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Lecturer in Development Studies

Melbourne, Australia
$114,645 - $136,136 p.a. plus 17% super
Closing date
21 Apr 2024

Job Details

Job no: 0052418
Location: Parkville 
Role type: Full-time; Fixed-Term (3-years)
Faculty: Arts 
School: Social and Political Studies
Salary: Level B - $114,645 - $136,136 p.a. plus 17% super 

  • Opportunity to make a significant contribution to academic excellence within the Development Studies program
  • Embrace a Lecturer role that combines impactful teaching, high-quality research, and administrative leadership
  • 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

Join us as a Lecturer in Development Studies at the School of Social and Political Sciences and be part of a dynamic academic environment focused on fostering excellence in teaching and research.

You will play a vital role in delivering a range of courses within the Development Studies program, including teaching into the Masters for Leadership in Development, focusing on specialisations including Monitoring and Evaluation, Political Economy of Development, and Leadership Skills in Action.

We are seeking individuals with a strong commitment to impactful teaching and research, demonstrated by a track record of high-quality publications and innovative teaching practices. You will not only contribute to the academic community within the Faculty but also establish and nurture partnerships with national and international networks, enriching both your research endeavors and student experiences.

Your responsibilities will extend beyond the classroom, encompassing research activities, supervision of postgraduate students, and administrative duties relevant to your role within the Faculty.

Adopting a student-centric approach will be integral to your success in this position, ensuring an enriching and inclusive learning environment for all.

Responsibilities include:

  • Subject coordination including the supervision of sessional tutors (administrative and academic)
  • Curriculum design and innovation, including cross-disciplinary approaches
  • Development of technology-based teaching, learning and assessment programs and resources
  • Design and delivery of overseas subjects and other student mobility programs
  • Teaching and learning innovation grants (with emphasis on national competitive and peer reviewed)
  • Supervision of theses at Honours and Masters by coursework level
  • Publications, including (but not limited to) peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, books, creative outputs and commissioned reports
  • Research grants and external research income (emphasis on competitive, international and peer-reviewed)

Who We Are Looking For 

We are seeking a committed and engaging educator with experience of teaching at tertiary level. You will also have the opportunity to conduct scholarly activity or academic research that informs and enhances your teaching. You will also possess well-established academic skills and strong academic performance.  

You will also have: 

  • A completed PhD in Development Studies or a closely related discipline
  • Demonstrated ability for excellence in teaching including the capacity to initiate course development
  • Demonstrated course coordination experience
  • Ability to supervise honours and postgraduate coursework degree theses
  • A strong record in research with a developing publication profile
  • Demonstrated capacity for multidisciplinary and collaborative research
  • Capacity to attract research grants and consultancies
  • Proven initiative in and commitment to identifying, collaborating and engaging on research and/or learning with a wide range of external interests including public bodies, businesses, not-for-profits and communities
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the learning orientations of a diverse student cohort, combined with the ability to apply this knowledge and understanding to create a highly inclusive student learning environment

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

This position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check to ensure the University provides a safe environment for everyone. 

Please note: To be considered for this role you must have current valid work rights for Australia. Visa sponsorship is unavailable. 

Your New Team - The School of Social and Political Sciences

The appointee will join the School of Social and Political Sciences, which is at the forefront of teaching and research in the social sciences in Australia and internationally. The School’s aim is to redefine the world and change what matters, and our work is underpinned by the values of intellectual freedom, integrity, diversity, environmental sustainability and social justice.  We value collegiality and active citizenship and are committed to contributing strongly to public and institutional life, and to providing an engaged and distinctive social science and arts education for our students. 

About the University of Melbourne 

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

We offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, check out our benefits page! 

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.  Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the Diversity and Inclusion of the community in which we live.  

If you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact the email address listed at the bottom of the page. 

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. We are proud of our 2023-2027 Indigenous Strategy. Tangible support through a range of programs and initiatives will ensure that you personally succeed and flourish while at the University of Melbourne. 

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 Ana Gencic 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. 

Applications close: 21 APRIL 2024 11:55 PM Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) 

Position Description: 0052418_Lecturer in Development Studies_PD.pdf

Position Description

Applications close: 21 Apr 2024 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard 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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