Research Fellow in Smart Cities

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Brisbane, Australia
07 Jun 2019
End of advertisement period
24 Jun 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment Science and Engineering Faculty

About the Position

Two (2) full- time postdoctoral positions are available at Research Fellow Level A or Level B in the School of Civil Engineering and the Built Environment for Smart Cities. These roles provide unique opportunities to lead several research projects in close cooperation with the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads (QDTMR), Brisbane City Council (BCC) and the Transport and Planning academics at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

We are seeking multidisciplinary Research Fellows with a broad background ideally spanning a selection of key areas including advanced data analytics, computer science, software design, development, and implementation, mathematical modelling, transport engineering and planning, traffic safety, statistics and econometrics, and autonomous and/or connected vehicles and infrastructure.

These positions provide significant opportunities for growth and to pursue a career in academia or industry.

The Research Fellows will be working as part of an interdisciplinary team including graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, professors, and industry partners.

This position reports to the Transport Academic Partnership Chair for supervision, workload management and for Performance Planning and Review (PPR).

Key responsibilities include:

  • Produce academic research papers suitable for publication in high quality journals.
  • Prepare timely progress and final research draft reports for various projects.
  • Perform various data management activities including review, integration, visualization, and analysis.
  • Develop and implement data analysis models and reports.
  • Develop and implement software modules and systems for data processing and analyses.
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues, and industry partners.
  • Lead the development of technical reports and journal papers.
  • Participate in the supervision of graduate students.
  • Contribute to the preparation of research grants.
  • Implementing and administering University policy within the Faculty with respect to equitable access to education and workplace health and safety.

The successful candidate may be appointed at Lecturer, Level A or Level B depending on their level of attainment against the position classification standards outlined in the QUT Enterprise Agreement (Academic Staff). The position classification standards provide the basis to differentiate between the various levels of appointment and define the broad relationships between classifications.

The University reserves the right to appoint at either classification level.

Real World Capabilities

To deliver on QUT’s global, collaborative and connected vision requires a workforce that embodies the following capabilities:

  • Agility and openness to change
  • Connectivity and collaboration (intra and inter-disciplinary)
  • Cultural inclusion
  • Digital literacy
  • Future-focused thinking (strategic, innovative & design and entrepreneurial)
  • Global in intent and reach
  • Leadership of strategy, action and others Performance and resource management

Type of appointment

This appointment will be offered on a fixed-term, full-time basis for three (3) years.


Gardens Point campus.

Selection Criteria

  1. Completion or near completion of doctoral qualification in engineering, computer science or closely related discipline.
  2. Strong academic background consistent with the key areas of this positon.
  3. Demonstrated research experience in relevant research areas such as Smart Cities, Big Data, Transportation Engineering, Traffic Safety, and Transportation Planning. Outstanding record of relevant publications in major international journals and other relevant accomplishments and awards. Excellent communication, and leadership skills to support and supervise graduate students. For appointment at the Level B, significant record of publications in Q1 journals in areas relevant for this position.

Remuneration and Benefits

The classification for this position is:

  • Academic Level A (LEVA) which has an annual remuneration range of $AUD79,052 to $AUD107,266 pa. which is inclusive of an annual salary range of $AUD66,800 to $AUD90,641 pa, 17% superannuation and 17.5% recreation leave loading.
  • Academic Level B (LEVB) which has an annual remuneration range of $AUD112,913 to $AUD134,098 pa. which is inclusive of an annual salary range of $AUD95,413 to $AUD113,314 pa, 17% superannuation and 17.5% recreation leave loading.

We actively seek to attract and retain the best talent to the organisation, and in exceptional circumstances, the successful candidate may be granted a salary loading in addition to the above salary range.

Beyond personal and professional fulfilment, a career at QUT brings a broad range of tangible benefits. With competitive remuneration including superannuation, the University offers real and generous benefits.

QUT is a high quality and flexible organisation that is proud of its excellent employment conditions which include but are not limited to:

  • Reduced working year scheme
  • Parental leave provisions
  • Study support encompassing leave and financial assistance
  • Comprehensive professional development
  • Salary Packaging

Further benefits can be found at the Working at QUT page.

Information for applicants

For further information about the position, please contact Professor Alexander Paz, TMR Chair, on +61 7 3138 1157; or for further information about working at QUT contact Human Resources on +61 73138 4104.

QUT welcomes applications from candidates outside the greater Brisbane area. QUT may meet some travel and relocation expenses involved in the interview and employment commencing process.

QUT is proud to be an inaugural Athena SWAN charter member. We have extensive and established support programs for women in STEMM. For more information on the Athena SWAN charter, contact

Smitha Mandre-Jackson on +61 7 3138 0074 or Tracy Straughan +61 7 3138 1584.

Candidates who are interested in the position are encouraged to apply even though they may feel they are not strong on individual selection criteria.

In assessing merit, the panel will take into consideration “performance or achievement relative to opportunity”. We recognise that many staff today have a range of personal circumstances, and career histories that challenge traditional ideas of an academic staff member. This may mean, for example, prioritising the quality of achievement rather than the quantity, as considerations of part-time employment, career interruptions and significant periods of leave are taken into account when assessing performance or achievement.

The selection panel is also committed to conducting a process which is fair and free from bias, including unconscious bias.

How to Apply

For further information and to apply, please visit for reference number 19484.

