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The Thomas and Margaret Ruth McArthur Fellowship


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The Thomas and Margaret Ruth McArthur Fellowship

Job no: 0061988 Location: Parkville Role type: Full-time; Fixed-Term (3-years) Faculty: Arts School: Social and Political Studies Salary: Level A - $101,460 – 108,906 p.a. plus 17% super

  • Fantastic opportunity to develop your research profile, with guidance and mentoring from senior academic staff!
  • $10,000 per annum in funding available to support research expenses
  • 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 Thomas and Margaret Ruth McArthur Fellowship Fund offers a prestigious Postdoctoral Fellowship opportunity within the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne, targeting scholars specialising in Anthropology with a keen interest in the Asia-Pacific region.

    As a Postdoctoral Fellow based in the esteemed School of Social and Political Sciences, you will benefit from unparalleled mentorship from senior academics, access to cutting-edge facilities, and the chance to refine your interdisciplinary research skills.

    This fellowship not only empowers you to advance your research profile but also encourages active contributions to the School and Faculty's research initiatives. You will play a role in shaping the academic discourse in your field and furthering the Faculty's research agenda, further supported by research funds to cover appropriate research expenses up to the value of $10,000 per annum.

    Per the terms of the bequest funding this fellowship, preference is given to candidates who identify as female.

    Responsibilities include:

  • Undertake high quality research on their designated research project;
  • Prepare reports and papers based on research findings for presentation at conferences and seminars;
  • Publish research findings in accordance with the minimum expectations of the Faculty of Arts;
  • Prepare and submit applications for external research grants where appropriate;
  • Undertake limited administrative functions primarily connected with the Fellow's research project;
  • Undertake other limited duties as negotiated with the Head of School or Dean of the Faculty (such as research supervision, or occasional guest lecturing) that contribute to the incumbent's professional development, and to the research and learning environment of the School of Social and Political Sciences.
  • Who We Are Looking For Our ideal candidate will have a PhD qualification in Anthropology and a proven ability to conduct independent research in the Asia-Pacific region. They will also demonstrate a strong publication record in reputable journals or publishing houses, along with excellent communication and interpersonal skills, essential for effective teamwork.

    You will also have:

  • PhD qualification in the field of Anthropology;
  • Demonstrated ability to engage in independent scholarship and research in the Asia-Pacific;
  • Demonstrated publication record in Anthropology in refereed journals and/or publishing houses, relative to opportunity, previous career path and level of appointment;
  • Excellent communication (both written and verbal) and interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively as part of a team.
  • For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the attached PD.

    This position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check to ensure the University provides a safe environment for everyone.

    Please note: To be considered for this role you must have current valid work rights for Australia. Visa sponsorship is unavailable.

    Your New Team - The School of Social and Political Sciences The appointee will join the School of Social and Political Sciences, which is at the forefront of teaching and research in the social sciences in Australia and internationally. The School's aim is to redefine the world and change what matters, and our work is underpinned by the values of intellectual freedom, integrity, diversity, environmental sustainability and social justice. We value collegiality and active citizenship and are committed to contributing strongly to public and institutional life, and to providing an engaged and distinctive social science and arts education for our students.

    About the University of Melbourne 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.

    We offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, check out our benefits page!

    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. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the Diversity and Inclusion of the community in which we live.

    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. We are proud of our 2023-2027 Indigenous Strategy. Tangible support through a range of programs and initiatives will ensure that you personally succeed and flourish while at the University of Melbourne.

    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 Ana Gencic via email at [email protected], 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: 21 APRIL 2024 11:55 PM Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)

    Position Description:0061988McArthur Fellowship PD

    Advertised: 25 Mar 2024 12:05 AM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

    Applications close: 21 Apr 2024 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time

    Job details


    The Thomas and Margaret Ruth McArthur Fellowship


    University of Melbourne




    March 25, 2024

    Application deadline

    April 21, 2024

    Job type



    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. 

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