Come Work in the World’s Third Most Livable City!

by Kevin Jon Heller

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The Economist Intelligence Unit has just released its annual list of the world’s most livable cities — and my adopted home of Melbourne ranks third, behind only Vancouver and Vienna.  It thus seems like an appropriate time to mention that Melbourne Law School is looking to hire new faculty at all levels, from Lecturer to Professor:

This year we are particularly interested in, and encourage, applications from scholars researching and teaching in the fields of administrative law; criminal law and evidence; media and technology law; and private law, in particular remedies and torts.

We continue to seek new colleagues at all ranks (levels B to E) and across all sub-disciplines who share our commitment to a highly collegial, research-intensive professional life. We specifically encourage applications from current or aspiring academics with a clear understanding of the value of cross-disciplinary and comparative analysis, who are able to integrate teaching with research and knowledge transfer activities, and who are prepared to contribute to the vibrant communal life and culture at the Law School and within the University of Melbourne as a whole.

Salaries are quite competitive with the US market, particularly with the Australian dollar hovering around $.92. The Lecturer range is AUD $73,863 to AUD $87,710; the Senior Lecturer range is AUD $90,480 to AUD $104,329; the Associate Professor range is AUD $108,946 to AUD $120,025; and the Professor range is AUD $140,335 and above.  Salaries also include a fantastic 17% superannuation — 17% of your salary paid directly to your retirement fund each year, on top of the salary itself.

Potential applicants should be aware that it is very unlikely we will be hiring any pure international-law scholars — we already have more than a dozen on the faculty.  But I am confident that we would be delighted to hire someone who is genuinely committed to teaching one or more of the subjects identified above whose work is also international, transnational, or comparative in focus.  I was hired, for example, as a comparative criminal-law person; I teach two or three streams of Australian criminal law each year in addition to ICL.  (And love doing so.)

I can’t say enough good things about Melbourne as a city or Melbourne Law School.  It would be an exciting time to join the faculty, as we are about two years away from becoming a graduate-only law school — Australia’s first.

If anyone is seriously interested in applying, feel free to drop me a line with any questions: kheller [at] unimelb [dot] edu [dot] au. More details on the vacancies are available here.

9 Responses

  1. Interesting post.
    By the way, I hope you have appreciated France beating Ireland yesterday night.
    Any bad officiating you may have noticed before France makes the Grand Slam, expert?

  2. Spam really is improving.

    I can second KJH’s comments on both Melbourne and the law school, too.

  3. Bernard,

    Didn’t even notice — I have no interest in soccer, except for the occasional Arsenal match.  And I certainly have nothing against the French team.  What I do have something against is bad officiating and classless players in any sport.  And Thierry’s goal remains an exemplar of both.

  4. Kevin….it was rugby!! The 6 Nations. And we were badly defeated. But in any case, that is but an aside. I imagine you will have lots of excellently qualified applicants for these posts…there is but a trickle of appointments in the UK and none in Ireland so everyone coming out of a PhD/seeking promotion here is looking antipodean-way!

  5. Six Nations?  That’s not real rugby.  If it doesn’t include the All Blacks, the Wallabies, and the evil Springboks, it’s doesn’t count.  Besides, it’s Australian Rules Football pre-season, so nothing else matters.  Go Magpies!

  6. KJH: We still have much to teach you, yes?  Collingwood??? Oh, you poor deluded man…

    Thirding the MLS support, excellent staff though out the whole faculty, and the students are lovely too. 🙂

  7. Glad to see rep being given to Melbourne (the city; the university) here. I’m here (there?) right now, and unless Jesus personally writes me a reference to NYU, will probably be doing a JD there in ’11, and I too have nothing but good things to say. (About the Law faculty, that is.)

  8. I’m delighted by the positive comments — but am deeply, profoundly disturbed by A’s subtle and unacceptable slur of my beloved Collingwood Magpies.  He’s probably a Carlton or Geelong fan, the lowest forms of AFL life.

  9. He? Hmmm, yet another thing you may be surprised by Professor Heller.  I’m definitely not a he.  Although this does make it all much more interesting!  All’s fair in love and War, even The Red Cross would attest to that(well they claim Wars have Laws, I’m not sure I agree with the way they(The Red Cross) uphold them…)

    It does not surprise me that you would suspect that I would be a follower of one those two teams, but my heart beats true to the Red and the Blue.  I’ve been a Melbourne supporter since my mid-teens, because I of course actually have taste!

    Meh, Collingwood Meh, next you’ll be telling me that Eddie McGuire isn’t racist/just a complete idiot in general…? 😛

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