Lecturer (Linguistics)

Canberra, Australia
$107,475 - $143,433 per annum plus 17% superannuation
06 Sep 2023
End of advertisement period
18 Oct 2023
Contract Type
Full Time

Classification: Academic Level B or C
Salary package: $107,475 - $143,433 per annum plus 17% superannuation
Term: Full time, Continuing

  • Fantastic opportunity to contribute to modern approaches to language documentation and description in Melanesia
  • Be part of a supportive, transdisciplinary department
  • Be a part of Australia’s #1 university
  • Work in a beautiful campus environment on the city’s doorstep 

About Us

The ANU College of Asia & the Pacific (CAP) leads intellectual engagement with the Asia-Pacific region through research, teaching and contributions to public debate, and seeks to set the international standard for scholarship concerning the region. The College hosts the largest number of regional experts and specialist academic programs in the English-speaking world, and plays a vital role in informing public policy and Australia's intellectual engagement with the societies, cultures and economies of Asia and the Pacific.

CAP is the centre of excellence for understanding human development and organisation in Asia and the Pacific, and addressing the cultural, economic, environmental, political and societal dimensions of global challenges.

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The School of Culture, History and Language is the focus of research and teaching in Asian and Pacific humanities, social sciences and languages and seeks to build excellence in understanding and capability in engaging with the Asia and Pacific region. The key disciplines that are represented in the School are anthropology, archaeology, cultural studies, gender studies, history, linguistics, and languages, all contributing to the foundational knowledge of Asia and the Pacific.]

The linguistics program in the School of Culture, History and Languages (CHL), ANU College of the Asia-Pacific (CAP), has a proud history of research on the languages of Melanesia and in particular is the leading centre worldwide for the study of Papuan languages. Linguists in CHL/CAP work closely with their disciplinary colleagues in CASS (College of Arts and Social Sciences) to offer a joint program in linguistics at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, but are also regionally embedded in the areal interests of colleagues in CHL in the Pacific and Asia, with many ongoing collaborations in such fields as archaeology, anthropology and history. Linguistics at ANU has a strong commitment to documenting the world’s fragile linguistic wealth, using approaches that are empirically grounded, typologically embedded, and that give due emphasis to linguistic diversity, variability and change. This advertised position offers an unrivalled opportunity to advance our knowledge of the languages of Melanesia, the most linguistically diverse and least-understood region on earth, and to form part of a renowned and innovative team of scholars and teachers.

The Opportunity

We are seeking a Lecturer or Senior Lecturer within CHL Linguistics to engage with stakeholders in Melanesia, produce high quality linguistic research, strengthen our core teaching and supervise higher degree research students. The Lecturer or Senior Lecturer will report to Associate Professor Danielle Barth and work closely linguistics staff and students in both the College of Asia and the Pacific and the College of Arts and Social Sciences, as well as other colleagues in CAP.

In this role you will be responsible for teaching in your expertise areas, especially in Linguistic Field Methods and Papuan Languages, supervise PhD, Masters and Honours Students, attract category 1, 2, and 3 funding, and continue ANU’s research excellence.

Our Ideal Candidate

Our ideal candidate will have a Phd in Linguistics or a related field with experience in linguistic documentation and description in Melanesia. You will have demonstrated experience in research, teaching and supervision.  To excel in this role, you will also have expertise in related work that will strengthen the modern offerings and research in our linguistics program, supporting crucial new developments in the field, particularly computationally-based approaches to language data.


To enquire about this opportunity, please contact the Head of CHL Linguistics Area, Associate Professor Danielle Barth – T: +61 2 6125 6145, E:

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access

Increasing the representation of women, First Nations people and persons from diverse gender, ability, cultural and linguistic backgrounds is a strategic priority for the College of Asia and the Pacific. We strongly encourage applications from these groups.

The University actively encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. For more information on employment opportunities, contact our Indigenous Employment Consultant on  

ANU is a large, diverse employer. We are a recipient of the bronze award through the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) program and a platinum member of the Australian Network on Disability. We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and identities and from individuals who may have had a non-linear career path, career gaps or career breaks. For more information about staff equity at ANU, visit

How to Apply

In order to apply for this role please make sure that you upload the following documents:

  • A statement addressing the selection criteria.
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) which includes the names and contact details of at least three referees (preferably including a current or previous supervisor). If your CV does not include referees you can complete these online when prompted in the application form.
  • Other documents, if required.

Applications which do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position.

Please note:

The successful candidate will be required to undergo a background check during the recruitment process.  An offer of employment is conditional on satisfactory results.