Lecturer in Marine Biology

Perth (Suburb), Western Australia (AU)
$108,509 – $128,404 p.a. plus 17% superannuation
13 Sep 2023
End of advertisement period
10 Oct 2023
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School of Biological Sciences

  • Excellent opportunity to access a wide range of relatively pristine marine ecosystems spanning tropical to temperate reefs, providing world class research and teaching opportunities. The Great Southern Reef is a marine biodiversity hotspot virtually on our doorstep!
  • Full-time on a fixed term basis for 5 years
  • Base salary range: Level B $108,509 – $128,404 p.a. plus 17% superannuation

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research intensive universities. With a strong research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to innovate and inspire, there is no better time to join Western Australia’s top university.

About the team

The School of Biological Sciences is a large and multidisciplinary team of more than 80 high-calibre academic and professional staff delivering world-class education and research programmes to approximately 600 undergraduate and postgraduate students. The School is also responsible for the supervision of ~120 PhD students, reflecting research strengths and expertise in the disciplines of Marine Biology, Animal Biology, Computational Biology, Ecology & Conservation, Evolutionary Biology, Neuroscience, Plant Biology and Science Communication. Many of our team are also active members of the UWA Oceans Institute, which brings together the University’s multidisciplinary research strengths across oceanography, ecology, engineering, resource management and governance to address key ocean challenges for Western Australia, the Indian Ocean and the world.

About the opportunity

This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and motivated marine biologist to join UWA’s well-established marine science programme. Key responsibilities include teaching undergraduate and masters level units in our flagship courses in Marine Biology, relevant to a range of marine disciplines, habitats and taxa, with an emphasis on delivering a field-based experience to students. We are particularly keen to appoint candidates with modern and innovative teaching approaches, to inspire, engage and equip our students to tackle the grand challenges our planet faces.

About you 

We welcome applications from any area of marine biology but are particularly interested in applicants with expertise in marine invertebrate biology and ecology, and marine temperate and ecosystem biology.

To be considered for this role, you will have:

Qualifications and/or certifications

  • A PhD in a field relevant to Marine Biology, ideally with expertise in invertebrate biology and/or temperate and high latitude marine ecosystem ecology

Teaching and learning 

  • Evidence of a high level of quality and innovative teaching at undergraduate, honours and postgraduate levels in marine biology across a variety of settings, including in the field.


  • A developing track record in excellence in research at a national/international level, evidenced by a series of peer-reviewed journal articles published in high quality journals and supported by successful competitive funding applications

Service/ Engagement  

  • Demonstrated ability to positively contribute to team, school and wider University activities such as team and school meetings, strategic planning and program development  

Position specific capabilities

  • Demonstrated skills in the design, implementation and analysis of quantitative field and laboratory experiments in marine biology

About your application

Full details of the position's responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description: Download File Position Description - Lecturer in Marine Biology 515440.pdf

You are required to address the selection criteria in your submission in a separate document. For information to assist you with compiling statements to answer the selection criteria, please visit Addressing the selection criteria.

Closing date: 11:55 PM AWST on Tuesday, 10 October 2023

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Associate Professor Patrick Finnegan on (08) 6488 8546 or at

This position is open to international applicants.

Application Details: Please apply online via the Apply Now button.

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity

UWA is committed to a diverse workforce and an equitable and inclusive workplace.  We celebrate difference and believe diversity is fundamental to achieving our goals as a globally recognised Top 100 educational and research institution.  We are committed to creating a safe work environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, the LGBTIQA+ community and people living with disability.

  • We have a globally competitive, gender neutral parental leave policy with 26 weeks paid leave after 12 months service and 36 weeks after 5 years.
  • We have on-campus childcare facilities for children 6 weeks to kindergarten.
  • We facilitate flexible working, with part-time and job-sharing arrangements considered.
  • We have an ongoing partnership with Pride in Diversity and were recently awarded a Bronze Employer status for LGBTIQA+ inclusion.
  • We have Athena SWAN Bronze accreditation and actively work to improve gender equity. 

Should you have any queries relating to your application, please contact the individual named in the advertisement. Alternatively, contact the Talent team at with details of your query. To enable a quick response, please include the 6-digit job reference number and a member of the team will respond to your enquiry.