Professor Harry Messel Research Fellow “Women Only”

Job Type:Full Time

  • Opportunity for Women only
  • Located at Camperdown Campus, at the School of Physics
  • Full-Time/Part time, Fixed Term, 3 Years with 1 year possible extension, Academic B: Base Salary: $106,434 p.a. - $126,279 p.a./pro-rata (if applicable) plus annual leave loading and a generous employer’s contribution to superannuation.

About the opportunity

These two positions are exempted under section 126 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977, to conduct targeted recruitment programs for women.

The Professor Harry Messel Fellowship offers a high-profile position in the School of Physics to top female researchers. The Messel fellow will undertake research that strengths and/or complements existing programs. There will be opportunities to supervise research programs of undergraduate and postgraduate students and contribute to the School’s teaching program.

The School of Physics is seeking to lift the representation of women and strongly encourages applications from suitably qualified female candidates. The School has obtained an exemption order from the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board to recruit a female candidate to the Professor Harry Messel Research Fellowship.

The Professor Harry Messel Research Fellowship was established in 1980 from a donation to the School of Physics by Cecil and Ida Green. The position is fixed-term for three years, or equivalent on a part-time basis.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance in recruiting talent aligned to these values in the pursuit of research excellence and are seeking to recruit for a Postdoctoral Research Associate/Research Fellow who has:

  • PhD in physics or related discipline
  • Demonstrated capacity to conduct research/scholarly activities independently or as a member of a team.
  • A track record of published research in referred journals as sole author or in collaboration
  • Experience in presenting seminars at conferences and research institutions

These qualities are aligned with the University’s core values: courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity.

The successful candidate could start as early as January 2020

About us

The School of Physics at the University of Sydney is the leading Physics department in the country, with outstanding staff and students undertaking world-leading teaching and research. Our 114 academic staff and 157 postgraduate students conduct research across a vast range of interests from nanoparticles to clusters of galaxies and from theoretical modelling to laboratory experiments. With the support of 20+ professional, technical and administrative staff, the School of Physics teaches to a cohort of approximately 274 equivalent full-time student load (EFTSL) undergraduate students. With access to supercomputers, modern laboratory facilities and observatories, locally, nationally and internationally, the School of Physics is the premier environment for physics education and research. The School of Physics is committed to creating a diverse workplace by improving equity, access and opportunity. We want to create an environment where individuality is welcomed and celebrated. We are continuously working to identify and remove biases and barriers in an effort to make our workplace open, supportive and safe for everyone.

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 6000 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change, which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. Visit and search by the reference number 1444/0719F to apply.

Closing date: 11:30pm, Friday 30 August 2019 (Sydney Time)

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

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