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Associate Professor, Indigenous Education and Research

Perth (Suburb), Western Australia (AU)
$158,906 – $174,822 p.a. plus 17% superannuation
Closing date
2 Jul 2024
  • Lead transformative initiatives in Indigenous education and research at a globally recognised institution.
  • Level D, full-time appointment on an ongoing, tenurable basis.
  • Base salary range: $158,906 – $174,822 p.a. plus 17% superannuation.

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research intensive universities. With a strong research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to innovate and inspire, there is no better time to join Western Australia’s top university.

About the school

You will be an integral part of the Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Education (PVCIE), spearheading the University's Indigenous Education Strategy. This involves leadership within the School of Indigenous Studies, as well as overseeing strategic developments at the Berndt Museum and the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health. Through these avenues, you will shape multi-disciplinary teaching and research programs while providing essential support to Indigenous students.

Position overview

This position falls within the School of Indigenous Studies and operates under the guidance of the Pro Vice Chancellor Indigenous Education. The successful candidate will contribute to teaching Indigenous knowledge, engaging in groundbreaking research, and providing leadership within the academic community.

Reporting structure

You will report directly to the Pro Vice Chancellor Indigenous Education, ensuring alignment with the university's strategic priorities in Indigenous education and research.

About the role

In this role, you will deliver high-quality teaching in Indigenous knowledge and conduct impactful research, including the supervision of research students. You will actively pursue research funding, contribute to the academic environment of the School of Indigenous Studies, and provide leadership within the Berndt Museum. Furthermore, you will play a crucial role in shaping the strategic direction of the Indigenous portfolio.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Enhance pedagogical excellence within the School.
  • Develop and lead undergraduate educational programs.
  • Conduct ground-breaking research independently and collaboratively.
  • Seek and secure research funding from external sources.
  • Engage in community outreach and build strong stakeholder relationships.
  • Foster interdisciplinary links within UWA and beyond.
  • Contribute to the administration and promotion of the School's agendas.
  • Participate in academic initiatives and governance activities.

About you

To be considered for this opportunity, you will:

  • Hold a PhD in a relevant academic field.
  • Demonstrate leadership abilities and effectiveness in team management.
  • Showcase excellence in curriculum development and innovative teaching methods.
  • Possess familiarity with university coordination and assessment practices.
  • Display a track record of research excellence and successful funding applications. 
  • Exhibit capacity for mentoring junior colleagues and research students.
  • Ability to engage with Indigenous organizations and stakeholders.
  • Demonstrate exceptional academic communication skills.

Special Requirements (Selection Criteria):

  • Aboriginality is a fundamental requirement for this position.
  • Willingness to undertake occasional interstate travel.
  • Flexibility to work after hours when necessary.

About your application

Full details of the position's responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description: Download File Position description - Associate Professor, Indigenous Education and Research (516996).pdf

You are required to address the selection criteria in your submission in a separate document. For information to assist you with compiling statements to answer the selection criteria, please visit Addressing the selection criteria.

You may also submit an additional statement (1 page max) outlining any personal circumstances which should be considered when assessing your application. Applicants who have experienced periods of academic/professional interruption or other relevant events can include a description of achievements relative to opportunity in this statement.

Closing date: 11:55 PM AWST on Tuesday, 2 July 2024.

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Nerry Nichols on (08) 6488 7336 or at

This position is only open to applicants with relevant rights to work in Australia.

Application Details: Please apply online via the Apply Now button.

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity

UWA is committed to a diverse workforce and an equitable and inclusive workplace. We celebrate difference and believe diversity is fundamental to achieving our goals as a globally recognised Top 100 educational and research institution. We are committed to creating a safe work environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, the LGBTIQA+ community and people living with disability.

  • We have a globally competitive, gender neutral parental leave policy with 26 weeks paid leave after 12 months service and 36 weeks after 5 years.
  • We have on-campus childcare facilities for children aged 6 weeks to kindy.
  • We facilitate flexible working, with part-time and job-sharing arrangements considered.
  • We have an ongoing partnership with Pride in Diversity and were recently awarded a Bronze Employer status for LGBTIQA+ inclusion.
  • We have Athena SWAN Bronze accreditation and actively work to improve gender equity.

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