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Professor of Chemistry (Education Focused)

Camperdown, Australia
Attractive remuneration package
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Job Type
Academic Posts, Professors / Chairs
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

  • An exciting opportunity for an outstanding senior academic to contribute to Chemistry education in a collaborative and supportive team environment
  • Based at Camperdown Campus, Sydney, close to parks, public transport hubs and shopping districts
  • Join the Sydney Horizon Educators cohort in the Faculty of Science
  • Continuing full-time position with an attractive remuneration package
  • Access up to AUD$30K to support education-related activities, including education-related research and education-related professional development and learning

About the opportunity

The introduction of the new University of Sydney Enterprise Agreement 2023-26 brings an exciting opportunity to establish more than 150 new continuing, education-focused (EF) academic positions. We are seeking talented educators with a passion for teaching and demonstrated excellence in educational practice, education innovation, and education research. This new group of outstanding educators will enrich our delivery of world class teaching at the University of Sydney through their leadership and expertise in both pedagogy and enhancing the student experience.

As part of this key initiative, the University of Sydney welcomes applications for a Professor (Education Focused) in the School of Chemistry, Faculty of Science. The School of Chemistry has a strong reputation for teaching excellence, educational leadership and innovation, while also being one of the most research-intensive schools in the University. The School engages with industry, government and the community to educate aspiring chemists, train and support researchers as they work to address critical real-world challenges, and is recognised as one of the top Chemistry Schools in Australia. The School's research themes include a dedicated Chemical Education and Communication Research (CECR) theme, a dynamic and productive grouping that brings together a number of education-focussed researchers.

The School of Chemistry offers high quality undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Chemistry. Undergraduate teaching is delivered to students completing Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry majors, and to a broad range of students from other Science majors and related STEMM programs. The School's principle postgraduate offerings are research-based Masters and Doctoral degrees.

For our Professor of Chemistry (Education Focused), we seek a senior leader in education who will lead efforts to enhance student learning within the School and wider Faculty through innovative educational practices, evidence-based curriculum development and creative teaching design. This role will involve the design, implementation, and evaluation of educational initiatives, leading and coordinating high-quality teaching, and spearheading projects to explore pedagogical advancements, curriculum development and program design within the School and Faculty, to elevate our reputation as a leader in Chemistry Education.

The ideal candidate will have a proven record of leading innovative teaching and learning initiatives, developing and assessing program-level materials in alignment with best practice, and contributing to the advancement of teaching methodologies with international impact. The appointee is expected to conduct significant and impactful research in chemistry education, secure major project funding to support this research, and disseminate their findings at appropriate international meetings and conferences.

The successful candidate will be expected to dedicate most of their contribution to teaching, teaching-related activities (up to70%) and chemistry education research (20%), while also engaging in governance, leadership, and engagement activities (10%). Additionally, you will mentor junior academics, providing advice on teaching methodologies, education research approaches, publications, and career advancement. The position reports to The Head of School, School of Chemistry.

Successful candidates will join the Sydney Horizon Educators cohort. For further insights into this exciting opportunity, we invite you to watch this video.

About you (Skills, capabilities and experience)

The ideal candidate should possess the following qualifications and attributes:

  • A PhD in Chemistry or Chemistry Education (with their PhD or subsequent experience demonstrative of expertise and specialisation in Chemistry Education, or a cognate Science Education field)
  • A distinguished record of educational excellence, evinced by contributions to student learning, awards or other recognition, and evidence of innovative teaching practices
  • An international reputation as an authority in educational design/ delivery, including recognition for achieving improved or consistently excellent student outcomes, educational innovation, educational leadership and/ or outstanding pedagogical research
  • An outstanding track record of publication in top-tier, peer-reviewed international science education and/ or chemistry education outputs
  • A proven record for obtaining external funding for scholarly activities and research
  • A network of established relationships with key academic and appropriate professional institutions
  • Significant experience in leadership and management within the higher education sector, including excellence in supervision and/or mentoring

Term and remuneration

The successful candidate will be offered a continuing position on a full-time basis, subject to completion of a satisfactory probation period for new appointees. The successful candidate will be offered an attractive remuneration package commensurate with the responsibilities of the position and the candidate's relevant experience and qualifications.

