University of Melbourne

University of Melbourne

Lecturer in Science Education



Lecturer in Science Education

Job no: 0054831 Location: Parkville Role type: Full-time; Fixed-term for 3 years Faculty: Faculty of Education Salary: Level B – $114,645 – $136,136 p.a. plus 17% super

  • Make effective contributions to teaching and learning within the Faculty of Education's Mathematics, Science & Technology Education Group
  • Supervise and assess students on placement in school and/or early learning settings
  • 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 Lead the charge in transforming education at graduate levels, pioneering innovative teaching methods, crafting bespoke educational programmes, and spearheading impactful projects. Provide invaluable support to pre-service teachers in schools and early childhood settings, fostering a seamless integration of theory and practical application. With a focus on establishing and disseminating influential scholarship, you'll play a vital role in shaping the future of Science Education.

    Your responsibilities will include:

  • Preparation and delivery of lectures, tutorials and seminars, including executive, online, blended and flexible delivery methods
  • Initiation, development, and review of curriculum
  • Coordinating subjects as required, including supervision of sessional teaching staff and the development of a staffing plan
  • Establishing and maintaining a relevant and impactful scholarship in the field of Science Education. Disseminating scholarship in peer reviewed journals, scholarly books, and other appropriate outlets
  • Proactive contribution to the broader University and the discipline through appropriate leadership and service opportunities
  • Who We Are Looking For You are an experienced Lecturer with a deep-seated passion and expertise in Science Education, complemented by your ongoing pursuit or attainment of an advanced degree in the field. Your rich teaching experience reinforces your ability to effectively supervise, guide and mentor, ensuring a seamless transition between theoretical knowledge and practical application in the learning journey.

    You will have:

  • Qualifications that meet requirements for professional registration as a teacher
  • A PhD or research doctorate in a relevant discipline (completed or near completion)
  • Knowledge of contemporary theoretical and policy debates and practice within science education
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, manage and contribute to science education focused projects
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to course or subject development, undertake subject coordination duties, and provide specialised support to students on placement
  • A current Victorian Working With Children Check (WWCC) by the commencement of the teaching period
  • For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the attached Position Description

    Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. This role requires current valid work rights for Australia.

    Your New Team – The Faculty of Education The Faculty of Education (FoE) fosters staff productivity, growth and engagement in a collective effort to enrich the contribution that education makes to society. We conduct research and teaching that leads to the transformation of education practice both within and beyond the profession. FoE stimulates learning that enriches the potential of students from around the world, enabling meaningful careers and profound contributions to communities. We provide research leadership, setting the direction for high- impact, innovative and responsive research that addresses the pressing issues of our time. We lead purposeful engagement with society, sharing our resources and expertise as part of collaborative efforts to build a resilient, equitable and sustainable future.

    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 reasonable adjustments, please contact Kim Groizard at [email protected], with an email containing your name and contact details for a confidential discussion. Please ensure your email is titled "Reasonable Adjustments Request".

    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 -https: //

    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 https://

    If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Petra Newton via email at [email protected], ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject (0054831 Lecturer in Science Education). 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.

    Advertised: 13 Feb 2024 12:05 AM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

    Applications close: 20 Feb 2024 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

    Job details


    Lecturer in Science Education


    University of Melbourne




    February 13, 2024

    Application deadline

    February 20, 2024

    Job type



    Education,Social Science

    About the employer

    When the University of Melbourne was established in 1853, it was a mere cluster of buildings in a large park on the fringe of the city, with four professors and 16 students. The university now sits at the heart of a thriving international city and is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world and number one in Australia. 

    Over 8,000 academic and professional staff support a vibrant student body of around 65,000, including 30,000 international students from over 130 countries around the world. Four Australian prime ministers and five governors-general have graduated from the University of Melbourne, located in the city dubbed Australia’s “cultural capital”. 

    Indeed, Melbourne is a seven times winner of the Economist’s World’s Most Livable City award, and is a UNESCO City of Literature, as well as the birthplace of Australian rules football and a major center for street art, music, and theatre. 

    Melbourne is known for offering students an experience that’s a lot more than just structured learning. The main Parkville campus is close to transport, cafes, shopping, arts and sports venues and accommodation. 

    Students will find a blistering array of cultural activities on campus here, be it theatre, comedy, film or public lectures, and it’s easy to find people with matching interests by joining one of over 200 affiliated clubs and societies, ranging from Chess Club to Women in Science and Engineering, to the Chocolate Lovers’ Society. Sports enthusiasts are well catered for too, with a 25-metre six-lane heated indoor pool, an athletics track and sports field, and a large strength and fitness gym. 

    The university has 10 residential colleges where most students live, which provide a quick way to build an academic and social network. Each college provides sporting and cultural programs to enrich the academic experience, which is at the center of university life. 

    Degrees at the University of Melbourne stand out for being modelled on those from top institutions overseas. Students spend a year exploring a range of subject areas before choosing a major. They also study subjects outside as well as inside their chosen discipline, giving Melbourne students a breadth of knowledge that sets them apart.

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