Lecturer in Tibetan Buddhism

Sydney (Suburb), New South Wales (AU)
07 Oct 2016
End of advertisement period
06 Nov 2016
Academic Discipline
Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School of Languages and Cultures
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Reference no. 1665/1016

  • Join a comprehensive and diverse School of Languages and Cultures
  • Be part of an innovative Buddhist Studies program
  • Full time, up to 5 years fixed term,and

The University of Sydney is Australia's first university and has an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. We employ over 7600 permanent staff, supporting over 60,000 students.

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has a proud history and a tradition of intellectual rigour. It offers one of the most comprehensive and diverse ranges of humanities and social science studies in the Asia Pacific region. It has a vibrant research and teaching environment.

The Asian Studies Program in the School of Languages and Cultures teaches key areas of Asian culture and society, an important aspect of which is Buddhist Studies. We offer the opportunity to join a dynamic group of scholars from Asian Language departments whose teaching and research forms the basis of the Asian Studies Program. As well as covering important aspects of contemporary Asia, the Program has a strong commitment to studies of the classical bases of Asian society and languages.

Applications are invited for appointment to a five-year contract position of Lecturer in Tibetan Buddhism within the School of Languages and Cultures subject to funding availability. The position is being funded by the Khyentse Foundation, the University Buddhist Education Foundation, and the Aberbaldie Foundation. 

As a successful applicant you will:

  • contribute to the teaching of undergraduate units of study in the Asian Studies program concerning Tibetan Buddhism, cultural relations between India, China, and Tibet, and Buddhist and Asian Studies more generally
  • contribute to the teaching of undergraduate Sanskrit in the Department of Indian Sub-continental Studies
  • contribute to the supervision of students in the honours program and act as a member of supervision committees of research degree candidates
  • maintain a research profile compatible with the School’s research programs
  • make an active contribution to the Buddhist Studies research seminars and the running of the Visiting Professor program
  • participate in the promotion of Buddhist studies within the wider community.

To be successful you will need:

  • a PhD in the field of Tibetan or Indo-Tibetan Buddhism
  • experience in teaching Tibetan and South Asian Buddhism at undergraduate level
  • experience in or potential for teaching Sanskrit at undergraduate level
  • experience in taking responsibility for and coordinating units of study in Buddhist studies or related fields
  • experience in research and publication in Buddhist Studies with an emphasis on Tibetan Buddhism
  • capacity to teach and supervise students from various cultural backgrounds
  • capacity to work flexibly and collaboratively in a team environment and to assume roles in administration and planning in the Department and School.

There are additional desirable selection criteria.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit sydney.edu.au/recruitment and search by the reference number for more information and to apply.

CLOSING DATE: 11:30pm 6 November 2016 (Sydney time)

The University is an equal opportunity employer committed to equity, diversity and social inclusion. Applications from equity target groups, including women and people with disabilities are encouraged. As the University of Sydney has established a scheme to increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff employed across the institution, applications from people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent are also encouraged.

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