First listed on: 07 January 2022

  • School of Engineering, Information Technology and Physical Sciences – Ballarat Campus
  • Full-time, fixed-term appointment for five years
  • Academic Level E $190,365, plus 17% superannuation

About the role

You will strengthen the academic leadership in research and teaching of Renewable Energy and will lead the newly established Centre for New Energy Transition Research and research programs in electrical engineering in addition to decision-making within the Centre.

The CfNETR is a funded research Centre under the Regional Research Collaboration fund receiving AU$2.44M from federal government and $1.6M from the University. The Centre will research on Renewable Energy; Grid of the Future; Hydrogen Technologies primarily blue and green hydrogen production, electricity generation using fuel cells, hydrogen purification, storage; and diagnostics and monitoring. The Centre has strong collaborations with C4NET, AusNet, Mondos, JPower, and the API.

Research and consultancy forms a major aspect of the University’s activities with numerous partnerships established with local, state, national and international organisations. In the 2018 ERA assessment the University was ranked at 5 for civil engineering, applied mathematics, environmental Sciences and management, sports sciences, and clinical sciences; 4 for artificial intelligence & image processing and medical & health sciences; and 3 for pure mathematics. Currently there are over 400 doctoral, masters and honours students enrolled. We are also one of the top four University in Australia for industry engagements for doctoral students’ research training.

About Federation University

At Federation University, we are driven to make a real difference to the lives of every student, and to the communities we serve.

Across our university and TAFE campuses in Ballarat, Berwick, Brisbane, Gippsland, and the Wimmera, we deliver world-class education and facilities. With the largest network of campuses across Victoria, as well as a growing Brisbane base, we are uniquely positioned to provide pathways from vocational education and skills training at Federation TAFE through to higher education.

Federation University’s Strategic Plan 2021-2025 outlines our ambition to be Australia’s leading regional university. Our University and TAFE provide integrated lifelong learning, skills, and impactful research enabling people and communities to prosper locally, regionally, and globally.

We are the number one ranked University in Australia for First Generation Student Enrolments (Good Universities Guide 2022). Along with top rankings in Victoria around student support, social equity, skills and employment. This includes:

  • Number one in Victoria for Social Equity
  • Number one in Victoria for Skills Development (undergraduate)
  • Number one in Victoria for Student Support (undergraduate)
  • Number one in Victoria for Skills Development (postgraduate)
  • ·         Number one in Victoria for Full Time Employment (undergraduate)

About you

The successful appointee will have an outstanding track record in one or more areas of new energy domain which will support the successful activities of the newly established CfNETR. The position demands excellent analytical, conceptual and research skills, together with substantial, sustained and proven educational, research and professional experience.

You must be able to develop and implement long and short-term research strategies for the University within the strategic framework of the University and in accordance with our mission, and possess significant problem-solving abilities, creativity and initiative to resolve complex issues in a multi-sectoral regional university environment.

You will:

  • provide leadership of the Centre for New Energy Transition Research (CfNETR) and fulfil the commitments of the Centre’s purpose and growth strategies;
  • chair the Research Advisory Committee for CfNETR;
  • undertake research of an international calibre and generate significant research income to grow the Centre;
  • foster interactions with industry, government, and community groups;
  • develop collaborative opportunities for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and supervision of research higher degree students; and
  • contribute to the growth of the University through its research and teaching, and its international and income generation activities such as the New Business Accelerator unit.

All University positions delivering education and/or services to children must hold a valid Working With Children Check (WWCC). Please refer to the position description for WWCC requirements.

Directions from Victoria’s Chief Health Officer require all Victorian-based Federation University workers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they are an Excepted Person as defined by the COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination (Workers) Directions. All applicants must therefore be able to comply with this requirement.

Please note that applications will be prioritised for 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:

How to apply

Please apply by 30 January 2022.

Applicants are required to address the Key Selection Criteria, in addition to a resume. To view the Position Description, please visit - Job ID 851121

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please email the Recruitment team or phone 03 5327 9756.  Our position descriptions also list a contact person for job specific enquiries.

At Federation University Australia we value diversity, embrace difference and nurture a connected, safe and respectful community. We strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people of all cultures, abilities, sexualities and genders. Should you require additional support please email Bianca Molloy, our Manager, Organisational Development and Diversity.

Find out more about our Aboriginal and Torres Islander Employment Strategy. For support or queries relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment please email Bianca Molloy, our Manager, Organisational Development and Diversity.

A workplace for remarkable people

For 150 years we have been reaching out to new communities, steadily building a generation of independent thinkers united in the knowledge that they are greater together.
We are committed to attracting, retaining and developing the best talent in the regions in which we operate. From our academic and research staff to those working in student experience, we are all part of a collaborative culture that inspires the highest levels of excellence, innovation, integrity and respect. We are proud of our SAGE Athena SWAN Bronze accreditation in 2019 for recognising our commitment to advancing the careers of women, trans and gender diverse individuals in STEM disciplines in higher education and research.

What we offer

We foster a positive culture shaped by our values of inclusion, innovation, excellence, empowerment and collaboration as outlined in Federation’s Living Values Charter.

You will be able to take advantage of our UniSports Health and Fitness Centre in Mt Helen, in addition to benefits such as purchased leave, annualised hours, flexible work options, salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare (Mt Helen and Gippsland), discounted private health insurance, affordable parking, wellness programs, professional development programs and many other benefits. For further information visit our LinkedIn Life page or our leave and work-life balance webpage.

For more information on a career with us, please visit our website or let our staff tell you more.

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