Professor in Petrology

Science and Engineering Faculty

About the Position

QUT seeks to appoint a highly qualified, research-focused Professor in Petrology (Level E), able to provide strategic leadership in both research and learning within the discipline area of Earth Sciences, and more widely to QUT's institutional strengths in Material Science and characterisation. Earth Science is an area of research and teaching strength at QUT, and we want to build on our expertise in volcanology, igneous petrology, geochemistry, sedimentology, structural geology/tectonics and geophysics. In the 2015 Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) round, Earth Science at QUT received the highest rating possible for Geology (5 for the 4-digit 0403 Geology Unit of Evaluation) and the Discipline is consistently evaluated as amongst the leading teaching areas within the Faculty.

The successful applicant will lead, maintain and expand high-quality research at an international level of excellence; provide academic leadership in developing and enhancing the research profile of the Discipline and School, and contribute actively to teaching. Their leadership will be based on an outstanding international track record of high impact publications and research income, as well as strong ties with industry. She/He will also be able to exploit the substantial and strategic investments in facilities made by QUT over the last six years through the Science and Engineering Centre (including the Central Analytics Research Facility), as well as international science campaigns such as the International Ocean Discovery Program, in which QUT is an important member.

This position reports to the Head of School for Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences for supervision, workload management and for Performance Planning and Review (PPR).

Key responsibilities include:

  • Fostering excellence in research within the university and university system.
  • Fostering a vibrant and collaborative culture of research within the Earth Science discipline.
  • Conducting research at an internationally competitive level, including:
    • applying for and securing external research funding
    • supervision of research students and research fellows
    • pursuing high quality research outcomes, including publication of research in quality journals
    • engaging with industry, external end-users of research and partner research organisations, and aligning research responses to the needs of industry and the wider community; and
    • engaging and collaborating with other QUT researchers including within the School, the Faculty, the Institute for Future Environments and others where appropriate.
  • Playing an active role in the maintenance of academic standards and in the development of educational policy and curriculum areas within the discipline.
  • Providing advice and support to less senior academic staff.
  • Implementing and administering University policy within the Faculty with respect to equitable access to education and workplace health and safety.

To be appointed as a Professor the successful applicant must meet the position classification standards outlined in the QUT Enterprise Agreement (Academic Staff).

Real World Capabilities

To deliver on QUT's global, collaborative and connected vision requires a workforce that embodies the following capabilities:

  • Agility and openness to change
  • Connectivity and collaboration (intra and inter-disciplinary)
  • Cultural inclusion
  • Digital literacy
  • Future-focused thinking (strategic, innovative & design and entrepreneurial)
  • Global in intent and reach
  • Leadership of strategy, action and others Performance and resource management

Type of appointment

This appointment will be offered on an ongoing, full-time basis.


Gardens Point campus.

Selection Criteria

  1. Completion of a doctoral qualification in Earth Science or a related discipline
  2. Record of outstanding leadership in an academic role in a University or professional setting and of outstanding contribution within these settings
  3. Outstanding record of excellence and leadership in research/scholarship, and international recognition in Petrology, with a focus on metamorphic/igneous geology and tectonics
  4. Outstanding publication record in high quality journals and success in grant funding
  5. Substantive track record of successfully establishing, leading and administering large R&D projects and multi-disciplinary research teams
  6. Demonstrated ability to successfully engage with industry, external end-users of research and partner research organisations, and to align research responses to the needs of industry and the wider community
  7. Demonstrated ability to identify and lead key strategic research initiatives and foster multi-disciplinary linkages across university, government and industry
  8. Outstanding record of excellence and leadership in learning and teaching, including scholarly and innovative approaches to learning and teaching, supervision of postgraduate students, and critical reflection of their own pedagogical approach and outcomes.
  9. Teaching experience in one or more of the following areas would be an advantage: metamorphic and/or igneous petrology, mineralogy, tectonics, structural geology, field geology.
  10. Evidence of experience with successful implementation of authentic assessment and work integrated learning will be an advantage.

Remuneration and Benefits

The classification for this position is Academic Level E (LEVE) which has an annual remuneration range starting at $AUD206,729 pa. Which is inclusive of an annual salary of $AUD174,688 pa,17% superannuation and 17.5% recreation leave loading.

Beyond personal and professional fulfilment, a career at QUT brings a broad range of tangible benefits. With competitive remuneration including superannuation, the University offers real and generous benefits.

QUT is a high quality and flexible organisation that is proud of its excellent employment conditions which include but are not limited to:

  • Reduced working year scheme
  • Parental leave provisions
  • Study support encompassing leave and financial assistance
  • Comprehensive professional development
  • Salary Packaging

Further benefits can be found at the Working at QUT page.

Information for applicants

The position is open to Domestic and International applicants. Women, Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

QUT has an active support program for women in STEMM, and is in the pilot program for the national SAGE Athena SWAN project, a national program promoting gender equity and gender diversity in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine. For more information on QUT's support for Women in STEMM, contact Tracy Straughan +61 7 3138 4080.

For further information about the position, please contact, Professor Stuart Parsons, Head of School, on +61 7 3138 2261; or for further information about working at QUT contact Bridget Heins, Talent Acquisition Specialist on +61 7 3138 4175.

How to Apply

For further information and to apply, please visit for reference number 17349.

