Sydney Horizon Educators – Faculty of Engineering (Targeted)

  • Sydney
  • Education and Training
  • This job will close on 04 August 2024

About the role

About the opportunity

The successful candidate for the position in Indigenous Engineering will articulate a compelling vision for embedding Indigenous knowledge within Engineering, Computer Science and Project Management courses. They will lead and operationalize Faculty efforts in this domain, including through classroom teaching, unit of study design and curriculum design.

They will need to consult widely with stakeholders both within and outside of the University and Faculty and therefore the successful candidate must be committed to collegiality and teamwork. An earned PhD (or near completion) and work experience in a field of study of interest to the Faculty of Engineering will be required. In this role, you will have the opportunity to make a significant contribution to teaching and learning design, delivery, and evaluation in your specialised field, particularly as it relates to First Nations pedagogies and representation within curricula, while you also contribute to research in relation to your discipline and/or your educational practice. As part of this role, you will also contribute to the governance, leadership, and engagement work of the Faculty of Engineering, particularly as it relates to education and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander matters.

Successful candidates will be expected to dedicate most of their contribution to teaching and teaching-related activities (70%), while also engaging in research (20%) and governance, leadership, and engagement (10%). The successful appointee will support, coordinate, and teach undergraduate and/or postgraduate coursework Units of Study. This position may also assist and guide the academic coordinators of other units within the discipline. With the introduction of the new University of Sydney Enterprise Agreement 2023-26, the University has committed to establishing and advertising new continuing education-focused (EF) academic positions such as this one focussed on First Nations curriculum, as well as supporting a safe and inclusive workplace for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This includes provisions relating to cultural safety, cultural and ceremonial leave, First Nations languages allowance, recognition of cultural load and a commitment to pursuing a target to increase workforce participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to population parity by 2026. This position alongside other newly recruited educators, will join a large workforce of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander academics already employed at the University, supporting an uplift in the teaching and cultural capability and student experience at the University of Sydney, while also developing as leaders in the education space at the University.

Over time, staff appointed to this role will be supported to engage with professional development opportunities in order to build their capability to lead change and improvement in teaching at the University. Successful candidates will also join the Sydney Horizon Educators cohort. For further insights into this exciting opportunity, we invite you to watch this video. Your key responsibilities will be to: demonstrate active awareness and support of the Indigenisation of curricula across University of Sydney faculties and schools act with cultural competency and foster positive engagement with all staff and students, and support the development of cultural competence among staff and students deliver outstanding teaching and learning outcomes for students, by ensuring all students hold foundational knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues relevant to their discipline and/or area of study undertake a leadership role in educational innovation, curriculum design and review, contributing to outstanding culturally competent educational delivery and outcomes maintain relevant Work, Health and Safety requirements and management including laboratory and/or field work through research and scholarly creative work, contribute to knowledge within your discipline or area of expertise, particularly as it relates to teaching and learning in your discipline develop and refine your research skills, particularly as they relate to evaluating and improving teaching and learning in your discipline maintain quality, standards and excellence in your educational activities and output contribute to the governance, leadership, and engagement work in your school/Faculty.

The University of Sydney is recognised as one of the top research and teaching universities in the world. A globally ranked university,Top 20 university globally, rising 22 places | 1st for sustainability in Australia.

Ideal Candidate

About you

We are seeking a candidate who holds the following qualities/qualifications and can integrate their skills, and knowledge towards supporting the development of culturally competent and inclusive teaching and will contribute to the First Nations leadership in the Faculty of Engineering.

We are therefore looking for Sydney Horizon Educators who has:

  • demonstrated ability to conduct research and (at all levels, but particularly at Level B, C and D) a willingness to develop a program of education-related research over time
  • demonstrated knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander societies and cultures, including an understanding of the issues affecting people in contemporary Australian society and the diversity of circumstances of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • experience working with First Nations communities and/or organisations
  • an earned PhD (or near completion) in an academic field relevant to the key responsibilities of the role
  • high-level written and verbal communication skills
  • the capacity to engage students and enable a supportive, inclusive learning environment
  • experience in designing, implementing and evaluating teaching and learning initiatives
  • a demonstrated commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching and demonstrable knowledge and understanding of the key, strategic, education-related issues in the higher education sector and/or the University
  • can demonstrate some experience in people leadership within the higher education sector.


Senior Lecturer, who, in addition to the above can demonstrate:

  • knowledge and understanding of the key, strategic, education-related issues in the higher education sector and/or the University
  • experience as an effective unit, course or program coordinator or director (especially for large classes), as evidenced by student and staff feedback
  • some experience in people leadership within the higher education sector
  • significant capability in educational leadership, service, governance, and engagement (either through their work at a university or through association with a non-university organisation).

Associate Professor who, in addition to the above can demonstrate: ability to lead curriculum development that enhances student learning established relationships with key academic, industry and professional institutions, partners and stakeholders that can be leveraged to enhance the standing of Indigenous knowledge embedded in Engineering education. experience in contributing to outstanding educational design, delivery, evaluation and outcomes a high level of interpersonal skills including the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues the ability to work collaboratively with other staff, including professional staff, and foster principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion. The position level will be determined based on the candidate’s skills, experience, and knowledge assessed by the selection committee.

What's on offer?

  • Opportunity for the best and brightest talented educators to be part of our future at The University of Sydney
  • Base Salary Level B/C/D $122, 830 p.a. - $199,585 p.a. + 17% superannuation + access relocation allowance
  • In addition to salary and a relocation package, receive up to $30,000 to support education­ related activities, including education-related research and education-related professional development and learning.

Where will the candidate be working?

The University of Sydney, Darlington Campus

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