Associate Professor (Team Leader) - Green Chemicals

Sydney (Suburb), New South Wales (AU)
25 Nov 2016
End of advertisement period
21 Dec 2016
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Faculty of Science/Climate Change Cluster (C3)

Job Summary

UTS has a bold vision to be a world-leading university of technology. We are a dynamic and innovative university in central Sydney, consistently ranked the top young university in Australia. With a culturally diverse campus life and extensive international exchange and research programs, UTS prepares graduates for the workplaces of today and tomorrow.  

About the role

This role presents a fantastic opportunity for a seasoned researcher to join a well-established and high performing team of multidisciplinary researchers leading the new industry-focussed Green Chemicals research program within C3.  The team is responsible for examining the potential industrial uses for algae, such as for chemicals, fuels and polymers and has now reached the stage where it needs independent leadership to enable it to meet its research potential.

About the Institute

Since its inception in 2008, the Climate Change Cluster (C3)  at the University of Technology Sydney has been delivering on its strategic plan to build momentum, increase impact and be recognised internationally for its research excellence.

The institute has quadrupled in size since 2008 and has expanded its research capability from ecology to include additional expertise in plant physiology, microbiology, cellular biology, microfluidics, biochemistry, molecular biology (genomics, proteomics, metabolomics), physics (bio-optics), ecological modelling, chemistry, bio-informatics and remote sensing.

As the successful candidate you will have:

  • a PhD in a relevant field such asgreen chemistry, chemical engineering, sustainable chemistry, catalysis
  • a strong and broad understanding of the key principles and questions within the field of algal biotechnology and an insight into the potential directions of the bioeconomy within a green and sustainable chemistry framework
  • a detailed knowledge of organic synthesis in accord with the concepts of green chemistry of algae to meet industrial purposes
  • a strong working knowledge of the production of raw materials, including scaling up high value production, for biofuels, specialty chemicals, polymers, nutraceuticals and/or pharmaceuticals
  • demonstrated track record of scientific publications and successful research funding of research with impact relevant to an appointment at this level
  • demonstrated experience managing a team of high performing researchers

Remuneration & Benefits

Base Salary Range: $144,248 to $153,611 pa (Level D)

This role attracts 17% superannuation in addition to the base salary. Employee benefits include flexible work practices, child care centres, generous parental leave and salary packaging opportunities.

This appointment will be on a fixed-term, full-time basis for five years.

How To Apply

Please click on the apply button to be taken to the advertisement on our careers page where you will find links with instructions on how to apply and the full position description.

Specific enquiries or issues with your application may be directed to the UTS Recruitment Team at or on +61 (0) 2 9514 1080.

Closing Date:  Wednesday 21st December 2016 at 11.59pm (AEST)

UTS is widely acknowledged as a leader in promoting gender equity and social justice. Cited as a WGEA Employer of Choice since the inception of the award, UTS is a current participant in the SAGE pilot program, the Australian trial of the Athena Swan gender equity accreditation program. We welcome applications from women, particularly for senior and non-traditional roles.

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