Sunday, 29 November 2015

The University of Queensland is recruiting a Physics learning designer

Message from Margaret Wegener:

I’m hoping that you can circulate/publish this job ad (attached) to the Physics Education Group. It’s for a learning designer with physics-y knowledge, in a project that some colleagues and I got institutional funding for.
 And if you know anyone who might be a suitable applicant, please pass it on. Regards,

Dr Margaret Wegener

PHYS1171 & PHYS3900 Course Co-ordinator
Physics Tutor Co-ordinator

The University of Queensland, 4072,
Office: Room 428, Physics Annexe
Phone: +61 7 3365 1244

Position Vacant - Learning Designer
Area: School of Mathematics and Physics, The University of Queensland
Salary: $72,045 p.a.
Work Type: Full Time/Part Time – Fixed Term
Location: St Lucia, Brisbane

The School of Mathematics and Physics
The School of Mathematics and Physics is a dynamic School within the Faculty of Science
at The University of Queensland. We are committed to excellence in learning, discovery
and engagement. The School's disciplines of mathematics, statistics and physics are
internationally recognised and members of its academic staff are leaders in their
respective fields. The School is also home to four ARC Centres of Excellence and
numerous other research groups.
Presently the School has approximately 100 academic staff. Undergraduate programs
offered include Bachelor of Science to honours level as well as double degrees, with
postgraduate coursework and research degrees also offered. Some 120 students are
presently enrolled in the School’s research higher degree program.
Information about the Faculty and the School may be accessed on the Faculty’s web site

The role

The successful appointee will work on a University of Queensland Technology-Enhanced
Learning project to develop dynamic, interactive simulations to enhance student
learning. The project team aims to transform student learning experiences in
undergraduate physics and mathematics courses using open source online tools to
enhance preparation for in-class active learning. The role will involve supporting project
staff by developing relevant on-line simulations as well as creating and testing
associated teaching material.
The person
Applicants should possess qualifications in a relevant discipline such as mathematics,
physics, engineering or similar preferably with experience in tutoring/teaching at
university/school level. You should be comfortable with web-based technologies including
programming experience. A background in Javascript/HTML5/CSS would be
advantageous as would experience in the scholarship of teaching and learning.
This is a full-time or part-time, fixed term appointment for one year at HEW Level 6. The
remuneration package will be $72,045 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions
of up to 17% (total package will be $84,293 p.a.).
To discuss this role please contact A/Prof Tim McIntyre on +61 7 3365 3423 or
Applications should be sent to
A/Prof Tim McIntyre
School of Mathematics and Physics
The University of Queensland
Brisbane 4072
or e-mailed to
A/Prof Tim McIntyre
Applications close Monday 14 December, 5pm


Primary Purpose of Position
The learning designer will develop advanced web-based simulations supporting a number
of courses across mathematics and physics. This will include writing relevant code,
testing the simulation and making updates based on feedback from staff and students.
As well, the position will involve developing relevant teaching material including a
description of each simulation, activities to perform using each simulation and
assessment items.

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to
Simulation development
• Develop computer code in an agreed computer language to simulate mathematics
and/or physics principles for use by students
• Adapt or update existing computer-based simulations in consultation with
academic staff
• Test existing computer-based simulations to evaluate their effectiveness for use
as part of the project
• In consultation with academic staff, develop appropriate teaching material to
support on-line computer simulations

Organisational Relationships
The position will report to the project team leader, A/Prof Tim McIntyre.


• A university degree in Mathematics, Physics, Engineering or similar
• High level computer competency including experience with web-based
technologies including programming
• A proven ability to work independently and meet timelines
• Excellent interpersonal skills (including written and verbal communication)

• Experience with programming in Javascript/HTML5/CSS
• Tutoring/teaching experience at school or university level
• Familiarity with scholarship of teaching and learning

The University of Queensland is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion