The Kimberley Foundation Ian Potter Chair In Rock Art

at University of Western Australia

The Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education

School of Social Sciences

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is a member of the prestigious Group-of-Eight research-intensive Universities. With a reputation for international excellence and ranked in the top 100 Universities in the world, UWA's continued success is on target for its longer term goal of reaching the world top 50 by 2050.

The Centre for Rock Art Research and Management (CRAR+M) is a UWA centre of research excellence for integrated and collaborative research into Australian rock art, with an emphasis on Western Australia.

It also aspires to be a leader in rock art conservation and management by research-driven advocacy for its priceless heritage values. Rock art informs many other past and present Indigenous artistic practices, and cannot be studied in isolation.

CRAR+M seeks to bring together Indigenous communities and multidisciplinary researchers (archaeologists, dating specialists, human geographers, anthropologists, Indigenous artists, and historians) to create a more holistic understanding and awareness of the cultural significance of Indigenous rock art. By examining various contexts and aspects associated with rock art, from both Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives, researchers can use Indigenous visual heritage to understand more about its role in the lives of Indigenous Australians.

About the opportunity

The appointee will lead and develop rock art research in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. The position is primarily a research role and the person will be responsible for developing collaborative research programs, and for ensuring appropriate participation of, and collaboration with, Traditional Owners.

The principal area of this research should advance understanding of the duration, nature and context of Indigenous culture in the Kimberley, in order to contextualise and progress the study of the region's rock art.

The researcher will also be responsible for developing research training in rock art and related disciplinary fields, and for ensuring the results of this work are disseminated to the wider community.

For further information regarding the position please contact:

Professor Jane Balme, Acting Head of School, School of Social Sciences on +61 8 6488 3825 or or Professor Jo McDonald, Director, Centre for Rock Art Research and Management on +61 8 6488 4306 or

Additional information is contained in the Candidate Brochure: Download File Candidate Brochure - Kimberley Rock Art.pdf

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How to Apply: Please apply online via the Apply Now Button.

This position is open to international applicants.

Closing Date: Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Diversity and Inclusion

UWA is committed to a diverse workforce. We celebrate inclusion and diversity and believe gender equity is fundamental to achieving our goal of being a top 50 university by 2050.

  • We have child friendly areas on campus, including childcare facilities. Flexible work arrangements, part-time hours and job sharing will all be considered.
  • UWA has been awarded Platinum Employer Status for being a Top Ten Employer for LGBTI Inclusion by the Australian Workplace Equity Index (AWEI -2019).

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