Senior Lecturer / Associate Professor and Program Director in Public Policy/Political Science

Brisbane, Australia
The total package is in the range $150,698 to $199,905 per annum.
28 Sep 2023
End of advertisement period
26 Oct 2023
Contract Type
Full Time

Creating a brighter future for all

Griffith University is a progressive, values-led university dedicated to learning, leadership, and innovation. This is your chance to help us achieve our vision to transform lives and add to human knowledge and understanding in a way that creates a future that benefits all.

Since opening in 1975, Griffith has grown to become a comprehensive, multi-campus institution, with 50,000 students and more than 200,000 graduates.

Griffith Business School strives to prepare graduates for an ever-changing world where responsible leadership and sustainable business practices are critical. Our strong industry connections and partnerships with many high-profile organisations across the country and throughout the Asia–Pacific region ensures our graduates are equipped to meet the demands of employers, today and in the future.

Job Description

About the Opportunity

The School of Government and International Relations, situated within Griffith Business School, is seeking to appoint a Senior Lecturer or Associate Professor in any field of Public Policy/Political Science/International Relations. Sub-fields may include public administration, political economy, political theory, Australian politics, gender and politics, comparative politics, global international relations, among others. The post incorporates administrative responsibilities for the first three years as Program Director for an innovative and successful suite of degree programs.

The School of Government and International Relations is among the highest ranked politics schools or departments in Australia. It has received the top ranking of 5, ‘Well above world standard,’ in Political Science/International Relations in the past three Excellence in Research for Australia exercises, dating to 2012. The School produces high impact, innovative and forward-thinking research. Our research expertise is leveraged in extensive engagement activities with government and civil society, and in dynamic learning and teaching that has garnered numerous university awards.

You will be expected to have a strong research and funding profile, an excellent teaching record and engagement profile consistent with rank of application. These will be evidenced by high quality publications and research income, strong teaching evaluations and other evidence of teaching excellence, and effective higher degree research supervision and completions.

As Program Director you will receive a reduced teaching load and assume key administrative and leadership roles for an initial three-year period. You will oversee development and administration of one undergraduate degree program and its related double degrees, as well as three postgraduate programs and related graduate certificates. The role will revert to a standard balanced profile at the end of the three-year period and conclusion of service as Program Director. Your capacity to contribute in the Program Director role will be evidenced by a well-defined, well-executed record of service contributions in learning and teaching.

Key responsibilities of this position include:

  • Undertaking research that is publishable in leading peer-reviewed journals and university presses and has the potential to attract and generate competitive funding and serve as a foundation for external engagement at Griffith.
  • Fostering excellent student experiences, including through the delivery of innovative and effective teaching.
  • Contributing excellent administrative service and Learning & Teaching leadership on the School’s undergraduate and postgraduate programs and their related double degrees and certificates.

This is a full time, continuing position based at the Nathan or Gold Coast campus. As Griffith is a multi-campus University, there may be a requirement for you to work across other campus locations.

About You

The successful candidate will hold a PhD in Political Science or a closely related field and will have the demonstrated ability to deliver outstanding research in Public Policy, Political Science or International Relations. The person will also have demonstrated knowledge, skills and experience in teaching at the tertiary education level, and in Learning & Teaching leadership. In addition, the person will have effective communication and interpersonal skills, with a demonstrated ability to work in a collegial manner and contribute to the positive culture and aspirations of the school.

Salary Range

The base salary for Senior Lecturer (Level C) is in the range $128,802 - $148,520 per annum, plus 17% employer superannuation. The total package is in the range $150,698 - $173,768 per annum.

The base salary for Associate Professor (Level D) is in the range $155,087 - $170,859 per annum, plus 17% employer superannuation. The total package is in the range $181,452 - $199,905 per annum.

Additional Information

How to Apply

Please submit your application online and ensure your application includes the following:

  • A covering letter outlining your suitability for the role (please refer to the About you section above and the position description)
  • Current curriculum vitae/resume including full contact details.
  • Please include the details of two supporting referees.

Visa sponsorship is possible for this appointment for candidates who do not hold valid Australian work rights.

What Griffith University Offers

  • Flexible working options and genuine work-life balance.
  • Salary packaging options & corporate health discounts.
  • Generous leave entitlements including paid parental leave.

Griffith University values diversity, inclusion and flexibility and we encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and people of all backgrounds to apply. For more information please visit our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion page.

Griffith's strategic goals are to also increase the proportion of women in senior academic and administrative roles and in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM).

Further Information

For further information about this role, please contact Professor Luis Cabrera, Acting Head of the School of Government and International Relations, at 

For further application and recruitment advice, please contact Jinita Dhall, Talent Acquisition Partner, at or +61 (0) 7 3735 8128.

Closing date: Thursday, 26 October 2023 at 5:00 pm AEST. All applications must be submitted online.