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Postdoctoral Fellowships


The University of the Sunshine Coast is looking to consolidate and expand its research activity in areas of relevance to its key research strengths. With this in mind, the University is keen to attract and support early and mid-career researchers holding or bidding for ARC or NHMRC Fellowships.

ARC Future Fellowships, NHMRC Career Development Awards and NHMRC Research Fellowships

Those holding any of these Fellowships at the University of the Sunshine Coast have ‘group leader’ status and, as such, receive significant research support from the University. Those coming from outside of the University will receive significant support to assist with the establishment of their research group. All group leaders are provided with an annual research budget, allocated on the basis of a range of research indicators. Assessment of research performance includes consideration of the number of papers published in recent years, the number of citations attracted by these papers, and the value of awarded research grants. Financial support is provided for each PhD and Honours student that is supervised by the researchers of the University and contributions to the undergraduate teaching curriculum are rewarded with additional research support.

In addition to receiving an annual budget allocation based on research performance, the University will endeavour to transfer ARC or NHMRC Fellows to continuing positions over the duration of their externally funded fellowships.

Together, these mechanisms will deliver significant research support to high-performing ARC or NHMRC Research Fellows.

With regard to employment conditions, the award of an ARC or NHMRC Research Fellowship does not guarantee the said person an appointment beyond the tenure of the Fellowship. The University has a scheme whereby Research Fellows may be converted to a continuing appointment during, or at the end of the Fellowship. However, it is anticipated that this process will only be used when the candidate has performed at an outstanding level and the Academic discipline has sufficient student demand to warrant the appointment.

ARC DECRA Fellowships and NHMRC Early Career Researcher Postdoctoral Fellowships

Those people holding either an ARC DECRA or an NHMRC Early Career Researcher (ECR) Fellowship at USC will be aligned with one (or several) of the research strengths and will have full access to the University’s research infrastructure.

All of those academics holding ARC DECRA or NHMRC ECR Fellowships through USC will receive a salary loading, so that they are paid at Academic Level B. The cost of the difference of salary level between the University and ARC/NHMRC budgeted amounts will be borne by the University, thus ensuring that 100% of the ARC/NHMRC research funds remain at the disposal of the ARC/NHMRC Awardee.

Those who contribute to undergraduate teaching can redeploy savings on ARC/NHMRC salary support to their research.

Commencing in 2016, those holding an ARC DECRA or NHMRC ECR Fellowship will receive a one-off A$50K research payment (available in the first year which can be spent across the three years of the grant) to assist with the establishment of their research group.

ARC DECRA and NHMRC ECR Fellowship holders who do not hold a substantive and continuing appointment, will be eligible for consideration of a post-Fellowship safety net of up to two years subject to meeting performance criteria set by the University.

Those interested in transferring or submitting an ARC or NHMRC Fellowship through the University should contact the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation) at

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