Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Australian National University


August 7, 2022


Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Apply now Job no: 544905 Work type: Fixed Term Location: Canberra / ACT Categories: Professional

Classification: Level B

Classification: Academic Level A or B Salary package: $76,271- $117,736 per annum plus 17% superannuation Term: Full time, Fixed Term (3 years)

About Us

The ANU College of Asia & the Pacific (CAP) leads intellectual engagement with the Asia-Pacific region through research, teaching and contributions to public debate, and seeks to set the international standard for scholarship concerning the region. The College hosts the largest number of regional experts and specialist academic programs in the English-speaking world, and plays a vital role in informing public policy and Australia's intellectual engagement with the societies, cultures and economies of Asia and the Pacific.

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The School of Culture, History and Language is the focus of research and teaching in Asian and Pacific humanities, social sciences and languages and seeks to build excellence in understanding and capability in engaging with the Asia and Pacific region. The key disciplines that are represented in the School are anthropology, archaeology, cultural studies, gender studies, history, linguistics, and languages, all contributing to the foundational knowledge of Asia and the Pacific.

Our School stands alone in Australia as the primary place for research, learning, engagement and immersion in a unique range of Lesser Taught Languages from the Asia and Pacific region. Currently these languages include Hindi, Tok Pisin, Mongolian, Tetum, Thai, Vietnamese, Tibetan, and Burmese – in addition to our Commonly Taught Languages of Mandarin, Japanese, Indonesian, Korean and Cantonese. The School also conducts research and teaching in key classical languages of the region including courses in Literary Chinese and Sanskrit.

The Opportunity

Join us at Australian National University for an exciting position funded by the Commonwealth of Australia. Research with a real world impact: help communication systems on the ground in the Pacific.

This position is part of a collaborative project with the Defence Science and Technology Group that aims to compile enriched language resources for the three Pacific creole languages – Tok Pisin (PNG), Solomon Pijin (Solomon Islands) and Bislama (Vanuatu) – to develop automatic language processing tools. The Research Fellow conducts and supports a diverse range of fieldwork and research activities including the collection and annotation of language data. They work as part of the research team, liaising with a wide range of stakeholders and providing assistance with the design and implementation of research directions,

The Research Fellow will be responsible for maintaining a high level of research, and will work with Department, School, College, and University colleagues to deliver key strategic outcomes in research, and is responsible for providing general support related to allocated research activities.

Our Ideal Candidate

Our ideal candidate will have a PhD or a related field with experience in linguistics or computer science (with language data experience). You will have demonstrated experience in computational linguistics, with previous experience working with one of the three Pacific creoles an advantage. To excel in this role, you will also have demonstrated effectiveness working with indigenous communities and stakeholders in the Pacific region.

A demonstrated ability to supervise Honours and Masters research students to successful completion will be highly-regarded.


To enquire about this opportunity, please contact Dr Danielle Barth – T: +61 2 6125 6145, or Dr Bethwyn Evans – T: +61 2 6125 0300, E:

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How to Apply

In order to apply for this role please make sure that you upload the following documents:

  • A statement addressing the selection criteria.
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) which includes the names and contact details of at least three referees (preferably including a current or previous supervisor). If your CV does not include referees you can complete these online when prompted in the application form.
  • Other documents, if required.
  • Applications which do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position.

    Please note: The successful candidate must have rights to live and work in this country.

    The successful candidate will be required to undergo a background check during the recruitment process. An offer of employment is conditional on satisfactory results.

    Position Description & Selection Criteria

    Advertised: 24 Jun 2022 09:00:00 AM AUS Eastern Standard Time Applications close: 07 Aug 2022 11:55:00 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time

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    About the employer

    The Australian National University (ANU) is unlike any other university in Australia. Founded in 1946, in a spirit of post-war optimism, our role was to help realise Australia's potential as the world recovered from a global crisis.That vision, to support...