Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Theoretical / Computational Chemistry

Melbourne, Australia
$107,547 to $151,900 p.a. plus 17% superannuation
18 May 2022
End of advertisement period
14 Jun 2022
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Contract Type
Full Time

Women Only

Location: Parkville
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Department/School: School of Chemistry
Salary: Academic Level B – $107,547 – $127,707 p.a. plus 17% superannuation or Academic Level C – $131,739 – $151,900 p.a. plus 17% superannuation
Role type: Full time; Continuing

The University of Melbourne is strongly committed to supporting diversity and flexibility in the workplace. Applications for part-time or other flexible working arrangements will be welcomed and will be fully considered subject to meeting the inherent requirements of the position.

In line with the special measure H103/2014 provided for under section 12 of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (VIC), the Faculty of Science invites applications from suitably qualified candidates who identify as women, this includes cis and trans gender women.

About the Role

The School of Chemistry is seeking to appoint a new woman-identifying staff member within the broad area of Theoretical Chemistry or Computational Chemistry.

The appointee is expected to develop an outstanding research program that will attract postgraduate students, and secure external research funding from national competitive research schemes and industry partners. They will have a commitment to research, supervising research students at undergraduate, MSc and PhD levels, and will also teach within the School’s undergraduate and graduate programs. The appointee will be based in the School of Chemistry and report to the Head of School.

In a typical week at work, you may:

  • Conduct research that contributes and is complimentary to the School’s diverse research portfolio in the broad areas of Theoretical Chemistry or Computational Chemistry.
  • Publish research findings in international refereed journals and present results at seminars, conferences, and meetings.
  • Actively participate in the School’s undergraduate and graduate teaching programs, including the preparation and delivery of lectures, tutorials, workshops and practical classes.
  • Contribute to the engagement and administrative functions of the School and the University.

About You

An experienced academic with an enthusiasm for teaching chemistry at all levels, you are able to attract research funding from national competitive research bodies and to attract and supervise postgraduate (research higher degree) students, all relative to opportunity. Your excellent oral and written English communication skills enable you to interact productively with other academic staff and to contribute to the external engagement and administration activities of the School.

You will further have:

  • A PhD in Chemistry or a related discipline;
  • A track record of high-quality publications in leading international journals, relative to opportunity, in the area of Theoretical Chemistry or Computational Chemistry.

Benefits of Working with Us

In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

  • Flexible working arrangements and generous personal, parental and cultural leave;
  • Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary packaging and leave loading;
  • Free and subsidised health and wellbeing services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs;
  • Discounts on a wide range of products and services including Myki cards and Qantas Club;
  • Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families.

To find out more, please visit https://about.unimelb.edu.au/careers/staff-benefits.

Be Yourself

The School of Chemistry values unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community, and we encourage and celebrate diversity. We strongly encourage Indigenous Australians, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, people of all ages, with disabilities or culturally diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply for our roles. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

About the University

Founded in 1853, the University of Melbourne is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.

About the School of Chemistry


The School of Chemistry at The University of Melbourne is one of the largest and oldest in Australia with a distinguished history in teaching and research. The first lectures in chemistry in The University of Melbourne were given in 1856, only three years after the University was founded. Since then, the School has continuously grown, and there are presently over 2500 undergraduates enrolled in Chemistry subjects, with more than 150 BSc (Hons), MSc and PhD research students. Teaching and research in the School is done by 23 continuing research and teaching staff and over 30 research-only staff, who are supported by a team of technical and administrative personnel.

The School has an excellent international reputation in research and an outstanding record of achievement in attracting external research funding. An ongoing program is in place to keep its research facilities at world standard and to focus the research efforts, which has involved progressive upgrading of the School's laboratories, the purchase of state-of-the-art instrumentation and recruitment of academics with a strong research profile. The successful candidate would be located in the Melbourne Centre of Theoretical and Computational Chemistry and will be eligible to access to the University’s high-performance computing infrastructure.

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please submit your application including a brief cover letter, your resume and your responses against the selection criteria^ (found in the Position Description) for the role.

^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to http://about.unimelb.edu.au/careers/selection-criteria

Should you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact the Talent Acquisition team at hr-talent@unimelb.edu.au.

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, we are currently prioritising applications with current valid working rights in Australia and candidates who are not affected by travel restrictions. Please see the latest updates to Australia's immigration and border arrangements: https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/

The University of Melbourne is required to comply with applicable health guidance and directions issued from the Victoria Health Minister. The University of Melbourne requires all University of Melbourne employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless an exemption order applies. All applicants therefore must meet this requirement when submitting an application.

Position Description:

Applications close: 14 Jun 2022 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time