Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor/Professor in Resource Geology

Randwick, Australia
20 Dec 2017
End of advertisement period
23 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Australia’s leading educator of engineering graduates
  • World-leading group of researchers and teachers
  • Commitment to educational excellence and innovation in teaching methodologies

At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.

UNSW Engineering is recruiting outstanding and inspirational individuals to join our world-leading group of educators to build on our success and take the Faculty into the world’s top 20 engineering faculties.

As Australia’s leading engineering faculty, we create bold new solutions to globally relevant challenges to improve lives. We combine the world’s best facilities and innovative research with an exciting and connected education experience to open doors for our graduates.

The School of Petroleum Engineering

The School of Petroleum Engineering is Australia's longest standing undergraduate and postgraduate petroleum industry training school, serving both Australian and international students. The School provides vital teaching and research programs as well as consulting and training for oil and gas companies, legal firms and government departments throughout the Asia Pacific. Our mission is to advance knowledge about energy in transition, prepare the next generation of energy engineers and aid the industry in the imminent energy transformation.

The School of Mining Engineering

The UNSW School of Mining Engineering is a leading mining engineering research and teaching institution in Australia supporting its significant minerals-rich resources sector. It was ranked 5th in the 2017 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranking of world leading  universities, a reflection of its strong research performance and being a leading mining education provider.

Its high achieving academic staff are engaged in a cross section of research activities spanning mining engineering. With the support of industry and government, the School focuses on the various aspects of mining engineering with particular emphasis on mine geotechnical engineering, the sustainability of minerals supply through the Australian Centre for Sustainable Mining Practices (ACSMP), future mining technologies and systems, and Virtual Reality innovations. For further information visit .

Resource Geology Initiatives in Mining and Petroleum

The School of Petroleum Engineering has completed a revision of courses within the Petroleum program welcomed by Engineering Australia accreditation in 2016 as being very much in response to industry needs and developments. This incorporates a shift in focus to cater for graduates and undergraduates interested in pursuing broader careers in an energy future that goes beyond traditional Petroleum Engineering. Examples include: shifting from a focus of petroleum to gas production and harvesting deep coal seam gas and shale gas. Similarly, the School of Mining Engineering is about to commence such a review and it has already been determined that there is a need to strengthen the delivery of courses in resource geology in both the undergraduate and postgraduate programs.

About the role

The School of Petroleum Engineering, together with the School of Mining Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering, has an opening for a geologist/engineer capable of filling the research and teaching needs in Engineering Geology with a special research focus in  Resource Geology. As such we are looking for an interdisciplinary academic bridging the fields of the earth sciences and engineering, particularly geological and geotechnical engineering. The position will link the faculties research foci Energy, Water, Minerals, Civil and Environmental Engineering.  

The purpose of this role is to deliver an outstanding and innovative teaching and student experience in the area of Resource Geology/ Engineering Geology as well as undertaking research and professional engagement relevant to the teaching discipline/s and consistent with the aims of the School and the Faculty. The role will also contribute to the achievement of the research, education and engagement and leadership missions of the School and UNSW Engineering.

One position is available, the appointment would be:

  • At Level C ($125k - $143k per annum) or Level D ($149K - $164K per annum) or Level E ($191K per annum) plus 17% super and leave loading, commensurate with academic qualifications and experience
  • Full time
  • To a Convertible Tenure Track Employment Contract for an initial fixed term period of 5 years, with conversion to continuing appointment based on satisfactory performance and there being sufficient productive work available

The Faculty reserves the right to offer an appointment on a continuing basis or to directly appoint to advertised positions.

About you

We are looking for an exceptional candidate to deliver outstanding teaching and student experience into undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs, as well as undertaking research and fostering professional linkages in line with the School aims. The position involves teaching a range of engineering courses, including in the areas of Petroleum Geology.

As the successful candidate, you will have:

  • A Masters or PhD in Geology or a related field, with preferred specialisation in earth resources sector or an equivalent level of industry experience
  • A demonstrated ability and willingness to deliver high quality and innovative teaching and student experience to both undergraduate and postgraduate programs in the petroleum and mining programs
  • A demonstrated interest and capacity for development of alternative delivery models for teaching, especially online and blended delivery
  • Industrial and / or academic research experience commensurate with level in Resource Geology or related discipline

UNSW Engineering strongly encourages female applicants and actively supports women to succeed through specific Faculty and UNSW initiatives and generous parental leave provisions and flexible work practices.

Applicants from industry and professional backgrounds are especially welcome and should demonstrate their equivalent level of standing as demonstrated by professional experience.

UNSW desires to be the exemplar Australian university and employer of choice for people from diverse backgrounds. UNSW aspires to ensure equality in recruitment, development, retention and promotion of staff, paying particular attention to ensuring no-one is disadvantaged on the basis of their gender, cultural background, disability or Indigenous origin.

The preferred candidate will be required to undergo pre-employment checks prior to appointment.

How to apply

Submit your application through

Be sure to review the position documentation and systematically address the selection criteria in your application.

Any enquiries can be forwarded to Professor Klaus Regenauer-Lieb


T: +61 9385 8500

Applications close: Midnight, Friday 23 February 2018 (AEDT)