Lecturer, Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

  • 3 year appointment
  • Salary range:  Level B  $65,225 - $77,456 p.a.
  • Closing date:  Friday, 6 October 2006

GIS/Spatial Data Analysis is currently taught in second, third and fourth (Honours and Graduate Diploma) years and is integrated through project work with teaching in various aspects of human and physical geography, urban and regional planning and environmental and earth science.  There are well equipped GIS laboratories, using mainly ESRI and ER Mapper software and support staff located in the School.  Students from many disciplines across the University are attracted to these courses.  An active research programme in GIS already exists within the School, with linkages in areas such as population health and marine and terrestrial ecology, supporting a number of PhD students as well as postdoctoral staff.  This appointment will strengthen and expand the GIS undergraduate, postgraduate and research programme, with an emphasis on human geography and/or human environment interactions.  Potential research opportunities exist for this position within health, commerce and human geography, including Institute for Regional Development (IRD), located within the School.  The University has a policy which allows academics on fixed-term contracts to apply for promotion which may lead to tenure.

The School is a unique combination of expertise spanning physical, chemical and biological aspects of the environment as well as the impact of human activities on that environment: from deep rocks to regolith and soil surface to landscape processes, marine and environmental science to an understanding of the nature and function of past and present environments.  The School emphasises an integrated global perspective on issues posed by the earth and its environment.

The appointee will contribute to the University's teaching capacity in GIS, undertake research in spatial data analysis, generate increased undergraduate and postgraduate enrolment and develop collaborative relationships with industry and the community.  Applicants must have a PhD applying GIS in geography or related discipline, such as urban and regional planning or environmental management.  Applicants with teaching experience are requested to submit a teaching portfolio as part of their application. For further information regarding the position please contact Dr Kimberley Van Niel on +61 08 6488 2707 or email kimberly.vanniel@uwa.edu.au.

Benefits include generous superannuation and leave provisions and fares to Perth (if applicable) for appointee and dependants along with a removals allowance.  These and other benefits will be specified in the offer of employment.

Application Details: The position description follows. Applicants must address the selection criteria. Written applications quoting the reference number, personal contact details, qualifications and experience, along with contact details of three referees should be sent to Director, Human Resources, The University of Western Australia, M350, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley WA 6009 or emailed to jobs@uwa.edu.au by the closing date.

Faculty: Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences

School/AdminDept: School of Earth andGeographical Sciences

Section: Geography

Position Number: 305683

Position Title: Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Lecturer

Position Classification: Level B


This position is supported by the current demand for teaching and research in GIS/Spatial Data Analysis.  The appointee will contribute to the University’s teaching capacity in GIS, undertake research in quantitative spatial analysis, generate increased undergraduate and postgraduate enrolment and develop collaborative relationships with industry and the community.


Key responsibilities include:

  • Expand the University’s teaching capacity in GIS/Spatial Data Analysis.
  • Supply research skill training in quantitative spatial analysis and GIS for disciplines such as health, social sciences, human geography and commerce.
  • Meet current student demand for postgraduate supervision in GIS (spatial data analysis, mapping, and modelling), and generate increased enrolment for Honours and PhD programs.
  • Strengthen and develop new collaborative relationships and interactions with other universities, government departments, industry and the community.


  • PhD applying GIS in geography or related discipline, such as urban and regional planning or environmental management (essential)
  • Ability and willingness to develop and implement undergraduate curricula in GIS and human geography / human-environment interaction within a science discipline(s)
  • Achievement in independent research evidenced by ability and willingness to produce high quality peer-reviewed publications
  • Demonstrated experience and expertise in undergraduate teaching.
  • A capacity for high quality teaching and/or research supervision at the postgraduate level
  • Willingness and ability to attract research funding
  • Willingness and ability to participate in field-based teaching
  • Demonstrated ability to work professionally and collaboratively within the University and with industry
  • Understanding and commitment to safety and health and risk management.
  • Understanding of the principles of equity and diversity

Positions directly supervised: Number of positions for which responsible: Nil