Job Advertisement: Closing Date 13th September 2018
Director AAO-Macquarie and Professor
Macquarie, located in Sydney, Australia, is a university engaged with
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On 1 July 2018, Macquarie became the new home for the instrumentation
group of the former Australian Astronomical Observatory. Over decades,
this Sydney-based group has established an enviable international
reputation for its precision engineering capability and expertise within
astronomy instrumentation across optical, mechanical, electronic and
AAO-Macquarie comes to the University with a new vision and an exciting
agenda for transformation in both scale and efficiency. As part of its
expansive new vision, AAO-Macquarie's team of experts will build on the
University's existing strengths in astronomy, photonics, laser
technology, microfabrication, applied optics, sensing, and
communications. We seek to increase industry engagement, identify
opportunities to apply AAO-Macquarie's expertise to medicine and
defence, and expand its presence in the fields of optics and sensing, in
addition to growing the ongoing mission of world-leading excellence in
Macquarie is also excited to take a significant role in leading and
growing Australia's global position in astronomical instrumentation,
partnering with the Australian National University, the University of
Sydney and Astronomy Australia Limited to establish a new national
capability for astronomical instrumentation under the banner /Australian
Astronomical Optics/ (AAO). This collaboration will combine unique
capabilities in wide-field and adaptive optics, precision mechanical and
optical engineering, design and testing, and software to build
cutting-edge instruments for the leading 8m and next generation 30m
The AAO-Macquarie group has a long-standing commitment to advancing
equity and diversity principles, one shared deeply with Macquarie
University. We hold silver status in the Pleiades awards, Australia's
scheme for certifying commitment and progress in equity, diversity and
inclusion in astronomy and physics, and are committed to continual
improvement in these principles.
In this newly created role, which carries the status of Head of
Department, the Director of AAO-Macquarie will take the central role in
creating and sustaining a holistic vision for the group, leading the
development of strategy and setting the directions for discovery,
industry engagement and future directions for business development.
We are looking for an outstanding individual with experience in growing,
developing and leading high performance teams, to build on the
considerable skills and knowledge of the technical experts and academics
within AAO-Macquarie. The Director will work to nurture, embed and
uphold a culture of excellence and outstanding service in
AAO-Macquarie's exciting mission to produce highly specialised and
innovative technological systems. The Director will also drive
strategies to develop a new focus on industry engagement and introduce
innovative research-focused teaching programs at graduate and
potentially undergraduate levels.
To be successful in this role, you will have demonstrated proven
academic leadership in your discipline and be known as an eminent
authority in your field. You will be a committed enabler of
multi-disciplinary collaborations, playing an active role in
collaborating with researchers across the discipline, faculty and wider
academic community. You will have demonstrated the ability to lead and
uplift large technical teams.
Your proven track record of developing trust, building commitment,
modelling core university values and fostering an environment of
innovation and excellence will enable you to succeed in this role.
To be considered for this position, you must provide your CV and
demonstrate the following selection criteria in a supporting document
(of no more than four pages), providing examples of relevant experience
* A PhD in a suitable discipline and outstanding contributions to
scholarship and research in Astronomy, Astronomical Instrumentation or
Optical Engineering which have resulted in a strong research impact in
your field and recognition as an eminent authority in your discipline
* Holistic strategic thinking with the demonstrated aptitude to develop
and set the new direction for AAO-Macquarie in consultation with faculty
* Demonstrated capability to build and develop a comprehensive industry
engagement and business development plan
* Demonstrated track record of building a sustained culture of high
n performance and service excellence in a group or department of
* Proven track record of driving a culture of research within a group or
a department including enabling multi-disciplinary collaborations within a
department, faculty, university and/or the wider community
* Demonstrated capability to develop an innovative research focused
teaching program and to attract quality students
* Demonstrated ability to engage in external collaborative partnerships
* Demonstrated ability to attract significant external funding for
research and/or contract services
* Strong capability to manage financial, human and physical resources to
deliver successful outcomes
* Demonstrated track record of building trust, nurturing, supporting,
mentoring and ensuring the professional development of academic and
* A demonstrated commitment to promoting and advancing principles of
equity, inclusion and diversity in STEMM workplaces
For further information, please view the Candidate Brochure
Salary Package: A competitive salary package will be negotiated with
the successful applicant.
Appointment Type: 5 year fixed term role as AAO Director with a
full-time, continuing substantive appointment as Professor
For a confidential discussion about this role, please contact Professor
Michael Steel, Interim AAO Director and Head of Department, Physics and
Astronomy, via e-mail [log in to unmask]
General Recruitment Enquiries: Roberta Palfreeman, HR Manager via
e-mail [log in to unmask]
Applications Close: Thursday 13th September 2018 at 11.55pm EST
Applications must be made through the online portal at
Macquarie University is an EO Employer committed to diversity and
social inclusion. Applications are encouraged from people with
disability; women (particularly for senior and non-traditional roles);
Indigenous Australians, people who identify as GLBTIQ; and those from
culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Applications need to be submitted through the Macquarie University
online recruitment system. Where circumstances such as disability or
remote location prohibit your access to our online system please contact
the enquiries person listed in this advertisement for assistance.
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