Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering

Lismore, Australia
26 Oct 2017
End of advertisement period
15 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time


The School of Environment, Science and Engineering is seeking to appoint a passionate and motivated Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering to engage in innovative undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and research as part of a growing engineering team.

The School of Environment, Science and Engineering delivers undergraduate and postgraduate programs in the areas of Engineering, Environmental Science, Marine Science and Forest Science. The School is committed to the delivery of high quality courses that combine academic rigour with relevance to employment opportunities for graduates. The School commenced teaching the undergraduate Civil Engineering program in 2013, followed by introduction of an undergraduate Mechanical Engineering program in 2016, and will offer a new undergraduate program in Coastal Systems Engineering in 2018. The School also offers postgraduate coursework programs in Engineering Management. These courses are all serviced by purpose built state-of-the-art engineering teaching and research laboratories at the Lismore campus.

Despite being a relatively new program, Civil Engineering at Southern Cross University has already been awarded a research rating of 4 (above world standard) in the Excellence in Research in Australia (ERA) 2015 National Report. The University also received outstanding ERA ratings in other disciplines related to geotechnical engineering (ratings of 4 for Soil Sciences and 5 for Geochemistry), reflecting the critical mass of researchers and excellent research infrastructure supporting these fields. Engineering at Southern Cross University has strong collaborative links with local industry and academia, and supports a growing group of postgraduate research students. Our research falls broadly under a banner of Advanced Materials, Infrastructure and Energy, and we would particularly encourage applications from candidates with similar research interests.

Initial teaching responsibilities will include delivery of units related to geotechnical engineering and other supporting units for the degree of Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering. The successful applicant will be expected to develop links and projects with the local engineering community to ensure the civil engineering curriculum is relevant to both regional and national industry. The successful applicant will also be expected to undertake research activity in geotechnical engineering that is consistent with the strategic direction of the university. Engagement in consulting to industry will also be encouraged.

The successful applicant may be required to travel between all University campuses in order to undertake their duties.


Ideally, the appointee should possess the following qualifications, skills, abilities and experience:

  1. A PhD in Geotechnical Engineering or a related discipline.
  2. Demonstrated capacity for innovative and excellent teaching of soil mechanics and geotechnical engineering (or similar subjects)in a contemporary university environment, including experience in teaching in blended and online modes of study.
  3. A record of research achievement in a field that is broadly aligned with advanced materials, infrastructure or energy, as evidenced by publications, grants, and supervision of higher degree research students.
  4. Demonstrated understanding of the practical application of geotechnical engineering in contemporary civil engineering practice, ideally through engagement with the civil construction industry.
  5. High levels of interpersonal skills, including the proven ability to work within a team, and to communicate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders.
  6. Demonstrated coordination, organisation and project management skills.
  7. Evidence of an ability to engage with the regional community, and communicate effectively with a wide range of external and internal stakeholders including professional and industry bodies.
  8. A capacity for adaptability and flexibility in a rapidly changing tertiary education environment.
  9. Demonstrated commitment to cultural diversity and a working knowledge of equity and workplace health and safety principles in the workplace.


A Level B academic will be required to engage in one or more categories of scholarship on an independent or team basis in his or her discipline or related area. A Level B academic will make an independent contribution through professional practice and expertise and coordinate and/or lead the activities of other staff, as appropriate to the discipline.

A Level B academic may be required to contribute to the scholarship of teaching at undergraduate, honours and postgraduate level, engage in independent research and/or professional activities appropriate to his or her profession or discipline. He or she will normally undertake administration primarily relating to his or her activities at the institution and may be required to perform the full academic responsibilities of and related administration for the coordination of an award program of the institution.

A Level B academic may be required to supervise postgraduate research students or projects. A Level B academic would normally have experience in scholarship activities, which have resulted in publications in refereed journals or other demonstrated scholarship activities.

For further information go to the University’s Minimum Standards for Academic Staff.


All University employees must comply with the requirements of:

  • The University’s Code of Conduct;
  • University laws, rules and policies; and
  • All relevant federal and state legislation, rules and regulations.


  • Comply with the University's workplace health and safety (WHS) policies, procedures and instructions to ensure the health and safety of yourself and others at the University.
  • Take corrective action to eliminate hazards at the workplace, or report those beyond their control to their immediate supervisor.
  • Cooperate with the University to enable compliance with the relevant state WHS legislation and regulations.


Name: Professor Scott Smith, Dean of Engineering

Phone: + 61 2 6620 3088

Email: scott.smith@scu.edu.au


This position may attract relocation assistance.  See the Relocation Assistance Policy for more details.

To apply for this position, please click the relevant vacancy Apply button, which will redirect you to the online SCU job application form.

Your application must include a completed online application form, quote the Vacancy ID, systematically address the selection criteria, and include a CV, list of publications, and the names, email and phone number of two confidential referees. For further assistance go to Applying for a Position.

Do not include copies of your degrees, diplomas, certificates, academic transcripts etc, with your application.  If your application is successful you will be required to provide the originals of your qualifications when you commence.

Useful Links:

  • School of Environment, Science and Engineering
  • Information for Applicants
  • SCU at a glance
  • Why work at SCU?

Please note that applications close at 9:00am AEDT on the closing date. Applications submitted after this time will not be accepted.

The University is committed to equal opportunity, workplace health and safety and cultural diversity.