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McArthur Fellowship (Anthropology, Asia-Pacific)

Melbourne, Australia
$101,460 – 108,906 p.a. plus 17% super
Closing date
19 May 2024

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Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Sociology
Job Type
Academic Posts, Postdocs
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job Details

Job no: 0061988
Location: Parkville 
Role type: Full-time; Fixed-Term (3-years)
Faculty: Arts 
School: Social and Political Studies
Salary: Level A - $101,460 – 108,906 p.a. plus 17% super 

  • Fantastic opportunity to develop your research profile, with guidance and mentoring from senior academic staff!
  • $10,000 per annum in funding available to support research expenses
  • 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

The Thomas and Margaret Ruth McArthur Fellowship Fund offers a prestigious Postdoctoral Fellowship opportunity within the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne, targeting scholars specialising in Anthropology with a keen interest in the Asia-Pacific region.

As a Postdoctoral Fellow based in the esteemed School of Social and Political Sciences, you will benefit from unparalleled mentorship from senior academics, access to cutting-edge facilities, and the chance to refine your interdisciplinary research skills.

This fellowship not only empowers you to advance your research profile but also encourages active contributions to the School and Faculty's research initiatives. You will play a role in shaping the academic discourse in your field and furthering the Faculty's research agenda, further supported by research funds to cover appropriate research expenses up to the value of $10,000 per annum.

Per the terms of the bequest funding this fellowship, preference is given to candidates who identify as female. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Undertake high quality research on their designated research project;
  • Prepare reports and papers based on research findings for presentation at conferences and seminars;
  • Publish research findings in accordance with the minimum expectations of the Faculty of Arts;
  • Prepare and submit applications for external research grants where appropriate;
  • Undertake limited administrative functions primarily connected with the Fellow’s research project;
  • Undertake other limited duties as negotiated with the Head of School or Dean of the Faculty (such as research supervision, or occasional guest lecturing) that contribute to the incumbent’s professional development, and to the research and learning environment of the School of Social and Political Sciences.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. This role requires current valid work rights for Australia.

Who We Are Looking For 

Our ideal candidate will have a PhD qualification in Anthropology and a proven ability to conduct independent research in the Asia-Pacific region. They will also demonstrate a strong publication record in reputable journals or publishing houses, along with excellent communication and interpersonal skills, essential for effective teamwork.

You will also have: 

  • PhD qualification in the field of Anthropology;
  • Demonstrated ability to engage in independent scholarship and research in the Asia-Pacific;
  • Demonstrated publication record in Anthropology in refereed journals and/or publishing houses, relative to opportunity, previous career path and level of appointment;
  • Excellent communication (both written and verbal) and interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively as part of a team.

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.

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) 
  • PhD examiners’ reports

In addition, all applicants are required to include:

A short essay of no more than five (5) pages setting forth the proposed research project, its aim and background including:

  • information about recent developments in the field of the research and the relationship of this proposal to work in the field generally;
  • how the anticipated outcomes will advance the knowledge base of the discipline and why the project aims and concepts are novel and innovative;
  • the conceptual framework, design and methods of the proposed research;
  • the expected outcomes and likely impact of the proposed research;
  • an indication of required research expenses, such as fieldwork, archival or conference support;
  • how the research project might result in economic or social benefits to Australia;
  • plans for communicating the results of the research including public communication and dissemination.

^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: 28 APRIL 2024 11:55 PM Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) 

Position Description: 0061988_McArthur Fellowship PD

Position Description

Applications close: 19 MAY 2024 11:55 PM Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)


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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