, media studies, cinema studies, new materialities and nationalism studies. The Centre provides a rigorous, supportive and collaborative research environment and has assisted many outstanding early career researchers to develop their research capacities and careers. It has also helped UQ earn top ERA rankings in cultural and media studies research. For more information about the Centre see www.cccs.uq.edu.au

Applicants for UQ Postdoctoral Fellowships must have no more than five years full time professional research experience or equivalent part time experience since the award of a Ph.D. An applicant who does not hold a doctoral degree at the time of application may be offered an appointment if evidence is subsequently provided that a doctoral thesis will be submitted by the end of 2014. Assessment criteria will include the excellence of the researcher and the quality of the research program to be undertaken. Applicants must have an outstanding track record relative to opportunity and a demonstrated capacity for undertaking original work. In addition, the selection process will consider the alignment of the proposed research with the Centre's research environment. Typically, applicants have already published their work in top academic journals or have demonstrated similar research achievements.

The 2013 salary range for the award ranged from A$70,000 to $78,000 per annum based on experience. The fellowship also comes with maintenance funds (to be spent on research, travel, and equipment) totalling $20,000 over three years, and relocation reimbursement. For more details about the UQ Postdoctoral Research Fellowships, including eligibility and assessment criteria, please refer to UQ Research and Innovation.


If you are interested in applying for a UQ Postdoctoral Fellowship through the CCCS, the first step is to contact Associate Professor Mark Andrejevic (CCCS Deputy Director) at admin.cccs@uq.edu.au with an expression of interest. This should involve a copy of your CV and a one page outline of your proposed research project.

The deadline for receiving expressions of interest is 14 April. You will be notified as to the success of your EOI by 28 April.

If you are selected to proceed to the next stage and submit a formal application to the UQ Postdoctoral Research Fellowships through the CCCS you will have until the end of May to prepare your application. Final dates for submission are not yet available but this is the usual timeframe.

To learn more about the work of CCCS, potential applications are strongly advised to visit the CCCS website. A brief snapshot of current staff and their research projects are listed in the right column to give a preliminary overview. 



Current Research Projects

Professor Gay Hawkins, Director & Professorial Research Fellow
- From the Tap to the Bottle: the social and material life of bottled water (with A/Prof Kane Race and Dr Emily Potter)
- Making Animals Public: the changing role of the ABC in building public value and interest in wildlife documentary (with Dr Morgan Richards)
The Skin of Commerce: the role of plastic packaging in the construction of food security, waste and consumer activism in Australia
(with Dr Andrea Westermann and Dr Catherine Phillips)

Associate Professor Mark Andrejevic, Deputy Director & ARC QEII Research Fellow
- The Personal Information Project
- Commercial Nationalism (with Dr Zala Volcic)
- Big Data Surveillance (with A/Prof Kelly Gates)

Dr Richard Iveson, UQ  Postdoctoral Research Fellow
- Derrida and the Posthuman
- Animal Studies and Animal Liberation

Dr Abigail Loxham, UQ Strategic Postdoctoral Research Fellow
- New Readings of the Films of Julio Medem, Bigas Luna and José Luis Guerin
- Memory and Screen Media in Contemporary Spain

Dr Catherine Phillips, ARC Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Beekeeping and the More than Human Politics of Apiculture

Dr Morgan Richards, UQ Strategic Postdoctoral Research Fellow
- Wild Visions: The Rise of Wildlife Documentary

Emeritus Professor Graeme Turner FAHA
- Australian Cultural Fields (with Professor Tony Bennett et al)
- Locating Television: an international study of the changing socio-cultural functions of television
(with Dr Anna Cristina Pertierra)
- Reinventing the Media: rewriting media theory for the digital era
- Television Histories in Asia (with Dr Jinna Tay)

Dr Zala Volčič, Visiting Research Fellow
- Commerical Nationalism
- Cinema, Memory and War in the Balkans


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