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Lecturer in Integrated Sustainability Analysis

Camperdown, Australia
$118,390 p.a + 17% superannuation
Closing date
26 Jun 2024

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  • Full time, education-focused continuing position. Located on the Camperdown Campus
  • Exciting opportunity to join the Integrated Sustainability Analysis Group in the School of Physics
  • Base Salary, Level B $118,390 p.a + 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

The School of Physics is seeking to appoint a Lecturer in Integrated Sustainability Analysis (Education Focused). Integrated Sustainability Analysis is a research group within the School, and is internationally known for developing leading-edge research and applications for environmental and broader sustainability issues, by bringing together expertise in environmental science, economics, energy, social science, ecology, climate change, water and waste technology, agriculture, education, engineering, computing, mathematics, atmospheric science and ocean dynamics, nuclear physics and dosimetry, and material science.

The ISA group is led by Professor Manfred Lenzen. It is anticipated that the appointee will contribute to the School's undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, including especially its interdisciplinary units: Energy and the Environment (ENVI3114), Energy - Sources, Uses and Alternatives (ENVI5707), Industrial Ecology (PHYS4801) and Techniques for Sustainability Analysis (PHYS5032). We are seeking to recruit an early-to-mid-career academic to strengthen and complement existing strengths of the group.

Areas of expertise that would be desirable include:

  • Energy resources and use; electrical power generation including fossil fueled and alternate methods; environmental impacts of energy use and power generation including greenhouse gas emissions, transportation and pollution; embodied energy and net emissions analysis and, importantly, socio-economic and political issues related to energy provision. Energy carriers, global energy resources, the economics associated with energy conversion, the politics and culture surrounding energy conversion and use, and renewable energy technologies.
  • Principles and applications of Industrial Ecology, with a focus on understanding the complexity and interconnectedness between economic and environmental systems.
  • Quantitative analysis techniques including multiple regression, uncertainty analysis, integration, structural decomposition, and dynamic systems modelling, with a strong emphasis on demonstrating their usefulness for environmental and broader sustainability problem-solving.

Application areas of particular interest would include:

  • Renewable energy systems, energy management in buildings; solar thermal energy, photovoltaics, wind power and nuclear energy.
  • Waste generation, recycling and industrial symbiosis and urban sustainability.
  • Climate modelling, ecosystem trophic chain analysis, linking household consumption and environmental impact, identifying socio-demographic drivers of environmental change, and the uncovering the effect of land use patterns on threats to species.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • contribute to outstanding teaching and learning in the School of Physics, with a focus on interdisciplinary aspects
  • contribute to competitively funded programs of original ISA research, as part of the ISA team
  • contribute to engagement and service/administrative activities of the School of Physics and Faculty of Science
  • contribute to educational innovation, curriculum design and review, contribute to outstanding educational delivery and outcomes
  • design and engage in high-quality teaching and learning experiences which meet the University's and students' expectations and standards for education
  • develop teaching and unit materials, working with more senior academics within the University
  • develop and refine your education research skills, particularly as they relate to evaluating and improving teaching and learning in your discipline
  • contribute to the governance, leadership, and engagement work in the School of Physics.

If you would like to find out more about the School of Physics leading research, click here

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 Lecturer who has:

  • a PhD or other research doctorate in a relevant field
  • demonstrated ability in developing, delivering and evaluating interdisciplinary courses using lectures/workshops/mixed-modes teaching for face to face, blended and/or online delivery at university-level
  • experience in contributing to outstanding curriculum development using effective teaching strategies at undergraduate/postgraduate level and/or engaging students in research-based activities
  • experience in assessment, feedback and learning by design
  • demonstrated experience in supervising or mentoring others and/or coordinating team activities
  • a record of excellent teaching, learning, and assessment practice in a tertiary environment, as evidenced through student and supervisor feedback
  • strong computational and mathematical abilities, focusing on areas relating to socio-environmental systems
  • strong computational research ability and experience in relevant programming;
  • 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.

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.

Pre-employment checks

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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Wednesday 26 June 2024 11:59 PM


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