Professor/Associate Professor in Human Geography

Monash University School of Social Sciences

Professor/Associate Professor – Human Geography

Job No.: 640873

Location: Clayton campus

Employment Type: Full-time

Duration: Continuing appointment

Remuneration: $153,674 - $169,294 pa Level D / $197,952 pa Level E (plus 17% employer superannuation)

  • Enjoy the freedom to discover something new
  • Be surrounded by extraordinary ideas – and the people who discover them
  • Take your research further with state-of-the-art infrastructure

The University

Monash is full of thinkers and doers who are looking for their next challenge. So if you’ve forged a rewarding career so far, this role provides the perfect platform to join us. You’ll have access to quality research facilities, infrastructure and teaching spaces to do exciting work, along with opportunities to collaborate internationally. You’ll be part of a university that’s made up of inspirational, challenging thinkers and doers – and continue doing work that makes a lasting impact.

The School of Social Sciences is consistently ranked among the best social science schools both nationally and internationally. It is the largest school in the Faculty of Arts and one of the largest consolidated schools of the social sciences nationally. Interdisciplinary teaching and research collaboration is strongly encouraged.

The School of Social Sciences offers a wide-ranging undergraduate program and a variety of postgraduate degrees in Anthropology, Criminology, Human Geography, Politics and International Relations and Sociology. A major focus of our teaching is to help students become responsible and informed global citizens.

The School is also a place of vibrant research activity and has research strengths focused on social and environmental transformations. The Social and Political Sciences Graduate Research Program provides doctoral training that equips students to understand and respond to complex legal, political, social, cultural and economic problems; developing the necessary skills and expertise needed to advance knowledge for the public good and lead the next generation of social change.

The School is highly-engaged with international partnerships and projects and is committed to the global challenges of Monash’s Impact 2030 strategy: climate change, geopolitical security and thriving communities. The School is home to three flagship research centres delivering to this strategy and creating significant impact and engagement beyond academia: the Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre; the Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre; and the Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre.

Human Geography at Monash has produced some of Australia’s leading researchers, policy makers and practitioners who are, individually and collectively, shaping local, state, national and international agendas on delivering more sustainable and just futures. We have a strong research culture, led by a dynamic group of researchers focusing on diverse societal and governance responses to address critical global challenges. Our research attracts national and international competitive funding, excellent PhD scholars, and routinely informs our teaching programs which explore geographical challenges associated with steering societal, industrial, and governmental dimensions of sustainability transitions.

The Opportunity

The Associate Professor/ Professor will play a leading role in the School Executive in the School of Social Sciences. This includes an ability to bring innovative teaching methods and concepts into the classroom and increase the School’s research capacity related to societal and governance challenges posed by climate and environmental change, within the discipline of Human Geography. In line with the Monash Impact 2030 Strategic Plan, the appointment will be expected to work across the Arts Faculty and wider University in developing research and foster external collaborations with relevant organisations.

Reporting to the Head of School, responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Actively engage in original and collaborative research that leads to high-quality refereed journal publications or outputs with high level academic or commercial publishers
  • Foster research excellence through procuring competitive research grants, leading significant projects and working with other staff to develop research projects.
  • Supervision of PhD students and postgraduate students engaged in coursework and research projects
  • Acting as subject coordinator and Chief Examiner, which includes a range of administrative functions, the majority of which relate to the subjects the academic teaches
  • Contribute to academic and administrative leadership within the faculty by participating in the development of policy and strategy
  • Maintain and broaden collaborative partnerships with relevant faculties and departments/schools within the University and community

With a flexible attitude and the ability to adapt to any circumstance, you will be able to consult and liaise confidently with senior-level stakeholders. You will have demonstrable experience liaising with government bodies both national and international, ensuring compliance with numerous frameworks and policies. As a strong inclusive leader, you will strive towards excellence at all times and continue to maintain our positive culture and morale. With your natural desire to challenge the status quo, you will be passionate and have high levels of innovation to drive change and process improvement.

The Benefits

We offer you an engaging and dynamic role that includes many opportunities to network with highly motivated colleagues around the globe, as part of a committed and professional team. Our collaborative and supportive environment will offer you many benefits, including a competitive salary (including 17% Superannuation), travel and relocation support, and opportunities for training and development. This challenging role will deliver great rewards to the right applicant.

Our culture is one that welcomes all and embraces diversity. We are firm believers that our people are our most valuable asset, so we work to grow and diversify the skills and successes of our staff. We invite you to apply to join us as part of our dynamic learning programs and high-quality research environment.

This role is a full-time position; however, flexible working arrangements may be negotiated.

At Monash University, we are committed to being a Child Safe organisation. This position at the University will require the incumbent to hold a valid Working with Children Check. 

Your application must address the selection criteria. Please refer to "How to apply for Monash Jobs".


Associate Professor Megan Farrelly, Interim Head of School,

Position Description

Download File Associate Professor - Level D

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Closing Date

Monday 10 October 2022, 11:55 pm AEDT