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Director, Australian Astronomical Optics

North Ryde, Australia
Closing date
7 Jul 2024

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Job Details

  • 5 year fixed term with an underlying continuing appointment
  • Unique leadership position with a global reach
  • Upcoming next-generation facilities


The Faculty of Science and Engineering at Macquarie University is driven by the spirit of innovation. Here we nurture the next generation of science and technology innovators. The pairing of engineering and science in a single faculty means many of our research discoveries see direct technological applications. We are active within many industry partnerships, commercial collaborations and joint enterprise initiatives with government, industry and business partners.

AAO-Macquarie works in a matrix structure with close collaboration across its functional groups. There is a strong emphasis on communities of practice and a shared culture of learning and innovation.

Research translation and instrumentation engineering are key priorities of the University and faculty. Accordingly, significant investment is being made with the establishment of a new Engineering and AAO building within the Science and Engineering Precinct. The new building will enable co-location of research, engineering and commercial facilities. It will bring together the School of Engineering and Australian Astronomical Optics - Macquarie at Macquarie University's Wallumattagal Campus. Currently in construction, we anticipate the new building to be active in 2025.

Our expertise includes:

  • developing innovative technology for use in astronomical instruments
  • developing software and data systems for the processing, storage, and access of data
  • using these instruments and systems for scientific research

Who we are looking for

To be successful in this role, you will have proven academic leadership in your discipline and be known as an eminent authority in your field. You will be a committed enabler of multidisciplinary collaborations, playing an active role in collaborating with researchers across the discipline, faculty and wider academic community. You will have demonstrated the ability to lead and uplift large technical teams. Your proven track record of developing trust, building commitment, modelling core University values and fostering an environment of innovation and excellence will enable you to succeed in this role.

How you can apply

If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit an updated copy of your CV and responses to the selection criteria through Workday. To listen to the Executive Dean Professor Lucy Marshall on her vision for the role, and to gain further insights on the position, explore our online Candidate Brochure.

Applications should be submitted through Workday (, including a CV and Candidate Statement by the closing date.

For details regarding the position, contact Professor Lucy Marshall, Faculty of Science and Engineering Executive Dean, by email to or for general enquiries contact Roberta Palfreeman, Human Resources Manager by email to

This position requires criminal record checks.


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NSW 2109

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