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Lecturer, Optometry and Vision Sciences

Melbourne, Australia
$114,645 – $136,136 p.a. plus 17% super
Closing date
11 Mar 2024

Job Details

Job no: 0061658
Location: Parkville
Role type: Full-time; Continuing
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences, School of Health Sciences
Salary: Level B – $114,645 – $136,136 p.a. plus 17% super

  • Conduct teaching and research activities in your emerging field of specialisation aligned with the Departments core research themes
  • Join a strong team of academics in an expanding program with a wide range of clinical and research expertise
  • Salary packaging, subsidised health and wellbeing services, fitness and cultural clubs, Myki discounts, and a 25% discount on graduate courses to our staff and their immediate families!

About the Role

This is an exciting opportunity to join an innovative academic team working in the Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences, School of Health Sciences, within the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences. The Department offers a flagship four-year Doctor of Optometry (OD) program and also teaches vision sciences at an undergraduate level (subjects contributing to the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Biomedicine).

The position is a teaching and research appointment. The appointee will also be expected to undertake research in their emerging field of specialization, one that is well aligned with the Department's core research themes and complementary to the Department’s existing research capacity. The appointee will join a successful team in delivering and supporting teaching and learning in optometry and vision sciences within the Department. This will include responsibilities in the Doctor of Optometry program as well as specific undergraduate and graduate subjects.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Coordinating and teaching into subjects within the OD program and undergraduate programs as required
  • Maintaining and developing research in areas aligned with the Departmental research priorities
  • Participating in community and professional activities related to Optometry and Vision Sciences including attendance and presentations at conferences and seminars

Who We Are Looking For

You should have a developing national research profile, evidenced by secured research funding and a strong publications track record with great indicators of impact and quality. You will have experience in teaching, mentoring and/or supervising of students and/or graduate optometrists, and be consistently looking to improve your skills in these spaces. Ideally you will have an understanding of general academic administration activities such as subject coordination, course advice and examination processes. It would also be desirable if your research interests aligned with, and complement, those that are currently pursued by the Department's Research academics.

You will also have:

  • A PhD in Optometry or related discipline
  • Strong organisation, planning and time management skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, with an ability to build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders (internal and external) and work collaboratively;
  • an Optometry qualification that provides eligibility for APHRA registration (Desirable)

For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the attached PD.

This role requires that the successful candidate must undergo and maintain an up-to-date Working with Children Check. This is essential to guarantee a secure environment for all individuals at the University. In the case the selected candidate doesn't have a valid Working with Children Check, they will be able to apply for the WWCC as part of the initial onboarding procedures.

Please note: Visa sponsorship may be available for the right candidate.

Your New Team – Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences

The Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences currently comprises twenty-four academic staff (10 teaching and research, 5 teaching specialist and 9 research only). The Department is located within the newly renovated 200-202 Berkeley Street in the Medical Precinct of the Parkville Campus. Here it houses its offices, research laboratories, teaching spaces and the Melbourne Eyecare Clinic, which offers patient care for University staff, students, the general public and for specialist referral by other practitioners. The Department also has a footprint within the Kenneth Myer Building on the Parkville campus, alongside the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health.

In 2011 the Department commenced the 4-year Doctor of Optometry (OD) postgraduate degree as part of the new Melbourne Model. Approximately 290 students are enrolled in this professional entry-to-practice optometry program. The Department also teaches visual neuroscience and vision-related breadth subjects in the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Biomedicine degrees and contributes breadth subjects in the new generation degrees offered by the University.

What We Offer You!

In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services and discounts on graduate courses. For more information, check out our benefits page!

About the University of Melbourne

We’re tightly connected with the community, both at home and abroad. We take pride in our people, who all contribute to our mission to benefit society through the transformative impact of education and research. Discover more via our website and stay connected with our stories and people on LinkedIn.

Be Yourself

The University of Melbourne values the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and welcomes and celebrates diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, parents, carers, people of all ages, abilities and genders, and people of diverse ethnicity, nationality and faith are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live. For more information please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page.

We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require reasonable adjustments, please contact Kim Groizard at, with an email containing your name and contact details for a confidential discussion. Please ensure your email is titled "Reasonable Adjustments Request".

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants

We aspire to be the University of choice for Indigenous Australians, with unprecedented investment to attract, nurture and retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff. Tangible support through a range of programs and initiatives will ensure that you personally succeed and flourish while at the University of Melbourne.

For further information, including our 2023-2027 Indigenous strategy please visit -

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents: 

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter outlining your interest and experience
  • The responses against the Selection Criteria^ (found in the Position Description)

^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to

If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Nick Petersen via email at, ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject. Please do not share your application to this email address.

If you have any particular questions regarding the job please follow the details listed on the Position Description.

Position Description

Applications close: 11 Mar 2024 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time


The University of Melbourne enjoys an outstanding reputation with world rankings consistently placing us as Australia’s leading comprehensive research-intensive university, and one of the world’s top 50*.

Melbourne attracts the best and brightest students and researchers and, with a history of over 160 years, we occupy a special place at the heart of our city’s cultural scene.

Melbourne is a leading research university, widely renowned for its teaching and the social and economic contributions it makes through knowledge transfer. The University’s performance in international rankings puts it at the forefront of higher education in the Asia-Pacific and beyond.

Internationally, the University is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, with its international peers placing it in the top 20 worldwide, and employers placing it in the top 10. In the recent Times Higher Education rankings of the world’s top 200 universities, Melbourne ranked top in Australia and 33 in the world.

Melbourne’s international research pre-eminence was also acknowledged with a top 100 ranking in the Shanghai Jiao Tong rankings. Ranked No. 44 in 2015, the University has climbed steadily in the rankings since first appearing at No. 92 in 2003.

The Melbourne Model introduces undergraduate programs characterised by both breadth and depth, followed by a graduate professional degree, a research higher degree or entry directly into employment.

In 2008 Melbourne commenced offering six New Generation undergraduate degrees in Arts, Biomedicine, Commerce, Environments, Music and Science. The Melbourne Model also introduces a new graduate school experience to Australia, providing the best and brightest with a more focused, intense and professionally relevant degree in areas such as Law, Architecture, Teaching and Nursing. With the Melbourne curriculum now aligning the University with the world’s top universities in Europe, North America and Asia, we enable our students to develop the skills and attributes required by employers all over the world.

More than 50,000 students from over 120 countries take courses in the University’s 12 faculties and graduate schools.

For more information please visit:

*Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015 – 2016 and Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015

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