When applying for this position your application must include the following:

  • A current resume
  • A statement of achievements against each of the selection criteria
  • The names and contact details of three referees

Applications close 1 October 2017

About QUT

QUT is a major Australian university with a global outlook and a 'real world' focus. We are one of the nation's fastest growing research universities and our courses are in high demand. Our graduates include eight Rhodes Scholars, five of these awarded in the past six years.

We are an ambitious and collaborative institution that seeks to equip our students and graduates with the skills they will need in an increasingly disrupted and challenged world. We are transforming the student experience we offer our 50,000 students and we place a premium on the international and national accreditation of our various professional degrees.

Our internationally award-winning Science and Engineering Centre is home to The Cube, acknowledged as one of the world's largest digital interactive learning and display spaces. QUT established the world's first Creative Industries Faculty, and we invest heavily in collaborative learning and interdisciplinary research environments.

Further information about QUT can be obtained from the website at

Our Vision

The QUT Blueprint 5 is our institutional strategic plan. It sets out priorities, strategies and key performance indicators to drive greater coherence and coordination of our efforts. Our overall vision for the future is:

  • to provide outstanding real world education through physical and virtual learning environments and innovative courses that lead to excellent outcomes for graduates living in a diverse and complex environment characterised by rapid, transformative change;
  • to focus on being a globally leading university that delivers solutions to the challenges of today and of the future through high-impact research that spans discipline boundaries and works in partnership with end users, leveraging our deep technological strengths and alignment to the human capital and innovation needs of the global economy;
  • to strengthen and extend partnerships with professional and broader communities to build our reputation as a source of knowledge that is applied to real world challenges.

About the Science and Engineering Faculty

QUT's Science and Engineering Faculty is helping to drive the innovations shaping the way we live for a safer, more sustainable and secure world tomorrow. We pride ourselves on being world leaders in our research and learning outcomes.

The Faculty is home to outstanding researchers of international renown, including five ARC Australian Laureate Fellows. Two ARC Centre's of Excellence; the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision (ACRV) and Australian Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers (ACEMS) are hosted by the Faculty. In the most recent 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia rankings, 100 percent of the Faculty's research was rated as world standard or above.

There is a dedicated commitment to addressing the problems of our time through active participation in 10 Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs), including two announced in 2017; iMove CRC and Food Agility CRC. Faculty members are also regularly supported in their fundamental and applied research through the Australian Research Council and industry bodies such as Rural Development Corporations. The Faculty actively encourages and supports transdisciplinary research through its support of the Institute for Future Environments (IFE) and Institute for Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI), with IFE housed in the $230-million Science and Engineering Centre at our Gardens Point campus.

Also housed in the Science and Engineering Centre is the world-class Central Analytical Research Facility (CARF), supporting a global research community through state of the art instrumentation for scientific analysis.

Strong industry connections enable us to address genuine challenges through research, as well as offer more than 11,000 students relevant and practical experience. Through long-standing collaborations with partners such as BMW, Boeing, Stryker, Shell and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, we remain at the forefront of teaching by facilitating real world learning that is delivered on campus, online and in the real world. QUT is accredited by the UK Higher Education Academy, and to date more than 300 staff have achieved fellowships. QUT is also a participant in the inaugural Science in Australian Gender Equity (SAGE) pilot, a national program promoting gender equity and gender diversity in STEMM.

Across four Portfolios, six Schools and 21 Disciplines, the Science and Engineering Faculty is the partner of choice for excellence in research, education, and equity.

The Faculty partners with QUT's two transdisciplinary research institutes. Faculty researchers use the world-class research facilities provided by the Institutes and engage in large scale programmatic activities, allowing coordinated research to be undertaken at scale to address global challenges. The Institutes undertake high-impact research that spans discipline boundaries and works in partnership with end users.

The Institute for Future Environments is focused on the future nexus of natural, built and virtual environments and generates knowledge, technology and practices that make our world more sustainable, secure and resilient. SEF is the majority Faculty partner in IFE.

The Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation is focused on developing partnerships between health and biomedical scientists to bring new treatments to patients and to provide better health for our community. After the Faculty of Health, SEF is the most significant partner in IHBI.

About the School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences

The School of Earth Science, Environmental Systems and Biological Sciences comprises three disciplines: Earth Sciences, Environmental Systems and Biological Sciences. These disciplines bring together scientists and engineers who share a common goal of tackling global challenges that determine our quality of life and the life of our planet into the future.

Our research is broad ranging, with identified strengths in:

  • Plate tectonics and planetary evolution; Marine geology; Natural hazards; and Energy and resources;
  • Organisms and their role in agriculture and other modified systems; and Understanding nutrient and water cycles.
  • Evolutionary biology; Understanding complex biological systems; and Bioprotection;

The school has an outstanding record of producing impactful pure and applied research outcomes, with ERA ratings in three fields of research at above or well above world standard (ERA 2015) and all other areas at world standard. We are a partner of choice for research and innovation at federal, state and regional government levels, and with industry and end-users. Our researchers currently play a leadership role in the International Ocean Discovery Program, Australian Research Council's (ARC) Industrial Transformation Research Centre For Fruit Fly Biosecurity Innovation, and the Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre.

Mindful of the way in which science and engineering must be done in the 21st century, the school creates an environment where issues can be discussed, researched and resolved in a way that attends to competing priorities. Our courses in science and engineering reflect this approach as we seek to provide students with learning experiences appropriate to real world problems.

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