Lecturer in Political Science
University of Queensland

Lecturer in Political Science

Join a university ranked in the world’s top 50
Teaching and Research Academic Level B (two position available)
Provide excellence in education and create an exceptional student experience 
Based at our vibrant and picturesque St Lucia Campus


About UQ

As part of the UQ community, you will have the opportunity to work alongside the brightest minds, who have joined us from all over the world, and within an environment where interdisciplinary collaborations are encouraged.


At the core of our teaching remains our students, and their experience with us sets a foundation for success far beyond graduation. UQ has made a commitment to making education opportunities available for all Queenslanders, regardless of personal, financial, or geographical barriers.


As part of our commitment to excellence in research and professional practice in academic contexts, we are proud to provide our staff with access to world-class facilities and equipment, grant writing support, greater research funding opportunities, and other forms of staff support and development.


About This Opportunity 

This is an exciting opportunity to join the School of Political Science and International Studies as a Lecturer (Teaching and Research). We welcome applications from across the school’s sub-disciplines of strength.  In this role, we seek colleagues with demonstrated potential for excellence across the four domains of academic work: Teaching; Research; Supervision and Researcher Development; and Citizenship and Service.


Key responsibilities will include, but are not limited to: 

  • Teaching – We seek skilled and enthusiastic teachers with a commitment to inclusive classrooms and to outstanding pedagogic practices across curriculum and assessment design and the student experience. In this role you will develop, co-ordinate and deliver courses in the undergraduate and postgraduate programs.

  • Research – We seek researchers with a focused research agenda and demonstrated capacity to produce high quality research outputs, a commitment to pursue research funding opportunities, build external partnerships with relevant stakeholders and to undertake collaborative research, including with interdisciplinary partners.

  • Supervision and Research Development – We seek colleagues with a willingness to undertake high-quality Master and HDR supervision. In undertaking supervision, you will support the development of researchers by being responsive to the skills and networks that graduates seek to advance their careers.

  • Service and Citizenship – We seek colleagues with a demonstrated willingness to support the operational needs and vision of the school, and a commitment to the development of the broader discipline in Australia and beyond.


For a full copy of the position description, please contact talent@uq.edu.au


This is a teaching & research position. Further information can be found by viewing UQ’s Criteria for Academic Performance.


We have two positions available, full-time (100%), continuing. At Academic level B, the full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $108,201 - $128,201, plus a generous super allowance of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be up to $126,595 - $149,996 annually. As this role is covered by an Enterprise Agreement, you will also receive regular remuneration increases – at least once a year.


The greater benefits of joining the UQ community are broad:  from being part of a Group of Eight university, to recognition of prior service with other Australian universities, up to 26 weeks of paid parental leave, 17.5% annual leave loading, flexible working arrangements including hybrid on site/WFH options and flexible start/finish times, and genuine career progression opportunities via the academic promotions process.


About You  

  • PhD in Political Science or International Relations.

  • A focused research agenda with a demonstrated record, relative to opportunity, of publishing innovative research in high quality outlets.

  • Capacity to develop Category 1, 2 and 3 grant applications. Categories are defined here.

  • Demonstrated record of high-quality teaching at undergraduate and/or postgraduate levels including the development, teaching and administration of undergraduate and/or postgraduate courses.

  • Capacity to supervise Higher Degree Research students to successful completion.

  • Commitment to undertaking internal service roles and participate in the governance, life and promotion of the school.

  • An active engagement with relevant external stakeholders such as professional organisations, industry, government and community groups.

  • A commitment to UQ Values in relation to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and UQ’s Reconciliation Action Plan.


In addition, the following mandatory requirements apply:

  • Background Checks: All final applicants for this position may be asked to consent to a criminal record check. Please note that people with criminal records are not automatically barred from applying for this position. Each application will be considered on its merits. 


Relocating from interstate or overseas? We will support you with the visa sponsorship process and a relocation support package. You can find out more about life in Australia’s Sunshine State here.



For more information about this opportunity, please contact Professor Katrina Lee Koo, Head of School via k.leekoo@uq.edu.au  For application queries, please contact talent@uq.edu.au stating the job reference number (below) in the subject line.

Want to Apply? 

All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Resume

  • Cover letter

  • Responses to the ‘About You’ section


If you are interested in both the teaching and research position and the teaching focused position, please ensure you apply for both positions.


Other Information 

At UQ we know that our greatest strengths come from our diverse mix of colleagues, this is reflected in our ongoing commitment to creating an environment focused on equity, diversity and inclusion.  We ensure that we are always attracting, retaining and promoting colleagues who are representative of the diversity in the broader community, whether that be gender identityLGBTQIA+cultural and/or linguisticAboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoplespeople with a disability, or age. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to talent@uq.edu.au.


If you are a current employee (including casual staff and HDR scholars) or hold an unpaid/affiliate appointment, please login to your staff Workday account and visit the internal careers board to apply for this opportunity. Please do NOT apply via the external job board.


Applications close Sunday, 28 July 2024 at 11.00pm AEST (R-40272).

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