First listed on: 02 June 2023

  • Senior Academic role within our prestigious School of Engineering
  • Ongoing, full-time position at our Hawthorn campus
  • Academic Level D/E $150,601 - $193,429 plus 17% super

Pursuant to a Special Measure under Section 12 (1) of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic), we will only consider applications from suitably qualified women for these positions (includes all people who identify as women).

To find out more about how we support women in STEM, please visit:

About the Role
The Department of Mechanical Engineering and Product Design has an exciting opportunity for an Associate Professor or Professor to join the team.

We are seeking a candidate who can work at the nexus of fundamental engineering concepts and modern approaches and applications, combining deep domain knowledge and technical expertise. You will have an interest and knowledge in complex engineering systems incorporating areas such as advanced computation and data-driven methods, digital engineering, machine learning/AI with applications in fields such as, but not limited to, automation, Industry 4.0 and renewable energy.

In this role you will contribute to the Department’s delivery of high-quality personalised education and advance its strong research culture that includes international collaboration, competitive grants and high-quality publications. You will also make a strong contribution to the mentoring of early career researchers and in attracting and supervising relevant higher degree candidates.

As an Associate Professor/Professor, you will be required to provide strong leadership in research, teaching and other appropriate professional activities within the School of Engineering and to be involved in direction of research and/or educational programs. You will be performing teaching responsibilities including course and unit management, preparing and delivering lectures and assessing students in the relevant discipline whilst also participating in activities that foster and build on existing links with government, business, communities and professions in Australia and internationally.

About You
To be suitable for this role you will need to have experience in the below key accountabilities:

  • Demonstrated strong academic and research leadership
  • Demonstrated expertise in the in one or more of the following or related fields: industrial automation, Industry 4.0, renewable energy or artificial intelligence in the context of engineering applications
  • Strong nationally and/or internationally recognised track record of research as evidenced by an extensive range of publications in quality journals
  • A demonstrated record of initiating, securing and managing research grants and involvement in collaborations with other universities, industry, the profession and/or government
  • Demonstrated ability to foster collaborative research outcomes among colleagues in a multi-disciplinary setting and an eagerness to liaise and work closely with industry and the profession.
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake teaching, associated administrative duties, management and curriculum development at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels
  • A track record of successful supervision of higher research degree candidates.


  • An earned PhD in Mechanical Engineering or in a relevant discipline or a related field (essential)
  • Membership of an appropriate professional body (preferable)

About Swinburne University of Technology
Swinburne Horizon 2025 draws upon our understanding of future challenges. With this new strategic plan, we choose to build Swinburne as the prototype of a new and different university – one that is truly of Technology, of Innovation and of Entrepreneurship, and proud of it. We are committed to a differentiated university proposition in education and research, so that:

  • Every Swinburne learner gets a work experience
  • Every Swinburne graduate gets a job
  • Every Swinburne partner gets a tech solution
  • Swinburne is the prototype of global best practice

The achievement of our 2025 moon shots depends on our capacity to work collectively, always, as One Swinburne.

To Apply
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Applications Close: 11pm, Sunday 2nd July 2023

Swinburne offers flexible working options, leave and parenting/carer policies to support work life balance.

Open to Women Only Applicants
As a member of the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) program, Swinburne is taking positive steps to effect change and we are committed to advancing gender equality in academia and in particular in STEM disciplines. Department of Education, Skills and Employment data (2020) showed that 46% of University staff in teaching and research roles were women but women only filled 28% of STEM teaching and research roles. While women comprise almost half of the nation’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) PhD graduates, less than 20% of senior academics in STEM disciplines at Australian universities are women. We understand that to attract and retain the best scientists and ensure research excellence and impact, it is important that we commit to providing diverse, secure, exciting and rewarding career paths to our best researchers who will be our future STEM academic leaders.

Pursuant to a Special Measure under Section 12 (1) of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic), we will only consider applications from suitably qualified women for these positions (includes all people who identify as women).

To find out more about how we support women in STEM, please visit:

Equity and Diversity
Swinburne is a large and culturally diverse organisation and we are proud of our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion through key initiatives. For further information on all our initiatives visit our Equity & Diversity website.

We welcome and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

We are committed to making the recruitment process fair and equitable for all our candidates. If you have specific accessibility or support requirements please contact

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants
We welcome and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

For any support please contact or for more information on our Indigenous strategies please follow the link to our RAP Reconciliation Action Plan

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