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Senior Lecturer

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Work type: Continuing / Full time
Location: Sydney, NSW
Categories: Senior Lecturer, Lecturer

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  • Vibrant campus life with a strong sense of community & inclusion
  • Enjoy a career that makes a difference by collaborating & learning from the best

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

The School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES) has 160 academic, research and professional staff, and over 130 higher degree research students. BEES has research strengths in Ecology and evolutionary biology, Geography, Climate Science, Environmental change, sustainability and resources, and Paleoenvironments and Earth History. Academic staff in BEES belong to one or more of six research centres: Centre for Ecosystem Science, Centre for Marine Science and Innovation, Evolution & Ecology Research Centre, Climate Change Research Centre, Australian Centre for Astrobiology, Palaeontology, Geobiology and Earth Archives (PANGEA) and the Connected Waters Initiative. BEES staff are also strongly affiliated with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes, a national centre led from UNSW.

The Level B Academic is expected to carry out activities to develop their scholarly research and professional activities both nationally and internationally and to contribute significantly to achieving the teaching and service missions of the School and Faculty.

The Level C Academic is expected to develop an internationally recognised research program in the field and to contribute significantly to achieving the teaching and service missions of the School and Faculty.

The Lecturer/Senior Lecturer will contribute to research and teaching in the use of remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS) and/or large-scale spatial and temporal analyses to address environmental issues. The Lecturer/Senior Lecturer will be expected to actively advance their research profile through publications in peer reviewed journals and applications for competitive funding. They will contribute to curriculum development of courses in BEES and supervision of honours and higher degree students.

About the role

  • $107K - $149K plus 17% Superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Continuing
  • Full time (35 hours)

The Lecturer/Senior Lecturer will report to the Head, School Earth and Environmental Sciences and will have no direct reports.

Specific responsibilities for this role include:

Level B:

  • Develop a high-quality research program in the area of GIS, remote sensing and large-scale spatial and temporal analyses that is consistent with the broad research directions of the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences.
  • Maintain and grow research through success in application for external research funds, including the national competitive grant schemes and/or contract research.
  • Contribute to the teaching excellence of undergraduate and postgraduate programs in the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences and the Faculty of Science.
  • Contribute to curriculum and course development in teaching programs that address remote sensing and GIS (focused on geography, geology, ecology, environmental management, climate science) and improved quantitative skills for environmental scientists
  • Supervise research students enrolled in Honours, Masters and PhD degrees
  • Build relationships with internal and external stakeholders (e.g., UNSW Centres, Commonwealth and State Governments, collaborating Universities, industry partners).
  • Play an active role in School and Faculty activities and committees, and other duties/responsibilities as agreed with the Head of School
  • Cooperate with all health and safety policies and procedures of the university and take all reasonable care to ensure that your actions or omissions do not impact on the health and safety of yourself or others.

Level C, in addition to the above:

  • Conduct research of high quality and high international impact including attainment of competitive government and industry research funding and publication of outcomes in high quality research outlets.
  • Play a significant role in research projects including, where appropriate, leadership of a research team.
  • Actively engage with industry and the community to develop significant productive relationships, attract industry funding and participate in professional activities.
  • Involvement in broad administrative functions of the School and/or University, coordination of subjects, attends departmental and/or faculty meetings, involvement in Open Days and recruitment activities and play a major role in planning and/or committee work or other responsibilities, as directed by Head of School.

About the successful applicant

To be successful in this role you will have:

Level B:

  • PhD in an appropriate field of remote sensing, geographical information systems or large-scale spatial data analyses.
  • Demonstrated track record (relative to opportunity) in research of remote sensing including evidence of research publications and success in obtaining research funding.
  • Demonstrated experience in using or developing operational environmental mapping and monitoring products, using satellite, airborne and ground-based remote sensing data in combination with field survey methods and data analyses (including scripting languages such as Python, IDL and R)
  • Capacity to work with field data (e.g., landscape and vegetation mapping and monitoring; land use/land cover; land degradation) and ability to access and using open access data sets (e.g., those from Geoscience Australia, Digital Earth Australia or TERN landscapes).
  • Demonstrated experience in teaching and administration of undergraduate university courses, and desire to contribute to increased digital delivery of course content.
  • High level communication and organisational skills and ability to network effectively and interact with a diverse range of students and staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team, collaborate across disciplines and build effective relationships.
  • Ability and capacity to implement required UNSW health and safety policies and procedures.

.Level C, in addition to the above:

  • Demonstrated track record in research with outcomes of high quality and high international impact with clear evidence of the desire and ability to continually achieve research excellence as well as the capacity for research leadership.
  • Experience in successfully recruiting and supervising high calibre students.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact with the profession and industry.
  • Willingness to undertake any compliance and supervisor training as required.

You should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application.

For informal queries, please see the below contact details. 

Otherwise, please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent directly to the contact listed.

Alistair Poore

Applications close: September 29th, 2019

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