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Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Korean Studies (Politics and International Relations) – University of Melbourne – Deadline 3 May, 2024 (23:55 AEST)

Job no: 0062080

Location: Parkville
Role type: 
Full-time; Continuing 
Faculty of Arts
Department/School: Asia Institute
Level B (Lecturer) $114,645 – $136,136 or Level C (Senior Lecturer) – $140,433 – $161,926 p.a. plus 17% super

  • Opportunity to make a significant contribution to academic excellence within the Korean Studies program at the Asia Institute!
  • Embrace a role that combines impactful teaching, high-quality research, and administrative leadership
  • 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 Asia Institute welcomes applications from Korean Studies specialists with a proven record of successfully teaching non-language subjects such as Korean society, politics, and international relations with a focus on the Korean peninsula. Specifically, upon appointment, this role will undertake teaching in the following 3 subjects:

  • Two Koreas in the World
  • Contemporary Korea
  • Korean Politics and Society

The incumbent will join an established programme in Korean language, making a significant contribution to teaching at undergraduate, honours and postgraduate level, and contributing to research excellence within their discipline. They will adopt a student-centric approach in their teaching, ensuring an enriching and inclusive learning environment for all.

The research work of a Senior Lecturer will be acknowledged at a national level as being influential in expanding the knowledge of their discipline, whilst a Senior Lecturer will  provide leadership in research, including research training and supervision.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Subject coordination, including preparation and delivery of lectures/tutorials/seminars in Korean Studies, and supervision of sessional tutors
  • Curriculum design, development and innovation, including initiation, development, and review of subject material at the undergraduate (including 4th-year/ Honours) level
  • Development of technology-based teaching, learning and assessment programs and resources
  • Administrative tasks associated with the subjects taught, including consultation with students, marking and assessment
  • Design and delivery of overseas subjects and other student mobility programs
  • Regularly apply for teaching and learning innovation grants (with emphasis on national competitive and peer reviewed)
  • Honours and postgraduate supervision, including RHDs
  • Active and collegial collaboration within the discipline of Korean Studies to support the growth of the program
  • High quality publications arising from scholarship and research in line with the Faculty of Arts minimum expectations
  • Applications for external competitive research funding
  • Participation in the research activities of the discipline and School
  • Active participation in international and national collaborative scholarly activities, including conferences and research projects
  • Active engagement in service, leadership and coordination roles in the discipline, School and Faculty demonstrating respectful, inclusive behaviours at all times and building trust amongst colleagues
  • Active participation in committees (discipline, School, Faculty, University)

Who We Are Looking For
We are seeking a committed and engaging educator with experience of teaching at tertiary level. You will also have the opportunity to conduct scholarly activity or academic research that informs and enhances your teaching. You will also possess well-established academic skills and strong academic performance.

You will also have:

  • A completed PhD in Korean Studies or related field with a focus on Korean politics and society or Korean international relations
  • A strong record in research with a developing publication profile in Korean Studies
  • Demonstrated expertise in Korean Studies, particularly the study of Korean society, politics, and/or international relations
  • Demonstrated course coordination experience
  • Ability to attract research grants
  • Ability to supervise honours and postgraduate coursework degree theses
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the learning orientations of a diverse student cohort, combined with the ability to apply this knowledge and understanding to create a highly inclusive student learning environment
  • Demonstrated professional and collegial behaviour of a very high standard (encompassing commitment to the Faculty’s Values and Behaviours outlined on page 5).
  • Working knowledge of the Korean language.

Additionally, at Level C:

  • Demonstrated course coordination, effective leadership and effective communication
  • Demonstrated capacity to attract research grants, especially for multidisciplinary and collaborative research
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching including the capacity to initiate and oversee course development
  • A record of supervising honours and postgraduate degree theses
  • Ability to undertake original and path-setting research in the applicant’s field

For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, 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 may be available for this position.

Your New Team – The Asia Institute
The Asia Institute is a School within the Faculty of Arts. It is the University of Melbourne’s key centre for studies in Asian languages, cultures and societies. Asia Institute academic staff have an array of research interests and specialisations and strive to provide leadership in the study of the intellectual, legal, politico-economic, cultural, and religious traditions and transformations of Asia and the Islamic world. The Asia Institute is committed to community engagement and offers a dynamic program of academic and community-focused events and cultural exchanges that aim to promote dialogue and debate.

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, 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
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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 at the appropriate level^ (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 Gencic 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: 3 MAY 2024 11:55 PM Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)

Position Description: 0062080_Lecturer-Senior Lecturer in Korean Studies – Politics and International Relations_PD

Further Opportunities!
This opportunity is one of two exciting roles currently available within the Asia Institute at the University of Melbourne.

Applicants are highly encouraged to explore both positions, and apply to all deemed suitable – follow the link to discover more – Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Korean Studies (Culture & Society)