Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Theoretical Quantum Information Science

Sydney, Australia
17 Aug 2017
End of advertisement period
02 Oct 2017
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Full Time

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About the Department

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Macquarie University (MQ) is making a substantial investment to grow its research capacity in quantum science and seeks to appoint an outstanding candidate to a continuing position as Lecturer (level B) or Senior Lecturer (level C).

The Department comprises around 32 academic staff with international research profiles and world class facilities in quantum science and technology, photonics and laser science, 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.

Macquarie hosts four quantum science laboratories with facilities on campus and at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO, Lindfield). It hosts the Centre for Quantum Science and Technology (QSciTech) with expertise in quantum optics, quantum algorithms, quantum thermodynamics, integrated photonics, nanomaterials, topological order, and quantum foundations. The University is investing in staff and facilities for a Quantum Engineering Initiative committed to building quantum-enabled technologies and to training the next generation of quantum engineers.

The Department is strongly committed to the principles of growing gender equity and diversity in its staff and student bodies, and maintains an active Equity and Diversity Committee. We hold a Bronze level Pleiades award from the Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity in Astronomy chapter of the Astronomical Society of Australia. Our Workplace Culture statement is available on our website at https://tinyurl.com/physastromq.

About 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 world-class independent and collaborative research in theoretical aspects of quantum optics, quantum condensed matter, and/or quantum information science. Collaborative work with experimental programs is highly encouraged.

The appointee will be expected to participate in supervision of postgraduate students and to apply for both external and internal research funds both independently and as part of larger research teams. They will participate in the activities of QSciTech 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.

Selection Criteria


  • A relevant doctoral degree in theoretical physics or substantial equivalent academic experience/accreditation and standing
  • A demonstrated record of an ongoing original research program in quantum optics, quantum condensed matter, or quantum information science in leading international journals
  • Capacity and/or demonstrated ability to attract research funding
  • Capacity and/or demonstrated ability to perform high quality teaching at university undergraduate level
  • Capacity and/or demonstrated ability to attract and to successfully supervise research students 
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and interact effectively with students, staff, and the community
  • Commitment to principles of diversity and equity in physics research and education

Additional criteria for Level C:

  • A substantial record of publication of innovative and impactful research results
  • A demonstrated record of success in attracting competitive research funding
  • A demonstrated record of excellence and innovation in teaching

Application process

To be considered for this position applications must respond to the selection criteria and submit the requested documents below in the application process.

  • A curriculum vitae including a full list of publications and the names of two referees
  • A cover letter explaining your interest in and suitability for the position and providing a detailed response to all the essential selection criteria
  • A one page statement of your research and funding vision plus a ½ page statement on your research alignment with research interests and capabilities at Macquarie
  • A ½ page statement on teaching interests and approach to teaching

Job Specific Enquiries: Prof. Michael Steel, Head of Department via michael.steel@mq.edu.au or A/Prof. Gavin Brennen, Director, Macquarie University Quantum Science and Technology Research Centre (QSciTech) via gavin.brennen@mq.edu.au

Salary Package:

  • Lecturer (Level B) from $99,879- $118,174 plus 17% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading.
  • Senior Lecturer (Level C) from $121,953- $140,246 plus 17% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading

Appointment Type: Continuing, full-time position

Applications Close: Monday, 2 October 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 GLBTIQ; and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.