Endowed Dow Chair in Sustainable Engineering Innovation

Brisbane, Australia
Thursday, 17 June 2021
End of advertisement period
Wednesday, 14 July 2021
Contract Type
Full Time


The School of Chemical Engineering is an international leader in the chemical engineering field and has an excellent reputation, built over 100 years at The University of Queensland.

We deliver quality programs and leadership in chemical engineering education, research and development, and expert consulting to support the process industries. Worldwide, UQ Chemical Engineering was ranked 38th in the QS World University Rankings 2020 for Chemical Engineering. Central to the School’s success are our staff, specifically the academic, research and professional staff.

Our people are our greatest asset. We offer collaborative, inclusive work and study places, which are enriched by the significant diversity of our staff, students and community. We genuinely believe that creativity and innovation flourishes in an environment where people feel supported, valued and empowered. Mutual respect, inclusivity and accountability are at the cornerstone of UQ’s culture.

For more information about the School, please visit: www.uq.edu.au/chemeng

Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation

The Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation was established as a research centre within the School of Chemical Engineering based on a US$10m philanthropic donation from the Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) in 2012. 

The Dow Centre delivers a comprehensive research portfolio focused on industrial and social sustainability, providing solutions to important engineering related issues facing society in the 21st century. The Dow Centre has core programs around the energy, water and carbon nexus, with the aim of delivering knowledge and leadership for the 21st century within an operational framework that delivers economic prosperity while respecting community values and the environment.

For further information, please visit https://www.chemeng.uq.edu.au/dow-centre-sustainable-engineering-innovation

About This Opportunity

The Endowed Dow Chair in Sustainable Engineering Innovation is a pivotal leadership role within UQ's School of Chemical Engineering. Acting as a senior mentor within the School, you will contribute to dynamic learning opportunities within the School's undergraduate and postgraduate programs, working to create an exciting and challenging intellectual environment to attract high quality HDR students. You will also contribute as a Chief Investigator to collaborations that yield new insights and opportunities, including providing leadership in obtaining major competitive funding to support new research streams.

This position will also work with the School Executive to develop strategies to raise the external profile of the School in the areas of focus of the Dow Centre. You will also work with the Dow Centre Board and Management Team to refine and implement the Dow Centre's strategic direction and priorities. This is a rare opportunity to foster a new, future-focused vision for the Centre and mobilise interdisciplinary initiatives in sustainability more broadly. Building external relationships across both industry and government will be key to success in this position, as will leveraging investment opportunities through philanthropy, industry partnerships and competitive research funding. 

For further information about what this position entails, please see the embedded recruitment booklet below.

This position is located at our picturesque St Lucia campus, and will be housed within the brand new Andrew N. Liveris Building.

Our Ideal Candidate

We are searching for a strong academic leader within Chemical Engineering or closely related discipline, with a particular focus on sustainable engineering that compliments or expands upon the Dow Centre's research programs. You will bring significant experience not only in teaching and research. You will be able to demonstrate strong leadership skills in both business and research, including strategy development and implementation, business improvement, and delivery of international quality science and/or engineering research programs. 

Moreover, you will be able to exemplify an ability to create large, collaborative initiatives incorporating multiple disciplines. Finally, you will be able to demonstrate a record of engagement and collaborations with key external stakeholders (industry, government, etc.), a track record of winning major competitive external research funding, and a history of obtaining investment funding from other sources. 

Visa sponsorship may be available for this appointment.

All final applicants for this position may be asked to consent to a criminal record check. Please note that people with criminal records are not automatically barred from applying for this position. Each application will be considered on its merits.

Here at The University of Queensland, we are proud to be a Bronze Institutional Award level participant in the SAGE Athena SWAN program. We strongly encourage female and gender diverse applicants to apply for this opportunity, as well as applications from those who bring all forms of diversity to the University. Further information can be found on our Diversity and Inclusion web page.

What We Can Offer

This is a full-time, continuing position at Academic Level E. A competitive compensation package will be negotiated with the successful applicant.

You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities, recreation leave loading, salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare, discounted private health insurance, cheap parking, development programs and many other benefits.

For further information, please review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018-2021.


To discuss this opportunity, please contact Adam Campbell (Manager, Talent Acquisition) via adam.campbell@uq.edu.au 

Want to Apply?

To submit an application for this role, go to http://search.jobs.uq.edu.au/caw/en/job/514013/endowed-dow-chair-in-sustainable-engineering-innovation and use the Apply button.

All applicants must supply the following documents:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Responses to the Selection Criteria

To satisfy pre-requisite questions and ensure your application can be considered in full, all candidates must apply via the UQ Careers portal by the job closing deadline. Applications received via other channels including direct email will not be accepted.

Applications close: 14 July 2021

Job No: 514013