First listed on: 22 November 2019

Faculty of Engineering & Information Technology / School of Civil & Environmental Engineering

At UTS the concepts of equity and social justice are key to our core and purpose. We are recognised widely as supporting inclusivity and valuing diversity. Cited as a WGEA Employer of Choice since the inception of the award, we are among the first Australian institutions to receive the Athena SWAN Bronze Accreditation for our commitment to action addressing gender equity in the STEMM disciplines. UTS Equal Futures celebrates and supports women in academia through every stage of their career.

As part of Athena SWAN, UTS has set an overarching target of 40 per cent academic women in STEMM by 2022. The School of Civil & Environmental Engineering is committed to UTS’s target and supporting the career development of women academics. UTS Women in Engineering & IT program fosters a network of passionate females and males who are actively involved in the development of our next generation of young engineering and IT professionals.  

The School of Civil & Environmental Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and IT at UTS is committed to building a national centre of excellence and advanced research on transport infrastructure, and is recruiting a distinguished researcher with a demonstrably peerless track record as an academic and industry leader to take up the Director, Transport Research Centre position. The position will be based at the centrally located UTS Campus in Ultimo and will report directly to the Head of School, Distinguished Professor Daichao Sheng.

The UTS Transport Research Centre comprises researchers from multiple disciplines across UTS. It is the Faculty’s vision to significantly expand its capabilities in transportation geotechnics and transport planning areas. The Centre will conduct pioneering research on heavy-haul and high-speed rail, highways, ports, airports, and low-land floodplain transport infrastructure, as well as on big data analysis and artificial intelligence-based modelling for reducing maintenance costs of transport infrastructure, among other areas of interest, with a view to developing innovative, cost-effective, smart and resilient transport solutions across Australia. Research outcomes will guide and advance current practice in industry and produce vital benefits to the economy, local communities and sustainable futures.

About the Role
As the Director, you will be driving the national and international profile of the University in transport infrastructure research. You will be accountable for the development and implementation of the Centre’s strategic directions and to its overall leadership and management. Key responsibilities of the role include engaging with industry stakeholders and securing competitive government research grants and industry funding. You will also be responsible for developing and directing projects, and strongly engaged in providing leadership and guidance to Centre research staff, research students and more broadly across the School of Civil & Environmental Engineering.

As part of the package, there will be an opportunity to make recommendations for additional immediate key appointments to the research team, subject to UTS approval. The Director will report to the Head of School.

About You

  • An extensive and outstanding track record of conducting research funded by government bodies, including the Australian Research Council (ARC) and The Cooperative Research Centres (CRC).
  • A distinguished national and international research profile in transportation geotechnics with a record of the highest quality research leadership.
  • Demonstrated success in leveraging national and international networks to build and enhance the reputation of the University.
  • An outstanding track record of sustained industry engagement in conducting research with a focus on advancing transportation geotechnics.
  • Evidence of clear strategic thinking, with the ability to adapt through a future-oriented focus in a way that provides real impact to the discipline/university.
  • Demonstrated ability to build cohesive teams around mutually understood strategic objectives, which are aligned to the outcomes of the university.
  • A strong record as an evidence-based leader who embraces a continuous improvement framework.

Base Salary: $191,340 pa base package (Level E) with relevant additional allowances added.
This role attracts 17% superannuation (pension) in addition to base salary.

UTS staff also benefit from a wide range of Employee Benefits include flexible work practices, child care centres, generous parental leave and salary packaging opportunities.


The position is full-time and the appointment will be made on a continuing basis.

Our vision is to be a leading public university of technology recognised for our global impact. We are a dynamic and innovative university, ranked by the Times Higher Education as Australia’s top young university, and located centrally in one of the world’s most liveable cities. With a culturally diverse campus life and extensive international exchange and research programs, UTS prepares graduates for the workplaces of today and tomorrow.

How To Apply

For the full list of the selection criteria and role responsibilities please click the apply link and download the Position Statement from the UTS website.


UTS is committed to diversity and inclusion in our workforce and we encourage applicants where relevant to include a relative to opportunity or career disruption/break statement within their CV.


You are required to address the selection criteria in your submission in a separate document. For information to assist you with compiling statements to answer the selection criteria, please visit Answering Selection Criteria​.


Only those applications submitted via the UTS online recruitment system will be accepted.  Current UTS employees should apply through their UTS Employee Self Service function. 

As you will be unable to save your application once started, please have all required documents and information available prior to commencing.


Please ensure that the file name for each document submitted includes IRC155202.


Specific enquiries or issues with your application may be directed to Pam Price in the UTS Recruitment Team at or on +61 (0) 2 9514 1080.

Please be advised that as part of the selection process that you may be requested to deliver a presentation, the audience for which may include individuals not on the Selection Panel.


Closing Date:  Monday 16th December 2019 at 11.59pm(AEST)


Applicants must have current and valid work rights in Australia.

Please note: If you have a disability that requires adjustment to the recruitment process or an alternative application pathway please contact for assistance.


We welcome applications from women, Indigenous Australians, people with disability, those who identify as LGBTIQ and applicants from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

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