First listed on: 08 December 2021

Lecturer in Film Studies


  • Full time, continuing position, located at Camperdown Campus
  • Join a dynamic team of scholars committed to Film Studies and contribute to the advancement of new areas of research and teaching
  • Base Salary $110,856 - $131,639 + 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

The Film Studies Program in the Department of Art History is seeking a Lecturer in Film Studies who specialises in Asian Cinema to join its dynamic and diverse team. Expertise may include one or more national and transnational cinemas, whether focused on contemporary cinemas or film histories, or its various scholarly subfields such as global cinema studies, auteur cinema studies, and regional new wave cinemas studies. We are especially interested in ambitious candidates who have expertise in East Asian and Southeast Asian cinemas, and who exhibit a capacity to build interdisciplinary relationships and networks within the University, as part of a remit to strengthen this area of the Film Studies Program.

Film Studies is an interdisciplinary program that draws on research-led teaching strengths across the Department, School and Faculty, as well as those of the core Program, including film aesthetics, film philosophy, film history (early and silent cinema), European cinema, feminist and queer film studies, and documentary film. As a lecturer within the Film Studies program, you will join a group of leading film scholars, a thriving teaching and learning environment, and contribute to a vibrant research culture (that includes reading groups, scholarly networks, and community outreach).

About you

We are looking for a Lecturer in Film Studies who has:

  • PhD in Film Studies or related area
  • teaching experience at tertiary level in Film Studies
  • commitment to developing and advancing curricula within the Film Studies program
  • commitment to engage in teaching and learning innovation
  • demonstrated research track record (including books, journal articles, or book chapters) in Film Studies
  • ability to articulate a plausible and ambitious 3-year research plan
  • proven knowledge and expertise in Asian cinema studies and/or transnational/transcultural cinema studies
  • established research outcomes through peer group and broader community impact esteem (including internal and external funding of research activity, conference participation, awards, elected memberships or fellowships, critical acclaim for published work)
  • demonstrated ability to work professionally as part of a team, cooperating with colleagues in a collegial and effective manner within the Department of Art History and beyond, as well as with external partners

Closing date for applications

11.59pm, Monday 31st January 2022

Please note: The University of Sydney will be closed from 24 December 2021 until 9 January 2022 inclusive.

To keep our community safe, please be aware of our COVID safety precautions which form our conditions of entry for all staff, students and visitors coming to campus.

Sponsorship / work rights for Australia

Visa sponsorship will be available for this position.

Pre-employment checks

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.

EEO statement

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.

How to apply

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