Postdoctoral Researcher (B) – Space Law

The University of Adelaide
June 20, 2024
Offerd Salary:$107,276 to $126,894
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$107,276 to $126,894 (Level B) plus an employer contribution of 17% superannuation will apply.

Fixed term, full time position for three years with extension possible contingent on available funding

The University of Adelaide, Andy Thomas Centre for Space Resources seeks to appoint a Postdoctoral researcher in the area of space law, with a focus of in-situ resource utilisation and sustainability.

You will work in a dynamic and multi-disciplinary team that addresses issues of human uses of outer space, including in-situ resource utilisation, human- robot teaming, space governance and the support systems needed to sustain a human presence in outer space.

You will also mentor graduate students and guide their projects in collaboration with other post-doctoral researchers and the group leaders.

The position includes collaboration with our national and international partners, and the opportunity to participate in a range of space related projects with partners in engineering, science and psychology.

To be successful you will need:

  • A PhD or equivalent degree (or thesis submitted) in law, preferably with a focus on space law/ technology law.
  • Experience in research report writing and ability to write applications for research funding.
  • Demonstrated research excellence, including a publication track record in relevant journals and conferences.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research in addition to working effectively as a member of a research team.
  • Ability to undertake interdisciplinary research.
  • Interest in and engagement with principles of sustainability and governance.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills and interpersonal skills.
  • Good organisational and time management skills.
  • Commitment to the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion, and ability to contribute to the diversity of the school community.
  • Desired Characteristics:

  • Experience in legal research and writing in the area of space law.
  • Understanding of related areas such as space engineering, space science, space business, space biology or space ethics.
  • Ability to liaise and communicate effectively with professional and industry bodies, government, and members of the community.
  • Experience in contribution to the preparation of research proposal submissions to external funding bodies.
  • Experience in the co-supervision of honours and/or postgraduate research projects.
  • Enjoy an outstanding career environment

    The University of Adelaide is a uniquely rewarding workplace. The size, breadth and quality of our education and research programs - including significant industry, government and community collaborations - offers you vast scope and opportunity for a long, fulfilling career.

    It also enables us to attract high-calibre people in all facets of our operations, ensuring you will be surrounded by talented colleagues, many world-leading. Our work's cutting-edge nature - not just in your own area, but across virtually the full spectrum of human endeavour - provides a constant source of inspiration.

    Our culture is one that welcomes all and embraces diversity consistent with our Staff Values and Behaviour Framework and our Values of integrity, respect, collegiality, excellence and discovery. We firmly believe that our people are our most valuable asset, so we work to grow and diversify the skills, knowledge and capability of all our staff.

    We embrace flexibility as a key principle to allow our people to manage the changing demands of work, personal and family life. Flexible working arrangements are on offer for all roles at the University.

    In addition, we offer a wide range of attractive staff benefits. These include: salary packaging; flexible work arrangements; high-quality professional development programs and activities; and an on-campus health clinic, gym and other fitness facilities.

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    The Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology is a multidisciplinary hub of cutting-edge teaching and research. Many of its academic staff are world leaders in their fields and graduates are highly regarded by employers. The Faculty actively partners with innovative industries to solve problems of global significance.

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    How to Apply

    Click on the ‘Apply Now' button to be taken through to the online application form. Please ensure you submit a cover letter, resume, and upload a document that includes your responses to all of the selection criteria for the position as contained in the position description or selection criteria document.

    Applications close 11:55pm, Sunday 23 rd June 2024

    For further information

    More information can be found about the Andy Thomas Centre for Space Resources at https: //

    For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact:

    Professor Melissa de Zwart [email protected]

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