University of Queensland

University of Queensland

Lecturer in Food Science/Technology



  • School of Agriculture and Food Sustainability

  • Collaborate with highly awarded, world-class colleagues

  • Teaching & Research at Academic Level B until June 2027

  • Based at St Lucia Campus

  • About UQ

    As part of the UQ community, you'll have the opportunity to work alongside the brightest minds, who have joined us from all over the world, and within an environment where interdisciplinary collaborations are encouraged.

    As part of our commitment to research excellence, we are proud to provide our staff with access to world-class facilities and equipment, grant writing support, greater research funding opportunities, and post-fellowship contracts via our UQ Amplify initiative.

    At the core of our teaching remains our students, and their experience with us sets a foundation for success far beyond graduation. Not only do we have one of the largest PhD enrolments in Australia, but we have also made a commitment to making education opportunities available for all Queenslanders, regardless of personal, financial, or geographical barriers.

    About This Opportunity

    We have an exciting opportunity to contribute to teaching, research, and service as a Lecturer in Food Science/Technology with the School of Agriculture and Food Sustainability. You will be responsible for teaching into undergraduate and postgraduate programs in the Food Science and Technology programs at St Lucia campus and may be required to teach at Gatton campus.

    At this level you may coordinate or lead the activities of other staff and contribute to the effective supervision of Honours and Higher Degree by Research students. As a teaching and research academic at level B will aspire to achieve national recognition in their field of research.

    Key responsibilities will include:

  • Contribute to the development of new programs and course material, by consulting with program advisors and stakeholders, ensuring courses are engaging, relevant and contemporary.

  • Teach across different settings and actively contribute towards educational practice and innovative curriculum design including online learning and alternative teaching methods.

  • Coordinate courses, prepare and deliver lectures and tutorials, and undertake assessment and marking for undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

  • Maintain and improve the quality of courses as measured through evaluation instruments to meet industry and educational standards.

  • Provide high-quality academic counselling and adhere to University Rules in teaching.

  • Develop an independent and/or team research program to achieve national recognition and impact in the research area.

  • Collaborate on joint research projects, seek and manage external research funding.

  • Maintain an active and effective record of publishing in high quality national research journals, other appropriate refereed publications and conference publications.

  • Review and draw upon best practice research methodologies.

  • Prepare research publications and progress reports and participate in regular meetings to discuss project objectives, methodology and outcomes.

  • Contribute to the supervision of Honours and Higher Degree by Research students.

  • Manage employee performance, resolving conflicts and ensuring correct remuneration.

  • Liaise with Human Resources for employee changes.

  • Actively develop partnerships by fostering relationships with colleagues, industry, government departments, professional bodies and the wider community.

  • Shows leadership of self and others through mentoring and collaboration.

  • Efficiently manage allocated internal service roles and processes, including participation in decision-making and service on relevant committees.

  • This is a teaching and research position. Further information can be found by viewing UQ's Criteria for Academic Performance.

    This is a part-time (60%), fixed-term position until June 2027.

    At Academic level B, the full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $106,079.67 - $125,687.99, plus a generous super allowance of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be up to $124,113.21 - $147,054.95 annually.

    The greater benefits of joining the UQ community are broad: from being part of a Group of Eight university, to recognition of prior service with other Australian universities, up to 26 weeks of paid parental leave, 17.5% annual leave loading, flexible working arrangements including hybrid on site/WFH options and flexible start/finish times, and genuine career progression opportunities via the academic promotions process.

    About You

    Applicants should possess a PhD in food science/technology.

    Additionally, you will demonstrate:

  • Demonstrated ability to develop and teach innovative course material in the areas of food preservation, food microbiology and food product development, and to deliver information in a variety of formats at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

  • Experience in course coordination and contribution to the development and continuous innovation of new programs, curriculum design and course material in the discipline area.

  • Demonstrated expert knowledge in food science, including a scholarly research track record of publications in peer-reviewed, leading multi- disciplinary journals.

