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Senior Lecturer - Japanese Studies

The University of Melbourne
Melbourne, Australia
AUD $140,433 - $161,926 p.a. plus 17% super (pension)
Start date
Nov 21, 2023

Job no: 0048447
Location: Parkville
Role type: Full-time; Continuing
Faculty: Arts 
School: Asia Institute 
Salary: Level C $140,433 - $161,926 p.a. plus 17% super

  • Lead the delivery of teaching at undergraduate, honours, and postgraduate levels.
  • Play a major role in scholarly, research and professional activities to make a significant contribution to academic excellence within the discipline.
  • 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

The Senior Lecturer will assume a leadership position within the Japanese Studies Program. You will conduct teaching and research, contributing to undergraduate and postgraduate education, engaging in professional activities, and providing leadership in scholarly and research endeavours. The role emphasises the Senior Lecturer's research work at a national level, along with leadership in research training and supervision.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Coordinate Japanese language program and supervise tutors; deliver lectures, tutorials, and seminars; develop and review subject material and curriculum.
  • Lead research activities; publish high-quality work, apply for external research funding; actively participate in national/international events.
  • Contribute to collaborative networks and partnerships
  • Engage in service, leadership, and coordination roles, fostering inclusivity.

Who We Are Looking For

You bring excellence in teaching with the ability to initiate course development, effective leadership and communication skills, a track record of supervising honours and postgraduate theses, and a commitment to professional and collegial behaviour at a very high standard. Additionally, you demonstrate capacity for multidisciplinary research, experience in community engagement, and the ability to build networks and partnerships.

You will also have:

  • A completed PhD in Linguistics, applied linguistics, language policy/pedagogy or other language-focused disciplines.
  • A strong track record in research and publications in Japanese Studies.
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching Japanese language in higher education.
  • Demonstrated capacity to attract research grants, especially for multidisciplinary and collaborative research.

For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the attached PD.

This position requires the incumbent to complete a Working with Children Check as part of the onboarding process, ensuring a safe environment for everyone at the University.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is available for this position.

Your New Team – Faculty of Arts

The Faculty of Arts is a leading academic community dedicated to exploring and understanding the complexities of our ever-changing world. Our five schools, including the Asia Institute, School of Culture and Communication, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, School of Languages and Linguistics, and School of Social and Political Sciences, house renowned researchers and intellectually engaged students. We embrace diversity and inclusion, actively welcoming and valuing the unique contributions of individuals from all backgrounds to achieve our vision.  

The Asia Institute is the home of studies in Asian languages and societies. Our academics are at the forefront of research into the intellectual, legal, politico-economic, cultural and religious traditions, and transformations of Asia and the Islamic world.

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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!

About the University of Melbourne
We’re tightly connected with the community, both at home and abroad. We take pride in our people, who all contribute to our mission to benefit society through the transformative impact of education and research. Discover more via our website and stay connected with our stories and people on LinkedIn.   

Be Yourself
The University of Melbourne values the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and welcomes and celebrates diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, parents, carers, people of all ages, abilities and genders, and people of diverse ethnicity, nationality and faith are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live. For more information please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page.

We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact the email address listed at the bottom of the page.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants
We aspire to be the University of choice for Indigenous Australians, with unprecedented investment to attract, nurture and retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff. Tangible support through a range of programs and initiatives will ensure that you personally succeed and flourish while at the University of Melbourne.

For further information, including our 2023-2027 Indigenous strategy please visit -

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

  • 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 Anna Gradoboeva 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: 03 Dec 2023 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

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