U of Sydney position

The University of Sydney China Studies Centre
Job opportunity: Director, China Studies Centre (Professor or Associate Professor)

  • Exciting opportunity for an outstanding senior academic who is a leading authority within their discipline
  • Located on the University’s Camperdown Campus
  • Part-time (0.5 FTE) position on a 2-year fixed-term basis with an attractive remuneration package

About the opportunity

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is ranked 23rd in the world for Arts and Humanities (QS World University Rankings 2021) and offers one of the most comprehensive and diverse ranges of humanities and social science studies in the Asia-Pacific region. The China Studies Centre is anchored in the Faculty and is a hub for cross-disciplinary education and research. It brings together and promotes collaboration among the many University academics who in various and diverse ways work on China.

We are seeking to appoint an outstanding senior academic at the level of Professor or Associate Professor as the Director, China Studies Centre to provide leadership to the broad range of staff across the University with an interest in China. The Director is responsible for leading, managing and delivering the Centre’s research strategy, and for development of a collaborative environment that effectively engages members of the academic community across the University. Working closely with the Office of Global Engagement, the Director facilitates external engagement for the Centre while ensuring alignment with Faculty objectives, University policies and external standards.

The role will chiefly involve coordinating, deepening and enhancing the University’s research capacity in Chinese Studies, ensuring that our expertise is oriented towards enhancing Australia’s understanding of this major world power and seeking to build effective collaborations between the University and broader communities both here and overseas. The Director will be engaged in understanding and building effective relationships with China.

About you

The successful candidate will have capacity to provide leadership to a broad range of staff across multiple disciplines, and the ability to work collegially and effectively with a range of stakeholders including executives, academics and the wider network of scholars and students in the University with an interest in China. You will have an ability to forge effective external links and demonstrated capacity to undertake this kind of outreach.

You must hold a PhD in a relevant field and be a leading authority within your area of expertise, with an international reputation for excellence. You will be expected to maintain your reputation by actively contributing to research and scholarship, academic debate, policy development and innovation within the University and the broader community.

You must have a wide network of established relationships with key academic, industry and professional institutions, partners and stakeholders, that can be leveraged to enhance the standing of the Faculty and University.

Term and remuneration

The position will be offered at the level of Professor or Associate Professor on a part-time basis (0.5 FTE) for a fixed term of 2 years and is subject to completion of a satisfactory probation period for new appointees. The successful candidate will be offered an attractive remuneration package commensurate with the responsibilities of the position and the candidate’s relevant experience and qualifications.

How to apply

Applications (including a cover letter, CV and response to selection criteria) must be submitted via the link above. Please refer to the candidate information brochure for further details, including the selection criteria.

Candidate Information Brochure – Director, China Studies Centre

If you are a current employee of the University and would like to submit an application, please login into your Workday account. Navigate to the Career icon on your Dashboard once logged into Workday and click on the USYD Find Jobs report to apply.

For a confidential discussion about the role, or if you require reasonable adjustment or support filling out this application, please contact: John Flynn (Senior Talent Partner, Recruitment Operations, Human Resources) on +61 481 564 562 or by email john.flynn2@sydney.edu.au


Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Closing time: 11.59pm (AEST) on Tuesday 29 June 2021

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

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The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.

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