Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Newcastle, Australia
$152,252 - $167,731+ 17% superannuation and leave loading.  
07 Aug 2023
End of advertisement period
04 Oct 2023
Contract Type
Full Time
  • 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 Civil and Environmental Engineering and Surveying with a focus on structural or water engineering or remote sensing

Be part of our research community that’s changing lives.

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.

About us

The University’s College of Engineering, Science and Environment (CESE) brings together expertise in engineering, environment, and the sciences to deliver life ready graduates and transformative solutions to our region and the world. CESE strives for excellence, innovation and equity in teaching, education, research and partnerships. We are global leaders uncovering new knowledge, creating revolutionary technology, and delivering innovative teaching.

The School of Engineering is one of the most research-intensive Schools within the University. The School consists of four discipline groupings: Civil and Environmental Engineering and Surveying; Chemical and Renewable Energy Engineering; Electrical and Electronic, Computer Systems and Medical Engineering; Aerospace Systems, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering. The School is home to many leading-edge research centres and has strong links with industry through sponsored undergraduate students and research collaborations.

The School is highly research active, contributing substantially to the overall research inputs and outputs of the CESE. This is reflected in the 2018 Excellence in Research in Australia outcomes where Electrical, Civil, Mechanical and Resource Engineering codes all received an ERA5. 

Be challenged and imagine with us

The School of Engineering is seeking to appoint an Associate Professor with a passion for teaching in specialist areas related to civil/environmental/geospatial engineering and surveying/remote sensing. The successful candidate will 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. 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. 

The essential criteria for success include:

  • A PhD (or equivalent qualification) in Civil/Environmental Engineering or Surveying/Remote Sensing or related fields.
  • Demonstrated sustained significant contribution to research, particularly in applications areas including advanced structural analysis and design; sustainable and reliable development and rejuvenation of on-shore and off-shore infrastructure; adaptation and transformation of infrastructure.
  • Demonstrated recent record of successfully leading major funding initiatives and success in obtaining external competitive research funding.
  • Demonstrated skills in active and effective record of supervision honours and masters research projects and primary supervision of Higher Degree by Research students with timely completion.
  • Demonstrated recent record of high-quality scholarly teaching utilising innovative and contemporary creative mediums that integrate theory and contemporary practice to deliver a student experience aligned to delivering work ready students.
  • Demonstrated recent strategic leadership in the planning and delivery of course and curriculum, including undertake program convening and course coordination.
  • Skills in a range of higher-level internal duties, providing a strong contribution to external activities, and developing international collaborations.

For the full list of essential and desirable selection criteria, please review the Position Description.

Female targeted

As part of the University’s commitment to increasing the number of women in underrepresented areas such as STEMM, this role is targeted towards female candidates. Please note that both male and female candidates can apply, however priority will be given to female candidates who can demonstrate they successfully meet the selection criteria. The University currently holds an exemption under Section 126 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW) in relation to its targeted recruiting programs. 

How will we inspire you

Reporting to Professor Dianne Wiley, Dean and Head of School Engineering, the successful candidate will provide vision and leadership in the civil/environmental/geospatial engineering and surveying fields and foster excellence in research, teaching and professional activities.

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 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. 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 University of Newcastle offers its academic staff a dynamic working environment, equipped with modern teaching & research facilities.

In this role you will be responsible for:

  • Outstanding leadership that fosters staff development and promotes corporation between the University, government, national and international academia and industry.
  • Sustained and significant research performance.
  • Attracting industry-based research support and competitive external grant funding.
  • Enhancing student learning and experience through exceptional leadership to staff and implementation of new programs and activities.

What we offer

This position will be offered as a level D, continuing/permanent position.

The remuneration range is from $152,252 - $167,731+ 17% superannuation and leave loading.  

For information on our employee benefits (such as flexible working, discounts in private health insurance and gym memberships and salary packaging) please click here.

The University is committed to being a leader in family-friendly working environments.

Move to Newcastle

A move to Newcastle 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. 

Visit this page for a guide on how to apply for a role.

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
  • A statement addressing all of the Essential and Desirable Criteria, as provided in the Position Description (4 pages max)
  • Your CV, which should be succinct and discipline appropriate.

Please upload your Cover Letter and response to the requested Criteria as one PDF document.

For specific position enquiries, please contact Dr. Lloyd Pilgrim, Head of Discipline of Civil Engineering, Surveying and Environmental Engineering on (02) 4921 6051 or via email

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Closing date: 4th October 2023 at 11:59 pm 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.