Indigenous Early Career Academic

Sydney, Australia
07 Dec 2017
End of advertisement period
21 Jan 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Macquarie University is committed to Indigenous higher education. 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.

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

Macquarie’s Faculty of Human Sciences holds a distinctive place on the global stage. With several internationally acclaimed centres producing ground-breaking research in areas like linguistics, psychology, cognitive science and education, our faculty is a place of passionate educators and unbridled discovery. Supported by state-of-the-art facilities including the Australian Hearing Hub, we work together to investigate and answer some of the big questions about what makes us human.

The Department of Educational Studies is a department that aspires to be a leader in education across the life-span. Our mission is to be a global leader in education and an institution of service and engagement which delivers a transformative learning experience and impactful research. We are committed to maximising opportunities for children, families, schools and communities through research, teaching, learning and advocacy.

The Role

The Department of Educational Studies seeks to appoint two Indigenous Australian early career academics as Associate Lecturers subsidiary to studentship. The successful applicants will be expected to contribute to the teaching, research and community engagement activities in the Department through a program of support and mentoring. These positions are aimed at supporting, developing and sustaining Indigenous excellence in teaching and research at the University.

The University is committed to working with Aboriginal Peoples to produce the next generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders. The University maintains its commitment to this through the University’s Indigenous Pathway Program and Indigenous Engagement Strategy 2015-2024 which promotes Indigenous inclusion, access and participation.

These positions require Indigenous authenticity for a number of factors in seeking to promote wider student and staff understanding of Indigenous Australia and the skills to work effectively in Indigenous contexts. The positions aim to:

  • build cultural capacity and align to a cross-University Indigenous curriculum,
  • enrich curriculum with Indigenous knowledge ensuring that students understand Indigenous culture, and
  • place value on Indigenous knowledge and contributions.
  • Building and share knowledge

Indigenous knowledge is an important and unique element of higher education. It contributes to economic productivity by equipping graduates with the capacity to work across Australian society and with Indigenous communities. 

Selection Criteria 

To be considered for these positions, applicants must respond to the selection criteria below upload as a separate document in the application process. 


  • Aboriginality and a demonstrated knowledge of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander values, perspectives and knowledges. Being Aboriginal or Torres Straight Islander is an essential requirement for these positions and is authorised under section 126 of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act 1977
  • Enrolled in a PhD in Education or Indigenous Studies and demonstrated capacity to complete such study within three years
  • Previous qualifications and professional experience in the field of education
  • Proven record of work in and with Indigenous communities which demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of knowledge of Indigenous people
  • Evidence of potential to undertake lecturing and tutoring in Education
  • Commitment to the delivery of high quality teaching, including the preparation of teaching and course material

Note:  This position may require a Working with Children Check Clearance.

Salary Package: From $70,374 p.a. (Level A, Step 1), plus 17% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading

Appointment Type: Full-time, three-year fixed-term, start early 2018

Specific Role Enquiries: Professor Mary Ryan, Head of Department, on or +61-2-9850-8059

General Recruitment Enquiries: Patsy Moss on or 61-2-9850-9821

Applications Close: Sunday, 21 January 2018 at 11.55pm AEDT

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

Applications need to be submitted through the Macquarie University online recruitment system. Where circumstances such as disability or remote location prohibit your access to our online system please contact the enquiries person listed in this advertisement for assistance.

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