Casual Academic Teaching in the School of LES

The School of Life, Environmental Sciences (LES) encompasses a wide range of disciplines from biomedical science to environmental management. These two fields are at the ends of a continuum, which has at its central point the biology of living organisms. We aspire to be Australia's best school of life and environment, known for outstanding teaching and research at the cutting edge of the interface between the physical, biological and environmental sciences.

Casual Academic Staff members are an important part of the school’s teaching program. Casual academic staff help the School to maintain a high quality in teaching and learning and to satisfy students’ learning requirements for units and courses and increase flexibility in subject offerings.

LES offers courses on three of Deakin’s campuses: Geelong Waurn Ponds, Warrnambool and Melbourne Burwood. Visit our Sciences and Environment study areas to see the courses offered.

You are encouraged to apply if you believe you have the qualifications and capability to work within our teaching team in the following study areas:

Study areaCampus
Biological science Melbourne (Burwood)
Biomedical science Melbourne (Burwood); Geelong (Waurn Ponds)
Biotechnology and Bioinformatics Geelong (Waurn Ponds)
Earth Science Melbourne (Burwood); Geelong (Waurn Ponds)
Environmental management & sustainability Melbourne (Burwood)
Forensic science Geelong (Waurn Ponds)
Marine Biology Geelong (Waurn Ponds) & Queenscliff; Warrnambool
Science Melbourne (Burwood); Geelong (Waurn Ponds); Warrnambool
Sustainable Regional Development Melbourne (Burwood)
Wildlife and conservation biology Melbourne (Burwood)
Zoology and animal science Geelong (Waurn Ponds)


You are able to express your interest in casual teaching with the School of Life and Environmental Sciences through our online application.

Working with Children Check (WWCC)

Deakin University is required to meet Victorian Government legislation relating to child wellbeing and safety ("Child Safe Standards"), and as a result of this legislative requirement the University Executive made the decision that all current casual academic and professional staff whose roles involve the possible current or future contact with children and young people under 18 years (including oral, written or electronic communication) as part of their work will be required to provide the University with a current Employee WWCC before they commence work.

Please note that should you be offered employment at Deakin, you will be required to provide an Employee WWCC prior to commencing work. For more information on the WWCC application process please visit the Working with Children Check website.

What to expect when applying for casual academic opportunities

Once an application has been submitted, you should receive an automatic acknowledgement email that we have received it. Please ensure you check your junk/spam mailbox if this does not arrive within 1 hour, usually much earlier.

All applicants will be reviewed by academic staff to assess eligibility and notified of the outcome (whether successful or not). Applicants must meet the Australian Qualification Framework standards.

Eligible applicants

Those applications deemed eligible will be kept on file and available to be viewed for possible opportunities by School Unit Chairs and Campus Coordinators.

This information is kept for a maximum period of 12 months (the academic year). An eligible application does not mean immediate employment.

If there is an opportunity, you will be contacted by the Unit Chair or Campus Coordinator to discuss further.

Following agreement between both parties, employment documentation will be sent electronically for completion and signing.

Once paperwork is submitted, you will receive confirmation of employment from the School.

Ineligible applicants

For those deemed ineligible to undertake casual teaching within the School, all information received will be destroyed from University records.

Ready to apply?

If you would like to apply for a casual teaching position with the School of Life and Environmental Sciences, please apply via our online application

If you have any queries regarding the process, please contact

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