Associate Professor/Professor in Mechanical Engineering

Flinders University
1 Sturt Rd, Bedford Park SA 5042, Adelaide, Australia
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About the College of Science and Engineering

At the College of Science and Engineering we believe in the power of science and engineering to solve real world problems. Our vision is to provide internationally recognised science and engineering education programs that are accessible, student centred, innovative and impactful. As well as being globally recognised for our research to advance science and engineering by creating new technologies that make our world more connected, secure, healthy, and sustainable. We seek to understand the past, but also to create the world of the future. Our College is an exciting place to research, study, and work, supported by best practice teaching methods, practical work-related learning, and advanced facilities.


About the Role

Mechanical Engineering at Flinders University is growing and is a key part of the Factory of the Future, a world-class advanced manufacturing facility that is the first of its kind in Australia.

Mechanical Engineering is based in our state-of-the-art Tonsley Innovation District and new City Campus, both with direct access to established collaborative industry partners. The Associate Professor/Professor will be a senior member of the academic staff and will promote the College as a centre of excellence in Engineering education and research, both nationally, and internationally.

In this Teaching & Research (Balanced) position, other responsibilities will include:

  • Leading outstanding teaching in the broad area of engineering but with specific focus on mechanical engineering.
  • Publishing high quality publications in mechanical engineering and associated areas.
  • Gaining external competitive research grants and contributing to the growth in Flinders’ research income.
  • Supervising Flinders research students including doctoral students in Engineering and growing the PhD cohort.
  • Mentoring more junior academic colleagues in the College, especially academic staff in Engineering, including co-publishing, co-supervision, and co-submission of external competitive grants.

While candidates from any field of mechanical engineering will be considered, those working in Advanced Manufacturing are particularly encouraged to apply.


Please note, this position is eligible for visa sponsorship and relocation support. Therefore, international applicants who do not currently hold Australian work rights are welcome to apply.


About You

The ideal candidate will demonstrate a strong track record of industry collaboration, teaching excellence and winning research grants within the area of mechanical engineering. As an innovative leader within teaching and research, you will strive to grow the reputation of research in mechanical engineering and demonstrate a student-focused approach to maximise learning outcomes.

Candidates will be determined to be suitable for Level D or Level E positions depending on their relevant experience. In this position, you will also demonstrate:

  • Completion of a PhD in an area related to mechanical engineering, or equivalent qualification.
  • Significant experience in curriculum development and teaching methodology for topics and programs of study, including reviews, e-learning and internal and external accreditation activities.
  • A strong record of high-quality research publications and of successfully winning significant external research grants.
  • Strong existing industry links and the ability to develop new links within the Tonsley Innovation District or elsewhere.
  • Excellence in the supervision of honours and research higher degree students with the clear ability to build and sustain a group of research students within the College.


Supporting women in STEM

At Flinders University, we embrace and celebrate diversity and are committed to achieving gender equality in employment by identifying and removing any discriminatory employment barriers and taking action to promote gender equality in the workplace. We have been awarded Institutional Bronze Accreditation in the SAGE Athena SWAN program, recognising the University’s ongoing efforts towards achieving gender equity.

Ours is an inclusive culture that believes absolutely in equality and opportunity for all. We don't just accommodate differences; we embrace and celebrate them. So, why work at Flinders?

  • 17% Superannuation + salary packaging options
  • Pregnancy Support including antenatal leave, maternity leave for continuing and fixed-term employees and returning from leave support.
  • Accredited with the Australian Breastfeeding Association as a breastfeeding friendly workplace.
  • Breastfeeding/lactation facilities and childcare on campus
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Wide range of professional development activities and services


Prescribed Conditions for Employment

  • A valid National Police Certificate which is satisfactory to the University will also be required before the successful applicant can commence in this position.
  • Please note that you may be required to provide evidence that you are up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations, in line with the Flinders University COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

How to Apply and Information


Applications to be submitted before 10:00 pm Sunday, 19 May 2024. 

Please note, late applications and applications sent via agencies will not be accepted.

At Flinders we embrace and celebrate diversity and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and people of all ages, ethnicities, abilities, sexual orientations, and gender identities.