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Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering

St Lucia, Australia
$108,201.26 - $152,202.33 plus super of up to 17%
Closing date
1 Apr 2024

About UQ

As part of the UQ community, you will have the opportunity to work alongside the brightest minds, who have joined us from all over the world, and within an environment where interdisciplinary collaborations are encouraged.

At the core of our teaching remains our students, and their experience with us sets a foundation for success far beyond graduation. UQ has made a commitment to making education opportunities available for all Queenslanders, regardless of personal, financial, or geographical barriers.

As part of our commitment to excellence in research and professional practice in academic contexts, we are proud to provide our staff with access to world-class facilities and equipment, grant writing support, greater research funding opportunities, and other forms of staff support and development.

About This Opportunity

We are looking for a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer who possesses a solid foundation in both teaching in the discipline of Mechanical Engineering and conducting research in renewable energy.

The successful candidate will undertake the delivery of mechanical engineering courses to both undergraduate and postgraduate students. Additionally, responsibilities will include course coordination, advising Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students, undertaking research, completing assigned service roles, and fostering industry partnerships. The role emphasizes the importance of teamwork in research initiatives, requiring active involvement in research communities both inside and outside the University, as well as the development and management of a productive research program focused on renewable energy.

Key responsibilities will include:

Appointment at Level B


  • Contribute to the effective development and delivery of programs and courses in mechanical engineering offered in the School.
  • Coordinate courses, prepare and deliver lectures, tutorials and practicals, and undertake assessment and marking for undergraduate and postgraduate coursework courses.
  • Maintain and improve the quality of courses as measured through university evaluation instruments to meet industry and educational standards.
  • Provide high quality service to students, including academic advice adhering to University Policy relevant to teaching and learning practices.


  • Work with colleagues and HDR students in the development and conduct of joint research projects and applications for competitive research funding support.
  • Contribute as chief investigator role (often in conjunction with more experienced researchers) in applications for external research funding, which includes actively seeking, obtaining, and managing research funding.
  • Maintain an active and effective record of publishing in high quality national research journals, other appropriate refereed publications, and conference publications.
  • Review and draw upon best practice research methodologies.
  • Prepare research publications and progress reports and participate in regular meetings to discuss project objectives, methodology and outcomes.

Supervision and Researcher Development

  • Contribute to the supervision of Honours and HDR students.
  • Recruit, select, and onboard appropriately qualified employees in accordance with University policy and procedures.
  • Manage employee performance and conduct by providing coaching, feedback and training through probation, annual performance appraisal and regular meetings with employees.
  • Work to promptly resolve conflict and grievances when they arise in accordance with University policy and procedures.
  • Ensure employees remuneration and benefits are correct and liaise with Human Resources when a change occurs.

Citizenship and Service

  • Actively develop partnerships by fostering relationships with colleagues, industry, government departments, professional bodies, and the wider community.
  • Show leadership of self and others through effective mentoring and collaboration.
  • Efficiently manage allocated internal service roles and processes, including participation in decision-making and service on relevant committees.
  • Effectively perform a range of administrative functions as required.
  • Provide support to other academic positions as needed and during absences.
  • Consistently demonstrate the UQ values.

For Appointment at Level C

Duties as listed above, in addition to the following:


  • Demonstrate an established record of effective contribution to a range of teaching responsibilities.
  • Make original contributions which expand knowledge or practice in the relevant discipline.
  • Support the ongoing improvement of programs via successful coordination of a significant aspect of a program or a significant contribution to the development or coordination of teaching to ensure courses are engaging, relevant and contemporary.


  • Contribute to progressing transfer of knowledge, technology and practices to research end users through translation, including commercialisation of UQ intellectual property.
  • Undertake independent and/or team research that where possible impacts on policy, practices and/or commercialisation resulting in national recognition and developing international recognition in the research area.
  • Encourage, initiate, and coordinate strategic collaborative research projects in related area of expertise across University, national and international levels.

Supervision and Researcher Development

  • Act as Principal Supervisor to HDR students.
  • Demonstrate and lead others in the responsible conduct of research.
  • Demonstrate personal effectiveness in supervision and management and development of researcher capability and skill.
  • Lead the facilitation of engagement opportunities for supervisees.
  • Manage staff effectively throughout the employee lifecycle in accordance with University policy and procedures.

