Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Exciton Science

Melbourne, Australia
$110,236 - $130,900 p.a. or Level C $135,032 - $155,698 p.a. plus 17% super
09 Aug 2022
End of advertisement period
24 Aug 2022
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Contract Type
Full Time

Location: Parkville
Role type: Full time; Continuing
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Department/School: School of Chemistry
Salary: Level B $110,236 - $130,900 p.a. or Level C $135,032 - $155,698 p.a. plus 17% super

In line with the special measure H103/2014 provided for under section 12 of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (VIC), the School of Chemistry invites applications from suitably qualified candidates who identify as women, including cis and transgender women, as well as Indigenous Australians of any gender orientation.

The University of Melbourne would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which our campuses are situated, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung peoples, the Yorta Yorta Nation, the Dja Dja Wuurang people. We acknowledge that the land on which we meet and learn was the place of age-old ceremonies, of celebration, initiation and renewal, and that the local Aboriginal peoples have had and continue to have a unique role in the life of these lands.

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 grown and there are presently over 2500 undergraduates enrolled in Chemistry subjects, with more than 150 BSc (Hons), PhD and MSc research students. Teaching and undertaking research in the School include 23 continuing research & teaching staff, and over 35 research only staff, supported by technical and administrative personnel.

The School has an excellent international reputation in research and an outstanding record of achievement in attracting external research funding. There is an ongoing program to keep its research facilities at world standard and to focus our research efforts. This 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. In addition, we are building stronger links with other disciplines within the University and with other research institutions locally and internationally.

About the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science

The ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science is a multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional research centre working to understand, examine and manipulate the way light energy is absorbed, transported and transformed in advanced molecular materials. The Centre has nodes at The University of Melbourne, Monash University, RMIT, The University of Sydney and UNSW Sydney. The Centre is funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council with funding through to the end of 2024.

The Centre programmes span advanced material design and synthesis, solar energy conversion, high-throughput computational screening, single molecule photochemistry and ultrafast spectroscopy. The Centre also carries out innovative outreach and commercial translation activities. The expected outcomes and benefits include new Australian technologies in solar energy conversion, energy-efficient lighting and displays, security labelling and optical sensor platforms for defence. The successful applicant to this position will be required to work collaboratively across the Centre nodes and research areas.

About the Role

The School of Chemistry is seeking to appoint a new staff member within the broad area of Exciton Science, working alongside the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science for a period of two years and transitioning full-time into the School of Chemistry at the conclusion of the funding period.

The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate expertise to collaborate across the Centre’s five University nodes to form on-going and substantial research relationships. You will develop an outstanding research program that will attract postgraduate students, and secure external research funding from national competitive research schemes and/or industry partners. Reporting to the Director of the ARC Centre in Exciton Science and the Head of School, you will support teaching within the School’s undergraduate and graduate programs, and demonstrate a commitment to research and supervision of research students at undergraduate, MSc and PhD levels.

You will have the opportunity to conduct research in the broad areas of Exciton Science to solve problems in chemistry and related areas, including materials and molecular chemistry, solar energy conversion, solar fuels, nanophotonics, high-throughput computational screening, single molecule photochemistry and ultrafast spectroscopy.

In applying for this role applicants are asked to identify a specific research area related to the Centre’s work. The Centre Director will assist and guide the successful applicant to form new collaborations with our other Centre members at our five university nodes.

Responsibilities include:

  • Publish research findings in international refereed journals and present results at seminars, conferences, and meetings in accordance with the research expectations of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science
  • Actively contribute to the development and review of curriculum and develop high- quality, innovative subject material
  • Prepare research proposals for submission to external funding bodies to obtain external funding to support their research

About You

You will possess a track record of high-quality publications in leading international journals in the area of Exciton Science, and demonstrate the potential to attract research funding from national competitive research bodies and other sources, including industry, relative to opportunity. You are passionate about teaching chemistry, and have the ability to attract and supervise postgraduate (research higher degree) students. Your research interests align with other members of the Centre and have the potential for collaborations with other scientists at the University, in Australia and internationally.

At level C, you will further be required to demonstrate an aptitude for independent research and ability to develop research links with other departments/groups nationally and/or internationally, and a demonstrated ability to be an emerging national research leader.

You will also have:

  • A PhD in Chemistry or a related discipline
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and organisational skills including the ability to project manage and meet deadlines
  • Ability to interact productively with other academic staff and to contribute to the external engagement and administration activities of the School
  • Evidence of the ability to attract research funding from national competitive research bodies and other sources, including industry, relative to opportunity (at Level C)
  • A track record of success in teaching at university level, the ability to teach large undergraduate classes, and the ability to develop and teach relevant discipline subjects at a graduate level (at Level C)

To ensure the University continues to provide a safe environment for everyone, this position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check.

About the University

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.

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,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, visit https://about.unimelb.edu.au/careers/staff-benefits.

Be Yourself

We value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and encourage and celebrate diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages, with disabilities and culturally and linguistically diverse people are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

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.

The cover letter should include reference to the academic level applied for (Level B or Level C).

^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

We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact  us at hr-talent@unimelb.edu.au.

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

Position Description:LvlB_C in Exciton Science_Women&IndigenousOnly_V1.pdf

Applications close: 24 AUGUST 2022 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time