Professor/Associate Professor in Anthropology

Sydney, Australia
12 Dec 2019
End of advertisement period
15 Jan 2020
Contract Type
Full Time


Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, School of Social and Political Sciences

About the opportunity 

The University of Sydney is Australia’s premier University with an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. It employs over 7,500 permanent staff supporting over 70,000 students.

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. The School of Social and Political Sciences within the faculty is composed of the departments of Anthropology, Government and International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies, Political Economy, and Sociology and Social Policy. Founded in 1925, the Department of Anthropology at the University of Sydney is Australia's first. It maintains a strong reputation for theoretical innovation, excellence in ethnographic fieldwork and an outstanding commitment to the training of postgraduate research students.

We are seeking to appointa senior academic at the level of Professor or Associate Professor in Anthropology, who specialises in environmental and/or economic anthropology. The successful applicant must be a dynamic individual who can lead the department through a process of renewal and contribute to the development of research excellence in the key areas of environmental change, economic and political systems and health and medicine. The successful applicant will take on a significant leadership role in regard to the process of renewal across research and teaching and learning. The successful applicant will also serve as the Chair of Department for a two-year period in the first instance.

We are looking for an outstanding senior academic with a demonstrated record of significant academic leadership and strategic management, an internationally recognised, innovative research programme, together with an outstanding publication track record, and the capacity to attract external research funding.

About us 

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 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.

Term and remuneration

The position is offered on a continuing basis, subject to completion of a satisfactory probation period for new appointees. The successful candidate will be offered an attractive remuneration package commensurate with the responsibilities of the position and the candidate’s relevant experience and qualifications.

How to apply

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. For more information on the position and how to apply, visit and search by the reference number 2572/1119C.

Closing date: 11.30pm (AEDT) Wednesday 15 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 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, are encouraged.

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

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