Job Opening: Carmichael Distinguished Research Fellow

by Jim Stanford

The Carmichael Centre at the Centre for Future Work invites applications for the Laurie Carmichael Distinguished Research Fellow position. It’s a three-year posting, with awesome potential to explore a range of progressive issues related to unions, collective bargaining, industrial policy, and workers’ education.

Applications are due at 11:59 pm 21 November 2022. The Melbourne-based position will start in January. Please see job description and application details below. Come and join our team!

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The Carmichael Centre is a project housed within the Centre for Future Work at the Australia Institute, to acknowledge the legacy of former union leader Laurie Carmichael. Laurie passed away in 2018 after a lifetime of outstanding service and innovative leadership to the trade union and social justice movements in Australia. His legacy touches on numerous themes that remain relevant and pressing today, including:

  • The importance of active industrial policy to develop Australia’s value-added industries.
  • The importance of skills and vocational education to a strong economy and labour market.
  • The importance of strong union education programs to the development of an effective and vibrant cadre of union leaders and activists.
  • The importance of shorter working hours and superannuation to the quality of life of working people.
  • The importance of actively integrating economic, labour market and social policies, in a multi-dimensional plan for achieving full economic and social equality.
  • The importance of peace and resistance to war.

The Carmichael Centre is established to:

  • Increase public awareness of Laurie Carmichael’s life, achievements, and ideas.
  • Undertake and publish new research into themes relevant to Laurie’s legacy (including trade unionism, vocational education, and labour and social policy).
  • Contribute to modern efforts to educate trade unionists in political-economy and related subjects.
  • Celebrate the achievements of the union movement and inspire emerging leaders.

To that end, the Carmichael Centre hosts a 3-year research and public education position, the Laurie Carmichael Distinguished Research Fellow, awarded to a mid-career or senior researcher in labour and industrial relations, political-economy, or a related field.

The Fellow will undertake and publish new research, and undertake other educational and commentary activities, consistent with the themes and progressive vision expressed by Laurie Carmichael, and the goals of the Centre.

The Fellow will be employed by the Australia Institute, and would work from our office in Melbourne.

Compensation for the position will be consistent with experience of the successful candidate (and will include superannuation contributions and related employment expenses).

Prospective candidates for the Fellow must demonstrate the following attributes:

  • Proven record of high-quality research and publication in fields relevant to the Carmichael Centre’s goals.
  • Demonstrated history of commitment to and engagement in the trade union movement.
  • Capacity and willingness to engage in the range of activities (including research, education, public commentary, and public events) that will be required of the role.

Applicants are invited for the Carmichael Fellow. Applications must include a cover letter describing the applicant’s interest and experience in trade unionism and the themes relevant to the Carmichael Centre; a full resume (listing relevant experience and publications); and 2 letters of reference.

Applications should be submitted electronically by 11:59 pm AEDT on Monday 21 November, 2022, to:

recruitment@australiainstitute.org.au

Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Online interviews will be held in early December. The successful candidate will commence work in January, 2023.

Thank you for your interest in the Carmichael Centre!

General Enquiries

Tanya Martin Executive Assistant

02 6130 0530

mail@australiainstitute.org.au

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Jake Wishart Senior Media Adviser

0413 208 134

jake@australiainstitute.org.au

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