Lecturer, Electronic Systems and Internet of Things Engineering

Cairns, Australia
Tuesday, 12 November 2019
End of advertisement period
Sunday, 8 December 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Overview

The Lecturer, Electronic Systems and Internet of Things Engineering assists in the development of a new major in the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) program in “Electronic Systems and the Internet of Things (IoT)”, to be offered at JCU’s Cairns campus. The incumbent works closely with academic staff in Electrical Engineering and a team of Cairns-based engineers and scientists to develop academic offerings in electrical and electronics engineering as well as the supporting sciences that will be taught. These subjects will underpin the new interdisciplinary, 4-year degree program in “electronic systems and IoT” that combines the study of electrical engineering, wireless communication, software engineering and industrial design, with an emphasis on sensor devices, internet technologies, data mining and cloud computing.

The Lecturer requires established industry connections and the ambition to help establish a new programme and academic profile in a non-traditional engineering area. Core skills in electronic and/or electrical engineering and a proven track record of the following is essential;

( i )teaching in relevant university-level, engineering disciplines; and (ii) (ii) publishing research in quality journals. A proven ability to attract research/project funding, and involvement in the supervision of post-graduate students, will be viewed favorably.

The incumbent has applied research interests in at least one of the following areas linked to The Internet of Things: embedded systems, sensor technology, data mining and analytics, wireless and network communications, digital signal processing, sensors and mobile infrastructures, complex system analysis, computer vision, computer security and smart power grids, or other areas may be considered if they align with the strategic research directions of the college. 

Organisational Charts

James Cook University

Principal Accountabilities

  1. Contribute significantly to the development and implementation of the new major in Electronic systems and IoT, including development of academic offerings and vigorous marketing of the new program at local and national levels.
  2. Teach relevant engineering subjects into the new major in Electronic systems and IoT as directed.
  3. Conduct research in IoT as an individual, and in collaboration with students and other researchers, through successful grant applications to government, non-government organisations and/or industry, and through the development of collaborative partnerships with industry stakeholders.
  4. Co-supervise 4th year and post-graduate students as the new program develops.
  5. Contribute to the management of university business through active participation on committees at Academic Group and College Levels as directed.
  6. Enhance the visibility and reputation of JCU through active participation in public outreach activities as an individual and through participation in events organised by JCU.
  7. Communicate the results of research orally and in written form to colleagues, industry, the scientific research community and other stakeholders.
  8. Support the University's commitment to the principles of reconciliation, which exemplify respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and the valuing of justice and equity for all Australians.
  9. Demonstrate a commitment to the University values.
  10. Support the principles of the TropEco program and engage in commitment to JCU sustainability goals and objectives.

Generic Accountabilities

There are generic responsibilities that apply to all James Cook University staff.

  1. The Lecturer, Electronic Systems and Internet of Things Engineering is required to observe the lawful and reasonable directions, policies and decisions of the University Council, understand and comply with the Enterprise Agreement, the Statutes and Rules of the University, the policies and decisions of the University Council and other appropriate University authorities, as in force from time to time.
  2. The Lecturer, Electronic Systems and Internet of Things Engineering is required to demonstrate a personal commitment to ensure personal safety and the safety of others and contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance. This includes the effective implementation  and  compliance with James Cook University WHS policies, procedures and safe systems of work, together with all relevant legislation, duties and obligations. Contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance.
  3. The Lecturer, Electronic Systems and Internet of Things Engineering is required to exercise proper discretion in all matters affecting the well-being of the University which involve public writing or speaking in accordance with the University’s Code of Conduct.

Selection Criteria

Selection and appointments will be assessed against selection criteria.


  1. PhD in a relevant engineering/science discipline or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education and/or training.
  2. Core skills in electrical engineering or related area, and a proven research track record in an area related to the “Internet of Things”.
  3. Proven experience in University teaching at undergraduate and post-graduate levels, with at least some level of experience in post-graduate supervision and/or student project supervision.
  4. Proven ability to conduct collaborative, multi-disciplinary research within diverse teams.
  5. Demonstrate a flexible and constructive approach to work design and procedures.
  6. Demonstrated high level written, oral and interpersonal communication.


  1. Membership, or be eligible for membership of the Institution of Engineers Australia.
  2. Demonstrated ability to attract research grants and consultancies.