Senior Lecturer in Physics

Townsville, Australia
02 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
14 Oct 2018
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Overview

The Senior Lecturer will be responsible for teaching physics at undergraduate and postgraduate levels across all delivery modes, undertaking research and contributing to curriculum development of physics and environmental/marine physics related majors/programs.

Organisational Charts

James Cook University

Division of Tropical Environments and Societies

College of Science and Engineering

Principal Accountabilities

  1. Undertake teaching and subject coordination in Physics at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including teaching to service disciplines, across all delivery modes.
  2. Conduct research as an individual and in collaboration with other researchers and students.
  3. Provide supervision to postgraduate and higher degree by research (HDR) students in Physics.
  4. Contribute to the management of university business through active participation on committees at Academic Group and College Levels as directed.
  5. Enhance the visibility and reputation of JCU through active participation in public outreach activities as an individual and through participation in JCU events.
  6. Support the University's commitment to the principles of reconciliation, which exemplify respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and the valuing of justice and equity for all Australians.
  7. Demonstrate a commitment to the University values.
  8. Support the principles of the TropEco program and engage in commitment to JCU sustainability goals and objectives.

Generic Accountabilities

There are generic responsibilities that apply to all James Cook University staff.

  1. The Senior Lecturer is required to observe the lawful and reasonable directions, policies and decisions of the University Council, understand and comply with the Enterprise Agreement, the Statutes and Rules of the University, the policies and decisions of the University Council and other appropriate University authorities, as in force from time to time.
  2. The Senior Lecturer is required to demonstrate a personal commitment to ensure personal safety and the safety of others and contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance. This includes the effective implementation and compliance with James Cook University WHS policies, procedures and safe systems of work, together with all relevant legislation, duties and obligations. Contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance.
  3. The Senior Lecturer is required to exercise proper discretion in all matters affecting the wellbeing of the University which involve public writing or speaking in accordance with the University’s Code of Conduct.

Special Conditions

  • It is a requirement of this position that the applicant be based in Townsville

Selection Criteria

Selection and appointments will be assessed against the selection criteria.


  1. Doctoral (PhD) qualification or equivalent in Physics or a related discipline with significant postdoctoral research experience.
  2. Demonstrated capacity to teach physics to undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students.
  3. Evidence of an established research track-record in sensors, environmental and/or marine science, including interdisciplinary collaboration and effective supervision of postgraduate/higher degree by research (HDR) students.
  4. Demonstrated success or capacity to attract competitive research funding.  
  5. Capacity to establish an independent research program which involves collaborations across disciplinary, institutional boundaries and/or industry.  
  6. Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills, with demonstrated capacity to work both independently and diverse groups.


  1. Demonstrated ongoing involvement in industry and/or professional activities.