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Lecturer | Mechanical Engineering

  • LocationCallaghan, NSW 2308
  • Work TypeFull time
  • Positions1 Position
  • Job no: HRC0002473
  • Category: Academic, Level B
  • Academic, Level B, Full-time, Permanent role
  • Female targeted, based at the Callaghan Campus
  • Foster excellence in research and professional activities with a focus on integrated mechanical engineering design

Be part of our research community that’s changing lives.

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.

About us

The University’s College of Engineering, Science and Environment (CESE) brings together expertise in engineering, environment, and the sciences to deliver life ready graduates and transformative solutions to our region and the world. CESE strives for excellence, innovation and equity in teaching, education, research and partnerships. We are global leaders uncovering new knowledge, creating revolutionary technology, and delivering innovative teaching.

The School of Engineering is one of the most research-intensive Schools within the University. The School consists of four discipline groupings: Civil and Environmental Engineering and Surveying; Chemical and Renewable Energy Engineering; Electrical and Electronic, Computer Systems and Medical; Aerospace Systems, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering. The School is home to many leading-edge research centres and has strong links with industry through sponsored undergraduate students and research collaborations.

The School is highly research active, contributing substantially to the overall research inputs and outputs of the CESE. This is reflected in the 2018 Excellence in Research in Australia outcomes where Electrical, Civil, Mechanical and Resource Engineering codes all received an ERA5. 

Be challenged and imagine with us

The School of Engineering is seeking to appoint a Lecturer with a passion for teaching and a flair for research in specialist areas underpinned by Mechanical Engineering. The successful candidate will have the ability to work autonomously, multi-task and prioritise to provide adaptive teaching methods and enhance the learning experience by combining streamlined online delivery methods with interactive in-person sessions. You will also have capability and eagerness to engage and network with external associations, to secure research funding and to assist industry in solving highly complex technical problems. 


The essential criteria for success include:

  • PhD in Mechanical Engineering or related fields.
  • Demonstrated high-quality contribution to research, particularly in areas such as integrated design for cyber-physical systems and bulk material handling.
  • Demonstrated recent record of successfully taking a chief investigator role (often in conjunction with more experienced researchers) in funding initiatives and obtaining, competitive, external research funding.
  • Demonstrated recent active supervision of honours and masters research projects as well as Higher Degree by Research students.
  • Demonstrated recent ability to contribute at undergraduate, honours and postgraduate levels in areas including finite element analysis (FEA) and integrated mechanical engineering design.
  • Demonstrated recent ability to efficiently perform in allocated internal roles, sharing academic service responsibilities, contributing to outcomes of internal committees, and beginning to develop external collaborations.

For the full list of essential and desirable selection criteria, please review the Position Description.


Female targeted

As part of the University’s commitment to increasing the number of women in underrepresented areas such as STEMM, this role is targeted towards female candidates. Please note that both male and female candidates can apply, however priority will be given to female candidates who can demonstrate they successfully meet the selection criteria. The University currently holds an exemption under Section 126 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW) in relation to its targeted recruiting programs. 


How will we inspire you?

Reporting to Professor Dianne Wiley, Dean and Head of School Engineering, the successful candidate will provide vision and leadership in the mechanical engineering field and foster excellence in research, teaching and professional activities

This position offers the opportunity to assist in shaping the Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours) program and the Master of Professional Engineering (Mechanical) by providing a high-quality and engaging learning environment for undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students. The successful applicant will define and develop a research program that brings the University of Newcastle to the forefront of mechanical engineering research nationally and internationally.


In this role you will be responsible for:

  • Developing a portfolio of sustained and significant research performance to attract undergraduate and postgraduate students to the discipline.
  • Contribution to attracting industry-based research support and competitive external grant funding at national and international level.
  • Enhancing student learning and experience by delivering a relevant curriculum.
  • Contribute to teaching and/or teaching development in the broader areas of Mechanical Engineering, especially including HDR student supervision.


What we offer

This position will be offered as a level B, continuing/permanent position.

The remuneration range is from $103,221 - $122,576 + 17% superannuation and leave loading.  

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

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


Move to Newcastle

A move to Newcastle 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. 

Visit this page for a guide on how to apply for a role.

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
  • A statement addressing all of the Essential and Desirable Criteria, as provided in the Position Description (4 pages max)
  • Your CV, which should be succinct and discipline appropriate.

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

For specific position enquiries, please contact Associate Professor Adrian Wills, Head of Discipline of Aerospace Systems, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering on 0413495524 or email Adrian.Wills@newcastle.edu.au

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

Closing date: 20th September 2023 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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