Professor/Associate Professor, School of Law

Brisbane, Australia
30 Apr 2018
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20 May 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Law

About QUT

QUT is a major Australian university with a global outlook and a 'real world' focus. We are one of the nation’s fastest growing research universities and our courses are in high demand. Our graduates include eight Rhodes Scholars, five of these awarded in the past six years.

We are an ambitious and collaborative institution that seeks to equip our students and graduates with the skills they will need in an increasingly disrupted and challenged world. We are transforming the student experience we offer our 50,000 students and we place a premium on the international and national accreditation of our various professional degrees.

Our internationally award-winning Science and Engineering Centre is home to The Cube, acknowledged as one of the world’s largest digital interactive learning and display spaces. QUT established the world's first Creative Industries Faculty, and we invest heavily in collaborative learning and interdisciplinary research environments.

Further information about QUT can be obtained from the website at

Our Vision

The QUT Blueprint 5 is our institutional strategic plan. It sets out priorities, strategies and key performance indicators to drive greater coherence and coordination of our efforts. Our overall vision for the future is:

  • to provide outstanding real world education through physical and virtual learning environments and innovative courses that lead to excellent outcomes for graduates living in a diverse and complex environment characterised by rapid, transformative change;
  • to focus on being a globally leading university that delivers solutions to the challenges of today and of the future through high-impact research that spans discipline boundaries and works in partnership with end users, leveraging our deep technological strengths and alignment to the human capital and innovation needs of the global economy;
  • to strengthen and extend partnerships with professional and broader communities to build our reputation as a source of knowledge that is applied to real world challenges.

About the School of Law

The QUT School of Law recently celebrated its 40th anniversary and continues to rank highly as a quality Australian law school.

It has significant research strengths that are concentrated through its two dedicated Research Centres and two research programs which include:

The Australian Centre for Health Law Research, generating knowledge, evidence and insights to enhance health law policy and practice and improve health outcomes in the areas of end of life, children’s health and the beginning of life and governance and regulation of health care.

The Commercial and Property Law Research Centre undertakes research that leads to a better understanding of how commercial and property law fundamentals interact to improve legal and regulatory frameworks and includes effective regulation of financial and emerging markets, like carbon trading; the role of property rights in sustainable management of natural resources and effective processes for dealing with insolvency and restructuring after financial collapse.

The international law and global governance law program critically examines new and emerging legal arrangements and problems that require solutions or structural responses from the international community. The expertise of the program are in relation to transdisciplinary field investigating:technology and ecology, vulnerability, and private governance.

The intellectual property and innovation law program conducts cutting-edge, real-world research at the intersection of law and technology with experience in international trade, intellectual property, media and communication law and innovation law and policy.

We are home to more than 3,000 high-achieving students. Our real-world learning approach offers our students experiences such as work placements to develop professional skills, flexible study options, scholarship and prizes, a dedicated Law Library and
international opportunities for placements and mooting. The LLB(Hons) degree focusses on developing well-rounded research problem solving and critical thinking skills.

About the Position(s)

These positions will provide leadership in building a vibrant research culture and will contribute to research capacity building within the school. The successful applicants will also provide leadership in building productive collective relationships internally and externally and will contribute to developing the School’s international reputation and maximising international research engagement. It is expected that the successful applications will have a demonstrated commitment to teaching and research supervision.Candidates may negotiate a work profile that is research intensive in appropriate situations.

General applications are being sought and particular consideration will be given to candidates with research expertise in one or more of the following areas:regulation of new and emerging technologies and innovations; privacy, information and data protection; international economic law; adaptation of intellectual property regulation to the digital economy; international trade law; international dispute resolution; corporate law and governance; competition law; consumer law, and international and global private law.

These positions will report to the Head, School of Law for supervision, workload management and for Performance Planning and Review (PPR).

Key responsibilities include:

  • Provide excellence and leadership in the teaching and research efforts of the discipline of Law.
  • Undertake research and contribute to learning and teaching and curriculum development.
  • Play a major role in scholarship, professional activities and service.
  • Strengthen partnering relationships with industry and the community.
  • Implementing University policy within the Faculty with respect to equitable access to education and workplace health and safety.

The successful candidate may be appointed at Associate Professor, Level D or Professor Level E depending on their level of attainment against the position classification standards outlined in the QUT Enterprise Agreement (Academic Staff). The position classification standards provide the basis to differentiate between the various levels of appointment and define the broad relationships between classifications.

The University reserves the right to appoint at either classification level.

Real World Capabilities

To deliver on QUT’s global, collaborative and connected vision requires a workforce that embodies the following capabilities:

  • Agility and openness to change
  • Connectivity and collaboration (intra and inter-disciplinary)
  • Cultural inclusion
  • Digital literacy
  • Future-focused thinking (strategic, innovative & design and entrepreneurial)
  • Global in intent and reach
  • Leadership of strategy, action and others
  • Performance and resource management

Type of appointment

These appointments will be offered on an ongoing, full-time basis.


Gardens Point campus.

Selection Criteria

  1. Completion of a doctoral qualification in a relevant discipline area.
  2. Record of outstanding leadership of research, including extensive experience obtaining external grants and publishing in top tier journals.
  3. Proven record of excellence and leadership in scholarly and innovative approaches to teaching and learning.
  4. Proven leadership that drives high performance and collaborative culture, including the ability to successfully mentor staff and students.
  5. Demonstrated success at establishing and maintaining collaborations that extend best practice, implement leading solutions, and realise new opportunities.

Remuneration and Benefits

The classification for these positions are:

  • Academic Level D (Associate Professor) which has an annual remuneration range of $AUD162,883 pa to $AUD179,459pa. Which is inclusive of an annual salary range of $AUD137,638 pa to $AUD151,645 pa, 17% superannuation and 17.5% recreation leave loading;
  • Academic Level E (Professor) which has an annual remuneration of $AUD209,830 pa. Which is inclusive of an annual salary range of $AUD177,309 pa, 17% superannuation and 17.5% recreation leave loading.

Beyond personal and professional fulfilment, a career at QUT brings a broad range of tangible benefits. With competitive remuneration and 17% superannuation, the University offers real and generous benefits.

QUT is a high quality and flexible organisation that is proud of its excellent employment conditions which include but are not limited to:

  • Reduced working year scheme
  • Parental leave provisions
  • Study support encompassing leave and financial assistance
  • Comprehensive professional development
  • Salary Packaging

Further benefits can be found at the Working at QUT page.

Information for applicants

These positions are open to domestic and international applicants. Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

For further information about the position, please contact Associate Professor Judith McNamara, Head, School of Law on +61 7 3138 1255. For further information about working at QUT please contact the HR Department on +61 7 3138 4104.

How to Apply

For further information and to apply, please visit for reference number 18293.  

When applying for this position your application must include the following:

  • A current resume; and
  • A statement addressing the selection criteria including research outcomes for the last 3 years, specifying your top 2 – 3 publications;

Applications close 20 May 2018