The University of Queensland, School of Mathematics and Physics

Position ID:The University of Queensland-School of Mathematics and Physics-LSLA [#23927, R-19686]
Position Title: Lecturer / Senior Lecturer - Astrophysics
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Brisbane, Queensland 4072, Australia
Subject Area: Physics / astrophysics
Appl Deadline:2023/01/19 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2022/12/04, listed until 2023/01/19)
Position Description:    

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About This Opportunity

The School of Mathematics and Physics seeks to recruit a total of four women (two in mathematics and two in physics) to continuing teaching and research positions at Academic Level B/C. The positions are open to women and those who identify as women. This recruitment strategy is aimed at continuing to improve the diversity of the School’s academic staff, and to demonstrate its commitment to gender equity. The appointee to this position will have a developed research program in an area of astrophysics that complements or supplements the School’s research strengths. The appointees will engage in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and curriculum development in physics, including service courses. The appointees will also supervise Higher Degree by Research, postgraduate coursework and Honours students, conduct high-quality research, and perform administrative, outreach and other engagement activities associated with the School.

Please view the Candidate Information Booklet for the key responsibilities.


About the School of Mathematics and Physics

The School of Mathematics and Physics (SMP) sits within the Faculty of Science. It is one of the largest Schools at The University of Queensland (UQ). Its strengths lie in delivering high-quality teaching, conducting research that is recognised at national and international levels, and contributing to society through its engagement with industry, government and the broader community. It is a multidisciplinary School that pursues excellence across all of its academic endeavours.

SMP provides a family-friendly workplace and offers a number of flexible work options to help staff balance their responsibilities at work and at home. It holds the Silver Pleiades Award of the Astronomical Society of Australia demonstrating a sustained record of monitoring and improving the working environment. It is the sole Australian organisation participating in the American Physical Society’s Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Alliance (APS-IDEA) Network. Further information can be found here.

SMP has sustained success in attracting research funding, particularly in Australian Research Council funding, annually winning significant numbers of Discovery Projects and a range of fellowships. In addition, the School has had considerable Centre of Excellence (CoEs) success, hosting the lead node for two CoEs in the period 2013-2022 and with staff being chief investigators in a further seven CoEs in that period. The School’s research excellence is also evidenced by its performance in the most recent (2018) Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessments, achieving ratings of 5 in both 2-digit fields of research (FoR), Mathematical Sciences and Physical Sciences, as well as in the 4-digit FoRs Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Statistics, Astronomical and Space Sciences, Condensed Matter Physics, Quantum Physics and Optical Physics, and also received a rating of 4 (above world standard) in Mathematical Physics, no rating of 5 (well above world standard) being awarded for any Australian institution in this FoR.

Research in astrophysics at UQ includes: cosmology, galaxy evolution, stellar systems, extra-solar planets, gravitational waves, and fundamental physics, with strengths in computational, data-intensive, and large-survey science. Applicants in any area of astrophysics with synergies with these or other research programs within the University are encouraged to apply. The successful appointee will expand the research profile of the School in new and exciting directions, while forming synergistic collaborations with one or more of the existing research strengths in UQ astrophysics. They will have the opportunity to capitalise on Australia’s membership in the European Southern Observatory (ESO), the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) and its pathfinders, and/or the Rubin Observatory’s Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST). They can work with local members of the Dark Energy Survey (DES), Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI), and 4-metre Multi-Object Spectroscopic Telescope (4MOST); and will have access to the UQ and national astronomy supercomputing facilities.

SMP is the leading provider of tertiary mathematics and physics education in Queensland. The School teaches a comprehensive undergraduate program in science, mathematics, statistics, and physics, as well as performing service teaching for students of engineering and the life sciences. There is also an extensive postgraduate research program, which has more than 100 Research Higher Degree students currently enrolled in the School. Undergraduate programs offered include BSc, BMath, BA (each with an Honours year) and BAdvSci; coursework postgraduate degrees (MSc, MFinMath, MDataSc, MQTech, MCyberSec, MBusAn) and research degrees (MPhil and PhD) are offered at postgraduate level. Staff in the School are highly recognised for their excellence in teaching and learning and have received a range of university and national teaching awards and citations, Higher Education Academy United Kingdom Fellowships, and significant Office of Learning and Teaching grants.

Engagement with national discipline-related bodies, societies, and institutes is also important to SMP, and the School maintains ongoing collaboration with the Australian Institute of Physics (AIP), the Australian Mathematical Society (AustMS), the Statistical Society of Australia (SSA), the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) and the Mathematical Research Institute, MATRIX.

There are a total of 134 full-time academic staff members in the School, and 18 professional School staff who provide professional, technical and administrative support.

Further details of the School’s achievement and the teaching and research interests of academic staff may be accessed on the School’s website.


About You

The filling of this position is intended to constitute an equal opportunity measure under Section 105 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (Qld). The position is therefore only open to women, and those who identify as women.

