Macquarie University

Macquarie University

Director, Australian Astronomical Optics - Macquarie


Closing in 38 days


• 5 year fixed term with an underlying continuing appointment • Unique leadership position with a global reach • Upcoming next-generation facilities


The Faculty of Science and Engineering at Macquarie University is driven by the spirit of innovation. Here we nurture the next generation of science and technology innovators. The pairing of engineering and science in a single faculty means many of our research discoveries see direct technological applications. We are active within many industry partnerships, commercial collaborations and joint enterprise initiatives with government, industry and business partners.

AAO - Macquarie works in a matrix structure with close collaboration across its functional groups. There is a strong emphasis on communities of practice and a shared culture of learning and innovation.

Research translation and instrumentation engineering are key priorities of the University and faculty. Accordingly, significant investment is being made with the establishment of a new Engineering and AAO building within the Science and Engineering Precinct. The new building will enable co-location of research, engineering and commercial facilities. It will bring together the School of Engineering and Australian Astronomical Optics - Macquarie at Macquarie University's Wallumattagal Campus. Currently in construction, we anticipate the new building to be active in 2025.

Our expertise includes:

• developing innovative technology for use in astronomical instruments • developing software and data systems for the processing, storage, and access of data • using these instruments and systems for scientific research.

Who we are looking for

To be successful in this role, you will have proven academic leadership in your discipline and be known as an eminent authority in your field. You will be a committed enabler of multidisciplinary 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.

How you can apply

If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit an updated copy of your CV and responses to the selection criteria through Workday. To listen to the Executive Dean Professor Lucy Marshall on her vision for the role, and to gain further insights on the position, explore our online Candidate Brochure.

Applications should be submitted through Workday (www., including a CV and Candidate Statement by the closing date.

For details regarding the position, contact Professor Lucy Marshall, Faculty of Science and Engineering Executive Dean , by email to [email protected] or for general enquiries contact Roberta Palfreeman, Human Resources Manager by email to [email protected].

This position requires criminal record checks.

If you're already part of the Macquarie Group (MQ University, U@MQ, MQ Health, MGSM), you'll need to apply through your employee Workday account. To apply for this job: Login to Workday and go to the Careers App > Find Jobs.

Applications Close:

07/07/2024 11:59 PM

Diversity and Inclusion

Innovation and ingenuity thrive at Macquarie University when diversity, equity and inclusion take centre stage. At the University, we embrace a culture where diversity of background, experience and perspective are fundamental to our success.

We do not discriminate on gender identity, age, culture, disability, sexuality, Indigeneity, family and caring responsibilities or religion. See our journey towards leadership in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education.

Flexible Work

At Macquarie, we believe by providing flexibility in when, where and how work is done, we can support our staff to manage their personal commitments, while optimising their work performance and contributions to the University. See how we lead in flexible work to enable an outcome focused and inclusive workplace. To learn more about our culture and hiring process, explore our Candidate Resource Hub.

Job details


Director, Australian Astronomical Optics - Macquarie


Macquarie University




May 10, 2024

Application deadline

July 07, 2024

Job type



Computer Science,Engineering,Physics

About the employer

Established in 1964, Macquarie University is a public university located in the suburbs of Macquarie Park in Sydney, Australia. The establishment of the university marked a bold step towards transforming the otherwise traditional education system that was prevalent in Australia. The institution offers several facilities and services to students and is ranked among the leading universities globally.
The university has a total student enrolment of 40,209 students of which 27,795 students belong to full-time programs and 12,414 belong to part-time programs. The university saw a total of 8,641 international admissions and 31,568 domestic student enrollments for the last academic year (2019-20).

A vibrant hub for students, researchers, and teachers, all work towards pursuing a common goal of a brighter future. Macquarie University has been ranked among the top 1% of universities in the world by QS World University Rankings, 2020. Considered one of the top universities in Australia, the university has been on the ninth position for Australia for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings, 2020), producing graduates that are among the most sought after professionals in the world.

Spanning across 126 acres of land, the university provides an extensive range of courses for students to choose from. The Faculty of Business, The Faculty of Education, The Faculty of Engineering, The Faculty of Law, The Faculty of Science, The Faculty of Medicine and Health, The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, The Faculty of Information Technologies, The Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, The Faculty of Media, Communications and Performing Arts, The Faculty of Psychology and Cognitive Science and The Faculty of Security, Intelligence and Criminology offer various courses and research degrees for both undergraduate as well as graduate studies.

The university has several accommodation options for its students to choose from. Students can select their hall of residence according to their preferences and would not face any inconvenience during their stay in the city. Amenities at Macquarie University campus include a Bookshop, Counselling Services, Cafes, Medical Clinic, Pharmacy, and a Private Hospital along with other facilities. The university is situated at a prime location and has the availability of most resources, students would require around its premises.

The University also offers excellent sports facilities to students which are considered to be one of the greatest in the country. The Sports and Aquatic Centre located at the university has swimming pools, health clubs, basketball and squash courts, and even a martial arts area for students to indulge in.

To promote global higher education, Macquarie University awards scholarships to the tune of $6 million. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit, diversity, leadership capabilities, financial hardship, and/or key achievements such as sports and voluntary experience. The university has one of the most substantial scholarship programs in Australia, providing several opportunities each year to international students to undertake studies at the university.

Ranked among the safest cities in the world, Sydney is an ideal study destination for students from all across the world. The university takes the safety of its students very seriously and has security personnel posted within the campus walls.

Some of the notable alumni of Macquarie University are Chris Lilley - Australian comedian, Rob Oakeshott - Member of the Australian House of Representatives, Tania Mihailuk - Member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, Adam Hills - Australian comedian, Murray Cook - Australian musician, Greg Page - Australian singer, Lauren Jackson - Australian basketball player and Anthony Field - Australian musician among many others.

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