Lecturer, Humanitarian Engineering

RMIT University

Melbourne VIC, Australia 🇦🇺


Lecturer Environmental Engineering  (Humanitarian)

  • Full-time, Continuing position
  • Salary Level Academic Level B  + 17% Superannuation and Flexible Working Arrangements
  • Based at the Melbourne CBD campus, but may be required to work and/or be based at other campuses of the University

About You
Humanitarian engineering has become a part of most engineering programs.  This continuing academic role will work with a team of committed cross-disciplinary staff to make a meaningful contribution to 1) increasing the humanitarian impact of research completed in the School of Engineering, 2) empowering students to solve humanitarian challenges through engineering and, 3) building a community of students, academics, and industry partners passionate about humanitarian impact. 

As a Lecturer, the successful applicant will be responsible for carrying-out teaching, research, and administrative activities of relevance to humanitarian engineering and Environmental Engineering.  The lecturer is responsible for carrying out teaching activities within undergraduate, Masters and Graduate Diploma programs and for maintaining and advancing their scholarly, research and/or professional capabilities.

The Lecturer is expected to contribute to the teaching in the discipline and to the humanitarian engineering courses and programs that are being rolled out across the school; the Lecturer may be responsible for course coordination. Working with organisations, such as Engineers Without Borders (EWB), the successful applicant will create authentic experiential learning opportunities for students consistent with the strategic goals of the School and the University.

The lecturer is expected to undertake high quality research, with a focus on humanitarian topics e.g. social justice, poverty alleviation, disaster prepares and response, international development, participatory methods, humanitarian engineering education etc. The lecturer should effectively engage with PhD students, appropriate communities, and relevant industries both nationally and internationally to drive innovation and knowledge translation. 

The Lecturer is also expected to actively promote humanitarian engineering by establishing and maintaining memberships, links, and partnerships with academic, industry and professional communities.  The Lecturer is expected to work collaboratively and collegially with fellow academics within the teaching team, and update colleagues and students on developments.

The successful applicant will hold a PhD (or equivalent) in an appropriate field, have excellent interpersonal and communications skills as well as the ability to work collaboratively and collegially within a culturally diverse environment.

To be successful in this position, you’ll have as a minimum:

  • Demonstrated teaching / research / industry experience and expertise related to the application of engineering in humanitarian contexts. This may include experience and expertise in disaster preparedness, mitigation, and response, working in complex contexts such as informal settlements or refugee settings as well as long term development, it may also include working with marginalised or vulnerable communities. The primary application of engineering will be for social justice and poverty alleviation and / or the provision of essential services such as water, sanitation, hygiene, clean cooking, energy, shelter and settlement, food security and nutrition, health, amongst others. 
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, prepare, deliver, and otherwise coordinate courses and / or manage programs at undergraduate and post-graduate levels.
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out academic administration and perform the full academic responsibilities for the coordination of an award program, year or course.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop high-quality curriculum and course materials at undergraduate and post-graduate levels including for online delivery.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead the development of innovative approaches to course delivery and student-centered learning that successfully exploits new technologies, with a commitment to continuous quality improvement through ongoing training and development.
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake research in the area of humanitarian and environmental engineering which will contribute to School research areas evidenced by an excellent research track record in publications, development of new research initiatives, competitive research funding, establishing industry links and building research teams.
  • Experience (or demonstrated ability) to supervise Masters and PhD research candidates to completion.
  • Demonstrated ability to generate alternative funding projects through effective liaison with government and industry or philanthropic organisations.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work effectively and sensitively within a culturally diverse environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills appropriate for interacting with students, staff and industry, together with a strong commitment to teamwork and multidisciplinary collaboration.
  • Must have high level English language skills, both written and oral

Please Note: Appointment to this position is subject to passing a Working with Children Check.

About the College

The School of Engineering comprises a diverse range of disciplines: Aerospace Engineering & Aviation; Chemical & Environmental Engineering; Civil & Infrastructure Engineering; Electrical & Biomedical Engineering; Electronic & Telecommunication Engineering; Manufacturing, Materials & Mechatronic Engineering; Mechanical & Automotive Engineering.

As a top 100 university in the world for engineering (2015 QS Rankings by Faculty; Engineering and Technology), RMIT Engineering provides students with work-relevant education programs, access to excellent research facilities and opportunities to engage in creative real-world project work through robust relations with local and international industry leaders.

RMIT Engineering’s education is based on innovation and creativity. Key discipline areas in the School of Engineering provide programs with flexible pathways to global careers or postgraduate research.

To Apply 

Please submit your CV and covering letter addressing your suitability for this position by clicking on the ‘Apply’ link below.

For further information about this position, please see Position Description below or contact Prof. Namita Roy Choudhury  via email namita.choudhury@rmit.edu.au. 


Applications Close:

9 Feb 2023 11.59 pm

RMIT is an equal opportunity employer committed to being a child safe organisation. We are dedicated to attracting, retaining and developing our people regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and age. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community and we strongly encourage applications from the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community. 

RMIT is a Disability Confident Recruitment Team and we are happy to adjust the recruitment process for your accessibility requirements. Please contact us at TalentSupport@rmit.edu.au telling us your preferred type of communication and we will be in touch as soon as possible to discuss your requirements.

Please note that whilst we still accept applications from any persons interested in our roles, due to the impacts of COVID-19, we are currently prioritising applications from those with current working rights in Australia and who are not affected by travel restrictions. Please see the latest updates to Australia’s immigration and border arrangements during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak here.

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