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Lecturer – Education Focussed

Sydney, New South Wales

Position Number: 00089257
Position Title: Lecturer – Education Focussed
Date Written: 10 December 2020
Faculty/Division: Engineering
School/Unit: Computer Science & Engineering
Position Level: Level B


UNSW is currently implementing a ten-year strategy to 2025 and our ambition for the next decade is nothing less than to establish UNSW as Australia’s global university. We aspire to this in the belief that a great university, which is a global leader in discovery, innovation, impact, education and thought leadership, can make an enormous difference to the lives of people in Australia and around the world.

Following extensive consultation in 2015, we identified three strategic priority areas. Firstly, a drive for academic excellence in research and education. Universities are often classified as ‘research intensive’ or ‘teaching intensive’. UNSW is proud to be an exemplar of both. We are amongst a limited group of universities worldwide capable of delivering research excellence alongside the highest quality education on a large scale. Secondly, a passion for social engagement, which improves lives through advancing equality, diversity, open debate and economic progress. Thirdly, a commitment to achieving global impact through sharing our capability in research and education in the highest quality partnerships with institutions in both developed and emerging societies. We regard the interplay of academic excellence, social engagement and global impact as the hallmarks of a great forward-looking 21st century university.

To achieve this ambition, we are attracting the very best academic and professional staff to play leadership roles in our organisation.

Values in Action: Our UNSW Behaviours

UNSW recognises the role of employees in driving a high-performance culture. The behavioural expectations for UNSW are below.

  • Builds Collaboration
  • Embraces Diversity
  • Displays Respect
  • Demonstrates Excellence
  • Drives Innovation


  • One of Australia’s leading research & teaching universities
  • 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 Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) is the largest and most prestigious school of computing in Australia. It offers undergraduate programs in Software Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science and Bioinformatics, as well as a number of combined degrees with other disciplines. Our research and teaching staff are world leading and world building as they advance knowledge and learning. People join CSE for the opportunity to work with top-tier students and to join a community of scholars who support them to achieve their full potential.

CSE attracts the brightest students as we offer the most technically challenging computing degrees in Australia. The challenges we present, ensure our student reach their greatest potential and are ready to have a lasting impact on society. As a result, we have excellent students who have an outstanding record in international competitions and are in wide demand across industry and academia. Our Unique, Nurturing, Scholarly and Worldly approach to education creates forward-looking graduates ready and eager to tackle complex challenges.

At the postgraduate level there is a large PhD research program and coursework programs at the Master’s and Graduate Diploma level in Computing and Information Technology and at Graduate Certificate level in Computing. We are known for our vibrant and nurturing community that fosters an environment where our students, academics and researchers collaborate in advancing their engineering skills, scientific knowledge, creativity and leadership in the computing field.

In our education and research endeavours, we foster strong partnerships with industry, government, and the community. We are growing these relationships to address significant global challenges to meet the demands of society and to improve lives. Our mission is to be at the forefront of research into new and exciting innovations with profound national and international impact. For further information about the School, please visit http://www.cse.unsw.edu.au/.

UNSW’s Education Focussed roles (EF) enable academics to specialise in education and devote their time to delivering high-quality teaching and pursuing initiatives to enhance the educational experience of our students. Those who are appointed to this prestigious specialism will be expected to successfully drive educational excellence within the university’s teaching and learning communities.

About the role

  • $109K - $128K plus 17% Superannuation and annual leave loading
  • Fixed Term – 3 years
  • Full time (35 hours)
  • There are x4 roles available

The role of Lecturer reports to Head of SchoolProfessor Aaron Quigley and has 0 direct reports.

The purpose of this role is to conduct independent research and deliver excellent teaching in Computer Science. The role will contribute to research and teaching that bridges both theoretical and practical aspects of computing. While applications will be considered from any area related to Computer Science, particular interest will be given to applications to the broad fields of:

  • Artificial Intelligence,
  • Cybersecurity and Privacy,
  • Computer Vision & Image Processing,
  • Databases,
  • Embedded and Operating Systems,
  • Human Computer Interaction,
  • Machine Learning,
  • Networks,
  • Programming Languages and Compilers,
  • Service-Oriented Computing,
  • Trustworthy Systems, and
  • Theoretical Computer Science.


Specific responsibilities for this role include:

  • Demonstrate and continuously develop a well-defined teaching philosophy that inspires student learning;
  • Conduct classes, assess student learning achievements and support students in postgraduate and undergraduate courses in line with UNSW policy;
  • Design and develop learning activities and resources, and assessment and feedback using a range of suitable approaches and learning environments
  • Initiate the development of experimental approaches to teaching and learning with the support of more senior academics;
  • Support learning progression with students as individuals (through such activities as one-to-one consultation) and as a cohort (through general course related advice) to achieve positive learning and employability outcomes for students;
  • Manage course administration as Course Authority, including academic quality assurance;
  • Maintain professional development in pedagogy, disciplinary knowledge and minimum professional accreditation requirements (where relevant)
  • Make a positive contribution to School meetings and seminars and be a member of School/Faculty committees as required;
  • 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
  • Engage with the management and support of online learning activities (including administrative duties such as associate director for online education)


  • A PhD in a related discipline, and/or relevant work experience;
  • Actively stays up to date with discipline knowledge and professional development
  • Demonstrated experience in teaching and learning design, development and delivery at undergraduate and/or postgraduate level.
  • Experience using and/or designing with educational technologies and online delivery methods
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness and passion for educational excellence (e.g. relevant discipline-based curriculum design and development at a variety of levels and scales)
  • Demonstrated knowledge of industry or experience of work-integrated learning (desirable)
  • Evidence of highly developed interpersonal and organisational skills
  • Evidence of ability to support and inspire students from diverse backgrounds and support student equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives.
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training


  • Verification of qualifications

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.

Nikki Hayes

Applications close: February 26th, 2021

It is not the intention of the position description to limit the scope or accountabilities of the position but to highlight the most important aspects of the position. The aspects mentioned above may be altered in accordance with the changing requirements of the role.

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 or Indigenous heritage. We encourage everyone who meets the selection criteria to apply.

UNSW partners with Australia’s leading diversity organisations, networks, and campaigns. Please refer to UNSW’s diversity offerings for further information on our flexible work and leave options, and support for carers (childcare, parent rooms, parental leave).


Posted: 2021-02-02 Expires: 2021-03-04

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