Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in Chemical Engineering

Townsville, Australia
17 Jul 2017
End of advertisement period
06 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Overview

This Senior Lecturer/ Associate Professor aims to consolidate JCU’s teaching and research expertise in chemical engineering, aligned with the University’s strategic intent to build a sustainable future for people and industries in the tropics. The incumbent will contribute to the University’s research programmes in bioengineering, systems modelling or materials engineering, with applications focused on the broader tropical world, and will be housed in the Academic Group of Engineering.

The successful applicant will be an enthusiastic engineer with industry connections and the ambition to establish an academic reputation. He/She will have core skills in chemical engineering and a proven track record of (i) publishing research in high quality journals; (ii) engagement with industry; (ii) attracting research funding; (iv) supervising students; and (v) teaching in chemical engineering and related disciplines.

The successful applicant will have research interests focused on one or more of the following areas:

  1. Bioengineering;
  2. Systems modelling;
  3. Materials engineering; and
  4. Environmental engineering and sustainable development. The successful applicant would ideally have a history of working with industry and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Organisational Charts

James Cook University

Division of Tropical Environments and Societies

College of Science and Engineering

Principal Accountabilities

  1. Teach relevant engineering subjects into undergraduate and graduate programs at JCU as directed. Areas of teaching to be covered may include: 1) reactor and bioreactor design; 2) chemical engineering design; 3) mass transfer operations; and 4) process safety and sustainability.
  2. Conduct research and/or applied research in Engineering as an individual, and in collaboration with students and other researchers, through successful grant applications to government, non-government organizations and/or industry, and through the development of impactful and collaborative partnerships with industry.
  3. Contribute to the management of university business through active participation on committees at Academic Group and College Levels as directed.
  4. Enhance the visibility and reputation of JCU through active participation in public outreach activities as an individual and through participation in events organized by JCU.
  5. Communicate the results of research orally and in written form to colleagues, industry, the scientific research community and other stakeholders.
  6. Support the University's commitment to the principles of reconciliation, which exemplify respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and the valuing of justice and equity for all Australians.
  7. Demonstrate a commitment to the University values.
  8. Support the principles of the TropEco program and engage in commitment to JCU sustainability goals and objectives.

Generic Accountabilities

There are generic responsibilities that apply to all James Cook University staff.

  1. The Senior Lecturer/ Associate Professor is required to observe the lawful and reasonable directions, policies and decisions of the University Council, understand and comply with the Enterprise Agreement, the Statutes and Rules of the University, the policies and decisions of the University Council and other appropriate University authorities, as in force from time to time.
  2. The Senior Lecturer/ Associate Professor is required to demonstrate a personal commitment to ensure personal safety and the safety of others and contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance. This includes the effective implementation and compliance with James Cook University WHS policies, procedures and safe systems of work, together with all relevant legislation, duties and obligations. Contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance.
  3. The Senior Lecturer/ Associate Professor is required to exercise proper discretion in all matters affecting the well-being of the University which involve public writing or speaking in accordance with the University’s Code of Conduct.

Selection Criteria

Selection and appointments will be assessed against selection criteria.


  1. Completion of a Bachelor Degree and PhD in chemical engineering.
  2. Proven excellence in University teaching at undergraduate and post-graduate levels, and experience in research student supervision.
  3. Proven research track record in an area related to:
    1. Bioengineering;
    2. Systems modelling;
    3. Materials engineering; and
    4. Environmental engineering and sustainable development.
  4. Demonstrated ability to attract research grants and consultancies, and an ability to work with industry and deliver high impact research to end-users;
  5. Demonstrated ability to conduct collaborative, multi-disciplinary research within diverse teams.
  6. Possess high level written, oral and interpersonal communication skills.


  1. Membership, or be eligible for membership of Engineers Australia.
  2. A proven track record of entrepreneurship.