Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Physics

Randwick, Australia
25 Sep 2017
End of advertisement period
18 Oct 2017
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
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At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.

As a leading research-intensive university, UNSW has a strategic focus on providing cutting edge research equipment and facilities to support world-leading research. In line with this strategy, the School of Physics anticipates to make two tenure track faculty appointments in 2017. The positions will be offered at Australian academic Level B or C, Lecturer or Senior Lecturer.

About the role

  • $ 101524 – $ 141,471 per annum plus 17% superannuation, and leave loading
  • 5 year convertible contract tenure track position
  • Full-time

Candidates should have research interests broadly aligned with existing research at the School of Physics. We are specifically interested in candidates specialising in: Theoretical condensed matter physics, many-body quantum systems, strongly interacting systems, non-equilibrium dynamics, quantum simulation, theoretical cosmology, and theoretical astro-particle physics.

The successful candidates will each receive a substantial start-up package to support their research and may be eligible for relocation assistance which would include financial support. In the case of non-Australian citizens, assistance in the application for residency will be considered. Candidates with exceptionally strong track records relative to experience in related research areas are also encouraged to apply. 

Key duties and responsibilities include:

  • Conducting an original research program,
  • Participation in the acquisition of competitive external research funding and in local research networks/alliances to consolidate and strengthen UNSW’s ties to the relevant discipline-specific community in Australia,
  • Supervision of research students, including undergraduate research projects, Honours / PhD theses, and vacation scholars, and
  • Effective teaching at the undergraduate and/or postgraduate level.

About the successful applicants

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • A PhD in Physics or related disciplines,
  • A proven record of independent postdoctoral research at an internationally recognised level in one or more of the research areas specified above,
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and the capacity to work collaboratively and foster harmonious workplace relations,
  • Demonstrated ability or potential to attract external research funding, and establish research collaborations at the national and international level, and to attract and supervise research students,
  • Demonstrated experience in high-quality teaching at the undergraduate and/or postgraduate level. In particular, the candidate must demonstrate the ability and willingness to teach a wide range of core undergraduate subjects. Courses include Quantum Mechanics, Electrodynamics, Thermal Physics and Statistical Mechanics, Classical Mechanics and Special Relativity, as well as discipline-specific electives at the 3rd year level (Astrophysics, Particle Physics and the Early Universe, Solid State Physics and Devices) and 4th year level (Astrophysics, Condensed Matter Physics, General Relativity, Quantum Field Theory, Statistical Mechanics).

Please refer to the position descriptions for the full list of selection criteria.

To apply please provide:

  • A cover letter which systematically addresses the selection criteria and state which position/s you wish to be considered for
  • A Curriculum Vitae
  • A brief research plan
  • Contacts for 3 referees

As part of the UNSW 2025 Strategic Plan, UNSW is currently conducting a global recruitment drive for the world’s best research minds in all areas aligned with the university’s strategic priorities). Exceptionally qualified parties in all areas of physics irrespective of specialisation who wish to be considered for this scheme are also invited to register their interest by responding to the advertisement here: https://www.2025.unsw.edu.au/apply


Prof Sven Rogge, Head of School

E: hos@phys.unsw.edu.au

T: (61 2) 9385 4566

Applications close: 18 October 2017

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