Museum Director/Associate Professor/Professor in Faculty of Arts

Sydney, Australia
06 Dec 2017
End of advertisement period
21 Jan 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Macquarie is the university of pioneering minds. Globally recognised as one of Australia's leading research universities, Macquarie is a place where extraordinary new possibilities come to light. We've helped people to hear, introduced wireless internet technology to the world and broken through traditional boundaries by appointing Australia's first female vice-chancellor.

At Macquarie you'll join a vibrant community of diverse perspectives, all working towards a brighter future for our communities and our planet. Surrounded by beautiful parkland campus, our students and staff are free to explore and discover, supported by facilities including a high-tech library, private teaching hospital, gym and pools, childcare facilities, a campus train station and the newly expanded Macquarie Centre shopping complex next door. 

The Department of Ancient History in the Faculty of Arts is the largest Ancient History department in Australasia with teaching and research programs in the areas of Ancient Egypt, Ancient Near East, Ancient Israel, Ancient Greece, Rome, Ancient China, Coptic Studies, Late Antiquity and Byzantium. Our research is gaining global recognition, with the Ancient Cultures Research Centre and the Australian Centre for Numismatics Studies recognised nationally and internationally for their contributions to the study of ancient world history, attracting visiting scholars from overseas and collaborative research projects.

We are currently conducting archaeological projects in Egypt, Israel, Italy and Croatia. The Department includes a material collection for teaching, research and outreach purposes housed in the Museum of Ancient Cultures. The Ancient History collection focuses primarily on Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. Macquarie University currently has a project underway to build new museum facilities in which both the Museum of Ancient Cultures and the Australian History Museum will be combined into one History museum.

The Role 

In this exciting and diverse role, we seek an individual with an international reputation for high achievement in research to take up the new position of Director of the History Museum at Macquarie University. Within this position, the successful candidate will also perform a research leadership role and will be expected to take on a role in the undergraduate and postgraduate Ancient History teaching.

The Director's responsibilities include the curation and development of the collection, oversight of the museum’s learning and teaching program and enhancement of existing outreach activities. Museum staff, including curatorial and educational staff, will report to the Director. In the short term, the Director will also support the transition process to the new Macquarie History Museum.

Macquarie is seeking an individual who is an outstanding scholar in the field of History with a successful track record in research leadership, a proven ability to attract competitive grant funding and a record of high quality teaching. The successful candidate will also demonstrate experience in the Museum/Cultural Heritage sector and the capacity to undertake management responsibility at a senior level.

Join us and start seeing the world in a different light.

Selection Criteria

To be considered for this position, you will demonstrate the requirements listed below in your CV and a 2 - 3 page cover letter:

  • A PhD in a field relevant to Ancient History, History, Museum Studies or Cultural Heritage.
  • Outstanding contributions to scholarship and research in the discipline as evidenced by ongoing publications in top tier journals together with recognition as an authority in the discipline.
  • Proven ability to attract competitive grant funding.
  • Experience in the Museum/Cultural Heritage sector.
  • Ability to undertake management responsibility at a senior level in the Department and to contribute at the Faculty and University level.
  • Distinguished record of high quality teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
  • Proven experience in management, supervision and mentorship of research students and staff members.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and demonstrated commitment to teamwork.
  • Demonstrated leadership, professionalism and a sense of responsibility and integrity in matters pertaining to all related academic activities of the University/Faculty/Department.

Salary Package: Associate Professor (Level D) base salary from $146,462 to $161,099 p.a. Professor (Level E) base salary from $179,556 to $188,043 p.a; plus 17% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading. 

Appointment Type: Full time, continuing position

The University has engaged Carol Watson Executive Search to assist in the recruitment process.

Please contact Sean Gillen on +44 7950 123 466 or email  (Northern Hemisphere)

or Denise Wiseman on +61 412 403 567 or email  (Australia, New Zealand and Asia).

Applications Close: Sunday 21 January 2018 12 December 2012 at 11.55 pm

Applications to:

Macquarie University is an EO Employer committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications are encouraged from people with a disability; women (particularly for senior and non-traditional roles); Indigenous Australians, people who identify as GLBTI; and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.