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Lecturer in US Politics and Foreign Policy

United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney

Reference No. 1491/0714

  • Join a leading academic institution
  • Level B position, 3 years fixed term remuneration package: $110K p.a. (which includes leave loading and up to 17% super)
  • Teaching and research position 

The University of Sydney is home to the United States Studies Centre whose mission is to increase understanding of the United States in Australia. There is also a rich history of research and teaching on the United States in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and in addition, the University’s Fisher Library holds the largest collections of American material of any library in Australia.

The United States Studies Centre currently invites applications for a Lecturer in US Politics and Foreign Policy and in this exciting role you will:

  • teach three US politics and foreign policy units per year
  • develop curriculum individually and as part of a team
  • supervise postgraduate students
  • make an important contribution to the research strengths of the centre, including regular publication in journals of high ranking and other quality outlets, and the pursuit of research grants
  • develop effective interdisciplinary collaborations within the University and with external stakeholders
  • engage with the media and interested members of the public. 

To be successful in this role you will need:

  • a PhD in Political Science, International Relations or a related discipline
  • teaching experience at tertiary level in US politics and/or US foreign relations
  • a commitment to teamwork in curriculum development and other areas of academic administration
  • a demonstrated research track record in US politics and/or US foreign relations
  • the ability to articulate a plausible and ambitious 3-year research plan which demonstrates potential for outstanding scholarly achievement in your area of specialisation
  • experience working in a collegial and effective manner with colleagues at department, faculty, and University level, as well as with external stakeholders 
  • a demonstrated capacity for engagement in outreach activities in US politics and foreign relations (eg, public talks, debates and media commentary)
  • evidence of your ability to participate in collaborative research projects 
  • experience with a diverse student body, including local, career change and international students. 

Desirable for appointment is your:

  • experience in a multidisciplinary American studies environment. 

The successful candidate will hold a 3 year appointment in the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney.

Remuneration package (Academic Level B): $110,802 p.a. (which includes a base salary of $93,629 p.a., leave loading and up to 17% employer’s contribution to superannuation). The successful applicant is also eligible for a performance bonus and salary packaging benefits.

The position is a three year fixed term full-time role, subject to the completion of a satisfactory probation period for new appointees.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. Visit sydney.edu.au/recruitment and search by the reference number 1491/0714 for more information and to apply.

CLOSING DATE: 17 August 2014 (11.30pm Sydney time)

The University is an equal opportunity employer committed to equity, diversity and social inclusion. Applications from equity target groups and women are encouraged. The University of Sydney has also 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 encouraged.

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