Applying well for Post-doctoral positions in Social Sciences

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Postdoctoral research positions are highly sought after in the social sciences. They provide excellent opportunities for collaboration, building new research skills and networks, generating research outputs, and strengthening CVs. However, there are fewer opportunities for social science postdocs than in the natural sciences, and the competition for positions can be fierce. In this session we reflect upon our experience of recruiting a postdoctoral researcher for the Next Generation Agricultural Extension project funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research. We share insights from panel members about two key stages of the recruitment process: writing applications that stand out and impressing in an interview. We reflect on what worked and didn’t work, tips to bolster your application and things to avoid. Participants will have the chance to ask questions and will come out of the session with a strengthened understanding of how to apply well for postdoctoral positions in the social sciences. The session is targeted at recent or close to completion PhD candidates seeking careers in the social sciences.


Brian Cook (Melbourne University)
Katharine McKinnon (University of Canberra)
Ariane Utomo (Melbourne University)
Van Touch (Melbourne University)
Andrew McGregor (Macquarie University)

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8 September 2022
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm AEST
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Macquarie University
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