Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Environmental Science

Charles Darwin University
Position Number: 4389 / 047
Position Classification: Research Active Academic Level B / C

This is a broad-banded position. Initial appointment will be determined by both the appointee’s relevant qualifications and experience

Organisational Unit
School of Environment
Faculty of Engineering, Health, Science & Environment
Location: Casuarina Campus
Tenure: Continuing full-time appointment
Responsible to: Head of School - School of Environment
Employment Conditions: Remuneration Package - Research Active Academic Level B / C

Base salary of $89,201 - $126,292 per annum plus legislated superannuation or 17% employer contribution for eligible employees. District Allowance may apply.

Conditions include 6 weeks annual leave

Special Features:
Level A and B appointments where teaching is a significant element of the role require documented evidence of Graduate Certificate in Higher Education. If appointee does not currently hold this qualification, the University requires that:
1. The appointee completes the CDU Graduate Certificate in Higher Education within the Probationary period.
2. The appointee qualifies for RPL for the Graduate Certificate in Higher Education.

Business Unit Environment
The School of Environment has an international reputation in environmental science and is responsible for teaching and research in the fields of science and environmental science. The School offers undergraduate, honours and postgraduate programs that cater to the beginner student, students in pursuit of a given career, those in pursuit of lifelong learning and those interested in a research career.

Within the School of Environment, the Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods (RIEL) conducts multidisciplinary research focused on northern Australia and the broader region across five research themes: Coastal and Marine Ecology and Management, Freshwater Ecology and Management, Savanna Management and Wildlife Conservation, Tropical Resource Futures and Natural Resources-based Livelihoods.

The Role
The lecturer in Environmental Science will be expected to teach and supervise at undergraduate and postgraduate level in science and environmental science, and develop a high quality program, with research links both within and outside the School. The Lecturer will be required to publish research outputs in national and international journals as well as working collaboratively in teaching and research, including working with industry and/or interdisciplinary collaboration.

Key Accountabilities
The following examples of accountabilities are not exhaustive and may include others as directed from time-to-time.

• Develop an active program of high quality multi-disciplinary research activity, including with the spatial sciences group within RIEL, and collaboratively with other groups within RIEL and CDU, through successful grant applications to government, non-government organisations and industry.
• Undertake data acquisition and analysis, and establish and manage project datasets.
• Attract Honours and postgraduate research students and contribute positively to their supervision.
• Undertake oral and written presentation of research findings including liaison with research collaborators, research end users and other project stakeholders.
• Maintain a demonstrable record of publication in peer-reviewed journals.

• Contribute to curriculum development in Environmental Science and Science courses.
• Contribute towards development and redevelopment of teaching materials in Environmental Science and Science in line with flexible modes of delivery
• Prepare and deliver units in Environmental and other science courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels using lectures, tutorials, workshops and external teaching methods as appropriate, including in spatial sciences (remote sensing and GIS).
• Undertake unit and course coordination.
• Carry out course-related administrative and other duties.
• Assist with course reaccreditation and other administration associated with course delivery.
• Attend and participate in School and Faculty meetings.

Liaison and Communication
• Enhance the visibility and reputation of CDU through active participation in public outreach activities as an individual and through participation in CDU events.
• Liaise with government and industry researchers outside the University to develop opportunities for collaborations in teaching and research relevant to northern and central Australia.
• Participate in university committees and panels.

Knowledge and proficiency
• Develop and implement detailed work plans and ensure that project milestones are met.
• Participate in training programs and professional development activities.
• Demonstrate knowledge of and a commitment to CDU values, policies and Code of Conduct.

Key Selection Competencies
1. PhD and documented research and publication history in ecology or ecosystem science, ideally using the application of remote sensing and/or GIS.
2.Demonstrated experience in high quality teaching, preferably with experience in on-line learning environments, in the disciplines of ecology, environmental or earth sciences, remote sensing and/or GIS at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. This includes the planning, preparation and delivery of materials in a variety of modes (including classroom, field or online), and the evaluation of learning and teaching programs.
3.Demonstrated flexible and innovative approaches to research projects and teaching.
4.Demonstrated ability to efficiently organise and conduct research projects including timely reporting on milestones and outcomes.
5.Demonstrated high level written, oral and interpersonal communication skills and ability to work effectively and cooperatively as part of a team and to deal effectively with colleagues, students and external stakeholders including working with industry and/or interdisciplinary collaboration.
6.Demonstrated experience in the effective supervision of honours and postgraduate students.
7.A commitment to and understanding of Equal Opportunity and Occupational Health and Safety

Additional Selection Competencies for appointment at Level C
1.Demonstrated ability to play a major role or provide a significant degree of leadership in scholarly, research and/or professional activities relevant to the discipline.
2.Knowledge and experience of Learnline/Blackboard (or similar online programs) and delivery of units in fully external mode.
3.Complementary expertise in any of ecology, fire, savanna dynamics, carbon accounting, marine science, modeling, soil science or the operation of Unmanned Aerial Systems (drones).
4.Experience in working with industry.

Closing date: 2 April 2015

Contact Details

For further information about the position contact Ms Roanne Ramsey, Business Manager, on (08) 8946 6574 or e-mail

Candidates are encouraged to discuss the position with the contact person before submitting an application.

Submitting an Application

E-recruitment is the method by which Charles Darwin University manages its recruitment process. Applications should be lodged online at Jobs@CDU at url: For details of the online application process, please refer to Jobs@CDU - How to Apply available at url:

Please do not forward applications to the contact person.

For further assistance in submitting your application please send your queries to the Recruitment Answering Service on (08) 8946 6284 or email:


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