Academic Faculty Chemistry (up to 5 positions)

Canberra, Australia
$103, 841 - $183,749 per annum plus 17% superannuation
30 Oct 2022
End of advertisement period
31 Dec 2022
Contract Type

Classification: Academic Levels B to E
Salary package: $103, 841 - $183,749 per annum plus 17% superannuation
Term: Continuing full time (part-time, job share or a gradual increase in hours will be considered)
Position Description: Candidate Booklet - Research School of Chemistry 2022 v1 (2).pdf

The Opportunity

The Research School of Chemistry (RSC) seeks to appoint up to five new continuing academic faculty members at Academic Levels B, C, D or E (equivalent to Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor or Professor).   Candidates in all fields of the chemical sciences will be considered on their merits, with the primary criteria for selection being academic excellence and achieving a gender diverse workforce. To support the identified areas of research focus for the School, preference will be given to candidates with a demonstrated track record and active research program in the fields of chemical biology, materials chemistry, and synthesis, in addition to cross-disciplinary research areas such as computational chemistry or instrumental and analytical methods.

Are you an exceptional candidate? Can you demonstrate that, relative to your career stage:

  • you are, or have the potential to become, a world-class researcher in your respective field, with strong, independent research programs funded by external grants;
  • your research and teaching reflect the latest advances in their field, with a clear commitment to teaching excellence;
  • you are interested in dimensions beyond research and teaching; for example, public outreach, engaging with industry, science communication, or tertiary science pedagogy; 
  • you are collaborative and collegial, and will be accessible to colleagues, research students and undergraduates; and
  • you have a high-level understanding of and commitment to the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity and access in a University context.

For further information about these positions please consult the candidate information booklet or contact the Director of the Research School of Chemistry, Professor Penelope Brothers (  Appointees will be supported by a package that may include a contribution from the ANU Futures Fund, designed to attract outstanding faculty to the ANU.

The RSC is committed to diversity and gender equity and particularly encourages applications from candidates who identify as women or non-binary.  At least 50% of the new appointees will be selected from these applicants, who will also be considered for Rita Cornforth Fellowships (Level B-D), providing additional resources for 5 years to women and non-binary candidates of exceptional academic merit in chemistry. This measure aims to increase representation of women and non-binary staff within chemistry.

The Research School of Chemistry

The ANU Research School of Chemistry is located within the ANU College of Science and hosts 20 continuing academic faculty and over 100 postdoctoral researchers and PhD students from around the world. Our research is supported by outstanding equipment, infrastructure and professional staff, and is funded by an extensive range of external grants. The School conducts research, PhD research training, and Masters and undergraduate education in a wide range of chemical sciences. Our research activities are organized into three broad clusters: chemical synthesis, materials science and chemical biology. Our research is supported by excellent infrastructure and facilities, including Mass Spectrometry, Magnetic Resonance, X-ray Diffraction, Separation Science, Polymer and Biopolymer characterisation, and Lasers and Photochemistry, each managed and supported by a dedicated professional scientist, and an in-house electrical and mechanical workshop. Our researchers collaborate widely within the ANU, Australia and around the world. Our graduates go on to jobs in academia, industry, public service and entrepreneurship.

ANU provides support to staff with a range of lifestyle, financial and non-financial rewards and programs, including on-campus childcare facilities, to support staff in maintaining a healthy work/life balance whilst encouraging success in reaching their full career potential.

ANU values diversity and inclusion and is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to those of all backgrounds and identities. People with a disability are encouraged to apply.

Application information

In order to apply for this role please upload the following documents.

  • A statement addressing each of the selection criteria and which includes:
  • a statement of your research vision for the next 5-10 years, including the potential for collaborations within RSC and the ANU (1-2 pages);
  • a statement of your teaching and supervision philosophy (1-2 pages); and
  • a statement addressing your contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and service, and your approach to achieving engagement and impact (1-2 pages).
  • an optional statement which clearly articulates any personal circumstances which should be taken into consideration when assessing your achievements.
  • A list of your top 10 publications, each one with a short description of its impact and your contribution.
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) which includes the names and contact details of at least three referees (preferably including a current or previous supervisor).  If your CV does not include referees, you can complete these online when prompted in the application form.

Selection criteria

Detailed selection criteria for each of the positions at Academic Levels B, C, D or E (equivalent to Lecturer, Senior Lecturer or, Associate Professor or Professor) are given in the candidate information booklet. The selection panel will be chaired by the RSC Director, Professor Penelope Brothers, and all panel members will undertake appropriate training in equity and diversity and avoiding bias.

The selection panel will consider each application according to the selection criteria using the principles of capability-based selection, to develop a holistic assessment of the recruitment case.

The panel will focus on each candidate’s potential for future achievements across several dimensions:

  • quality and impact of achievements;
  • adaptability and the ability to learn or create;
  • commitment, purpose, and drive to be engaged in the advertised role;
  • stage of the applicant’s career and their career trajectory; and
  • impact of personal circumstances during the course of their career.

If you require adjustments to participate in any of the above assessments, please contact our HR team at E: or T: +61 2 6125 9708

Any adjustment request or the disclosure of disability will not be communicated to the selection committee without the candidates consent and it will not having any bearing on hiring decisions.

For examples of common reasonable adjustments please click here.

The successful candidate will be required to undergo a background check during the recruitment process. An offer of employment is conditional on satisfactory results.

Closing Date: 31 December 2022