Faculty Position in Quantum Computing

Melbourne, Australia
$135,032 - $155,698 per annum plus 17% super
09 Mar 2023
End of advertisement period
07 Apr 2023
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Full Time

Location: Parkville
Role type: Full time; Continuing (tenured)
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Department/School: School of Physics, School of Mathematics & Statistics 
Salary: Level C $135,032 - $155,698 per annum plus 17% super

This is a Senior Lecturer appointment, equivalent to Associate Professor in North American universities. 

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 Physics

The University of Melbourne's School of Physics is one of Australia's leading Physics Schools. It has achieved this status through the high quality of its research and teaching programs. The School offers a wide range of physics subjects to undergraduate and postgraduate students, and performs research in the following areas: Astrophysics, Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, Experimental Condensed Matter Physics, Experimental Particle Physics, Materials Science, Physical Biosciences, Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics and Theoretical Particle Physics.

The School also plays a major role in the Australian Synchrotron research program, and in the development of the Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory.

About the School of Mathematics and Statistics

The University of Melbourne's School of Mathematics and Statistics is one of Australia's leading mathematics and statistics schools. It has achieved this status through the high quality of its research and teaching programs. The School offers a wide range of subjects to undergraduate and postgraduate students and is involved in aspects of community life that impact on the interests of the School and the discipline. It is one of the objectives of the University to develop and maintain a strong international profile. In this context, members of the School have strong collaborative links with colleagues in the United States of States of America, most countries in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.

The school currently hosts two ARC Centres of Excellence, and has hosted four ARC Laureate Fellows, ten ARC Future Fellows and fourteen DECRA Fellows.

About the Role

As part of the University initiative in quantum computing, the School of Mathematics and Statistics and School of Physics are seeking to make a joint appointment of an outstanding academic to the position of Senior Lecturer in Quantum Computation.

The successful candidate will undertake high-level research of exceptional promise in mathematical and theoretical aspects of quantum computing and quantum software development, and support existing and new industry links in this fast-moving area.

In addition to providing leadership within the research area, the successful candidate will develop collaborative links within the Schools and across the University as well as externally, and secure competitive research funding in line with the strategic direction of the Schools, manage existing and new large-scale research projects in quantum computing and attract graduate researchers of high caliber.

The incumbent will provide outstanding teaching support and academic mentorship within the Schools’ undergraduate and MSc programs, preparing lectures, practicals and field work programs in quantum computing, and contributing to the development of high quality, innovative subject material. They will demonstrate a commitment to the supervision of research students at undergraduate, MSc and PhD levels.

The position will be housed in either the School of Mathematics and Statistics or the School of Physics as best supports the successful candidate’s primary research interests.

Responsibilities include:

  • Conducting research that contributes to the Schools’ strategic research priorities in the broad area of quantum computing
  • Significantly contributing to research projects including leadership of research teams or management of projects where applicable
  • Engaging with internal and external collaborators, including Faculty of Engineering and IT, Faculty of Business and Economics, other universities, local government and industry partners
  • Contributing to a range of administrative functions, including those connected with teaching responsibilities and the conduct of the academic affairs of the Schools

About You

You will be a highly qualified and motivated individual, capable of growing research and teaching opportunities in the general area of theoretical quantum computing, and demonstrate the ability to provide national leadership within your field.

You have an excellent track record of high-quality research and publication in leading international journals, and the ability to attract competitive research funding from varied sources including industry.

Your excellent interpersonal skills and exceptional written and verbal communication allow you to establish collaborations and engage with a broad range of researchers nationally and internationally. While your experience in successfully teaching at university level will ensure that you deliver high quality support to students at undergraduate and graduate level.

You will also have:

  • A PhD in a relevant area of quantum computing, quantum information, mathematics and/or physics
  • 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
  • A demonstrated capacity to conduct research activities in collaboration with industry and/or government
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and to contribute to the organisational development of the Schools, Faculty and the University as a whole.

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

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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.

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

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

Position Description: PD - 0056441 - Tenured Faculty Position in Quantum Computing - FINAL .pdf

Applications close: 7 APRIL 2023 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time