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Professor of Archaeology (Targeted Recruitment)

Job no: 1040110
Location: Parkville
Role type: 
Continuing; Full-time (1.0FTE)
Department/School: School of Historical and Philosophical Studies
Level E ($226,517) + 17% super


We are actively searching for a distinguished scholar of either international or national acclaim to become an integral part of the thriving discipline of Classics and Archaeology within the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies. Assuming the role of Professor in Archaeology, you will hold a pivotal position in driving forward the research, scholarship, and teaching of specialised content within our esteemed department. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to collaborate closely with a collegial team of faculty members, fostering a collaborative and supportive academic environment.

Our institution boasts robust ties to industry partners and the broader Victorian community, along with longstanding commitments to local communities worldwide through archaeological endeavours. The successful candidate will be able to join a unique engagement platform allowing them to advocate for their discipline in the public sphere, ensuring that critical issues are comprehensively communicated to the community.

The incumbent will report to the Head of School, undertaking teaching responsibilities across all levels while overseeing the coordination of both undergraduate and postgraduate subjects. Additionally, they will manage associated administrative duties related to subject delivery and assessment. Providing leadership and research-oriented mentorship to staff members will be another key aspect of this role, alongside contributing to the production of the program’s esteemed peer-reviewed academic journal, Ancient Near Eastern Studies.

About You

We are currently seeking to appoint a full Professor in Archaeology with a specialization in Near Eastern or East Mediterranean archaeology, focusing on field archaeology within the ancient Near East and Eastern Mediterranean regions spanning from the Bronze Age to the conclusion of the Achaemenid Persian Period. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated expertise in leading archaeological fieldwork projects, coupled with a proven track record of excellence in both teaching and research.

Qualifications and attributes sought include:

  • Possession of a completed PhD in the Archaeology of the ancient Near East or Eastern Mediterranean civilizations.
  • An internationally recognized publication record characterized by distinction and innovation.
  • Demonstrated success in securing nationally and/or internationally competitive research grants.
  • Ability to effectively supervise honours and postgraduate coursework degree theses.
  • A comprehensive list detailing the key selection criteria is provided in the attached position description document.

This position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check.

In line with the special measure H103/2014 provided for under section 12 of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (VIC), applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates who identify as women (cis and trans gender), non-binary or gender diverse.

About Us

School of Historical and Philosophical Studies

The School of Historical and Philosophical Studies (SHAPS) serves as a hub for the exploration and advancement of innovative concepts concerning humanity and its intricate societal frameworks. Offering a diverse array of courses encompassing History, Philosophy, History and Philosophy of Science, Classics and Archaeology, The Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, and The Program in Jewish Culture & Society, SHAPS provides an expansive platform for academic inquiry. With a substantial and flourishing cohort of Honours and postgraduate students, the school fosters a vibrant scholarly community.

Faculty of Arts

The University of Melbourne's Faculty of Arts is widely acknowledged as Australia's foremost institution for the study of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Our faculty serves as a nexus for over 40 distinct disciplines within these domains, bringing together esteemed scholars of international repute. Committed to the pursuit of excellence in both teaching and research, our academic staff are leaders in their respective fields.

Embracing the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion, the Faculty of Arts is dedicated to fostering a workplace culture where individuals are treated with fairness and respect, irrespective of gender, sexuality, ability, ethnicity, religion, or age. We actively encourage applications from individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences, particularly from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and other First Nation peoples.

Employee Benefits

The University of Melbourne provides extensive employee benefits aimed at enhancing your work-life balance. These benefits encompass flexible and family-friendly work arrangements, salary packaging options, internal grant schemes within the School and Faculty, including a specialised scheme for women, as well as generous leave entitlements. Joining our institution presents a remarkable opportunity to thrive in a culturally vibrant and values-driven setting.

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How to apply

Your application submitted should include a Cover Letter, CV and document with responses against the selection criteria found in the Position Description for the role.

Candidate Information Pack: Professor of Archaeology_Candidate Pack.pdf

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