Macquarie Anthro Dept is hiring – 2 more weeks to put in applications!
The Anthropology Department at Macquarie University has extended the deadline to apply for the job of Director of the Applied Anthropology program. The listing is on the AAA website, but it looks to me like there are a couple of mistake. First, the AAA listing says that the salary is in the range of $85,000 a year, but at the level we’re hiring (starting at B1 for those of you who know the Australian system), the take-home pay is actually from about $72,000 Australian, which is the equivalent of about U.S. $46,500 at current exchange rates. I think there are 2 problems: first, the salary didn’t get translated into U.S. dollars, and second, it includes (without saying so) the 17% contribution that the university pays to superannuation. (Superannuation means a retirement fund or something like that — you’ll see it eventually, but not for decades.) Big difference between $85K and $46K.
I’ll look into getting that corrected.
There’s another thing that’s wrong in the listing. It says that “This employer does not offer health insurance benefits to eligible partners” but that’s not right. Macquarie helps all of its international employees obtain permanent residency in Australia which gives you access to free public healthcare, and it will pay for private medical insurance until the permanent residency comes through. (I know, because they did so for my famiy.) Also, residency is available to immigrants’ partners, including same-sex partners.
By the way, there are some people who gripe about the public healthcare system here, but as an American, I just don’t understand why. It’s almost always free and I’ve never been put on a waiting list. When I started getting migraines at quadruple the frequency that I was used to last year, I went to my on-campus doctor who ordered a brain scan. I made an appointment for the next day at the medical imagining center at the nearby mall. I walked over to the mall and combined the quick brain scan with lunch with colleagues. Total cost of brain scan if I did this in the US? A gazillion (U.S.) dollars. Total out of pocket cost here in Australia? $0. And no tumor! The health care system here is pretty good by just about any standard. (Unless you are Aboriginal living in a remote community in the Northern Territory — then you’ll probably die by the time you’re 45.)
So don’t let the $46K salary put you off, because not only do you NOT have to pay for your brain scans, you’ll be living in Australia, so it’s really $72K, and even though Sydney is an expensive city, that’s still enough to comfortably live on. Meanwhile, there are lots of fantastic perks about being at Macquarie that make up for the salary. There is generous start-up funding for new faculty members to do their own research, and a teaching load that is
super reasonable. The department distributes the teaching load on a carefully organized rotating schedule so that everyone takes turns getting semesters off from teaching to just work on research and writing. And it’s a vibrant, energetic, collegial department.
Besides that, we’re in Sydney! MQ is about 45 minutes away from a dozen beautiful beaches, and an hour away from the first towns in the Blue Mountains, so whether you want to surf or hike or go canyoning or rock climbing or go bird watching or watch footy games or explore the local cabaret scene, it’s a pretty fabulous place to live.
Have a look at the job listing to see what we’re looking for, and spread the word to any colleagues who fit the bill and are considering relocating to Sydney.