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Professor of Archaeology (Targeted Recruitment)

Melbourne, Australia
($226,517) + 17% super
Closing date
14 Aug 2024

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Academic Discipline
Arts & Humanities, Archaeology
Job Type
Academic Posts, Professors / Chairs
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

(Targeted Recruitment)

Job no: 1040110
Location: Parkville
Role type: Continuing; Full-time (1.0FTE)
Faculty: Arts
Department/School: School of Historical and Philosophical Studies
Salary: Level E ($226,517) + 17% super


We are actively searching for a distinguished scholar of either international or national acclaim to become an integral part of the thriving discipline of Classics and Archaeology within the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies. Assuming the role of Professor in Archaeology, you will hold a pivotal position in driving forward the research, scholarship, and teaching of specialised content within our esteemed department. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to collaborate closely with a collegial team of faculty members, fostering a collaborative and supportive academic environment.

Our institution boasts robust ties to industry partners and the broader Victorian community, along with longstanding commitments to local communities worldwide through archaeological endeavours. The successful candidate will be able to join a unique engagement platform allowing them to advocate for their discipline in the public sphere, ensuring that critical issues are comprehensively communicated to the community.

The incumbent will report to the Head of School, undertaking teaching responsibilities across all levels while overseeing the coordination of both undergraduate and postgraduate subjects. Additionally, they will manage associated administrative duties related to subject delivery and assessment. Providing leadership and research-oriented mentorship to staff members will be another key aspect of this role, alongside contributing to the production of the program’s esteemed peer-reviewed academic journal, Ancient Near Eastern Studies.

About You

We are currently seeking to appoint a full Professor in Archaeology with a specialization in Near Eastern or East Mediterranean archaeology, focusing on field archaeology within the ancient Near East and Eastern Mediterranean regions spanning from the Bronze Age to the conclusion of the Achaemenid Persian Period. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated expertise in leading archaeological fieldwork projects, coupled with a proven track record of excellence in both teaching and research.

Qualifications and attributes sought include:

  • Possession of a completed PhD in the Archaeology of the ancient Near East or Eastern Mediterranean civilizations.
  • An internationally recognized publication record characterized by distinction and innovation.
  • Demonstrated success in securing nationally and/or internationally competitive research grants.
  • Ability to effectively supervise honours and postgraduate coursework degree theses.
  • A comprehensive list detailing the key selection criteria is provided in the attached position description document.

This position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check.

In line with the special measure H103/2014 provided for under section 12 of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (VIC), applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates who identify as women (cis and trans gender), non-binary or gender diverse.

About Us

School of Historical and Philosophical Studies

The School of Historical and Philosophical Studies (SHAPS) serves as a hub for the exploration and advancement of innovative concepts concerning humanity and its intricate societal frameworks. Offering a diverse array of courses encompassing History, Philosophy, History and Philosophy of Science, Classics and Archaeology, The Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, and The Program in Jewish Culture & Society, SHAPS provides an expansive platform for academic inquiry. With a substantial and flourishing cohort of Honours and postgraduate students, the school fosters a vibrant scholarly community.

Faculty of Arts

The University of Melbourne's Faculty of Arts is widely acknowledged as Australia's foremost institution for the study of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Our faculty serves as a nexus for over 40 distinct disciplines within these domains, bringing together esteemed scholars of international repute. Committed to the pursuit of excellence in both teaching and research, our academic staff are leaders in their respective fields.

Embracing the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion, the Faculty of Arts is dedicated to fostering a workplace culture where individuals are treated with fairness and respect, irrespective of gender, sexuality, ability, ethnicity, religion, or age. We actively encourage applications from individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences, particularly from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and other First Nation peoples.

Employee Benefits

The University of Melbourne provides extensive employee benefits aimed at enhancing your work-life balance. These benefits encompass flexible and family-friendly work arrangements, salary packaging options, internal grant schemes within the School and Faculty, including a specialised scheme for women, as well as generous leave entitlements. Joining our institution presents a remarkable opportunity to thrive in a culturally vibrant and values-driven setting.

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How to apply

Your application submitted should include a Cover Letter, CV and document with responses against the selection criteria found in the Position Description for the role.

Candidate Information Pack: Professor of Archaeology_Candidate Pack.pdf

Applications close: 14 Aug 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.

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

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