Lecturer - Astrophysics

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Thursday, December 5, 2019
Archive Date: 
Thursday, January 30, 2020
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Faculty Positions (tenure and tenure-track)
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Department Name: 
Faculty of Science
Street Line 1: 
Gate 9, High Street, Kensington
New South Wales
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  • One of Australia’s leading research & teaching universities
  • Vibrant campus life with a strong sense of community & inclusion
  • Enjoy a career that makes a difference by collaborating & learning from the best

At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.

The School of Physics is one of the leading Physics schools in Australia. It offers a world class undergraduate physics degree, as well as a postgraduate PhD research program for over 50 students. 33 academic staff conduct theoretical and experimental research in quantum physics, astrophysics, fundamental physics; and condensed matter physics. UNSW is an international leader in quantum computing research and hosts the ARC Centre for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology. Major nodes of two other ARC Centres: Exciton Science; and Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies are also based at UNSW.

The Astrophysics group within the School of Physics constitutes 10 faculty members working across a broad range of research areas including galaxy evolution, cosmology, galactic archaeology, exoplanets, the inter-stellar medium and Antarctic astronomy. The Australian astronomical community has access to the 4m Anglo-Australian Telescope and the ESO optical telescope suite as well as the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP). UNSW astrophysicists are closely involved with the upcoming Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, 4MOST and Giant Magellan Telescopes. UNSW Staff are also able to access the Katana computational cluster for their high-performance computing needs.

The role of Lecturer will be specialising in any aspect of astrophysics including optical, infrared and radio astronomy. The role of Lecturer will actively contribute to the School’s teaching activities across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses; this includes curriculum development, course administration and assessment. The Lecturer will also engage collaborative links within the School as well as externally, and secure competitive research funding.

About the role

  • $107K - $126K AUD - plus 17% superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Fixed Term – 5 year convertible tenure track
  • Full-time (35 hours per week)

The role of Lecturer will report to the Head of School and has no direct reports.

Specific responsibilities for this role include:

  • Undertake independent research, publishing results in international refereed journals and collaborating with other researchers nationally and internationally.
  • Actively seek external research grant income to support that research.
  • Actively disseminate research findings at seminars and conferences within the School, the UNSW environment, nationally and internationally.
  • Be responsible for overseeing the financial management of grants received for their research projects.
  • Contribute to the teaching activities of the School at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Effectively coordinate and manage courses in both undergraduate and postgraduate programs.
  • Actively engage students through the delivery of lectures and other learning activities developed through an evidence informed approach.
  • Design and develop online and traditional resources to support student learning.
  • Work collaboratively with others at UNSW to improve teaching within the School of Physics.
  • Supervise Honours and Masters Course Work projects; and supervise PhD and Masters Research students.
  • Actively participate in School activities and demonstrate an ability and willingness take on leadership roles in the School.
  • Actively contribute to Astrophysics research group activities such as journal club.
  • Ensure hazards and risks are identified and controlled for tasks, projects and activities that pose a health and safety risk within your area of responsibility.

About the successful applicant

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • A PhD in astronomy, astrophysics, or a related field.
  • A record of research productivity and publication in astrophysics, relative to career opportunity.
  • Evidence of the ability or potential to attract research funding from competitive research bodies and other sources.
  • Demonstrated experience in student supervision including but not limited to PhD, Honours, Masters, Vacation Scholar projects.
  • Demonstrated capacity to deliver high quality teaching, especially at an undergraduate level.
  • Demonstrated capacity to coordinate courses or programs.
  • Demonstrated capacity to make innovative use of technology in teaching.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team, to meet deadlines and to prioritise competing demands.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • High level of interpersonal skills and demonstrated competence in dealing with a wide range of people.
  • Experience contributing to the administration in an academic environment.
  • Ability and capacity to implement required UNSW health and safety policies and procedures.

You should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application. 

Please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed.

Head of School
E: physjobs@unsw.edu.au
Applications close: January 27th, 2020

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Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$73262.90 (USD)
Salary Max: 
$86272.20 (USD)
Application Deadline: 
Thursday, January 30, 2020
Selection Deadline: 
Thursday, February 6, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Lecturer - Astrophysics