UQ is committed to a fair, equitable and inclusive selection process, which recognises that some applicants may face additional barriers and challenges which have impacted and/ or continue to impact their career trajectory. Candidates who may not meet all of the selection criteria are strongly encouraged to apply for and demonstrate their potential in the role, even if certain selection criteria can’t be met. Candidates may also wish to proactively outline any barriers or challenges which have impacted their career. The selection panel will consider both your potential and any performance relative to opportunity considerations when assessing your suitability for this role.

Applicants should possess a PhD or equivalent in a field related to astrophysics. Additionally, you will demonstrate:

Level B (Lecturer):

  • A growing profile of contributions towards a range of teaching responsibilities, including designing effective learning materials and assessment tasks, using effective teaching and learning approaches, coordinating courses and participating in a range of student experiences.
  • Evidence of participation in education collaborations and professional learning in teaching.
  • A developing national profile in research in the discipline area, evidence for which can include: a track record of publications in reputed refereed journals and conference presentations; a contribution to the transfer of knowledge, technology and practices to research end users; and the development of partnerships with research end users or external collaborators.
  • Evidence of contributing to and sometimes leading applications for external research funding.
  • A growing record of effective supervision of Honours and Higher Degree by Research students, evidence for which can include: supervisory role contributing to successful completion of Honours or RHD students; development of supervisee capabilities and skills; demonstrating the responsible conduct of research; and facilitating engagement opportunities for supervisees.
  • Effectively performs internal service roles in conjunction with active contributions to external activities.

Level C (Senior Lecturer):

  • An established profile of effective contributions towards a range of teaching responsibilities, including improving curriculum design and assessment practices, modifying teaching and learning approaches to achieve enhanced learning outcomes, and leading courses, discipline plans or programs.
  • Evidence of building and maintaining education collaborations and undertaking professional learning in teaching.
  • National recognition, with a developing international profile, in research in the discipline area, evidence for which can include: an established record of publications in reputed refereed journal and conference presentations; a contribution to the transfer of knowledge, technology and practices to research end users, and the development of partnerships with research end users or external collaborators.
  • Evidence of contributing to and often leading successful applications for external research funding.
  • An established record of effective supervision of Honours and Higher Degree by Research students to successful completion, evidence for which can include: supervisory role contributing to successful completion of Honours or RHD students; developing supervisee capabilities and skills, leading others in the responsible conduct of research, and facilitating engagement opportunities for supervisees.
  • Demonstrated achievement and initiative in internal service roles in conjunction with an established record in external activities.

Further information about the position, discipline area and selection criteria can be found within the Appointment Booklet.


What We Can Offer

This is a full-time (100% FTE) continuing position at an Academic Level B or Level C, commensurate with relevant skills and qualifications.

Academic Level B full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range of AUD$101,533 – $120,570 plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be in the range AUD$118,794 – $141,067 p.a.

Academic Level C full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range AUD$124,378 – $143,415 plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be in the range AUD$145,523 – $167,796 p.a.

The following flexible employment options may be available for this role:

  • Part time
  • Some working from home
  • Variable start or finish times depending on teaching timetable
  • Compressed hours

For further information about UQ’s benefits, please visit Why Work at UQ and review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018 - 2021.



To discuss this role please contact Professor Matthew Davis via

For application queries, please contact stating the job reference number in the subject line.


Want to Apply?

To submit an application for this role, go to the UQ Careers portal and use the Apply button.

All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • An outline of their research program.
  • Resume
  • Cover letter addressing (1) the selection criteria, and (2) identifying how their research complements and supplements the research of staff in the School and/or the broader university, including details of possible collaborations.
  • The contact details of at least two (2) referees who will be able to write recommendation letters. You will be notified before references are conducted.

Please note that you will be asked to add all documents into the one upload box labelled ‘resume’, which is step one of the application form.


About the Selection Process

Please note that seminars, mock lectures, and interviews have been scheduled for late January/early February 2023.

As part of the Selection Process, applicants shortlisted for interview will be required to present a seminar and mock lecture to members of the school community prior to their scheduled interview. Research seminars and lecture topics will be provided with adequate notice to shortlisted candidates. The research seminar will be for 40 minutes plus 5-10 minutes of questions and a mock lecture will be for 25 minutes, plus questions.

The University of Queensland is committed to ensuring all candidates are provided with the opportunity to attend the panel interviews. For this recruitment process, all interviews, seminars and lectures will be conducted via Zoom.

To satisfy prerequisite questions and ensure your application can be considered in full, all candidates must apply via the UQ Careers portal by the job closing deadline or will not be accepted.


Other Information

Sponsorship: Visa sponsorship may be available for this appointment.

At UQ we know that our greatest strengths come from our diverse mix of colleagues, this is reflected in our ongoing commitment to creating an environment focused on equity, diversity and inclusion. We ensure that we are always attracting, retaining and promoting colleagues who are representative of the diversity in our broader community, whether that be gender identity, LGBTQIA+, cultural and/or linguistic, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, or people with a disability. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to

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