Closing date: 19 January 2021
Campus: The School of Mathematics and Physics, University of Queensland
Remuneration: Level B / Level C
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 appointees to the two mathematics positions will have a developed research program in an area of mathematics, statistics and mathematical data science that complements or supplements the School’s research strengths. The appointees will engage in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and curriculum development in mathematics, 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 Researchfor 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.
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 web site at smp.uq.edu.au.
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 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 when assessing your suitability for this role.
Applicants should possess a PhD or equivalent in a relevant field such as mathematics, statistics, or mathematical data science. 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.
• Evidence of effective performance in 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 booklet below.
What We Can Offer
This is a full-time (100% FTE) continuing position at 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 $101,533 – $120,570 plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be in the range $118,794 – $141,067 p.a.
Academic Level C full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $124,378 – $143,415 plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be in the range $145,523 – $167,796 p.a.
The following flexible employment options may be available for this role : Part time/job share; some working from home; variable start or finish times; 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.
Want to Apply?
To discuss this role please contact Professor Jorgen Rasmussen via email@example.com
For application queries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org stating the job reference number in the subject line.
All applicants must upload the following documents in order for their application to be considered:
• An outline of their research program.
• 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.
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 a 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, however, for those candidates who are unable to attend in person, video interview options will be available.
To satisfy pre-requisite 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.
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 email@example.com
If you are a current employee of the University, or hold an unpaid or affiliate appointment with the University, please login to your staff Workday account and visit the internal careers board to apply for this opportunity. Please do NOT apply via the external job board.
Links for application/more information
For candidates to apply, they will need to please visit https://careers.uq.edu.au/ and search R-19649.
Included in the advert is also a candidate information booklet with more detailed information on the role.