Visa sponsorship and relocation assistance will be provided if required.

How to apply

Applications (including a CV and cover letter outlining how your skills, capabilities and experience meet the requirements for the role) must be submitted via the link above. Please refer to the candidate information brochure for further details.

Candidate Information Brochure

Click to view the Position Description for this role.

If you are a current employee of the University or a contingent worker with access to Workday, please login into your Workday account and navigate to the Career icon on your Dashboard. Click on USYD Find Jobs and apply.

For a copy of the candidate information brochure, a confidential discussion about the role, or if you require reasonable adjustment or support filling out this application, please contact:

Dr Mushtaq Sobhan (Senior Talent Partner, Senior Talent Acquisition, Recruitment Operations) by email

Closing Date: 11:59pm, 30 April 2024


To keep our community safe, please be aware of our COVID safety precautions which form our conditions of entry for all staff, students and visitors coming to campus.

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment

EEO statement

At the University of Sydney, our shared values include diversity and inclusion and we strive to be a place where everyone can thrive. We are committed to creating a University community which reflects the wider community that we serve. We deliver on this commitment through our people and culture programs, as well as key strategies to increase participation and support the careers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, women, people living with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and those who identify as LGBTIQ. We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds.

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The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.


The University of Sydney was established in 1850 and is consistently recognised, both locally and internationally, for its outstanding teaching and research excellence. Sydney alumni include Prime Ministers, Governor Generals, Nobel Prize winners and leaders in every field of endeavour.

The University offers a comprehensive range of courses, including a number of disciplines unique in Australia. Teaching is spread across nine different state-of-the art campuses, located across New South Wales.

The University of Sydney’s commitment to excellence in research has resulted in an outstanding record in national competitive funding and underpins an approach to teaching which has won nominations for excellence and resulted in high student satisfaction ratings. The University has 78 research centres and institutes and is home to three ARC Centres of Excellence.

The teaching, research and cultural life of the University is supported by extensive facilities, including the largest library collection in the Southern Hemisphere, the world-class Nicholson Museum of archaeological antiquities, the Macleay Museum of natural history and ethnographic collections and the University Art Gallery. Its outstanding sporting and recreation facilities provide a training centre for students and Olympic athletes.

The University of Sydney is a key member of the Group of Eight Australian major research-intensive universities, and the Worldwide Universities Network.


The University of Sydney has nine official campuses.

1.         Camperdown/Darlington Campus.

2.         Cumberland Campus. Home to the Faculty of Health Sciences (based in Lidcombe).

3.         Mallett Street Campus. Home of the Sydney Nursing School.

4.         Sydney Conservatorium of Music Campus. In Macquarie Street, central Sydney.

5.         Rozelle Campus. Home to Sydney College of the Arts.

6.         Surry Hills Campus. Home to the Faculty of Dentistry.

7.         Camden Campus. Contains facilities connected to the Faculty of Veterinary Science and the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment.

8.         Burren Street Campus. Facilties are currently under development.

9.         Sydney Medical School campuses. These include the School of Rural Health (in Dubbo and Orange), the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Concord Hospital, Westmead Hospital, the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Nepean Hospital, Northern Clinical School, Sydney Adventist Hospital, Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health, and Northern Rivers University Department of Rural Health.


The University of Sydney has 16 faculties.

1. Agriculture and Environment

2. Architecture, Design and Planning

3. Arts and Social Sciences

4. Business (Business School)

5. Dentistry

6. Education and Social Work

7. Engineering and Information Technologies

8. Health Sciences

9. Law (Sydney Law School)

10. Medicine (Sydney Medical School)

11. Nursing and Midwifery

12. Pharmacy

13. Science

14. Sydney College of the Arts

15. Sydney Conservatorium of Music

16. Veterinary Science

Number of Employees

Full-time employees: 7616

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