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LECTURER IN ENGLISH: World Literature in English post 1900


School of Letters, Art and Media
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Reference no. 1315/0615

  • Opportunity for a scholar with expertise in World Literature in English post 1900 
  • Help to shape the future of a world-leading department 
  • Full-time, continuing: $114K p.a. which includes leave loading and up to 17% employer’s contribution to super

The University of Sydney is Australia’s first university and has an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. It employs over 7500 permanent staff, supporting over 52,000 students.

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers one of the most comprehensive and diverse range of humanities and social science studies in the Asia-Pacific region and is regularly ranked in the top 20 faculties of its kind.

The School of Letters, Art and Media is a vibrant school whose pedagogic practice, research profile and external engagements are shaped by the synergistic benefits of bringing together traditional disciplines with long intellectual histories such as art history, English and linguistics with newer sub-disciplinary or interdisciplinary formations such as media and communications and museum studies.

The Department of English is the oldest and largest in Australia. In the QS World University rankings of 2015, it was rated the best in Australia and the eighteenth best in the world.

In this exciting lectureship opportunity you will:

  • teach and develop curriculum for undergraduate and postgraduate courses with focus on World Literature in English post 1900
  • make a contribution to the research strengths of the school, including the pursuit of research grants and regular publication in journals and with book presses of high standing
  • supervise research higher degree students
  • participate in interdisciplinary collaborations within the University and with external stakeholders
  • contribute to academic administration.

As the successful applicant you will have:

  • a PhD in an area of World Literature in English post 1900
  • teaching experience at tertiary level
  • fluency in postcolonial and or transnational theory and the ability to teach widely across the English curriculum
  • an established research profile in the area of World Literature in English, and ambitious future research plans
  • expertise in at least one area of World Literature in English post 1900
  • excellent academic administration skills
  • excellent teamwork and communication skills to work with a broad range of internal and external stakeholders.

Desirable for appointment is your:

  • experience in supervising higher degree research students
  • experience with a diverse student body, including local, career change and international students
  • evidence of capacity to manage collaborative research projects.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a thriving and intellectually ambitious department in a world- class university which attracts the very best students from Australia and overseas.

To be considered for this position it is essential that you address the online selection criteria. For guidance on how to apply visit: How to apply for an advertised position.

Remuneration package:$114K p.a. (which includes a base salary Level B, Step 1 $96,344 p.a, leave loading and up to 17% employer’s contribution to superannuation)

Specific enquiries about the role can be directed to Associate Professor Peter Marks, Department of English on +612 9351 6862 or at

Enquiries regarding the recruitment process can be directed to Kristy Fairweather on +612 8627 1217 or at

CLOSING DATE: 25 September 2015

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

The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.

Selection Criteria