Lecturer in Ancient History

Sydney, Australia
20 Nov 2019
End of advertisement period
08 Jan 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Department of Classics and Ancient History

School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

  • Work alongside internationally renowned experts in the field
  • Located at the University of Sydney Camperdown Campus
  • Full-time, continuing position, remuneration package $125,848 - $149,441p.a which includes leave loading and up to 17% superannuation

About the opportunity 

The Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Sydney is internationally recognised for its excellence in research and teaching in all aspect of Greco-Roman antiquity (https://sydney.edu.au/arts/schools/school-of-philosophical-and-historical-inquiry/department-of-classics-and-ancient-history.html ). It collaborates closely with members of the sister Departments of Archaeology and Philosophy whose expertise lies in the ancient world.

Applications are invited for an ongoing position at the level of Lecturer (equivalent to the North American Assistant Professor) in the Department of Classics and Ancient History. The Department is seeking an applicant with an outstanding research profile in Ancient History, with a preference for Ancient Greek History.

As a Lecturer in Ancient History, you will contribute to and enhance the existing research strengths of the Department; pursue an active program of research that can attract external competitive funding; participate fully in the Department’s research culture; and undertake appropriate administrative roles and curriculum development as required.

You will teach or co-teach undergraduate units of study at all levels of the Ancient History Major, and it will be an advantage to be able to contribute from time to time to the other majors offered within the department, Latin and Greek. You will also supervise Honours and postgraduate students on a range of topics of departmental interest and need. 

We are seeking to appoint a Lecturer (equivalent to a North American Assistant Professor). The appointee will be expected to:

  • design and deliver high-quality undergraduate teaching courses / units / modules in Ancient History
  • contribute to existing undergraduate teaching courses in Ancient History and Classics as needed
  • supervise Honours, Doctoral and other postgraduate research students 

  • publish research in well-regarded peer-reviewed international publications 

  • seek research funding from internal and external sources 

  • Contribute energetically to the department’s research and teaching cultures
  • contribute to academic administration. 

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 a Lecturer in Ancient History with:

  • a PhD in Ancient History, or a related discipline
  • demonstrated research expertise in the social, cultural and political history of the Classical world, with a preference for that of Greece from the Archaic to the Hellenistic period, evidenced through high-quality publication
  • experience as a skilled teacher of Ancient History at the tertiary level 
  • capacity to teach in a range of areas including the social, cultural, and political history of Greece
  • capacity for high-quality teaching at undergraduate or postgraduate level, in both large and small units
  • capacity to supervise Honours and postgraduate students across a wide range of subjects pertaining to Classical antiquity
  • capacity to teach Latin or Greek would be desirable
  • capacity to teach in interdisciplinary and project-based contexts
  • capacity to contribute to curricular development
  • an active research program with significant potential for future publication, collaborative work, the securing of external funding and impact
  • evidence of successful teamwork and a collegial approach.

About us

The School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry (SOPHI) is one of six schools in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, made up of the departments of Archaeology, Classics and Ancient History, Gender and Cultural Studies, History, and Philosophy. The School brings together an exciting group of academics and students who participate in a wide array of undergraduate and postgraduate programs. It is home to some of the leading researchers and teachers in Australia and the world, as well as regularly hosting prominent visitors and international colloquia. 

The University of Sydney’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has a proud history and tradition of intellectual rigour and offers one of the most comprehensive and diverse range of humanities and social science studies in the Asia-Pacific region, and a vibrant research and teaching environment. 

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 position description 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 2503/1119C to apply.

Closing date: 11:30pm, Wednesday 8 January 2020 

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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