First listed on: 15 November 2023

Lecturer in Sustainable Urban Water Management

Job no: 0060274
Location: Burnley Campus
Role type: Full-Time 1.0 FTE; Continuing (Research Contingent)
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Department/School: School of Agriculture, Food and Ecosystem Sciences
Salary: UOM Level B - $114,645 - $136,136 p.a. + 17% Superannuation.

  • Join one of Australia's leading urban water and waterway research groups, The Waterway Ecosystem Research Group led by Prof. Tim Fletcher.
  • Contribute to teaching and research in sustainable urban water management. Participate in research in collaboration with major industry leaders, and supported by an Australian Research Council Industry Laureate.
  • Salary packaging, subsidised health and wellbeing services, fitness and cultural clubs, Myki discounts, and a 25% discount on graduate courses to our staff and their immediate families!

About the Role

The School contains one of Australia's leading urban water research groups. We are looking to further expand our capability in this area and are therefore offering a 5-year lectureship in Sustainable Urban Water Management. The position results from the recent awarding of an ARC Industry Laureate Fellowship within the School to Prof. Tim Fletcher. The position is a great opportunity to establish your reputation internationally, in a group that is strongly connected to industry, and is delivering research that is making a practical difference.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Conduct pioneering research in areas relating to sustainable urban water management, and particularly in the areas of real-time control, rainwater harvesting and the protection of urban waterways.
  • Work in partnership with industry to deliver real-scale research.
  • Communicate your research locally, nationally and internationally, through conferences, publications and international networks.
  • Participate in teaching across the School, to inspire the next generation of urban water managers.

Who We Are Looking For

We're looking for someone who has strong technical skills, is passionate about the sustainability of water resources, and who has a natural flare for working with collaborators and industry. You'll have an interest in technology and control of complex systems, and enjoy working in a collaborative and collegiate team.

You will also have:

  • A PhD or equivalent in civil or environmental engineering or a related discipline.
  • An emerging track-record of publications in urban water management.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to engage with collaborators and indstry.
  • Experience, ideally, in programming, control systems and optimisation.

For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the attached PD.

This position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check to ensure the University provides a safe environment for everyone.

Work Rights

Please note: Visa sponsorship may be available for the right candidates.

Your New Team - The Waterway Ecosystem Research Group

You'll be based in a large, high-performing School of Agriculture, Food and Ecosystem Sciences. Specifically, you'll work in the Waterway Ecosystem Research Group. We pride ourselves on being collaborative, collegiate and caring about the wellbeing of everyone in the group. The Group has a history of competitive and industry funding, and is a great place to build your career and build your international reputation. You'll have lots of opportunities to collaborate internationally, as we are connected to other leading groups worldwide.

What We Offer You!

In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services and discounts on graduate courses. For more information, check out our benefits page!

About the University of Melbourne

We're tightly connected with the community, both at home and abroad. We take pride in our people, who all contribute to our mission to benefit society through the transformative impact of education and research. Discover more via our website and stay connected with our stories and people on LinkedIn.

How to apply:

Join Us!
If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents:

  • Resume.
  • Cover Letter outlining your interest and experience.
  • The responses against the Selection Criteria^ (found in the Position Description).

^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to

If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Ana Gencic via email at, ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject. Please do not share your application to this email address.

Position Description: 0060274_Lecturer Sustainable Urban Water Management_PD.pdf

Further Opportunities!
This opportunity is one of three exciting roles currently available within the Waterway Ecosystem Research Group at the University of Melbourne.

Applicants are highly encouraged to explore all three positions, and apply to all deemed suitable – follow the links to discover more!

Research Fellow – Economic Instruments for Market-Driven Smart Rainwater Grids
Research Fellow – Optimisation and Control of Smart Rainwater Grids
Lecturer in Sustainable Urban Water Management

Applications close: 29 November 2023 11:55pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT).


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