Associate Professor/Professor of National Security and Defence Law

Job no: 502717
Work type: Continuing - Full-time
Campus: Adelaide
Categories: Faculty of the Professions, Level D, Level E

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Lead National Security and Defence Law research and teaching in a rewarding environment.

An attractive remuneration package will be negotiated at Level D or E including 17% Superannuation.

Continuing position, available immediately.

To enhance our research excellence, the University of Adelaide is investing in new elite academic talent and a new role of Associate Professor/Professor of National Security and Defence Law has been created to provide academic and research leadership in the field within the Adelaide Law School.

Your internationally recognized outstanding research and discipline knowledge will advance the University’s national and international leadership in the area of National Security and Defence Law.

The Professor of National Security and Defence Law will provide leadership in the key academic and research strength of national security and defence law within the Adelaide Law School.

The Law School has successfully positioned itself to be a research leader in Australia and internationally in the domain of national security and defence law, and is engaged in teaching and research together with Defence in both Australia and the US. This strategic professorial role will leverage this success to the next level, providing opportunities to reach into new partnerships and domains.

Your commitment and engagement will promote robust interdisciplinary initiatives and collaborations across the University as well as with our external partners, to enable excellence in teaching along with research outputs that have national and international impact.

As a leader in your field, you will encourage and lead an environment of creativity and innovation, building capacity even further in legal research and industry engagement in this domain. Engaging with the broader academic, professional and industry community you will share your expertise across the University, promoting and enhancing the national and international profile of the University.

To be successful you will need:

  • A PhD in Law and/ or extensive experience in a national security/ defence based role.
  • An outstanding internationally recognised track record of research, with a particular emphasis on national security, cyber, space or defence domains.
  • Proven experience in successfully engaging and developing partnerships with relevant government and industry bodies both nationally and internationally.
  • Experience in leading a large team of researchers and mentoring junior faculty across disciplines employing national security and defence.
  • Ability to play a leadership role in curriculum design and review at school, faculty and institutional level including – where possible – the design or implementation of cross-faculty, cross-campus or team taught units, course or projects.

Applicants to Level E will have demonstrated ability across the minimum essential criteria and much greater levels of experience and achievement across the above-listed points.

Please see the role statement for detailed selection criteria

Your division's broader role

The Faculty of the Professions is one of five faculties at the University of Adelaide. It is comprised of the prestigious Adelaide Law School, the Adelaide Business School, the School of Economics, the Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre, Institute for International Trade, Centre for Global Food and Resources and the Future of Employment and Skills Research Centre. The faculty offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and has strong connections with business and industry. It offers a contemporary, intellectually stimulating and rewarding working environment.

The Adelaide Law School is future focused and committed to ensuring our students are prepared for the careers of the future. Globally focussed, internationally recognised and consistently ranked in the top 100 law schools worldwide with a 5-star QS Rating*. Adelaide Law School has well established networks with the legal profession and access to an impressive global network, opening doors to international opportunities.

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Enjoy an outstanding career environment

The University of Adelaide is a uniquely rewarding workplace. The size, breadth and quality of our education and research programs - including significant industry, government and community collaborations - offers you vast scope and opportunity for a long and fulfilling career.

It also enables us to attract high-calibre people in all facets of our operations, ensuring that you will be surrounded by talented colleagues, many world-leading. Our cutting-edge work - not just in Law, but across virtually the full spectrum of human endeavour - provides a constant source of inspiration.

Our core values are honesty, respect, fairness, discovery and excellence. 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 of our staff.

In addition, we offer a wide range of attractive staff benefits. These include: salary packaging; flexible work arrangements; high-quality professional development programs and activities; and an on-campus health clinic, gym and other fitness facilities

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If you want to change tomorrow, act today

Click the link to the online application form below and address and upload your responses to all selection criteria. Applications close 11:55pm, 31 October 2019.

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, please contact:

Professor Melissa de Zwart
Dean of Law, Adelaide Law School

University of Adelaide
P: +61 (8) 8313 5172


Professor Dale Stephens
Adelaide Law School

University of Adelaide
P: +61 (8) 8313 5937

You will find a full Role Statement below: (If no links appear, try viewing on another device)

The University of Adelaide is an Equal Opportunity employer, Women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply.


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