Lawrence Hargrave Chair in Aerospace Engineering

University of Sydney
Sydney, New South Wales 2000
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Lawrence Hargrave Chair in Aerospace Engineering

Faculty of Engineering

Reference no. 108/0119C


About the opportunity 

The University of Sydney is Australia’s premier University with an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence, and employs over 7,500 permanent staff supporting over 70,000 students. The School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering (AMME) is one of Australia’s premier engineering schools with an international reputation built on more than 130 years’ experience. It is home to some of Australia’s most prominent research centres in the fields of aerospace, biomedical, mechanical and mechatronic engineering.


The School of AMME hosts one of Australia’s top Aerospace Engineering programs. Established in 1939, our Aeronautical Engineering degree is the first degree of its kind offered in Australia and attracts some of the top students in NSW, around Australia, and internationally. In 2001, we introduced Australia’s first Space Engineering degree offering as a specialisation in the areas of Aeronautical, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering. Our strong international reputation and focus on experiential learning opportunities attract top undergraduate and masters students who are keen to apply their skill to research challenges, a large proportion of whom go on to undertake higher degrees by research.


We have internationally recognised research strengths in the areas of aerodynamics, aeroelasticity, smart structures, space engineering, flight dynamics, navigation and control, propulsion, rapid prototyping and unmanned aerial vehicles. The Aerospace Engineering group has maintained an outstanding reputation for quality research and was recently assessed as ‘well above world average’ in the 2018 Australian Research Council (ARC) Excellence in Research for Australian (ERA) activity, the highest possible ranking. Research funding is a mix of high-profile multi-million dollar projects through Industrial Transformation Training Centres, Cooperative Research Centres, highly competitive ARC funding, government and industry support.


This is an exciting moment in the Australian Aerospace sector with the establishment of the Australian Space Agency in 2018 and a growing focus on Aerospace Engineering across a broad range of application domains and strong support from State and Federal Governments. We also have close connections with numerous domestic and global Aerospace engineering organisations, including   Air Affairs, Airbus, AOS, Australian Defence, Boeing, NASA JPL, DLR, NSL, Northrop Grumman, Textron Systems, and Thales. In 2018, the University of Sydney was selected as 1 of 25 global universities to be included in the Airbus Global University Partnership Program (AGUPP).


In order to provide further leadership in this area, we are seeking to appoint an outstanding senior academic (at the level of Full Professor) to fill the vacant Lawrence Hargrave Chair in Aerospace Engineering. The holder of this prestigious Chair will build on an exceptional heritage of outstanding achievements, which include those of Prof. Graeme Bird AO (pioneer of DSMC), Prof. Grant Stevens (pioneer of evolutionary structural optimisation) and most recently Prof. Greg Chamitoff (NASA astronaut). Candidates with a strong Engineering research and leadership profile in all areas of aerospace engineering are encouraged to apply to further enhance our research profile and to provide leadership within the discipline. The successful applicant will lead the strategic direction in research and education within Aerospace Engineering for the School of AMME, the wider University of Sydney community, and hold or develop a prominent position of national and international disciplinary leadership. This includes setting the broad direction for the Aeronautical and Space Engineering degree program and delivering innovative, experiential learning opportunities at the Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels that prepares our students to work at the highest levels of the international Aerospace Engineering sector.


Term and remuneration

The successful applicant will be offered a full-time continuing position, subject to completion of a satisfactory probation and confirmation period for new appointees, and a competitive remuneration package will be negotiated.


How to apply

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. For more information on the position and how to apply, visit and search by the reference number 108/0119C.


Closing date: 11.30pm (AEDT) Sunday 1 December 2019


The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, are encouraged.


The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.


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