Macquarie University

Macquarie University

Lecturer in Criminology




Excellent opportunity for an early career academic in criminology.

• Salary Package: From $115,787 to $136,995 (Level B) p.a., plus 17% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading • Appointment Type: Full -Time, Fixed Term (appointment until December 2024) • Location: Wallumattagal Campus, Macquarie University (North Ryde)


Macquarie University is seeking an engaged and collaborative Lecturer (Level B) with specialist knowledge of criminology. The successful applicant will be expected to make a major contribution to teaching and leadership, including convening and teaching units across the criminology curriculum at undergraduate and postgraduate level. You will also be expected to engage with relevant stakeholders in the community, government, and industry, including through externally funded grant projects, and make an active contribution to the administration of the Department, Faculty and University.


You will have completed a PhD in criminology, or a related discipline, and will be able to demonstrate a promising teaching, leadership, and research profile in criminology commensurate to opportunity. As a teacher, you will have a demonstrated record of impactful and engaging teaching in both the classroom and online learning environments, employing a range of innovative pedagogical practices. Your collaborative, collegial approach will ensure you perform effectively within an intellectually diverse and inter-disciplinary environment. You will have a critical approach to criminology and be able to challenge and inspire students and colleagues alike.


The Department of Security Studies and Criminology (SSC), is within the Faculty of Arts, offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses, expert seminars, and opportunities for research in the many areas associated with security studies and criminology. SSC draws together senior academics and leading industry professionals specialising in research, theory and practice associated with security, and the protection of both the national interest and the rights of individuals and groups within society. SSC's principal areas of teaching and research centre on criminology, security and strategic studies, cyber security, intelligence, and terrorism. Click here to learn more about us.

Ranked among the top one percent of universities in the world, Macquarie engages with the real and complex problems and opportunities that define our lives. Since its founding in 1964, we have aspired to be a different type of university, in touch with the world and working to make it better. Over the years, we've grown to become the centre of a vibrant local and global community. Connect with us today.


This full-time, fixed term contract will allow the successful candidate to teach, engage in professional leadership and work within a vibrant, research active department within the Faculty of Arts. This role is defined as 70% teaching and 30% service and leadership activities. In the department, the post graduate course in criminology seeks to incorporate researchers with different disciplinary, theoretical, and professional orientations to crime, justice, and social inequality. The criminology major, part of the Bachelor of Arts, is one of the largest majors in the Faculty of Arts, and you will have the opportunity to engage in a vibrant and active pedagogic space that opens students up to new knowledge that challenges our assumptions of crime and justice. Our areas of interest within criminology are broad, including crimes of the powerful, social harm, transnational crime, and policing. The SSC criminology stream works closely with colleagues across our interdisciplinary department, and, in the classroom, students often elect to take criminology subjects from a wide range of degrees and background. The Department also expects to commence a bachelor's in criminology in the coming year.


To be considered for this position, please apply online by submitting your CV, a recent representative publication of your work (or 2-3-page description of research work-in-progress), a one-page synopsis of your research plan for the next two years, and a separate cover letter that demonstrates how you meet the following selection criteria:

Essential Requirements

  • A PhD completed in criminology, or a related discipline

  • Develop and teach a range of undergraduate and postgraduate units in criminology or related fields

  • Capacity to develop innovative teaching and learning approaches, including online teaching

  • A track record of contributing to administrative service in a university and professional setting

  • A record of enhancing, or potential to enhance, the University's reputation through engagement with relevant external stakeholders in criminology

  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and students

  • Must have Australian working rights as this position is not available for visa sponsorship

  • Desirable Characteristics

  • Experience in unit or course design in criminology or related fields.

  • A research specialty that complements the department's approach to criminology

  • Capacity to supervise Higher Degree Research students in criminology or related fields.

  • Position Enquiries: Dr Alex Simpson at [email protected]

    Applications Close: Sunday, 14 April at 11:59pm (AEST)

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    14/04/2024 11:59 PM

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    Job details


    Lecturer in Criminology


    Macquarie University




    April 02, 2024

    Application deadline

    April 14, 2024

    Job type



    Anthropology,Law,Political Science,Psychology,Social Science

    About the employer

    Established in 1964, Macquarie University is a public university located in the suburbs of Macquarie Park in Sydney, Australia. The establishment of the university marked a bold step towards transforming the otherwise traditional education system that was prevalent in Australia. The institution offers several facilities and services to students and is ranked among the leading universities globally.
    The university has a total student enrolment of 40,209 students of which 27,795 students belong to full-time programs and 12,414 belong to part-time programs. The university saw a total of 8,641 international admissions and 31,568 domestic student enrollments for the last academic year (2019-20).

    A vibrant hub for students, researchers, and teachers, all work towards pursuing a common goal of a brighter future. Macquarie University has been ranked among the top 1% of universities in the world by QS World University Rankings, 2020. Considered one of the top universities in Australia, the university has been on the ninth position for Australia for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings, 2020), producing graduates that are among the most sought after professionals in the world.

    Spanning across 126 acres of land, the university provides an extensive range of courses for students to choose from. The Faculty of Business, The Faculty of Education, The Faculty of Engineering, The Faculty of Law, The Faculty of Science, The Faculty of Medicine and Health, The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, The Faculty of Information Technologies, The Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, The Faculty of Media, Communications and Performing Arts, The Faculty of Psychology and Cognitive Science and The Faculty of Security, Intelligence and Criminology offer various courses and research degrees for both undergraduate as well as graduate studies.

    The university has several accommodation options for its students to choose from. Students can select their hall of residence according to their preferences and would not face any inconvenience during their stay in the city. Amenities at Macquarie University campus include a Bookshop, Counselling Services, Cafes, Medical Clinic, Pharmacy, and a Private Hospital along with other facilities. The university is situated at a prime location and has the availability of most resources, students would require around its premises.

    The University also offers excellent sports facilities to students which are considered to be one of the greatest in the country. The Sports and Aquatic Centre located at the university has swimming pools, health clubs, basketball and squash courts, and even a martial arts area for students to indulge in.

    To promote global higher education, Macquarie University awards scholarships to the tune of $6 million. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit, diversity, leadership capabilities, financial hardship, and/or key achievements such as sports and voluntary experience. The university has one of the most substantial scholarship programs in Australia, providing several opportunities each year to international students to undertake studies at the university.

    Ranked among the safest cities in the world, Sydney is an ideal study destination for students from all across the world. The university takes the safety of its students very seriously and has security personnel posted within the campus walls.

    Some of the notable alumni of Macquarie University are Chris Lilley - Australian comedian, Rob Oakeshott - Member of the Australian House of Representatives, Tania Mihailuk - Member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, Adam Hills - Australian comedian, Murray Cook - Australian musician, Greg Page - Australian singer, Lauren Jackson - Australian basketball player and Anthony Field - Australian musician among many others.

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