Lecturer in Animation

Newcastle, Australia
06 May 2019
End of advertisement period
02 Jun 2019
Contract Type
Full Time


  The Lecturer in Animation role contributes to the delivery of the University’s Strategic Plan in Creative Industries as a key member of the School providing excellence in Research and Innovation, Teaching and Learning, and Service and Engagement.

The Lecturer combines sound academic research expertise with teaching experience and is expected to be a course coordinator, including designing and delivering lectures, tutorials and workshops. They are gaining recognition for their contribution to research, teaching, and postgraduate supervision, and are contributing to community engagement through research and practice.

The successful candidate will have a creative practice in any form of animation, with an emphasis on animation as a tool for visual storytelling. Experience in short animated film making is encouraged. The candidate should have a demonstrated understanding of current and emerging technologies in animation production and an enthusiasm for experimental approaches as well as an understanding of contemporary animation production processes.


The mission of the School of Creative Industries, within the Faculty of Education and Arts, is to expand beyond the traditional boundaries of the creative industries and build active collaborations with a diverse range of communities, cultural organisations, governments, business and industry partners. We seek to drive innovation that contributes to the social, cultural and economic transformation of our regions and to deliver transformational research with global impact for the betterment of society. Our degrees prepare graduates to expand and apply their creative talents through the development of practice-based skills that are relevant and in demand across the spectrum of creative and other industries.

The School of Creative Industries incorporates a range of creative disciplines that make their own unique contribution to the School, Faculty, University and wider community.

The School is focused on cross-disciplinary delivery of programs including the Bachelor of Creative Industries, the Bachelor of Visual Communication Design and the Bachelor of Communications. This position combines teaching, research and service and will be involved in the delivery, development and continual improvement of courses within each of these programs.


Areas of accountability listed in approximate order of importance and time commitment


The role is expected to display personal qualities and behaviours consistent with the Individual Contributors Level as outlined in the Leadership Framework.

The UON Leadership framework describes six leadership capabilities for both academic and professional staff. At UON leaders: shape the future, engage beyond the University, work collaboratively, strive for excellence, drive performance and show courage and respect

At UON we recognise that while leaders exist at all levels, people face different challenges and demands depending on their leadership level. For each Leadership Capability the behaviours reflect how each capability can be observed at different leadership levels in the University.


This Position Description outlines the major accountabilities/responsibilities and the selection criteria against which candidates suitability for the position are assessed. As such, there are specific job requirements that are referred to as Inherent Requirements. Inherent Requirements refer the ability of the candidate/incumbent to:

  • Perform the essential duties and functional requirements of the job Meet the productivity and quality requirements of the position
  • Work effectively in the team or other type of work organisation concerned; and
  • Do the job without undue risk to own or others health, safety and welfare at work.

An applicant who has any injuries, illness, disorder, impairment, condition or incapacity that may affect the ability to perform the inherent requirements of the position are encouraged to discuss this with the University to assist in the process of identifying reasonable adjustments that may be required to enable the candidate/incumbent to perform the duties of the position.


  1. A PhD in a relevant field, or near completion of a PhD in a relevant field.
  2. The ability to operate in a cross-disciplinary context, teaching across the creative industries.
  3. Demonstrated excellence within one of the following areas: 2D animation production (Toon Boom Harmony, TVPaint, Adobe Animate) or 3D animation production (Maya, Cinema 4D, Houdini) or motion graphics (After Effects, Fusion).
  4. Demonstrated understanding of current and emerging technologies in animation production and an enthusiasm for experimental approaches.
  5. A creative practice in any form of animation with an emphasis on animation as a tool for visual storytelling. Experience in short animated film making is encouraged.
  6. Demonstrated experience obtaining research or creative grant funding and delivering quality research and/or creative outputs at a national level; with the ability to translate research into commercial impact and engagement.
  7. Experience and enthusiasm to develop and deliver innovative courses incorporating contemporary research methods, digital learning platforms, and creative interdisciplinary approaches.
  8. Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including the ability to participate in a team environment.
  9. Willingness and ability to contribute to governance, organisational administration (including course coordination) and initiatives/activities within the University.
  10. Knowledge of, and experience in adhering to workplace policies and procedures in the areas of work health safety, equity, diversity and promoting a respectful workplace culture.
  11. Ability to mentor and supervise undergraduate, honours and postgraduate students.


Academic Level B from $97,268 to $115,507 pa plus contributory superannuation with Unisuper, attracting a generous employer contribution of 17%.

A range of flexible salary packaging options is also available.

Additional information on benefits and conditions of employment is available via these links;


For additional information on the position contact Zoe Carlton, School Executive Officer, on (02) 4913 8774 or


Please note: your application must include;

a statement addressing the selection criteria (4 pages max)

your CV with contact details for three nominated referees.

Before submitting your application please read the important information and useful tips on what to include - available via this link: Submitting your application

Additional information about our application process is available via this link: Application Process

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