ASTRO 3D Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Astrophysics, Women Only

Sydney, Australia
11 Jan 2021
End of advertisement period
14 Feb 2021
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Opportunity to conduct research in and teach as a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Astrophysics within the School of Physics at the University of Sydney, as part of the ASTRO 3D ARC Centre of Excellence
  • Located on Camperdown Campus – join a community of world-class scientists at the School of Physics
  • Full-time, Level B/C, Continuing position with a base salary of $108K - $153K p.a. plus leave loading and a generous employer’s contribution to superannuation

About the opportunity

This position is exempt under section 126 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977, to conduct targeted recruitment programs for women.

The School of Physics and the ARC Centre of Excellence for All Sky Astrophysics in 3 Dimensions (ASTRO 3D) wishes to make an appointment to strengthen its research and teaching capacity in a women only, level B/C, lecturer/senior lecturer position. The successful candidate will have suitable expertise and experience conducting astrophysics research and teaching physics. For the first three years this position will be research only, funded by the ASTRO 3D ARC Centre of Excellence, as an ASTRO 3D fellow. After 3 years the position will become a continuing, teaching and research position funded by the School of Physics. Continuation of the position will be subject to performance. This role will report to Professor Scott Croom, conducting research aligning with the ASTRO 3D ARC Centre of Excellence (, with a preference for research in radio astronomy. The successful applicant will conduct teaching activities for both undergraduate and postgraduate students, including the supervision of HDR students.

ASTRO 3D is a $40m Research Centre of Excellence led by Prof. Lisa Kewley. ASTRO 3D is funded over seven years by the Australian Research Council and supported by six collaborating Australian universities - ANU, University of Melbourne, University of Sydney, Swinburne University of Technology, University of Western Australia and Curtin University. Other Australian partners in the Centre include CSIRO, the Australian Astronomical Observatory and National Computational Infrastructure. ASTRO 3D includes collaborations with world leading international institutions.

The ASTRO 3D mission is to produce a comprehensive picture of the evolution of matter, the chemical elements, and ionizing radiation in the Universe from shortly after the Big Bang to the present day. ASTRO 3D trains the next generation of scientific leaders and conducts nationwide education and public outreach programs.

ASTRO 3D supports the activities of around 200 researchers, administrative staff and students, provides a collaborative working environment and supports a flexible, family friendly working environment. Subject to visa restrictions, this opportunity is available as either a full-time or part-time position.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer with:

Level B Criteria

  • a PhD in astronomy, astrophysics or closely related discipline
  • a demonstrated capacity to conduct astrophysics research, including in one or more areas related to the ASTRO 3D ARC Centre of Excellence
  • a strong track record of conducting independent research
  • the capacity to teach physics at the university level
  • the capacity to supervise research students (PhD and other) in astrophysics
  • a strong background in leading and publishing research in one or areas related to ASTRO 3D

Level C Criteria (in addition to level B criteria)

  • demonstrated track record of teaching physics and/or astrophysics at university level
  • demonstrated experience of supervising or mentoring PhD, Masters or other postgraduate students
  • demonstrated track record of securing research funding

The below criteria are desirable, however not essential:

  • a strong track record of research in the field of radio astronomy
  • ability to secure research funding
  • strong collaborative links and networks with the national and international astronomy communities.

The commencement level will be determined based on the candidate’s skills, experience and knowledge.

About us

The School of Physics at the University of Sydney is the leading Physics department in the country, with outstanding staff and students undertaking world-leading teaching and research. Our 114 academic staff and 157 postgraduate students conduct research across a vast range of interests from nanoparticles to clusters of galaxies and from theoretical modelling to laboratory experiments. With the support of 20+ professional, technical and administrative staff, the School of Physics teaches to a cohort of approximately 274 equivalent full-time student load (EFTSL) undergraduate students. With access to supercomputers, modern laboratory facilities and observatories, locally, nationally and internationally, the School of Physics is the premier environment for physics education and research. The School of Physics is committed to creating a diverse workplace by improving equity, access and opportunity. We want to create an environment where individuality is welcomed and celebrated. We are continuously working to identify and remove biases and barriers in an effort to make our workplace open, supportive and safe for everyone.

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 8,100 academic and non-academic staff who support over 73,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

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How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the position description available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. Visit and search by the reference number 1554/1220F to apply.

Closing date: 11:30 pm, Sunday 14 February 2021

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

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