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Applications are invited for a Lecturer (Level B) position in Mechatronics within the School of Computing, Engineering & Mathematics.

The School offers a diverse range of innovative professional degrees at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in a dynamic yet relevant mix of disciplines in computing, information technology, engineering, construction and industrial design. The successful applicant is expected to be involved in a broad spectrum of academic activities, ranging from development and delivery of innovative interdisciplinary academic programs with core Mechatronic Engineering subjects at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels to leading student projects for world competitions.

The appointee is expected to lead and supervise the research of undergraduate and postgraduate students in projects, which address recognised grand challenges with high impact. To achieve these, the person in this position is anticipated to be able to form strategic interdisciplinary teams with staff and students, and collaborations with external partners where needed, and to have the ability to identify funding opportunities to sustain such projects and bring them to tangible success. There are many exciting developments at Western Sydney University.

Over the next few months we plan to fill 5 new engineering positions to strengthen our engineering disciplines. We have numerous opportunities for devoted career academics to conduct high quality research with industry and government organisations and to be a part of new ways of teaching.

The University is located in the Greater Western Sydney which is the fastest growing region with the highest level of capital infrastructure investment per capita in Australia. The current undergraduate and postgraduate engineering programs are both very strong and we will also launch new degrees in Software Engineering and Environmental Engineering and double degree programs in 2018 and 2019.

If you are interested in making a difference in students’ lives and the region, then join us in this new phase of development of the engineering teaching and research at Western Sydney University. Engineering at WSU is a flagship program at Western Sydney University with over 1400 undergraduate and 300 postgraduate students enrolled. The undergraduate engineering programs continually achieve high student satisfaction in national surveys and many of our graduates are working for the leading engineering companies in Sydney, Australia and internationally.

Applicants must address the selection criteria specified in the Position Description.

Remuneration Package: Lecturer Level B $115,647 to $136,463 p.a. (comprising salary $97,723 to $115,393 p.a. plus 17% superannuation plus leave loading)

Appointment Type: Ongoing Position

Enquiries: Professor Richard Yang, phone + 61 (02) 47360112

Closing Date: 1st March 2018


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The University of Western Sydney (UWS) began operation on 1st January 1989, under the terms of the University of Western Sydney Act, 1988 which had been passed by the New South Wales Parliament in December 1988. However, the predecessors of the University date back as far as 1891 with the establishment of the Hawkesbury Agricultural College.

The Act created a federated network university, based on two existing Colleges of Advanced Education – Hawkesbury Agricultural College and Nepean College of Advanced Education.

Following incorporation into the University, the foundation network members were known as the ‘University of Western Sydney, Hawkesbury’ (UWS Hawkesbury) and the ‘University of Western Sydney, Nepean’ (UWS Nepean).

The Act was amended by the University of Western Sydney (Amendment) Act, 1989 (Act No. 128, 1989) and the Macarthur Institute of Higher Education became the third University member on 1 November 1989. The new campus was known as the ‘University of Western Sydney, Macarthur’ (UWS Macarthur).

In 1995 a review of the structure of UWS was undertaken. The Report of the Committee to Review the Structure of the University of Western Sydney (the Rogers Report) recommended restructuring the institution and a new federated University system emerged. The University of Western became a federated university system comprising four co-operative and interrelated elements: Office of the Vice-Chancellor, UWS Hawkesbury, UWS Macarthur, UWS Nepean.

This federated system ensured the University was represented at a national and international level as a single institution with common objectives and values, while giving each of its Members the autonomy needed to react quickly and flexibly to the demands and needs of its local communities. The principal advantage of the federated network structure was the opportunity to build on the individual strengths of each member university, and through the University as a whole to define and achieve objectives that the individual members might have found unattainable. Each member was largely autonomous and responsible for: the development and conduct of courses; the admission of students; the initiation and supervision of research programs; staffing; the development of consultancy and entrepreneurial activities; and the development and maintenance of campus facilities and properties.

On 26 November 1997, the University of Western Sydney Act, 1997 (Act No. 116, 1997) was passed by the State Parliament. This Act which replaced the original Act came into force on 1 January 1998.

Following consultation across UWS the Vice Chancellor put proposals before the UWS Board of Trustees at the end of 1999 for a major restructure of the University. The Board approved the principles of the restructure, and the consequent detailed work to be undertaken to develop the new structure. From the beginning of 2001 the University of Western Sydney operated as a single multi-campus university rather than as a federation.

The new structure of the university was outlined in the 2001 Calendar with revisions and changes outlined in the 2002 Calendar.

The single multi-campus University of Western Sydney has six campuses: Bankstown, Blacktown, Campbelltown, Hawkesbury, Parramatta, and Penrith.

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