What is the timeline for the humanities (specifically literature) job search in Australia? In the US, jobs begin to be posted in September. Any advice for a US candidate looking for a level B (lecturer, equivalent of US assistant professor) position?

  • I noticed that for Engineering positions, many Australian universities started posting faculty position about a month ago! I usually check academickeys, higheredjobs and similar sites.
    – The Guy
    Commented May 8, 2016 at 22:23
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    I don't understand the close votes for "not about academia." Hiring timelines are certainly about the profession. (I would say the "any advice" part is too broad, though it seems not to be the primary question.)
    – Kimball
    Commented May 8, 2016 at 22:25

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Universities in Australia take a slightly different approach from those in the US. Rather than recruiting serious academic positions almost exclusively at the assistant professor/level B level and recruiting in cohorts, they tend to advertise positions when they get new funding or when someone leaves, rather than on any particular timeline, and may hire (or cut positions) at any level of seniority.

If you look at the websites of universities, most of them currently have some academic positions open, with deadlines ranging from tomorrow to the end of July. You just need to be on the lookout for suitable positions in your field.

That said, the academic semesters in Australia run from about February to June and from about August to November, so it is likely that there are more positions being advertised in May-June and November-December, looking for people who will be ready to teach at the start of the coming semester.

ETA: Here's one for you to look at: http://www.jobs-monash.jxt.net.au/academic-jobs/lecturer-senior-lecturer-in-literary-studies/642748

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