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Lecturer - Geoscience

Newcastle, Australia
$108,382 – $128,705 plus 17% superannuation
Closing date
27 Jun 2024

Job Details

Job no: HRC0007182

Category: Academic Level B

Base Salary: $108,382 – $128,705 plus 17% superannuation

Position: Full Time Fixed term (3 years) 

Location: Callaghan Campus

Our university

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 create 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.

For more information click here – Our Uni.

Our school

The School of Environmental and Life Sciences is one of five Schools within the College of Engineering Science and Environment. As the largest School in the College, the School of Environmental and Life Sciences (SELS) offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The School maintains numerous internationally significant research activities with substantial numbers of higher degree research students, as well as excellent research facilities.

Be challenged and imagine with us

The School of Environmental & Life Sciences is seeking to appoint a research-intensive academic in the field of Geology & Geoscience to undertake a special project initiative. The successful candidate will establish and sustain a research program that is engaged with industry and is complementary to their existing research strengths. We are looking for someone with significant knowledge and experience in geology with application to earth and environmental resource understanding and management.

This position is based in the discipline of Earth Science at the University of Newcastle’s Callaghan Campus and is jointly funded by controlled entity, TUNRA. It is a great opportunity to work with a young, vibrant, and growing Earth Science department with recently appointed academics with expertise in hydrogeology, ocean and coastal geoscience, and remote sensing.

How will you inspire us

The successful candidate will have:

  • Completed a doctoral qualification in earth science, geology or related area with core expertise in geology, and in additional allied areas of environmental geology, geochemistry, or geophysics.
  • Demonstrated record of publication in high-quality outlets including evidence of international and national research collaborations and/or partnerships in geology, geophysics, environmental geoscience and/or geochemistry that compliments existing expertise in Earth Science.
  • Skills and experience in active supervision of honours, masters, and/or Higher Degree by Research postgraduate research projects.
  • Demonstrated recent ability to undertake high quality and state of the art undergraduate or postgraduate teaching in Earth Sciences more broadly.
  • Demonstrated recent ability to contribute at undergraduate, honours, and postgraduate levels, taking responsibility for the preparation and delivery of course modules and coordinating one or more courses.
  • Ability to efficiently perform in allocated internal roles, sharing academic service responsibilities, contributing to outcomes of internal committees, and developing external collaborations.

 Additional desirable attributes include:

  • Skills and experience in data science and analytics using Python and/or R programming languages for both research and teaching purposes.
  • Experience using site scale spatial data, in particular, drone data with application to geology, geophysics, environmental geoscience and/or geochemistry.
  • A CASA RePL Licence.

What we offer 

In addition to working for a university that is breaking boundaries, discovering new ways of thinking and cementing a place as a global leader, we offer a range of benefits to our employees to ensure you balance your commitments, stay healthy and work effectively. 

These include: 

  • flexible working arrangements (in line with the University’s Flexible Work Policy);
  • 17% super and salary packaging;
  • additional University Holiday days, generous personal leave and parental leave, annual leave loading and additional purchased leave scheme;
  • discounts in private health insurance, gym memberships, software, travel and more;
  • wellbeing programs. 

For information on our employee benefits please visit here

Your next steps 

Please visit here for a guide on how to apply for a role. It’s important you read this document to ensure you are providing all the requirements of your application. 

If viewing this on a job board other than the University's please click ‘Apply’ to reach the University's website, where copies of the Position Descriptions can be accessed. Please download the relevant copy before commencing your application. 

Your application must include:

  • Your ORCID ID (if relevant)
  • A URL link to your University Academic Profile (or equivalent)
  • A Cover Letter:
  • outlining your interest in the role include contact details for a minimum of three relevant referees.
  • A statement formally addressing each criterion of the Essential and Desirable Criteria, as provided in the relevant Position Description attached below.
  • Your CV, which should be a maximum of five pages and be succinct and discipline appropriate. 

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

Your Cover Letter should not exceed 1 page and Response to the Essential and Desirable Criteria should not exceed 4 pages.

For the full list of the selection criteria and role responsibilities, please download the relevant Position Description for which you are applying (available in the Related Documents section below). 

For specific position enquiries, please contact Associate Professor Hannah Power, Head of Discipline of Earth Science, School of Environmental and Life Sciences via email at or on (02) 4921 5606.

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Move to Newcastle

A move to Newcastle, Australia 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.

Closing date: 10th July 2024 at 11.59pm AEDT (GMT+11)

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.  

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Birpai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.



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 and bring their global expertise to our region, and to 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.

College of Engineering, Science and Environment

The School of Engineering is one of the most research-intensive Schools within the University contributing substantially to the overall research inputs and outputs of the College and University. This is reflected in the 2018 Excellence in Research in Australia outcomes where Electrical, Civil, Mechanical and Resource engineering FOR codes received an ERA5. In addition, it is rated well above the sector average for quality of overall experience for undergraduate engineering students and for median salaries with more than 90% of our engineering undergraduates finding employment within 4 months of completing their studies.

The University was established to serve the Hunter and Central Coast. The Hunter region is not only Australia’s largest regional economy, but it also has the greatest growth in NSW outside of the Sydney Basin. The region is home to the Newcastle Port, the Williamtown airport and the Williamtown RAAF base as well as developers and manufacturers of a diverse range of technologies and devices. It is rich in natural mineral and water resources, electricity generation capacity and food and wine producers.

The transformation of the Hunter and Central Coast offers many exciting opportunities for research and industrial collaboration including industries focused on infrastructure and resource development. In addition to research collaborations, the School has well-established connections with industry through sponsored undergraduate students and student placements.

Current Opportunities

We currently have multiple positions available across the Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering disciplines. For more information please see links to positions below or visit

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