Nexus Fellow, Nexus Program- School of Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering

Sydney, Australia
02 Jun 2023
End of advertisement period
02 Jul 2023
Academic Discipline
Engineering & Technology
Contract Type
Full Time

Education Focused Nexus Fellow- School of Minerals & Energy Resources Engineering

  • Employment Type:  Full Time 35 hours per week
  • Duration: 5 years CTT (convertible to tenure track) with Nexus Fellowship for the first 3 years
  • Remuneration: Academic Level B ($112,679 onwards+17% super )
  • Location: UNSW Campus, Kensington

About UNSW & Nexus Program:

UNSW isn’t like other places you’ve worked. Yes, we’re a large organisation with a diverse and talented community; a community doing extraordinary things. Together, we are driven to be thoughtful, practical, and purposeful in all we do. Taking this combined approach is what makes our work matter. It’s the reason we’re one of the top 50 universities in the world and a member of Australia’s prestigious Group of Eight. If you want a career where you can thrive, be challenged, and do meaningful work, you’re in the right place.

At UNSW, new educational initiatives are constantly being developed in the PVCESE for implementation in the Faculties and Schools, while many innovations introduced by individual academics, Schools and Faculties have potential for institution-wide application.

The Nexus Program will provide a critical missing link between organisational units at UNSW, connecting faculties to each other and to the PVCESE to develop and implement coordinated solutions to challenges in education and student experience. Through the recruitment of education-related staff distributed throughout UNSW’s Sydney and Canberra-based schools, Nexus Program will provide the Schools and Faculties with extra capacity to enable widespread implementation of educational initiatives. Additionally, it will provide a mechanism for teaching academics to contribute to and provide feedback on centrally developed education programs.

Why Your Role Matters:

Nexus Fellows are education focused academic staff dedicated to educational excellence and student experience at UNSW. Those who are appointed to this prestigious role will be expected to lead and influence colleagues to successfully drive educational excellence and adoption of new educational practices at the university through collaboration with the Pro Vice Chancellor Education & Student Experience portfolio.

This role will focus on playing a central role in supporting the School of Minerals & Energy Resources Engineering, in the first 3 years as a Nexus Fellow, and then as an Education Focused Academic.

The Nexus Fellow will report to the Head of School with a dotted line to the Faculty Deputy/Associate Dean Education.


As a Nexus Fellow:

  • Contribute to colleagues’ professional development in pedagogy, educational technology, emerging teaching practices and scholarly approaches to teaching through faculty and UNSW programs & initiatives.
  • Demonstrate leadership and positively influence educational culture and community in the School and Faculty
  • Collaborate with colleagues to implement new institution-wide initiatives that seek to improve learning & teaching.
  • Collaborate with other Education Focused Fellows – Nexus Program in the faculty to lead the development of local solutions to current educational challenges.
  • Contribute to the operation of the UNSW Education Co-op by providing advice and guidance to colleagues from across the university (approximately one day per month).
  • Convene up to one course per year, conduct classes, assess student learning achievements, and support students in postgraduate and undergraduate courses in line with UNSW policy.

As an EF Academic

  • Demonstrate and continuously develop a well-defined teaching philosophy that inspires student learning.
  • Conduct classes, assess student learning achievements, and support students in undergraduate and/or postgraduate courses in line with UNSW policy.
  • Design and develop learning activities and resources, and assessment and feedback, using a range of suitable approaches and learning environments.
  • Initiate the development of experimental approaches to teaching and learning with the support of more senior academics.
  • Support learning progression with students as individuals (through such activities as one-to-one consultation) and as a cohort (through general course related advice) to achieve positive learning and employability outcomes for students.
  • Manage course administration as Course Authority, including academic quality assurance.

You will have:

  • A PhD in a related discipline, and/or relevant work experience.
  • Related experience in the application of AI, data analytics, automation and environmental assessments in the mining industry will be favourably considered.
  • Evidence of highly developed interpersonal and organizational skills, including the ability to influence others and drive change.
  • Demonstrated experience in teaching and learning design, development, and delivery at undergraduate and/or postgraduate level.
  • Experience using and/or designing with educational technologies and online delivery methods.
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness and passion for educational excellence (e.g., relevant discipline- based curriculum design and development at a variety of levels and scales)

To learn more about this position, and view the comprehensive skills and criteria list, a copy of the Position Description can be found by clicking on the position description button beneath our ad on JOBS@UNSW.

Benefits and Culture:

People are at the core of everything we do. We recognise it is the contributions of our staff who make UNSW one of the best universities in Australia and the world. 

Our benefits include:

  • Flexible Working Options (work from home, flexible hours etc)
  • Career development opportunities
  • 17% Superannuation contributions and additional leave loading payments
  • Additional 3 days of leave over Christmas period
  • Discounts and entitlements (retail, education, fitness)

How to Apply:

Make each day matter with a meaningful career at UNSW.

Upload your CV and include a 1–2-page cover letter addressing the selection criteria as shown in the position description.

Applications close:  2 July Sunday at 11.30pm (Sydney Time)

Get in Touch:


Talent Acquisition Coordinator

Please apply through the application portal and not via the contact above.

For further information about the Nexus Program, please visit our website:

General questions related to the HR process and the Nexus Program can be directed to:

UNSW is committed to evolving a culture that embraces equity and supports a diverse and inclusive community where everyone can participate fairly, in a safe and respectful environment. We welcome candidates from all backgrounds and encourage applications from people of diverse gender, sexual orientation, cultural and linguistic backgrounds, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background, people with disability and those with caring and family responsibilities. UNSW provides workplace adjustments for people with disability, and access to flexible work options for staff. 

The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.

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