Lecturer in Indigenous Social Sciences

Sydney, Australia
24 Jun 2019
End of advertisement period
23 Jul 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Join a leading social science School
  • Opportunity to work in a collaborative and supportive environment
  • Academic level B continuing lectureship at our Camperdown/Darlington campus

About the opportunity 

This position has been designated for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people only under the provisions of section 126 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW).

The School of Social and Political Sciences (SSPS) is composed of the departments of Anthropology, Government and International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies, Political Economy, and Sociology and Social Policy. It offers innovative degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate levels that attract the very best students from Australia and overseas. SSPS is the focus for the strategic development of the social sciences at Sydney with a view to us becoming Australia’s leading centre for research and teaching in the area.

The School is a dynamic unit. In the most recent national research assessment exercise (Excellence in Research for Australia, 2018), Sociology and Political Science at the University of Sydney were awarded the highest possible 5 rating, indicating “well above world standard”. The department also has considerable success in attracting external research funding. In addition, we are engaged in a series of interdisciplinary networks and projects, including the Sydney Policy Lab, the Sydney Environment Institute, Centre for International Security Studies, the Sydney Asia-Pacific Migration Centre and the LCT Centre for Knowledge Building.

The School is seeking to appoint a person in a continuing role in Indigenous Social Sciences. Applicants with expertise in any area of Indigenous social or political sciences are welcome.  The successful appointee will teach into our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, supervise honours students, have the opportunity to contribute to Faculty strategic research themes based in the School, and play a role in initiating new strategic research and teaching initiatives within the School, Faculty and University. The successful candidate will be located in one of the School’s five Departments.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for an academic who has:

  • A PhD in a social science discipline or cognate Indigenous social or political sciences field
  • Expertise in Indigenous social or political sciences with either an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander or global focus.
  • A good track record of scholarly publication, including publications in solid journals    
  • Teaching experience at undergraduate level in the area of Indigenous social or political sciences 
  • Capacity and potential to leverage external research grants, including industry and or community funding, either individually or in teams
  • Strong communication, collegial and team-based skills


  • Teaching experience at the postgraduate levels in the area of Indigenous social or political sciences
  • Experience of undertaking research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • Potential to develop responsible leadership skills 

This role presents an excellent opportunity to grow and develop your academic career in a school that offers innovative degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and that attracts the very best students from Australia and overseas.

About us

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers one of the most comprehensive and diverse ranges of humanities and social science studies in the Asia-Pacific region and is regularly ranked in the top 20 faculties of its kind.

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 7600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. Visit sydney.edu.au/recruitment and search by the reference number 1256/0619C to apply.

Closing date: 11:30pm, 23 July 2019 (Sydney time)

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

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The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.