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2017.08.24 Thu, by
UNSW Judith Neilson Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Contemporary Art

[Press Release]

  • Suit early career academic passionate about contemporary art with a focus on 21st-century China and related diasporas
  • Exceptional access to Judith Neilson’s significant collection of Chinese contemporary art
  • Three year fixed-term tenure, commencement date 2018

The Purpose
This exciting new role will contribute to advancement of the international understanding of contemporary art – in particular Chinese contemporary art – as a source of insight into the impact of wider global change.

The Judith Neilson Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in Contemporary Art supports the Judith Neilson Chair in Contemporary Art, which has been established to deepen the intellectual and methodological rigour of scholarly research into Chinese contemporary art and, by extension, contemporary art in the global context. A key research opportunity will be access to Judith Neilson’s significant collection of Chinese contemporary art, changing selections of which are on public display at the White Rabbit Gallery in Sydney http://www.whiterabbitcollection.org/.

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Specific responsibilities include:  

  • Assist in the development, conduct and reporting of research
  • Grasp research problems, select and undertake appropriate methods of analysis
  • Conduct literature searches and reviews
  • Contribute substantially to knowledge by successful publication of articles in peer-reviewed contexts, including journals and academic conferences
  • Develop and maintain a digital presence of research projects and outcomes
  • Provide assistance with the organisation of events/seminars related to projects

Skills and Requirements:

  • PhD in a relevant discipline
  • Ability to conduct research in contemporary art, demonstrated through a record of publications in high-ranking journals and conferences
  • Ability to work independently, and as part of a team, including with the Faculty’s network of industry partners, to complete tasks within agreed timeframes
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proven ability and commitment to attract research and arts funding and contribute to academic-industry collaborations

The Organisation:
UNSW Art & Design has evolved to become one of the most successful Art & Design faculties in the world, ranked in the top 40 by the 2017 QS World Rankings and number one in Creative Arts by the Australian Research Council. The Faculty has international relationships with important cultural institutions in all of the major art centres across the UK, US and greater Asia.

Some of the most exciting developments in contemporary art today are taking place in China, a rapidly transforming nation of over one billion people. While industry and innovation play a vital role, deep and meaningful engagement with the art and culture of contemporary China is fundamental if Australia is to fully appreciate the value and original contribution Chinese artists make to the wider world.

To Apply:
Please submit your resume, cover letter and responses to selection criteria in pdf format via the UNSW website.

Closing date: 11:59pm, Sunday, 1st October 2017

Professor Ross Harley
Dean, Faculty Art & Design
E: r.harley@unsw.edu.au
T: +61 2 8936 0734

UNSW aspires to be the exemplar Australian university and employer of choice for people from diverse backgrounds. UNSW aims to ensure equality in recruitment, development, retention and promotion of staff, and that no-one is disadvantaged on the basis of their gender, cultural background, disability, sexual orientation or identity. We encourage everyone who meets the selection criteria to apply.