Chair in Public Transport

Sydney, Australia
12 Sep 2017
End of advertisement period
10 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

University of Sydney Business School

About the opportunity 

In 2007, the NSW Government established a partnership with the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS) to create a Chair in Public Transport at the University of Sydney Business School. The partnership and outcome was created in recognition of the need for thoroughly researched and informed independent and ongoing debate supporting the development of a balanced public transport system and a need to capacity build in this area. We are now looking to appoint a new chair to this prestigious position.

In this position you will direct the overall program of public transport research, education, and training, overarching all themes of interest to ITLS, government and industry. Given the institute’s strong interest and reputation in urban transport, and passenger logistics more broadly, you will focus, to a great extent, on passenger transport issues in urban areas.

In this high profile role, you will represent the ITLS, the Business School and the University of Sydney on the national and international stage, lead the institute’s research and teaching programs in public transport, both within the University and for industry, and be an active and independent commentator on public transport matters in the media. You will also have the opportunity to contribute, as appropriate, to the research program of Transport for NSW.

The successful candidate must have:

  • expertise across the broad gamut of public transport and be aware of and committed to the role of strategic, tactical, and operational initiatives and a systems view of passenger transport logistics and supply chains
  • substantial record in research focused on public transport, together with a strong track record in lecturing/presenting in a relevant area, a proven record in generating funds, and a demonstrated ability to manage research teams and deliver high quality research outputs
  • exhibited the ability to collaborate with government and industry in promoting debate, particularly on new and developing themes of interest to government, and gathering evidence on public transport policy, strategy and system performance.

About us

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 7600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.


The appointment is full-time, continuing, subject to the completion of a satisfactory probation period for new appointees to the University.


For more information on the position, including the selection criteria, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number to apply.

Closing date: 11.30pm 2 November 2017 (Sydney time)

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.