Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Physics of Complex Systems

Camperdown, Australia
$118,390- $167,221 p.a + 17% superannuation
24 Aug 2023
End of advertisement period
26 Sep 2023
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Full time, continuing position. Located on the Camperdown Campus
  • Exciting opportunity to join the Complex Systems Group in the School of Physics
  • Base Salary, Level B/C $118,390- $167,221 p.a + 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

The School of Physics is seeking to appoint a Senior Lecturer or Lecturer in Complex Systems. This is a continuing 40% (teaching), 40% (research) and 20% (service) position. Complex Systems is a research strength of the School, having been a node of four Commonwealth-funded research centers and two University centers in the last decade, with strong cross-Faculty, national, and international links. We seek an appointee with strong theoretical, mathematical, and computational ability with a track record of applications to modeling and analyzing complex physical systems.

It is anticipated that the appointee will grow their research program while contributing to the School's undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and training in Physics, including especially its interdisciplinary links. We are seeking to recruit a mid-career academic to both strengthen and complement existing research strengths of the group, while expanding into new areas as appropriate.

Areas of expertise that would be desirable include:

  • statistical mechanics of complex systems
  • critical phenomena
  • field theory
  • large-scale simulations
  • networks.

Application areas of particular interest would include:

  • neurophysics and brain dynamics
  • econophysics/sociophysics
  • diagnostics and imaging of complex systems
  • physics of deep learning
  • biological physics.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • contribute to outstanding teaching and learning in Physics, including interdisciplinary aspects
  • develop a competitively funded program of original research, either independently or as part of a team
  • develop external research partnerships and engagement
  • contribute to and help shape the strategic goals of School and Faculty
  • contribute to engagement and service/administrative activities of the School of Physics and Faculty of Science.

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About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Senior Lecturer or Lecturer who has:

  • a PhD or other research doctorate in a relevant field
  • strong theoretical and mathematical abilities, focusing on areas relating to physical systems
  • strong computational research ability and experience in relevant programming
  • experience in university-level teaching, including lecturing
  • level C: demonstrated experience and success in curriculum design and delivery; a track record of innovative pedagogy is desirable
  • demonstrated progress toward your own independent research program evidenced by original, high-quality, research, as evidenced by refereed publications in particular; a track record of external funding success is an advantage, especially at Level C.
  • demonstrated capacity to communicate effectively across a range of forums and to work collegially, collaboratively, and inclusively with fellow scholars and professional staff
  • a developing network of relationships with key academic and professional institutions, and partners, including industry where appropriate
  • evidence of developing capacity to contribute to governance, administration, and leadership in the higher education sector.

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How to apply

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Tuesday 26 September 2023 11:59 PM