This is a teaching & research position. Further information can be found by viewing UQ’s Criteria for Academic Performance.

This is a full-time (100%), part-time will be considered, permanent position at an Academic level B or C.

The full-time equivalent base salary at Academic Level B will be in the range of $108,201.26 - $128,201.75 plus superannuation of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be in the range $126,545.47 - $149,996.05 per annum. 

The full-time equivalent base salary at Academic Level C will be in the range of $132,201.83 - $152,202.33 plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be in the range $154,676.15 - $178,076.72 per annum. 

As this role is covered by an Enterprise Agreement, you will also receive regular remuneration increases – at least once a year.

The greater benefits of joining the UQ community are broad:  from being part of a Group of Eight university, to recognition of prior service with other Australian universities, up to 26 weeks of paid parental leave, 17.5% annual leave loading, and genuine career progression opportunities via the academic promotions process.

About You 

For Appointment at Level B

Applicants should possess a PhD in mechanical engineering and a record of research in renewable energy. Additionally, you will demonstrate:

  • A growing profile in teaching and research in the field.
  • A developing reputation and track record of publications in reputed refereed journals and presenting at conferences.
  • Evidence of successfully seeking, obtaining, and managing external research funding.
  • Evidence of a high level of quality teaching at undergraduate, and postgraduate level across a variety of settings, including small and large groups.
  • Experience in course coordination and contribution to the development and continuous innovation of new programs, curriculum design and course material in the discipline area.
  • A growing record of supervision of undergraduate, postgraduate coursework, and HDR students to successful completion.
  • Experience in meaningful internal service roles in conjunction with active contributions to external activities.

For Appointment at Level C

Selection criteria as listed above, in addition to the following:

  • National recognition in the area of expertise, with an internationally developing profile and an established record of publications in reputed refereed journals and presenting at conferences.
  • A strong track record of course coordination and participation in the development and continuous innovation of new programs, curriculum design and course material in the discipline area.
  • A solid record of supervision of undergraduate, postgraduate coursework, and HDR students to successful completion.
  • A growing record of meaningful internal service roles in conjunction with a strong contribution to external activities.

This appointment is available at Level B or C depending on experience. We are committed to proactively supporting the appointees with development opportunities to assist them to realise their full potential.

For a full list of duties and selection criteria, please see the attached position description. 

Position Description

In addition, the following mandatory requirements apply:

  • Work Rights: Visa sponsorship may be available for this appointment. 
  • Background Checks: The successful candidate(s) may be required to complete background checks including, criminal history and education checks. Please note that people with criminal records are not automatically barred from applying for this position. Each application will be considered on its merits. 

Relocating from interstate or overseas? We will support you with the visa sponsorship process and a relocation support package. You can find out more about life in Australia’s Sunshine State here.


For more information about this opportunity, please contact Professor Ross McAree. For application queries, please contact stating the job reference number (below) in the subject line.

Want to Apply?

All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Responses to the ‘About You’ section

The school is committed to supporting the career growth of women academics and supports women to develop and achieve a fulfilling career at UQ through School targeted measures and participation in broader UQ initiatives. For more information, please view the attached position description.

The School welcomes applications from Indigenous and Torres Strait islanders. 

Interviews and seminars will be held around late April or early May 2024. Applicants invited for interview will be expected to present a seminar in conjunction with the selection process.

Other Information

At UQ we know that our greatest strengths come from our diverse mix of colleagues, this is reflected in our ongoing commitment to creating an environment focused on equity, diversity and inclusion.  We ensure that we are always attracting, retaining and promoting colleagues who are representative of the diversity in the broader community, whether that be gender identityLGBTQIA+cultural and/or linguisticAboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, or people with a disability. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to

If you are a current employee (including casual staff and HDR scholars) or hold an unpaid/affiliate appointment, please login to your staff Workday account and visit the internal careers board to apply for this opportunity. Please do NOT apply via the external job board.

Applications close on Monday, 1 April 2024 at 11.00pm AEST (R-35941).

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