Lecturer in International Relations or Comparative Politics
School of Social and Political Sciences, Faculty of Arts
The University of Sydney, Australia
Reference No. 441/0909

• Join the fast expanding School of Social & Political Sciences
• Australia’s top rated Faculty in the Arts and Humanities
• A competitive academic salary is available

The University of Sydney is Australia's premier University with an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence, and employs over 6,800 permanent staff supporting over 46,000 students.

The University of Sydney’s Faculty of Arts has a proud history and tradition of intellectual rigour. It offers one of the most comprehensive and diverse range of humanities and social science studies in the Asia Pacific region, and a vibrant research and teaching environment. It is regularly ranked in the top 20 Arts faculties in the world.

The School of Social and Political Sciences (SSPS), composed of the departments of Anthropology, Government and International Relations, Political Economy, Sociology and Social Policy, and Peace and Conflict Studies, offers innovative degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate levels that attract the very best students from Australia and overseas.

SSPS is the focus for the strategic development of the social sciences at Sydney with a view to our becoming Australia’s leading centre for research and teaching in the area. The current recruitment round represents a further major investment in the School after the addition of twelve academic positions last year, including three full professors.

Applications are invited for a full-time position for a Lecturer in International Relations or Comparative Politics to commence in 2010 within the School of Social and Political Sciences in the Faculty of Arts. Applicants with expertise in any aspect of these fields are welcome. Applications are encouraged from specialists in international relations theory, Terrorism studies, or Australian foreign and defence policy, or South Asia or Comparative political systems.

The Department of Government and International Relations teaches a wide variety of units of study across the range of political science, public policy, and international relations, and has a very active research program with considerable success in attracting research funding.

The successful applicant will be expected to contribute to the undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programs of the Department, to supervise honours and postgraduate research students, and pursue a research program that receives international recognition. Undergraduate and post graduate coursework students come from a variety of degrees including International Studies, Public Policy, Arts, Commerce, Economics, International Business, and Social Science.

Applicants must have a PhD awarded, under examination, or very near completion in political science, international relations, or a cognate discipline, an established track record of high quality research publications and promising research trajectory, demonstrated teaching and preferably lecturing ability, and the potential to contribute to advanced level programs.

The position is full-time continuing subject to the completion of a satisfactory probation period for new appointees. Membership of a University approved superannuation scheme is a condition of employment for new appointees.

A competitive remuneration package is available consisting of a Level B salary range ($76,250.00 - $90,546); plus leave loading and up to 17% employer’s contribution to superannuation.

All applications must be submitted online. For more information and to apply, please visit

To be considered applicants must respond to selection criteria; to do so complete your responses on the online application form. Please note that resumes need to include contact details of 3 referees. General enquiries can be directed to Ben Whitfield (+61 2) 9351 3682. For further information about the position, contact Dr Michael Jackson Chair, Department of Government & International Relations, on (+61 2) 9351 2055, e-mail:

Closing Date: 29 September 2009

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