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Southern Cross University

Job Type
Lecturers & Tutors
Senior / Principal Lecturers

NSW Regional (Lismore)

Position Type:
Full time continuing

Lecturer/ Senior Lecturerin Civil Engineering

Job Reference: 12046

Vacancy ID:



Lecturer/ Senior Lecturerin Civil Engineering

Work Unit:

School of Environment, Science and Engineering

Cost Centre:

Deputy Vice Chancellor



Appointment Type:

Full time, continuing




$77,615 - $92,006 (Level B), $94,878 - $109,263 (Level C) per annum plus leave loading and employer's contribution to superannuation

Closing Date:

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Open to Overseas Applicants:


* Indigenous Australians are encouraged to apply

Position Overview

Southern Cross University is an Australian public university with a footprint stretching from the southern Gold Coast, where it opened a new campus in 2010, to the North and Mid North Coast of New South Wales. The University is located in a part of Australia of great physical beauty, undergoing significant population growth and demographic change. Southern Cross University is known for its focus on providing a supportive and flexible learning environment for taught courses, and also has a dynamic research profile, participating in seven national Co-operative Research Centres.

Southern Cross University is committed to contributing to the social, cultural and economic development of the regions in which it operates. Among a diverse range of course offerings, the University currently delivers a number of undergraduate and post graduate teaching in the environmental and marine sciences, and enjoys a reputation for excellence in research in these disciplines, as well as the geosciences. The addition of the Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) to its suite of courses (commencing in 2013) signals SCU’s intention to further develop interest and expertise in the STEM fields within Northern NSW and Southern Queensland, and to work in partnership with local government and industry to support the region’s intellectual and workforce development in these disciplines.

The School of Environment, Science and Engineering is seeking to appoint a Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in the field of Civil Engineering. The successful applicant will have expertise in the development of course material, teaching, administration, research and scholarly activity. You will play a central role in the establishment of the new undergraduate Civil Engineering curriculum within the School, and the delivery of the Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) at the Lismore Campus.

The successful applicant will undertake a range of activities which may include course and or unit coordination, teaching and curriculum development in the undergraduate engineering and science programs, supervision of research students (undergraduate and postgraduate). In the role you will contribute to the research profile of the School by actively engaging in research, and work within a team toward the consolidation of the position of the School’s Civil Engineering program amongst tertiary institutions in Australia and overseas.

The appointee will be based at the Lismore campus in Northern New South Wales.

Selection Criteria

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

Applicants should indicate which level of appointment they are applying for and address all the selection criteria in their applications. The level of appointment will depend on the qualifications and experience of the successful applicant.

  1. A PhD in civil engineering or a related discipline.
  2. Membership of Engineers Australia (or eligibility to obtain membership).


  1. Expertise in developing and supporting course delivery in engineering, and experience and demonstrated effectiveness in teaching engineering students in a university setting.
  2. A track record in scholarship and/or research as evidenced by publications, grant applications and supervision of research students.
  3. Demonstrated experience in the development of flexible delivery programs that incorporate information and communications technologies to enhance teaching and learning.
  4. Demonstrated high level interpersonal and communication skills including the ability to establish effective relationships with staff and students.

7.     Evidence of an ability to facilitate regional engagement and communicate effectively with a wide range of external and internal stakeholders.

8.     A capacity for adaptability and flexibility in a rapidly changing environment.

9.     Demonstrated commitment to cultural diversity and a working knowledge of equity and OH&S principles in the workplace.

Minimum Standards for Academic Levels:

Level B

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.

Level C

A Level C academic will make a significant contribution to the discipline at the national level. In one or more categories of scholarship he or she will make original contributions, which expand knowledge or practice in his or her discipline.

A Level C academic will make a significant contribution to the scholarship and administration activities of an organisational unit or an interdisciplinary area at undergraduate, honour and postgraduate level. He or she will play a major role or provide a significant degree of leadership in scholarship and/or professional activities relevant to the profession, discipline and/or community and may be required to perform the full academic responsibilities of and related administration for the coordination of a large award program or a number of smaller award programs of the institution.

A Level C academic will make independent and original contributions to one or more categories of scholarship, which have a significant impact on his or her field of expertise. The work of the academic will be acknowledged at a national level as being influential in expanding the knowledge of his or her discipline. This standing will normally be demonstrated by a strong record of published work or other demonstrated scholarship activities. A Level C academic will normally provide leadership in research training and supervision.

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

Compliance and Legislative Knowledge

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.




Workplace Health and Safety

·          Comply with the University's health and safety 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 requirements under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2000 (or other such relevant State legislation) and regulations.

·          Take all practical measures to ensure that the workplace under their control is safe and without risk to health, and that all persons in the workplace take reasonable care to ensure the workplace is safe and without risk to health.

·          Identify any unsafe or unhealthy conditions or behaviour and take corrective action for problems that are within their authority.

·          In situations where the supervisor does not have the authority to take corrective action, report unsafe or unhealthy conditions or behaviour to the Head of Work Unit, together with a recommendation for remedial action.

For further information about this position, contact:

Name:      Professor Bill MacGillivray, Deputy Vice Chancellor

Phone:     +61 2 6620 3423


Application Information

·                      This position may attract relocation assistance.  See theRelocation Assistance Policy for more details.

·                      Your application should quote the Vacancy ID, systematically address the selection criteria, and include a CV, a list of publications, and the names, email, fax and phone number of two confidential referees.For further assistance go toApplying 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?


Applications are to be submitted using one of the following options.  If you send your application by email or fax we do not require a hard copy of your application.

EMAIL (preferred):


Director, Human Resources      

Southern Cross University

PO Box 157                             



(02) 6622 4240


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

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