Position Vacant at the Univeristy of Sydney




REFERENCE NO. 1487/0811

The University of Sydney wishes to appoint a distinguished scholar to a Chair in the field of Australian archaeology with a focus on prehistory and heritage. The University is proud to establish the first named Chair in Australian Archaeology, funded by the Tom Austen Brown Bequest, which will support the development of a major program in teaching, research and community engagement.

The successful applicant will be appointed to the Tom Austen Brown Chair of Australian Archaeology, located in the Department of Archaeology in the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry. The school has an outstanding record and reputation in both research and teaching. Its staff includes Laureate, Federation and several Professorial Fellows as well as other distinguished academics involved in teaching and research.

The school is home to Australia’s oldest Department of Archaeology. The department’s research and teaching interests are chronologically and geographically wide-ranging, with staff currently engaged with both prehistoric and historical archaeology in Australia, Oceania, East and South East Asia, China, Central Asia, the Middle East and the Mediterranean. Teaching and research activities are supported and enhanced by a well-equipped archaeological laboratory, and also by close association with the Archaeological Computing Laboratory and the Australian Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis. The University’s Nicholson Museum, housing Australia’s oldest and largest archaeological collection, further enriches the department’s teaching and research. The department is also a founding member of the Centre for Classical and Near Eastern Studies of Australia.

To succeed, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Outstanding scholarship in the field of Australian archaeology with a focus on prehistory and heritage and a proven track record in attracting competitive grants.
  • Strong track record of teaching performance with commitment to teaching. Capacity to teach Australian archaeology and archaeological skills and methods, as well as experience in innovative curriculum design.
  • Good management skills and a willingness and ability to perform high level administrative tasks, including chairing department.
  • Capacity to provide leadership in research and research training and to foster research.
  • Demonstrated commitment to collaboration with Indigenous communities in outreach projects.
  • Capacity to further the University’s strategic objectives in relation to Indigenous research and education outcomes.
  • Capacity to develop a broad program in Australian archaeology at both undergraduate and graduate level.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit sydney.edu.au/positions and search by the reference number 1487/0811 for more information and to apply.

CLOSING DATE: 29 January 2012

The University is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to equity, diversity and social inclusion. Applications from equity target groups and women are encouraged.