When applying for this position your application must include the following:

  • A current resume;
  • A statement of your achievements against each of the selection criteria;
  • A short statement and justification outlining whether you are seeking to be appointed at Level A or Level B;
  • The names and contact details of three referees.

Applications close 24 June 2019

About QUT

QUT is a major Australian university with a global outlook and a 'real world' focus. We are one of the nation’s fastest growing research universities and our courses are in high demand. Our graduates include eight Rhodes Scholars, five of these awarded in the past six years.

We are an ambitious and collaborative institution that seeks to equip our students and graduates with the skills they will need in an increasingly disrupted and challenged world. We are transforming the student experience we offer our 50,000 students and we place a premium on the international and national accreditation of our various professional degrees.

Our internationally award-winning Science and Engineering Centre is home to The Cube, acknowledged as one of the world’s largest digital interactive learning and display spaces. QUT established the world's first Creative Industries Faculty, and we invest heavily in collaborative learning and interdisciplinary research environments.

Further information about QUT can be obtained from the website at

Our Vision

The QUT Blueprint 5 is our institutional strategic plan. It sets out priorities, strategies and key performance indicators to drive greater coherence and coordination of our efforts. Our overall vision for the future is:

  • to provide outstanding real world education through physical and virtual learning environments and innovative courses that lead to excellent outcomes for graduates living in a diverse and complex environment characterised by rapid, transformative change;
  • to focus on being a globally leading university that delivers solutions to the challenges of today and of the future through high-impact research that spans discipline boundaries and works in partnership with end users, leveraging our deep technological strengths and alignment to the human capital and innovation needs of the global economy;
  • to strengthen and extend partnerships with professional and broader communities to build our reputation as a source of knowledge that is applied to real world challenges.

About the Science and Engineering Faculty

QUT’s Science and Engineering Faculty is helping to drive the innovations shaping the way we live for a safer, more sustainable and secure world tomorrow. We pride ourselves on being world leaders in our research and learning outcomes.

The Faculty is home to outstanding researchers of international renown, including five ARC Australian Laureate Fellows. Two ARC Centre’s of Excellence; the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision (ACRV) and Australian Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers (ACEMS) are hosted by the Faculty. In the most recent 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia rankings, 100 percent of the Faculty’s research was rated as world standard or above.

There is a dedicated commitment to addressing the problems of our time through active participation in 10 Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs), including 2 announced in 2017; iMove CRC and Food Agility CRC. Faculty members are also regularly supported in their fundamental and applied research through the Australian Research Council and industry bodies such as Rural Development Corporations. The Faculty actively encourages and supports transdisciplinary research through its support of the Institute for Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI) and Institute for Future Environments (IFE), which is housed in the $230-million Science and Engineering Centre at our Gardens Point campus.

Also housed in the Science and Engineering Centre is the world-class Central Analytical Research Facility (CARF), supporting a global research community through state of the art instrumentation for scientific analysis.

Strong industry connections enable us to address genuine challenges through research, as well as offer more than 11,000 students relevant and practical experience. Through long standing collaborations with partners such as BMW, Boeing, Stryker, Shell and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, we remain at the forefront of teaching by facilitating real world learning that is delivered on campus, online and in the real world. QUT is accredited by the UK Higher Education Academy, and to date more than 300 staff have achieved fellowships. QUT is also a participant in the 

inaugural Science in Australian Gender Equity (SAGE) pilot, a national program promoting gender equity and gender diversity in STEMM. Across four Portfolios, Six Schools and 21 Disciplines, the Science and Engineering Faculty is the partner of choice for excellence in research, education, and equity.

The Faculty’s partners with QUT’s two transdisciplinary research institutes. Faculty researchers use the world-class research facilities provided by the Institutes and engage in large scale programmatic activities, allowing coordinated research to be undertaken at scale to address global challenges. The Institutes undertake high-impact research that spans discipline boundaries and works in partnership with end users.

The Institute for Future Environments (IFE) is focussed on the future nexus of natural, built and virtual environments and generates knowledge, technology and practices that make our world more sustainable, secure and resilient. SEF is the majority Faculty partner in IFE.

The Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI) is focused on developing partnerships between health and biomedical scientists to bring new treatments to patients and to provide better health for our community. After the Faculty of Health, SEF is the most significant partner in IHBI.

About the School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment

The School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment comprises three disciplines: Civil Engineering, Construction and Project Management, and Property and Planning – with each focussed on enhancing student outcomes and deepening discipline-specific research while engaging in comprehensive transdisciplinary activity across the school’s disciplines and broader faculty and university domains.

The school has more than 60 on-going and contract teaching and research academics and is home to nearly 2,000 undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students and approximately 150 higher-degree research students. We focus on innovative responses to existing and emerging community, commercial and industrial challenges and do so through strong research, nationally-recognised courses, industry-responsive postgraduate and executive education, and seamless industry engagement. Our academics have strong connections to the community of practising property professionals, as well as leadership roles within the international academic community and are actively involved in cutting-edge research programs, topics and projects across all of our sub-disciplines.

The Civil Engineering Discipline conducts research broadly across the themes of structural engineering, civil construction, geotechnical, transport, and water resources and hydrological engineering. The drive for our civil engineering degree is to educate students to become innovative engineering leaders, practitioners and researchers. Our teaching prepares the next generation of civil engineers to practise professionally and ethically, ensuring they are highly regarded and sought after by employers which we do by ensuring that our students can communicate effectively, possess strong analytical and problem solving skills, and gain real world experiences during their education.