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Professor of Economics (Education Focused)

Camperdown, Australia
Closing date
29 Apr 2024

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Job Details

  • Based at Camperdown Campus, Sydney, close to parks, public transport hubs and shopping districts
  • Join the Sydney Horizon Educators cohort in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Continuing full-time position with an attractive remuneration package
  • Access up to AUD$30K to support education-related activities, including education-related research and education-related professional development and learning

About the opportunity

The School of Economics at the University of Sydney is one of the primary centres for economics in Australia and the broader Asia-Pacific region. School academic staff have varied specialisms and areas of expertise, including theory, macroeconomics, behavioural economics, and econometrics. The School of Economics is located within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, which is ranked 24th in the world and 1st in Australia for Arts and Humanities.

Our undergraduate and postgraduate economics programs consistently rank in the top five for Australia. We have a long and proud history of research strengths and teaching excellence and are one of the most highly-ranked centres for research in economics globally. Our academics and researchers are leaders in their fields. Their broad expertise promotes a deep understanding of the key concepts of economics and a focus on contemporary issues.

The role of a Professor of Economics (Education Focused) is critical in steering educational leadership and contributing to the strategic planning and setting of educational goals within a university setting. This position encompasses a broad spectrum of responsibilities, including participation in decision-making processes related to educational policies and initiatives and providing mentorship and guidance on teaching methodologies, curriculum development, and career advancement for junior academics. In addition, the role demands active engagement in scholarly activities, particularly in educational research aimed at advancing teaching methodologies, educational technology, and pedagogical approaches within the field of economics. Moreover, this role is responsible for leading industry collaboration and outreach activities, establishing vital connections with industry to secure internship positions for students, and engaging in outreach to amplify the impact of the economics program.

The Professor of Economics (Education Focused) dedicates the majority of their contribution to teaching and teaching-related activities (up to 70%), with a minimum of 20% research and 10% governance, service, and engagement. Additionally, you will mentor junior academics, providing advice on teaching methodologies, education research approaches, publications, and career advancement.

Successful candidates will join the Sydney Horizon Educators cohort. For further insights into this exciting opportunity, we invite you to watch this video.

About you

Educators appointed to this position are distinguished by their exceptional skills in teaching and curriculum design, earning recognition both internationally and within the university for their expertise in educational delivery. The Professor of Economics (Education Focused) plays an instrumental role in shaping the university's leadership and strategic goals, promoting a culture of excellence, and guiding both staff and students toward academic success. These professors are committed to driving pedagogical advancements, influencing educational policies, and dedicating a significant portion of their workload to educational endeavors. Responsibilities also include producing significant education-related research, driving curriculum development, spearheading innovative teaching initiatives, and ensuring the alignment of educational activities with the university's strategic goals. Through their leadership, they contribute to university governance, mentor academic success, and foster a workplace culture that values diversity and collaboration, all while advancing strategic objectives and leading partnerships to promote educational excellence and policy.

Term and remuneration

This is a full-time, continuing position. The successful candidate will be offered a competitive remuneration package commensurate with the position's responsibilities and the candidate's relevant experience and qualifications.

How to apply

Applications (including a CV and cover letter outlining how your skills, capabilities and experience meet the requirements for the role) must be submitted via the link above. Please refer to the candidate information brochure for further details.

Candidate Information Brochure

Click to view the Position Description for this role.

For a copy of the candidate information brochure, a confidential discussion about the role, or if you require reasonable adjustment or support filling out this application, please contact:

John Flynn (Senior Talent Partner, Senior Talent Acquisition, Recruitment Operations) on +61 481 564 562 or by email

Closing Date: 11:59pm, Monday, 29 April 2024


To keep our community safe, please be aware of our COVID safety precautions which form our conditions of entry for all staff, students and visitors coming to campus.

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

EEO statement

At the University of Sydney, our shared values include diversity and inclusion and we strive to be a place where everyone can thrive. We are committed to creating a University community which reflects the wider community that we serve. We deliver on this commitment through our people and culture programs, as well as key strategies to increase participation and support the careers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, women, people living with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and those who identify as LGBTIQ. We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds.

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The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.


The University of Sydney was established in 1850 and is consistently recognised, both locally and internationally, for its outstanding teaching and research excellence. Sydney alumni include Prime Ministers, Governor Generals, Nobel Prize winners and leaders in every field of endeavour.

The University offers a comprehensive range of courses, including a number of disciplines unique in Australia. Teaching is spread across nine different state-of-the art campuses, located across New South Wales.

The University of Sydney’s commitment to excellence in research has resulted in an outstanding record in national competitive funding and underpins an approach to teaching which has won nominations for excellence and resulted in high student satisfaction ratings. The University has 78 research centres and institutes and is home to three ARC Centres of Excellence.

The teaching, research and cultural life of the University is supported by extensive facilities, including the largest library collection in the Southern Hemisphere, the world-class Nicholson Museum of archaeological antiquities, the Macleay Museum of natural history and ethnographic collections and the University Art Gallery. Its outstanding sporting and recreation facilities provide a training centre for students and Olympic athletes.

The University of Sydney is a key member of the Group of Eight Australian major research-intensive universities, and the Worldwide Universities Network.


The University of Sydney has nine official campuses.

1.         Camperdown/Darlington Campus.

2.         Cumberland Campus. Home to the Faculty of Health Sciences (based in Lidcombe).

3.         Mallett Street Campus. Home of the Sydney Nursing School.

4.         Sydney Conservatorium of Music Campus. In Macquarie Street, central Sydney.

5.         Rozelle Campus. Home to Sydney College of the Arts.

6.         Surry Hills Campus. Home to the Faculty of Dentistry.

7.         Camden Campus. Contains facilities connected to the Faculty of Veterinary Science and the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment.

8.         Burren Street Campus. Facilties are currently under development.

9.         Sydney Medical School campuses. These include the School of Rural Health (in Dubbo and Orange), the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Concord Hospital, Westmead Hospital, the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Nepean Hospital, Northern Clinical School, Sydney Adventist Hospital, Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health, and Northern Rivers University Department of Rural Health.


The University of Sydney has 16 faculties.

1. Agriculture and Environment

2. Architecture, Design and Planning

3. Arts and Social Sciences

4. Business (Business School)

5. Dentistry

6. Education and Social Work

7. Engineering and Information Technologies

8. Health Sciences

9. Law (Sydney Law School)

10. Medicine (Sydney Medical School)

11. Nursing and Midwifery

12. Pharmacy

13. Science

14. Sydney College of the Arts

15. Sydney Conservatorium of Music

16. Veterinary Science

Number of Employees

Full-time employees: 7616

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