Mike Miller SmartSat Chair in Telecommunications, Research Academic Level D/E

Adelaide, Australia
21 Dec 2021
End of advertisement period
07 Feb 2022
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Research Professorial position with SmartSat CRC partnership
  • Drive new frontier Telecommunications research
  • Full-time, 5 year fixed term contract based in UniSA STEM

As Australia’s university of enterprise, UniSA is one of Australia’s leading space research and teaching universities. With active research in the area for more than 20 years, we use our strong relationships with industry to prepare for the high-tech space industry jobs and challenges of the future.

In partnership with the SmartSat Cooperative Research Centre we continue to invest in our capabilities to solve complex challenges to build Australia’s space industry, including the establishment of expert Professorial Chair positions to drive new frontier research for NextGen space technologies.

Based in our UniSA STEM academic unit, the Mike Miller SmartSat Chair in Telecommunications will make a significant impact through innovative and distinguished contributions to research aligned to the priorities of the SmartSat CRC and the space industry. With expertise in at least two of the following areas; Optical/Quantum Communications, Hybrid RF/Optical Communications, Cognitive Radio and Intelligent Management of Spectrum, and Secure and Resilient Secure IoT, the position will be responsible for attracting competitive research and industry funding, and leading an internationally competitive research group.

Core Responsibilities

  • Prepare a comprehensive plan to develop and lead an advanced Telecommunications research program which aligns with the SmartSat Technology Roadmap
  • Lead and contribute to SmartSat research projects in satellite communications
  • Maintain an exceptional contribution to the advanced Telecommunications field of research, including substantial impact through applied research outcomes relevant to the space industry
  • Lead high performing interdisciplinary research teams, and collaborate with researchers from other national and international universities and research entities
  • Lead major national and international competitive funding initiatives including Fellowship, CRC or industry Growth Centre, Centre of Excellence bids, DARPA or Australian Research Council (ARC) grants

Essential Skills and Experience

The position description outlines essential criteria relevant to Level D and E. Minimum requirements at level D include:

  • a PhD qualification in a discipline relevant to Telecommunications
  • demonstrated academic leadership of a strong research team that encourages professionalism, innovation and a culture of research excellence
  • evidence of a research track record with high-quality outcomes consistent with leadership in two of the following areas: 
    • Optical/Quantum Communications 
    • Hybrid RF/Optical Communications
    • Cognitive Radio and Intelligent Management of Spectrum
    • Secure and Resilient Secure IoT
  • significant record as a Principal Supervisor of successful HDR student completions and the mentoring of less senior research staff

Level E applicants must demonstrate more significant experience including:

  • demonstrated success at creating and leading a high-performing, inter-disciplinary and productive research team, including significant collaboration with international stakeholders and developing partnerships between academia, industry, the community and the profession
  • sustained levels of diversified research income from across Category 1-4 sources and evidence of sound financial management of these activities
  • an outstanding national and international reputation and an eminent authority within at least two of the areas of advanced Telecommunications outlined above and an innovative and distinguished achievement in collaborative research

Culture & Benefits

In addition to salary (Level D $148,600-$163,378/Level E $190,486) plus 17% superannuation, a research and professional development support package will be negotiated with relocation support and salary sacrifice options available. Our family friendly approach and focus on work/life wellbeing will ensure you enjoy the many benefits of living and working in vibrant, highly affordable Adelaide, voted the world’s third most liveable city.

Special Conditions

  • Applications will only be accepted from citizens of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom and the United States, with current legal rights to work in Australia for the term of the appointment
  • The Chair will be required to secure and maintain a Negative Vetting Level 1 (NV1) security clearance
  • Pursuant to the Autonomous Sanctions Act 2011, any appointment to this position must comply with the requirements of the Act

How to Apply

For a copy of the position description and to apply, please visit Working at UniSA. The online application form will list the specific selection criteria to be addressed.

Please address your cover letter to Bernie DyerSenior Recruitment Consultant. For further information about the position or the recruitment process, please contact Bernie on +61 8 8302 1777 or via email to recruitment@unisa.edu.au using job reference number 3645.

Applications close: 11:30 pm Monday 7 February 2022

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