Professor and Head of Department, Civil Engineering Work with MONASH UNIVERSITY

Location: Clayton Campus

Type of employment: Full time

Duration: Continuous appointment

Remuneration: A competitive compensation package will apply

The University

If you’re looking for the next chapter in your career, it’s here. You will have the opportunity to challenge yourself, develop your skills and make a significant contribution to a workplace filled with highly motivated and inspiring academics and professionals. Your contribution will be vital both to the continued success of the Department of Civil Engineering and to leading its staff to thrive in education, research, and engagement. Talent thrives here, as do truly satisfying careers.

Monash University strongly advocates diversity, equality, fairness, and openness. We fully support the gender equity principles of the Athena SWAN Charter and invite you to join us in celebrating women in STEMM.

The Opportunity

The Department of Civil Engineering, one of five departments in the Faculty of Engineering, is seeking to appoint an outstanding scholar to join our high-performing team. This will be a key leadership role in the Faculty’s research performance, revenue generation and industry engagement program ensuring the Department’s continued growth and diversification. As a professor and department head, you will play a key role in shaping the future of the Department of Civil Engineering, providing strong and effective leadership for the expansion of the research strategy and doctoral program of Faculty.

The Professor and Head of the Department of Civil Engineering plays a key leadership role within the Faculty’s leadership group and contributes to the development of the Faculty’s strategic plan. The Department of Civil Engineering is recognized worldwide for the quality of its research and teaching in many areas of civil engineering, including: sustainable infrastructure, model and data fusion, climate-aware urban design water, smart structures and construction. The Professor and Head of the Department of Civil Engineering will play a central role in providing strong and committed leadership that will inspire staff with a strong vision for education, research and engagement.

Reporting to the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, the Professor and Head of Department, Civil Engineering, is responsible for the overall operational management of the cohort of academic staff and will provide strategic leadership in academic governance and oversight, staffing and resource planning, and strategy implementation to achieve the Faculty’s research program. This position will be responsible for leading and managing staff and fostering an inclusive and collegial environment.

The position of Head of Department will be held initially for five (5) years, and may be extended for an additional term by mutual agreement. The position of head of department will be supported by a continuing appointment as a professor.

To be successful in this role

As a professor and head of department, you will have an exceptional research and teaching record, and a proven leadership ability at the senior management level that includes strategy development and direction, financial management and managing people to achieve excellence in education, research and engagement. You will provide academic leadership and possess highly developed interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to shape a collaborative and collegial culture.

To be considered for this role, you will have a demonstrated track record of establishing a strong collegiate research program capable of attracting substantial external funding. You will have demonstrated international leadership in the discipline of civil engineering, with a reputation for being an expert in the field and for conducting high-level research that has a beneficial impact on society. You will demonstrate innovative and inspiring scholarship, including supervision of PhD students for high-quality results.

With a flexible attitude and responsiveness to diverse staff needs, you will be able to confidently consult and liaise with high-level stakeholders. You will have demonstrable experience in liaising with external bodies, national and international, for the benefit of the discipline. Your management skills will ensure compliance with policies and accreditation requirements, and your financial literacy will ensure competent management of the Department’s budget. As a strong, feedback-receptive inclusive leader, you will strive for excellence at all times and continue to maintain our positive culture and morale. Your passion for the role will support the Faculty and Department in promoting positive change and process improvement and will also inspire staff.


We offer you an engaging and dynamic role that includes plenty of networking opportunities with highly motivated colleagues around the world, as part of an engaged and professional team. Our collaborative and supportive environment will provide you with many benefits, including a competitive salary and training and development opportunities. This challenging role will offer great rewards to the right candidate.

A competitive salary package, including a 17% employer pension contribution, relocation and travel assistance, relocation allowance, salary package and generous parental leave. In addition, Monash offers a range of development programs, support for research studies and work abroad, and flexible working arrangements.

Our culture is one that welcomes everyone and embraces diversity. We firmly believe that our employees are our most valuable asset, which is why we strive to develop and diversify the skills and achievements of our staff. We invite you to apply to join us in our dynamic learning programs and high-quality research environment.

This role is a full-time position; however, flexible working arrangements can be negotiated.

Your application must meet the selection criteria and we encourage you to keep your application concise. Please refer to “How to Apply for Monash Jobs”.

At Monash University, we are committed to being a Child Safe organization. This position at the University will require the incumbent to hold a valid work with children check.

We value diversity and aim to create an inclusive environment that respects and embraces differences. We support and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, as well as people of all abilities, cultures, sexual orientations and genders.

In the context of COVID-19, the University is required to comply with various health directives issued from time to time by the Chief Medical Officer of Health. Further information regarding vaccination requirements and Monash University’s obligations to collect, record and maintain employee vaccination information is available at Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Victoria, please select mandatory COVID-19 vaccination instructions (workers).

Job Description

Professor and Head of Department, Civil Engineering


The Faculty of Engineering will be supported in a global search for this position by the executive search firm Perrett Laver. For more information or a confidential conversation about this opportunity, please contact Zoe Hinton at +61 2 8075 4531 or email [email protected]


To submit your application, please visit the Perrett Laver website at quoting reference 5777.

Closing Date

Wednesday, May 11, 2022, 11:55 p.m. AEST

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