Director, Australian Astronomical Optics - Macquarie

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Publish Date: 
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Job Summary
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Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Macquarie University
Department Name: 
Academic - Teaching and Research
Job Announcement Text: 
  • 5 year Fixed term with continuing Professorship role
  • Unique opportunity to set the direction and lead AAO-Macquarie  
  • Competitive and generous salary 


The Role

In this new role, which carries the status of Head of Department, Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia is seeking a Director of AAO–Macquarie. The Director will take the central role in creating and sustaining a holistic vision for the group across the programs in astronomical instrumentation, astronomy research and data science. The Director will lead the development of strategy and set the directions for discovery, industry engagement and future directions for business development.

About You

We are looking for an outstanding individual with experience in growing, developing and leading high-performance teams to build on the considerable skills and knowledge of the technical experts and academics within AAO–Macquarie. The Director will work to nurture, embed and uphold a culture of excellence and outstanding service in AAO–Macquarie’s exciting mission to produce highly specialised and innovative technological systems. The Director will also drive strategies to develop a new focus on industry engagement and introduce innovative research-focused teaching programs at graduate and, potentially, undergraduate levels.

To be successful in this role, you will have proven academic leadership in your discipline and be known as an eminent authority in your field. You will be a committed enabler of multidisciplinary collaborations, playing an active role in collaborating with researchers across the discipline, faculty and wider academic community. You will have demonstrated the ability to lead and uplift large technical teams. Your proven track record of developing trust, building commitment, modelling core university values and fostering an environment of innovation and excellence will enable you to succeed in this role.


About Us

On 1 July 2018, Macquarie became the new home for the instrumentation, astronomy and data-science teams of the former Australian Astronomical Observatory. Over decades, this Sydney-based group has established an enviable international reputation for its precision engineering capability and expertise within astronomical instrumentation across optical, mechanical, electronic and software domains.

Macquarie is also excited to take a significant role in growing Australia’s global position in astronomical instrumentation, partnering with the Australian National University, the University of Sydney and Astronomy Australia Ltd to establish a new national capability for astronomical instrumentation under the banner Australian Astronomical Optics (AAO). This collaboration will combine unique capabilities in wide-field and adaptive optics, precision mechanical and optical engineering, design and testing, and software to build cutting-edge instruments for the world’s leading eight-metre telescope and next generation 30-metre telescope.

Macquarie is a university engaged with the real and often complex problems and opportunities that define our lives. Since our foundation 54 years ago, we have aspired to be a different type of university. Over the years, we’ve grown to become the centre of a vibrant local and global community. Connect with us today.


Selection Criteria and To Apply

For further information including the selection criteria and information on how to apply, please refer to the full job advertisement on our website. 

Salary Package: A competitive salary package will be negotiated with the successful applicant.

Appointment Type: 5 year fixed term role as AAO Director with a full-time, continuing substantive appointment as Professor

For a confidential discussion about this role, please contact Professor Michael Steel, Interim AAO Director and Head of Department, Physics and Astronomy via e-mail or + 61 434 631 757

General Recruitment Enquiries: Roberta Palfreeman, HR Manager via e-mail

Applications Close: Thursday 13 September 2018

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Selection Deadline: 
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
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