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Sydney Horizon Educators

Join Australia’s largest new community of educational change-makers
We’re looking for 150+ of the world’s best educators to transform the experience of our students and advance teaching practice.


We’re making an unprecedented investment in recruiting and developing Australia's largest new community of education-focused academics, across all career stages and disciplines, with several open calls for applications in 2024 and 2025.

Building our student-focused education is central to our Sydney in 2032 strategy and our 2023-26 Enterprise Agreement. We want all our students to attest to the transformational impact a Sydney education has on their lives; from the sense of belonging in the classroom and collaborating with industry and community partners on real issues, to the infectious passion and innovative curricula of their teachers.

Offering a clear education-focused academic career pathway, the Sydney Horizon Educators scheme recognises and supports talented university educators, providing access to a range of professional development opportunities, including educational fellowship accreditation through the internationally-recognised Advance HE, and grants to support educational innovation.



Successful applicants will receive:

  • Continuing (tenured), education-focused role
  • Australia’s most generous academic salaries*: AUD$101,507 p.a. (Level A, Step 5) - AUD$224,932 p.a. (Level E)
  • Generous benefits, including up to 36 weeks paid parental leave, 17% superannuation (pension), flexible hours
  • Access to up to AUD$30K to support education-related activities, including education-related research and education-related professional development and learning​.

* There will be a salary increase of 3.75% on base salary from 1 July 2024.


Applications require:

  • Indication of desired position

  • Responses to selection criteria

  • A copy of your CV

  • Details of qualifications, including PhD status.

Key dates

Open call 1:
  • Applications open: 18 March 2024
  • Applications close: 15-29 April 2024*
  • Interviews: from 13 May 2024
  • Roles commence: from July 2024.

*Please refer to individual job listings to confirm close date for the role you are interested in. 

Applications for subsequent cohorts will be open again in 2024 and 2025. Please subscribe to our mailing list to be informed about key dates in subsequent rounds. 

Our educational-innovators


Meet some of our education-focused academics who are at the forefront of educational innovation.


Professor Susan Rowland


“I pursued a career as an education focused academic as I love educating, discovering new things, and science. I wanted the flexibility of a serious academic job that combined those passions. I use my science training and combine it with a new set of social science approaches in my work. Teaching and doing teaching-related research and leadership is a place of ‘flow’ for me. "

“What I particularly enjoy about the nature of my work is the ability to dedicate my time to scholarly education practice, educational research, and leadership, without being required to maintain the large grants needed to do scientific research. It has been a joyous pathway of learning a new way to work, which has allowed me to make a much stronger contribution to the University and the people in it than I would have otherwise.

“People have different strengths. Scholarly teachers should have the opportunity to shine in that role and make important contributions to the University as academic colleagues. Students deserve educators who have the time to spend on their teaching, and who are supported and rewarded for doing that.”

Professor Danny Liu

Professor, Educational Innovation

"When I was doing my PhD, I had the chance to be a postgraduate teaching fellow for a year. I saw how important it was to give students a great learning experience and the power that teaching had to do this. I still remember two of my biochemistry coordinators who cared so much for us as students—they made me want to become an academic so I could do the same."

"I also saw the passion that a lot of my teachers in undergrad had for helping students learn and I thought that this would be a really great way to contribute back.

There's a lot that we can do as education-focussed academics to not just teach our own students, but to influence and improve the practices of others, to mentor, and to lead the next generation of educators. Education-focussed academics have so much to offer and can impact so many things, such as university strategies, classroom practices, international conversations around hot topics, mentorship, and more.

Part of our University's mission is to be student-focused. Education-focussed staff play a key role in this—to care for our students, to give them rich and engaging learning experiences, to help them discover themselves and their futures. I can’t think of many things that beat this!"

Dr Reyne Pullen

Lecturer, Faculty of Science

"I have always had a strong passion for education and being within academia allows me to both engage with the face-to-face teaching I love and the deeper thinking around researching and understanding how my students learn. Originally a secondary teacher, I also found the flexibility within the tertiary sector to be appealing in terms of curriculum, assessment, and being involved..."

"...supporting students through to graduation.

"I’ve had considerable career success since commencing in my role as an education focused lecturer at the University. I attribute this to the wealth of support that has been offered by peers within my community, and both colleagues and leadership within my school.

“The needs of our students are complex and changing, and the time afforded to many of our colleagues for thinking about teaching is limited. Having roles that are dedicated to thinking about teaching and learning and acting as education leaders within their disciplinary contexts."

Dr Victoria Rudland

Senior Lecturer, Sydney Medical School

“I was inspired to be an education focused academic for numerous reasons: I love teaching; I enjoy collaborating with other academics in the team; the flexibility of the role; and the ability to have a broad influence in medicine by improving the skills and practice of early-career doctors."

“Since starting my academic career at the University as a Lecturer/Unit Coordinator, I have progressed to Senior Lecturer, Deputy Program Director, and Program Director. Through an active interest in the broader postgraduate coursework offering, my role has expanded to assist with curriculum development, strategy and planning for other programs.  

“A university should provide both excellent teaching and research. Not all teachers enjoy, or are suited to, research, and vice versa. There should be flexibility in academic roles to allow staff to play to their strengths and interests, with each equally well-regarded."

Frequently asked questions


See below for some of our most frequently asked questions. If you don't see your question below, please contact us. 


Yes, this is a world-wide search for the best educators. We welcome international applications from qualified educators. Successful candidates will be provided with visa support and a relocation allowance.

Your application will be assessed against the published selection criteria for your role of interest. We are looking for people who see themselves as career educators, and who are committed to teaching, research, and improving the student experience. We are looking for leaders, who will work with their colleagues to build and deliver exceptional, transformational education.

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