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Lecturer – Solar and Stellar Physics

  • LocationNewcastle, NSW 2300
  • Work TypeFull Time - Fixed Term
  • Positions1 Position
  • Job no: HRC0001876
  • Category: Academic, Level B
  • Full-time, Fixed-term role, based at the Callaghan Campus
  • Academic Level B
  • 2-year term, with possibility of extension

Our vision to become a world-leading university for our regions will take passion and perseverance. We can’t do it without you.

We are looking for people to join our university – to bring their exceptional teaching to our region, and to take their research impact to the world with us.

As one of the top 200 universities in the world and number one university in the world for partnering for a sustainable future, we are proud educators grounded by the needs of our community. We are driven by our inclusive focus and are proud of our five-star rating for social equity.

The School of Information and Physical Sciences (SIPS) accommodates the disciplines of Mathematics, Data Science and Statistics, Computing and Information Technology, and Physics. The vision of SIPS is aligned with the University's strategic plan "Looking Ahead" and aims to provide a transformative, modern and relevant learning experience where students acquire practical skills, leading to work and life-ready graduates. Research at the School is of a quality that is 'well above world standard' and is relevant, collaborative, interdisciplinary and impactful. The school is dedicated to diversity, equity and social justice, while embracing our Indigenous culture in all aspects of its work.

Solar and Space Physics is an area of strength at the University of Newcastle, where the School’s   four-digit code ‘Astronomical and Space Sciences’ was ranked 5 (well above world standard) in the

 latest Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment. Currently, this area has been reinvigorated with two new permanent academic appointments (A/Prof David Pontin and Dr Hannah Schunker), and the new group has attracted significant research funding. The successful candidate is expected to complement, collaborate, and strengthen Solar, Stellar and Space Physics at the School of Information and Physical Sciences. In addition, they will develop a strong research programme through internal, national, and international collaborations with academics and industry, attract external research funding, and undertake impactful research.

The University of Newcastle offers its academic staff a dynamic working environment, equipped with modern teaching & research facilities.

The Role 

The successful candidate will contribute to a dynamic, transdisciplinary and globally competitive research environment through research collaboration, securing external grant income, delivering high quality publication outcomes and attracting higher degree research students. The successful candidate will contribute to a lively, passionate and internationally recognised teaching environment through curriculum development, innovative course delivery and excellent student engagement.

This 2-year, fixed term position is full time and will be located at the Callaghan Campus (Awabakal and Worimi land). 

The University of Newcastle is an equal opportunity employer committed to equity, diversity and social inclusion. Women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.  

How will you become part of our community? 

You will have:

  • A PhD in Physics or equivalent relevant field.
  • Demonstrated recent experience in an academic role delivering results in research and innovation, teaching and learning, and service and engagement.
  • Strong research track record (relative to opportunity) in an area relevant to Space Physics.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead/undertake collaborative research (academic and industry).
  • Demonstrated ability to attract external research funding.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and delivering courses in Physics (including first year courses) in a variety of teaching modes.

How will we support you?

The remuneration for this position is from $103,221+ 17% superannuation.  

The University is committed to being a leader in family-friendly working environments.

For information on our employee benefits (such as flexible working, discounts in private health insurance and gym memberships and salary packaging) please visit here.

Let’s be part of something bigger together. 

Please visit here for a guide on how to apply for a role.

If viewing this on a job board other than the University's please click ‘Apply’ to reach the University's website, where a copy of the Position Description can be accessed. Please download a copy before commencing your application. 

Your application must include:

  • Your ORCID ID
  • A URL link to your University Academic Profile (or equivalent)
  • A Cover Letter; outlining your interest in the role, including contact details for a minimum of three relevant referees.
  • A statement addressing the Essential and Desirable Criteria, as provided in the Position Description attached below (4 pages max)
  • Your CV, which should be a maximum of five pages and be succinct and discipline appropriate.

Please upload your Cover Letter and response to the requested Criteria as one PDF document.

For additional information on the position contact Associate Professor David Pontin via email David.Pontin@newcastle.edu.au.

Having Difficulties? Please reach out to us: employment@newcastle.edu.au

Closing date: Thursday 20 April 2023 at 11.59pm AEST

We are excited to be Looking Ahead with you

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