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Associate Professor | Structural and Geospatial Engineering

LocationCallaghan, NSW 2308
Work TypeFull time
Positions1 Position
Job no: HRC0002487
Category: Academic, Level D
  • Academic Level D, Full-time Permanent role
  • Female targeted, based at the Callaghan Campus
  • Foster excellence in research and professional activities in the field of Structural Engineering or Geospatial Engineering (Surveying)

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 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 region is home to the Newcastle Port, the Williamtown airport and the Williamtown RAAF base as well as developers and manufacturers of a diverse range of technologies and devices. It is rich in natural mineral and water resources, electricity generation capacity and food and wine producers. The transformation of the Hunter and Central Coast offers many exciting opportunities for research and industrial collaboration including with industries focussed on infrastructure and resource development. 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 Civil Engineering program provides students with critical technical skills in structural engineering, civil engineering materials, geomechanics, water engineering, transport engineering and engineering management.

The Surveying program provides students with critical surveying and engineering skills related to local land and mining surveying techniques, spatial data systems, satellite positioning geodesy and remote sensing.

The Environmental Engineering program provides students with critical technical skills in sustainability, water engineering, environmental process technologies underpinned by environmental sciences and engineering principles especially related to geotechnics and hydrogeology.

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

  • Provide outstanding leadership that fosters staff development and promotes cooperation between the university, government, national and international academia, and industry.
  • Provide sustained and significant research performance to attract undergraduate and postgraduate students to the discipline and mentor early career researchers.
  • Attract industry-based research support and competitive external grant funding at national and international level.
  • Enhance student learning and experience by providing exceptional leadership to staff in delivering a relevant curriculum using contemporary teaching pedagogies (e.g. blended and active learning).
  • Provide leadership in the development and implementation of new programs.
  • Work cohesively within a team environment to strengthen current and future research priorities of the School.
  • Lead 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 an Associate Professor who is PhD qualified in Structural or Geospatial Engineering with a passion for teaching in areas covering:

  • structural design, analysis and modelling;
  • sustainable engineering practice incorporating circular economy impacts and environmental legislation;
  • managing project complexity,
  • chaos and big data;
  • the role of digital technologies and the internet of things on infrastructure, remote sensing, geospatial engineering, and resource management and development.

The successful applicant will also have a sustained recent record of strategic leadership in planning, developing and implementing high-quality, safe and inclusive learning environments and programs for students using adaptive and innovative teaching methods, such as online teaching and hands-on experiences.

In addition, you will have a demonstrated sustained ability to engage and network with external organisations, to secure major research funding and to assist industry in solving highly complex technical problems over sustained periods of time as well as a demonstrated sustained record of successful leadership of research including producing significant high-quality publications and outcomes in areas such as:

  • advanced structural analysis and design;
  • sustainable and reliable development and rejuvenation of on-shore and off-shore infrastructure;
  • remote sensing;
  • geospatial engineering;
  • adaptation and transformation of infrastructure, be it urban, coastal and rural resources including water, energy, critical minerals and food;
  • defence will be favourably considered.


How will we support you?

The remuneration for this position ranges from $159,865 - $176,118 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 Dr Lloyd Pilgrim, Head of Discipline of Civil Engineering, Surveying and Environmental Engineering via email lloyd.pilgrim@newcastle.edu.au.

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

Closing date: Monday 8th 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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