Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Social Planning

Melbourne, Australia
$110,236 – $155,698 p.a. plus 17% super
28 Nov 2022
End of advertisement period
17 Feb 2023
Academic Discipline
Arts & Humanities, Architecture
Contract Type
Full Time

Location: Parkville
Role type: Full time; Continuing
Faculty: Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning
Salary: Level B – $110,236 – $130,900 p.a. plus 17% super Level C – $135,032 – $155,698 p.a. plus 17% super

The University of Melbourne would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which our campuses are situated, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung Peoples, the Yorta Yorta Nation, the Dja Dja Wurrung People. We acknowledge that the land on which we meet and learn was the place of age-old ceremonies, of celebration, initiation and renewal, and that the local Aboriginal Peoples have had and continue to have a unique role in the life of these lands.

About - Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning


The Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning is the leading educational and research institution in the Asia-Pacific region addressing the design and realisation of inhabited environments. It actively seeks to extend the linkages between education, research and practice in the built environment, and maintains excellent and extensive relationships with members of the built environment professions, government, professional associations and the wider community.

The Faculty has over 200 staff and 3000 students, one third of whom are international. It is responsible for the undergraduate Bachelor of Design degree, and offers majors in architecture, landscape architecture, property, construction, and urban planning.

The Faculty’s graduate school, the Melbourne School of Design (MSD), teaches accredited masters courses across the professional disciplines of Architecture, Construction Management, Landscape Architecture, Property, Urban Design and Urban Planning.

About the Role

The successful candidate will demonstrate both accomplishment and continued promise in their relevant areas of expertise, with a record of recognised scholarly and practice-based work. They will have a proven capability to make a significant contribution to teaching, research and engagement in specific domains within the urban planning discipline.

The ability to influence and stimulate the experience of an international body of students, through a range of learning and teaching initiatives, will be key to these roles. The successful candidate will work with Faculty colleagues to refine and deliver academic programs while enhancing the interdisciplinary culture of the Faculty and the Urban Planning Program. They will teach at both graduate and undergraduate levels and will participate in the supervision of research higher degree students.

The successful candidate will contribute significantly to teaching and scholarship in, for example aspects of:

  • Community planning and community engagement
  • Social theory, urban sociology
  • Equity in access to housing, food and transport
  • Indigenous planning and methodologies
  • Gender and sexual identity in urban planning
  • Healthy communities
  • Planning for (dis)ability and all ages  
  • Planning for marginalised and under-represented communities
  • Social movements and radical planning
  • Urban informality
  • Qualitative social planning methods (e.g. research interviews, focus groups, ethnography)

We welcome applicants who are able to combine the above areas of substantive expertise with an interest and ability to teach and supervise students using, qualitative social planning methods.

Responsibilities include:

  • Initiating and developing high quality taught subjects and related materials within curriculum framework of undergraduate and graduate programs
  • Producing high quality publications and other appropriate outcomes arising from scholarship and research as per the Faculty Research Active definitions and expectations.
  • Contributing to developing links with the profession and other universities, both nationally and internationally, to support research within the field of best practice in your area of specialisation.
  • Taking an active role in planning, committee, and administrative work.

About You

You will show the ability to work collaboratively and engage positively with colleagues and external stakeholders. You will demonstrate the ability to supervise research higher degree students through to successful completion. You will have the capacity to reinforce the interdisciplinary character of the Faculty as well as have the ability to work constructively with the community and engage in public debate.

You will also have:

  • A PhD in a relevant field.
  • Demonstrable teaching experience and skills appropriate for undergraduate and graduate content delivery.
  • Research excellence commensurate with opportunity as demonstrated by a record of quality refereed research publications; evidence of industry consulting or collaborations is preferable.
  • Potential for initiating and participating in collaborative research programs within the Faculty as well as regionally and globally.
  • Academic administration skills and experience and willingness to undertake a variety of administrative roles commensurate with the position and level.

To ensure the University continues to provide a safe environment for everyone, this position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check.

Please note: To be considered for this role you must have current valid work rights for Australia.

About the University

The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.

Benefits of Working with Us

In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

  • Flexible working arrangements, generous personal, parental and cultural leave
  • Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary packaging and leave loading
  • Free and subsidised health and wellbeing services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs
  • Discounts on a wide range of products and services including Myki cards and Qantas Club
  • Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families

To find out more, visit https://about.unimelb.edu.au/careers/staff-benefits.

Be Yourself

We value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and encourage and celebrate diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages, with disabilities and culturally and linguistically diverse people are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with your CV and cover letter outlining your interest and experience. Please note that you are required to provide responses against the selection criteria in the Position Description.

We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact us at hr-talent@unimelb.edu.au.

Applications close: 17 February 2023 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Tim

Position description:

0057779_PD - ABP - Lecturer in Social Planning - Level B .pdf 

0057779_Senior Lecturer in Social Planning - Level C - PD - ADP - Nov 2022.pdf