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Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Engineering Design

Melbourne, Australia
$114,645 - $161,926 p.a.; plus 17% superannuation
Closing date
3 Jan 2024

Job Details

Job no: 0060669
Location: Parkville
Role type: Full-time, Continuing
Faculty: Engineering and Information Technology
School: Electrical, Mechanical and Infrastructure Engineering
Salary: Level B: Lecturer (Assistant Professor) – $114,645 - $136,136 p.a., Level C: Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) $140,433 - $161,926 p.a.; plus 17% superannuation (contribution to a retirement fund)

  • Two substantive positions within the Department Mechanical Engineering
  • Engage in engineering design research, mentor graduate researchers, and contribute to teaching and administrative duties within FEIT.
  • Salary packaging, subsidised health and wellbeing services, fitness and cultural clubs, public transport discounts, and a 25% discount on graduate courses to our staff and their immediate families!

About the Role

The University of Melbourne is seeking a two dynamic early-career academics with expertise in Engineering Design, or related areas such as Product Development, Design Engineering, or Systems Design/Engineering.

We are expecting to hire two emerging leaders in engineering design. One position is for an expert in data intensive design research in engineering. This may include data driven design, machine learning or AI in engineering design etc. The other position is broadly open for a design expert in areas such as design for sustainability, precision engineering design or engineering design research in relevant application areas such as medical devices.

You will be part of growing the Design & Engineering group and forming the design specialization track in our curriculum. You will make a significant contribution to the teaching, research and leadership and service of the Department of Mechanical Engineering You will teach in undergraduate or graduate programs and take on administrative roles commensurate with the position. You will be an aspiring leader in engineering design research, with ambition to publish in high quality design journals and conferences, mentor research students and secure independent grant funding to support a program of research. Active collaboration with other research groups in the School and the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology as well as other Schools on campus is encouraged, as is interaction with industry and government agencies.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Teach engineering design at undergraduate and/or graduate level, including subject development and engagement in pedagogical innovation and improvement; 
  • Provide a significant degree of scholarly research initiative and collaboration in the discipline of engineering design;
  • Exercise leadership in scholarly research, in conjunction with other colleagues;
  • Participate in developing partnerships and a community in research and teaching across Australia and New Zealand in the area of design research;

Who We Are Looking For

The ideal candidate for this role is a dynamic academic with expertise in Engineering Design or related fields, demonstrating leadership in research, a strong publication record, and a passion for mentoring students and contributing to the academic community. You should also exhibit strong collaboration skills, a commitment to excellence in teaching, and a proactive approach to securing research grants and exploring innovative advancements in your field.

You will also have:

  • PhD in Engineering Design, or equivalent
  • A track record of quality design research as evidenced by research publications in leading design journals and conferences commensurate with opportunity
  • Demonstrated ability to perform independent design research and a clear exciting, novel, ambitions, yet feasible, vision for future research directions in design;
  • Experience with undertaking collaborative research projects as part of a team across institutions and/or disciplines especially in the area of design
  • Experience in teaching design subjects in undergraduate or graduate level
  • International reputation, evidenced through high-impact peer-reviewed and refereed design journals, and invitations to speak at national and international design meetings and/or leadership of nationally or internationally significant research projects

For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the attached PD.

This position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check to ensure the University provides a safe environment for everyone.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is available for this position

Your New Team – The Department of Mechanical Engineering

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is one of the largest in Australia. It provides teaching into subjects in the three-year undergraduate degrees of Science and Design, which can be followed by a two-year Master of Engineering. 

The Departmental philosophy is to attract and retain the highest quality staff available in order to maintain a vigorous research effort. Our strategic plan is to address the most urgent contemporary problems of our rapidly developing industrial society. This includes a growth plan in design, both in teaching and research. You will join a growing team building a world class teaching and research program in technically grounded, interdisciplinary human and planet centred design.   

What We Offer You!

In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services and discounts on graduate courses. For more information, check out our benefits page!

About the University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne has been ranked 37 in the world by THE and remains the highest ranked Australian university across the three major global rankings – Quacquarelli Symonds (14), Academic Ranking of World Universities (35) and THE.

We’re tightly connected with the community, both at home and abroad. We take pride in our people, who all contribute to our mission to benefit society through the transformative impact of education and research. Discover more via our website and stay connected with our stories and people on LinkedIn.

Be Yourself

The University of Melbourne values the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and welcomes and celebrates diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, parents, carers, people of all ages, abilities and genders, and people of diverse ethnicity, nationality and faith are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live. For more information please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page.

We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact the email address listed at the bottom of the page.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants

We aspire to be the University of choice for Indigenous Australians, with unprecedented investment to attract, nurture and retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff. Tangible support through a range of programs and initiatives will ensure that you personally succeed and flourish while at the University of Melbourne.

For further information, including our 2023-2027 Indigenous strategy please visit -

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents: 

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter outlining your interest and experience
  • The responses against the Selection Criteria^ (found in the Position Description)

^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to

If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Fahim Farzad via email at, ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject. Please do not share your application to this email address.

If you have any particular questions regarding the job please follow the details listed on the Position Description.

Applications close: 03 Jan 2024 11:55 PM Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT)

Position Description: 0060669_Lecturer-Senior Lecturer in Engineering Design_PD.pdf


The University of Melbourne enjoys an outstanding reputation with world rankings consistently placing us as Australia’s leading comprehensive research-intensive university, and one of the world’s top 50*.

Melbourne attracts the best and brightest students and researchers and, with a history of over 160 years, we occupy a special place at the heart of our city’s cultural scene.

Melbourne is a leading research university, widely renowned for its teaching and the social and economic contributions it makes through knowledge transfer. The University’s performance in international rankings puts it at the forefront of higher education in the Asia-Pacific and beyond.

Internationally, the University is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, with its international peers placing it in the top 20 worldwide, and employers placing it in the top 10. In the recent Times Higher Education rankings of the world’s top 200 universities, Melbourne ranked top in Australia and 33 in the world.

Melbourne’s international research pre-eminence was also acknowledged with a top 100 ranking in the Shanghai Jiao Tong rankings. Ranked No. 44 in 2015, the University has climbed steadily in the rankings since first appearing at No. 92 in 2003.

The Melbourne Model introduces undergraduate programs characterised by both breadth and depth, followed by a graduate professional degree, a research higher degree or entry directly into employment.

In 2008 Melbourne commenced offering six New Generation undergraduate degrees in Arts, Biomedicine, Commerce, Environments, Music and Science. The Melbourne Model also introduces a new graduate school experience to Australia, providing the best and brightest with a more focused, intense and professionally relevant degree in areas such as Law, Architecture, Teaching and Nursing. With the Melbourne curriculum now aligning the University with the world’s top universities in Europe, North America and Asia, we enable our students to develop the skills and attributes required by employers all over the world.

More than 50,000 students from over 120 countries take courses in the University’s 12 faculties and graduate schools.

For more information please visit:

*Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015 – 2016 and Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015

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