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Lecturer | Aerospace Systems Engineering

LocationCallaghan, NSW 2308
Work TypeFull time
Positions1 Position
Published At:a month ago
Job no: HRC0002470
Category: Academic, Level B
  • Level B, full-time, Full-time, Permanent
  • Female targeted, based at the Callaghan Campus
  • Deliver and evolve the only Australian University program in Aerospace Systems Engineering

Our vision to become a world-leading university for our regions will take passion and perseverance. We can’t do it without you.

The University of Newcastle stands as a global leader distinguished by a commitment to equity and excellence. Our vision is to be a world-leading University for our regions and creating a better future for our regions and the globe. Underpinned by this vision and our values of excellence, equity, engagement and sustainability, the University of Newcastle’s Looking Ahead Strategic Plan 2020-2025 outlines the University’s commitment to delivering an exceptional student experience and serving our communities.

We are looking for people to join our university to bring their global expertise to our region, and take their impactful research to the world with us.

We are driven by our inclusive focus and are proud of our five-star rating for social equity. We are among the first 15 universities in Australia to receive the Bronze Award under the Athena Swan Charter and we’re striving to achieve Silver.

Be part of something bigger

The School of Engineering is one of the most research-intensive Schools within the University. The School offers Engineering degree programs in Aerospace Systems, Chemical, Civil, Computer Systems, Electrical and Electronic, Environmental, Mechanical, Mechatronics, Medical, and, Renewable Energy as well as degree programs in Surveying and Geospatial Engineering. The School is rated well above the sector average for quality of overall experience for undergraduate engineering students and for median salaries with more than 90% of our engineering undergraduates finding employment within 4 months of completing their studies. The School is proud to host various NU Teams engaging in activities such as NU Racing, NU Marine, NU Rocketry, and our newly established brewing team. These teams offer students valuable technical and professional skills within a simulated work environment. They enjoy immense popularity among students and are also highly regarded by our industry partners.

The University was established to serve the Hunter and Central Coast. The Hunter region is not only Australia’s largest regional economy, it has the greatest growth in NSW outside of the Sydney Basin. The Hunter region has the highest density of industry customers in Australia that need skills in aerospace systems engineering. The region is not only home to both the RAAF Base at Williamtown (the RAAF’s command, operations, and training base for the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)) and the Williamtown Aerospace Centre (WAC), it also hosts many of the systems integration companies that support new RAAF aircraft and projects. These offer many exciting opportunities for research and industrial collaboration. In addition to research collaborations, the School has well-established connections with industry through sponsored undergraduate students and student placements. The School is highly research active, contributing substantially to the overall research inputs and outputs of the College and University. This is reflected in the 2018 Excellence in Research in Australia outcomes where Electrical, Civil, Mechanical and Resource engineering FOR codes received an ERA5.

The University of Newcastle offers its academic staff a dynamic working environment, equipped with modern teaching & research facilities.

The Role

The Aerospace Systems Engineering program provides students with critical technical skills in efficient and effective design, modification and operation of high-tech devices for the aeronautical and defence industries.

As a member of the discipline, the successful candidate will:

  • Develop a portfolio of sustained and significant research performance to attract undergraduate and postgraduate students to the discipline.
  • Contribute to attracting industry-based research support and competitive external grant funding at national and international level.
  • Work cohesively within a team environment to strengthen current and future research priorities of the School.
  • Enhance student learning and experience by delivering a relevant curriculum using contemporary teaching pedagogies (e.g. blended and active learning).
  • Contribute to teaching and/or teaching development in the broader areas of Aerospace Systems Engineering, especially including HDR student supervision.
  • Promote cooperation between the university, government, national and international academia, and industry.
  • Actively participate in service activities within the School, College and University to maintain academic standards and administrative effectiveness.

This continuing position is full time and will be located at the Callaghan Campus (Awabakal land). 


Female Targeted

As part of the University’s commitment to providing a more diverse and inclusive higher education environment and increasing the number of women in under-represented areas, including the field of Engineering, female applicants will be given preference in case of equal suitability for this role. The University currently holds an exemption under Section 126 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW) in relation to its targeted recruiting programs. Please note that both male and female candidates can apply.


 How will you become part of our community? 

The School of Engineering is seeking to appoint a Lecturer who is PhD qualified in Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering or related fields such as Mechanical Engineering, Systems Engineering or Electrical Engineering. You will have a passion for educating the next generation of aerospace systems in areas such as:

  • Aerospace propulsion;
  • Aircraft performance;
  • Aircraft stability and control;
  • Aerospace system design;
  • Airframe systems;
  • Aircraft systems
  • Avionics

The successful candidate will have proven experience in working autonomously, multi-tasking and prioritising to provide adaptive teaching methods, such as online teaching and innovative hands-on experiences for students.

In addition, you will have capability and eagerness to engage and network with external organisations, to secure research funding and to assist industry in solving highly complex technical problems as well as a flair for researching and sound experience in producing quality research publications and outcomes in areas such as:

  • Autonomous systems and/or airframe systems;
  • Integrated avionics;
  • Intelligent monitoring of aerospace systems and machine learning;
  • Next generation aerospace propulsion systems;
  • Aerospace and/or aircraft systems design,
  • Performance, stability and control will be favourably considered. 

How will we support you?

The remuneration for this position ranges from $108,382 – $128,705 plus 17% superannuation.  

The University is committed to being a leader in family-friendly working environments.

For information on our employee benefits (such as flexible working, discounts in private health insurance and gym memberships and salary packaging) please visit here.


Move to Newcastle 

A move to Newcastle, Australia offers you the choice to live in the city, by the sea or near bushland - the region offers a wonderful place for a family to grow and the opportunity to strike a work/life balance.

Visit the City of Newcastle site to imagine your future in Newcastle.


Let’s be part of something bigger together. 

Please visit here for a guide on how to apply for a role.

If viewing this on a job board other than the University's please click ‘Apply’ to reach the University's website, where a copy of the Position Description can be accessed. Please download a copy before commencing your application.

Your application must include:

  • Your ORCID ID
  • A URL link to your University Academic Profile (or equivalent)
  • A Cover Letter; outlining your interest in the role, including contact details for a minimum of three relevant referees.
  • A statement addressing the Essential and Desirable Criteria, as provided in the Position Description attached below (4 pages max)
  • Your CV, which should be a maximum of five pages and be succinct and discipline appropriate.

Please upload your Cover Letter and response to the requested Criteria as one PDF document.

For additional information on the position contact Professor Gabriel Lodewijks via email gabriel.lodewijks@newcastle.edu.au

Having Difficulties? Please reach out to us: employment@newcastle.edu.au


Closing date: Monday 22nd July at 11.59pm AEST 


We are excited to be Looking Ahead with you

The University of Newcastle is an equal opportunity employer committed to equity, diversity and social inclusion. Women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

We provide opportunities for all people regardless of their background and experience, and this philosophy is reflected across all that we do.  




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