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Professor and Cisco Chair in Transport Digitisation

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Work type: Full-time
Location: Sydney, NSW
Categories: Academic Leadership

The Opportunity

The role of Professor and Cisco Chair in Digital Transport is a joint appointment between the School of Computer Science and Engineering and the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The role of Professor is a continuing position, and the role of Cisco Chair in Digital Transport is for an initial three-year period.

You will actively engage with Cisco on a range of activities to promote the Cisco-UNSW partnership, in addition to providing high level research leadership in the field of Digital Transport and academic leadership in programs associated with Innovation Central Sydney (a joint venture between Cisco, Data61 and UNSW).

  • $199,246 + 17% Superannuation and leave loading
  • Full time (35 hours per week)
  • Location: Kensington – Sydney, Australia

About UNSW

The School of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) is the largest School in the Faculty of Engineering with over 3,800 students and 53 full time academic staff with an operating budget of over $20 million. CSE is one of the largest and most prestigious computing schools in Australia with the greatest impact on society. It offers undergraduate programs in Software Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science and Bioinformatics, as well as a number of combined degrees with other disciplines. It attracts excellent students who have an outstanding record in international competitions. Our research mission is to be world-building, world-changing or world-leading in our research into new and exciting innovations with profound national and international impact. For further information about the School, please visit

The School of Civil and Environmental Engineering has 48 full time academic staff, 30 professional and technical staff and 80 research only appointments. The School’s mission is to develop well-educated graduates with the essential skills, attributes and knowledge that will enable them to practice as professional civil or environmental engineers; and to conduct research and development of international distinction to meet the needs of the discipline, industry and society. For further information about the School, please visit

About Cisco

Cisco is the worldwide technology leader that has been making the Internet work since 1984. Its people, products, and partners securely connect and seize tomorrow’s digital opportunity today. 

As an established thought leader on new market transitions, Cisco is leveraging its capabilities to help digitally transform transport systems through the application of information technology to implement innovative business models, improved customer experience and establish operational efficiencies.

In the field of Transport, Cisco is leading business transformation through the Internet of Things (IoT) connecting everything: people, processes, data, and things, thus enabling transport businesses to be.

  • Hyperaware of assets, performance metrics, and customer behaviours.
  • Powerfully predictive by unlocking the intelligence in historical and real-time data to anticipate customer behaviours, asset performance, and business outcomes.
  • Agile — supported by a flexible, simplified, and efficient technology infrastructure.

The role of the Cisco Research Chair will be to lead this third wave of innovation and shape the future of transport. Cisco is innovating everywhere, taking bold risks to shape the technologies that give us connected cars, connected roadways, connected rail, connected mass transit and smart cities. And Cisco does this in style with unique personalities who aren’t afraid to change the way the world works, lives, plays and learns.

The Cisco Chair in Digital Transport has been established through funding from Cisco, and is a key role in building, re-enforcing and extending a rich and longstanding partnership between UNSW and Cisco.

Selection Criteria

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

  • PhD in a related area
  • A distinguished record in research leadership with outcomes of high quality and high international impact with clear evidence of the desire and ability to continually achieve research excellence and deliver research leadership.
  • Record of outstanding contribution to teaching and delivery of high quality and innovative teaching and student experience at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
  • Record of experience in a range of transport modes including road, rail, ports and emerging areas such as MaaS and Connected Cars would be highly sought.
  • Strong record of understanding technologies such as computer networking; IoT; data science; cybersecurity would be preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience with/or collaborations on mobile networks, behaviour analysis, data analytics, distributed systems, human machine cooperation, Internet of Things (IoT), multi vehicle planning, network science, resource allocation, secure systems, trustworthy AI, transport modelling or visual analytics would be an advantageous.
  • Outstanding record of recruiting and supervising high calibre students.
  • Demonstrated leadership in building engagement and partnerships with the profession and industry.
  • High level communication skills and ability to network effectively and interact with a diverse range of students and staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team, mentor other staff, collaborate across disciplines and build effective relationships.

Additional details about the specific responsibilities for these positions can be found in the position description via the link,Download File Cisco Chair Position Description.docx or via the advert on


Within your application you should address the selection criteria which are listed within the position description. 

Please apply online. Applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed below. 

Contact: Aaron Quigley Head of School, Email:

Applications close: 5 October 2020


UNSW aspires to be the exemplar Australian university and employer of choice for people from diverse backgrounds.

UNSW aims to ensure equality in recruitment, development, retention and promotion of staff, and that no-one is disadvantaged on the basis of their gender, cultural background, disability, sexual orientation or identity. We encourage everyone who meets the selection criteria to apply.

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