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Lecturer, Sustainability & Urban Planning

Job no: 592437
Work type: Full time - Fixed term/Contract
Categories: Teaching and Research, Global, Urban & Social Studies

  • Full-time, fixed-term contract opportunity up till 31st December 2023 based at RMIT City campus but may be required to work and/or be based at another campus of the University
  • Teaching and research efforts in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, focusing on the areas of Spatial and Environmental Planning
  • Report directly to the Associate Dean, Sustainability & Urban Planning
  • Remuneration at Academic Level B ($98,495 - $116,965) + 17% superannuation

About us

RMIT is a multi-sector university of technology, design and enterprise with more than 91,000 students and 11,000 staff globally. RMIT offers postgraduate, undergraduate, vocational education and online programs to provide students with a variety of work-relevant pathways.

Our purpose is to offer life-changing experiences for our students, and to help shape the world with research, innovation, teaching and industry engagement. With strong industry connections forged over 130 years, collaboration with industry remains integral to RMIT’s leadership in education, applied and innovative research, and to the development of highly skilled, globally focused graduates.


Our Values inspire us, wherever we are in the world, and guide how we live and work together.

Imagination. Agility. Courage. Passion. Impact. Inclusion.

What unites us is our purpose and our values; they are at the heart of who we are, what we stand for, how we make decisions and connect with each other.

Our people make everything at the University possible. We encourage new approaches to work and learning, stimulating change to drive positive impact. RMIT exists to create transformative experiences for our students, getting them ready for life and work. You will be a part of a productive and collaborative team, who values working relationships and outcomes through open and inclusive planning, continuous information sharing and transparent work practices.

About the College

The College of Design and Social Context encompasses RMIT University’s renowned art, architecture, design, built environment, communication, and social science disciplines. The college has 24,500 students and over 1,000 staff located in 8 schools.

The College’s academic programs are generally market leaders and in high demand. Based on a strong foundation of practise led, industry partnered teaching and research, we aim to deliver skilled graduates with a deep sense of purpose, and high impact research and innovation.

Further information on College of Design and Social Context in this link.

School of Global, Urban and Social Studies (GUSS)

Located in the heart of Melbourne on RMIT’s City Campus, the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies is one of RMIT’s largest schools. The School’s vision is to contribute to a just and sustainable world, and to deliver education, training and research in four areas of focus:

  • Criminology, legal and justice studies
  • Global studies, languages, translating and interpreting
  • Social work, youth work and social policy
  • Sustainability and urban planning

We provide academic programs in Higher Education in these four main areas. We are a strongly research active school with research centres of national and international reputation - the Centre for Urban Research and the Social and Global Studies Centre.

More information on School of Global, Urban and Social Studies in this link.

About You and the Role

You will responsible:

  • Contribute to high quality teaching activities within undergraduate and postgraduate Sustainability and Urban Planning programs and for maintaining and advancing their scholarly, research and/or professional capabilities within the urban/environmental planning disciplines;
  • Develop and deliver authentic & pragmatic learning opportunities for students in-line with the School and the University strategic goals;
  • Work independently & collaboratively with fellow academics contributing to efficient delivery of lectures, tutorials, practical classes and demonstrations through forward-thinking, sustainable and engaging course material for students undertaking undergraduate, Masters and Graduate Diploma coursework programs;
  • Involve in varied administrative duties based on the level of appointment related to the goals of courses and small award programs of the organisational unit;
  • Conduct research/scholarly activities under limited supervision both independently or as a member of a team, including publishing research outcomes through high-impact outlets as lead or co-author, preparing & submitting competitive research grants, and supervision of higher degree by research students as appropriate;
  • Cultivate and ensure strong relationships & partnerships with academic, industry and professional communities. 

You will have:

  • Proven academic teaching/ research and/or industry experience as well as expertise in the areas of urban, land use and environmental planning;
  • An emerging track record and recognition in high-impact research outputs, gaining external research funding and developing networks with industry & government;
  • Experience in preparing and delivering high-quality curriculum and course materials at tertiary level for undergraduate and postgraduate programs; 
  • Commitment to perform academic administrative and to deliver full academic responsibility relating to the coordination of course delivery;
  • Experience in supervising Master and PhD research candidates to completion are desirable;
  • Passionate to build strong relationship across all levels of professional staff within the organisation, equipped with high level of communications skills (both verbal and written).


Mandatory: PhD or equivalent in relevant field coupled with research record in the areas of urban and environmental planning.

Preferred: Completion of the Essentials in Tertiary Teaching Practice program or equivalent (if the appointed candidate does not meet this requirement at time of appointment, they will be supported to complete this as a requirement to fulfil their probation).

Note: Appointment to this position is subject to passing a Working with Children check.

Bring your whole self to work

We are better for our diversity. When we listen to those who are different to us, or challenge us, we grow stronger together. When we feel like we belong, we can achieve so much more. We respect each other, embrace our differences and build a sense of belonging in our team and beyond.

We are proud that our dedication to diversity has been recognized by a broad spectrum of external organizations. Visit our Linkedin Life pages to learn more and see some of our most recent wins. 

To Apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter outlining your experience and achievements by clicking on the ‘Apply now’ link. Please note that a separate response to Key Selection Criteria as stated on the Position Description is required.  For any enquiries regarding this role, please contact, Professor Andrew Butt, Associate Dean, Sustainability & Urban Planning (

Download File PD- 592437- Lecturer Sustainability & Urban Planning (Full-time till 31st Dec 2023).pdf

RMIT is a Disability Confident Recruitment Team and we are happy to adjust the recruitment process for your accessibility requirements. Please contact us at telling us your preferred type of communication and we will be in touch as soon as possible to discuss your requirements.

Applications close Sunday 24th January 2021.

RMIT is an equal opportunity employer committed to being a child safe organisation. We are dedicated to attracting, retaining and developing our people regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and age. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community and we strongly encourage applications from the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community.

Please note that whilst we still accept applications from any persons interested in our roles, due to the impacts of COVID-19, we are currently prioritising applications from those with current working rights in Australia and who are not affected by travel restrictions. Please see the latest updates to Australia’s immigration and border arrangements during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak:

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