Lecturer in Radio Astronomy

Sydney, Australia
$99,879 - $118,174
20 Mar 2017
End of advertisement period
14 May 2017
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Macquarie is the university of pioneering minds. Globally recognised as one of Australia's leading research universities, Macquarie is a place where extraordinary new possibilities come to light. We've helped people to hear, introduced wireless internet technology to the world and broken through traditional boundaries by appointing Australia's first female vice-chancellor.

At Macquarie you'll join a vibrant community of diverse perspectives, all working towards a brighter future for our communities and our planet. Surrounded by beautiful parkland campus, our students and staff are free to explore and discover, supported by facilities including a high-tech library, private teaching hospital, gym and pools, childcare facilities, a campus train station and the newly expanded Macquarie Centre shopping complex next door. 

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Join us and start seeing the world in a different light. 

The Department

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Macquarie University (MQ) seeks to expand its researh profile in radio astronomy by appointing a fixed term Lecturer in Astronomy & Astrophysics (Level B) for a period of 3 years from mid-2017.  

The Department of Physics and Astronomy within the Faculty of Science and Engineering is one of the leading physical sciences Departments in Australia.  It hosts the MQ Research Centre in Astronomy, Astrophysics and Astrophotonics (MQAAAstro), one of the largest and most active astronomy research groups in Australia with about 40 current staff, postdoctoral fellows, higher-degree research (HDR) students and support staff.  Strong links are maintained with astronomers at the nearby headquarters' of CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science and the Australian Astronomical Observatory.

The Department comprises around 30 academic staff with international research profiles and world class facilities in photonics and laser science, quantum science and technology, and astronomy. We teach full undergraduate and postgraduate programs in physics and astronomy with an emphasis on research-informed teaching and training graduates who are prepared for all kinds of careers. The Department is strongly committed to the principles of growing gender equity and diversity in its membership and in the physical sciences in general, and maintains an active Diversity Committee. Our efforts have been recognised by a Pleiades award from the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity in Astronomy chapter of the Astronomical Society of Australia 

The Role 

The appointee will be a full member of the Academic Staff, performing teaching (40%), research (40%), and community engagement and service (20%) functions.

The appointee will be expected to conduct independent research in radio astronomy.  Engagement with the research programs planned or underway using the Murchison Widefield Array and/or the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder will be viewed favourably, as will potential synergies with the existing strengths of MQAAAstro. The appointee will be expected to participate in supervision of postgraduate students and to apply for both external and internal research funds either independently or as part of suitable research teams. They will participate in the activities of MQAAAstro and will contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in both general physics at introductory levels and in their discipline area at higher levels. They will also contribute to the Department's service and outreach functions within the University and beyond.

Essential Selection Criteria:

  • A relevant doctoral degree in physics or astronomy or substantial equivalent academic experience/accreditation and standing;
  • A demonstrated record of an ongoing original research program in radio astronomy and publication in international journals;
  • Capacity and/or demonstrated ability to perform quality teaching at university undergraduate level;
  • Capacity and/or demonstrated ability to attract and successfully supervise research students; 
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and interact effectively with students, staff, and the community; 
  • Capacity and/or demonstrated ability to attract research funding;
  • Commitment to principles of diversity and equity

 Desirable Selection Criteria:

  • Engagement with research programs associated with the Murchison Widefield Array and/or the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder.
  • Potential synergies with the research interests of members of the Department.

Application process:

Applications are to be submitted via the MQ Jobs Website and must include:

  • A cover letter explaining your interest in and suitability for the position
  • A statement providing a detailed response to all the essential selection criteria
  • A statement (approx. 1.5 pages) explaining your proposed research plan and an outline of any potential synergies with research interests of members of the Department.
  • A curriculum vitae including a full list of publications.

Salary Package: Lecturer (Level B) base salary from $99,879 - $118,174 plus 17% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading

Appointment type: 3 years fixed term, full time 

Enquiries: Professor Mark Wardle, Director, Research Centre of Astronomy, Astrophysics and Astrophotonics via e-mail mark.wardle@mq.edu.au

Applications Close: Sunday 14 May 2017 at 11:55pm AEST

Macquarie University is an EO Employer committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications are encouraged from people with a disability; women (particularly for senior and non-traditional roles); Indigenous Australians, people who identify as GLBTI; and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Applications need to be submitted through the Macquarie University online recruitment system. Where circumstances such as disability or remote location prohibit your access to our online system please contact the enquiries person listed in this advertisement for assistance.

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