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Stephen Knight Lecturer in Medieval Literature

Job no: 0062934
Location: Parkville
Role type: 
Full-time; Fixed-term for 5 years
School of Culture and Communication
Level B - $119,231 - $141,581 p.a. plus 17% super

  • Contribute to the ongoing excellence of Medieval Literature studies within the Faculty of Arts at Melbourne!
  • Salary packaging, subsidised health and wellbeing services, fitness and cultural clubs, Myki discounts, and a 25% discount on graduate courses to our staff and their immediate families!

About the Role
Join us as the Stephen Knight Lecturer in Medieval Literature, a position made possible by a generous donation from the Pimlico Foundation, honouring Professorial Fellow Stephen Knight’s remarkable contributions to teaching, research, and public engagement in medieval and modern literary studies. This role aims to build on the University’s distinguished record of innovation and excellence in medieval literature.

As a Lecturer, you will undertake teaching and supervision at undergraduate, honours, and postgraduate levels, making an important contribution to the teaching excellence within the Faculty of Arts.

Your research efforts will aim to produce high-quality publications and other scholarly outputs, carried out independently or as part of a collaborative team.

If you are passionate about medieval literature and committed to academic excellence, we invite you to apply and join our esteemed academic community.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Subject coordination, including the supervision of sessional tutors (administrative and academic)
  • Curriculum design and innovation, including cross-disciplinary approaches
  • Design and delivery of overseas subjects and other student mobility programs
  • Apply for teaching and learning innovation grants (with emphasis on national competitive and peer reviewed)
  • Scholarly outputs, including peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, books, creative works, and editing.
  • Apply for research grants and external research income (emphasis on competitive, international and peer-reviewed)

Who We Are Looking For
You are a dedicated educator with a completed PhD in a relevant discipline, possessing a strong research record and an emerging publication profile in late medieval English language and literature.

Your experience teaching at the tertiary level reflects your commitment to fostering an inclusive student learning environment and your capability in supervising honours theses and postgraduate research degrees. You demonstrate excellence in multidisciplinary and collaborative research, with a proven ability to attract research grants and consultancies.

We highly value candidates with specialisations that complement and extend our current expertise. Areas of interest include early medieval or early modern literature in English, the global Middle Ages, pre-modern critical race studies, book history/material culture, or medievalism and contemporary culture.

For more detailed information regarding the responsibilities and requirements of this role, please refer to the attached PD.

This role requires that the successful candidate must undergo and maintain an up-to-date Working with Children Check. 

Please note: Visa sponsorship is available for this position.

Your New Team – School of Culture and Communication, English and Theatre Studies 
Recognised nationally and internationally for innovative teaching, scholarship and research, English and Theatre Studies at Melbourne boasts one of the oldest literature programs in the world. Today, as a joint program, it is a leading research hub for critical thinking about literature and performance across genres and historical periods. Key research extends our work into interdisciplinary areas such as the history of the emotions; ecological thinking; literary and critical theory; textual editing; Asia-Pacific performance; Irish literature; theatre history; digital humanities; and world literature, including diasporic literatures and migrant fiction.

What We Offer You!
In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services and discounts on graduate courses. For more information, check out our benefits page!

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We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require reasonable adjustments, please contact the employee listed on the first page of the Position Description found below, with an email containing your name and contact details for a confidential discussion. Please ensure your email is titled "Reasonable Adjustments Request".

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Join Us!
If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents: 

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter outlining your interest and experience
  • The responses against the Selection Criteria^ (found in the Position Description)

^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to

If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Ana via email at, ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject. Please do not share your application to this email address.

If you have any particular questions regarding the job please follow the details listed on the Position Description.

Applications close: 2 AUGUST 2024 11:55 PM Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)

Position Description: 0062934_Stephen Knight Lecturer_PD.pdf

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