  • Growing record of effectively supervising postgraduate research students from Honours to PhD.

  • An ability to establish effective relationships and to represent and promote food science and technology at a university and wider community level, including industry, government and professional bodies.

  • Research interests that complement those of other staff members as outlined on the School website would be desirable.

  • Experience in undertaking internal and external service roles, including participation in decision-making and service on relevant committees.

  • In addition, the following mandatory requirements apply:

  • Work Rights: You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment to apply. Visa sponsorship is not available for this appointment.
  • Questions?

    For more information about this opportunity, please contact Professor Nidhi Bansal [email protected]. For application queries, please contact [email protected] stating the job reference number (below) in the subject line.

    Want to Apply?

    All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Resume

  • Cover letter

  • Responses to the ‘About You' section

  • Please note that you will be asked to add all documents into the one upload box labelled ‘resume', which is step one of the application form.

    About The Selection Process

    Applicants invited for interview will be asked to present a shortened undergraduate-level mock lecture as part of the selection process. Please note that mock lectures, and interviews have been scheduled for the week commencing 18 March 2024.

    UQ is committed to a fair, equitable and inclusive selection process, which recognises that some applicants may face additional barriers and challenges which have impacted and/ or continue to impact their career trajectory. Candidates who may not meet all of the selection criteria are strongly encouraged to apply for and demonstrate their potential in the role, even if certain selection criteria can't be met. Candidates may also wish to proactively outline any barriers or challenges which have impacted their career. The selection panel will consider both your potential and any performance relative to opportunity considerations when assessing your suitability for this role.

    The University of Queensland is committed to ensuring all candidates are provided with the opportunity to attend the panel interviews, however, for those candidates who are unable to attend in person, video interview options will be available.

    Other Information

    At UQ we know that our greatest strengths come from our diverse mix of colleagues, this is reflected in our ongoing commitment to creating an environment focused on equity, diversity and inclusion. We ensure that we are always attracting, retaining and promoting colleagues who are representative of the diversity in our broader community, whether that be gender identity, LGBTQIA+, cultural and/or linguistic, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, or people with a disability. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to [email protected]

    If you are a current employee (including casual staff and HDR scholars) or hold an unpaid/affiliate appointment, please login to your staff Workday account and visit the internal careers board to apply for this opportunity. Please do NOT apply via the external job board.

    Applications close February 22nd 2024 at 11.00pm AEST (R-34569). Please note that interviews have been tentatively scheduled for Wednesday March 20th 24.

    Job details


    Lecturer in Food Science/Technology


    University of Queensland




    February 08, 2024

    Application deadline

    February 22, 2024

    Job type



    Agricultural Science,Medicine,Social Science

    About the employer

    The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia’s leading research and teaching institutions. UQ strive for excellence through the creation, preservation, transfer and application of knowledge. For more than a century, this university has educated and worked with outstanding people to deliver knowledge leadership for a better world.

    Since it was founded in Brisbane in 1909, UQ has provided exceptional study experiences, research excellence and collaborative partnerships, coupled with an unforgettable lifestyle and stunning climate, to deliver knowledge leadership for a better world. With 3 campuses and more than 40 teaching and research sites, UQ is the perfect place to teach, research and study. Take advantage of the extensive UQ features including the largest research library in Queensland, hundreds of quality study spaces, several museums, a theatre, 11 college residences, and magnificent sporting facilities, such as swimming pools, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, sports fields, Olympic-standard running tracks, and gymnasiums.

    Our high-quality range of around 390 undergraduate and postgraduate programs is one of the most comprehensive in Australia, providing students with the latest and most advanced disciplinary knowledge and industry placements informed by UQ’s world-leading research. UQ’s 6 faculties, 8 globally recognised research institutes and 100+ research centres attract an interdisciplinary community of more than 2,000 scientists, social scientists and engineers, who continue UQ’s tradition of research leadership.

    As you enjoy Queensland’s stunning campuses and climate, you can also make the most of the University’s proximity to many natural wonders – including beautiful beaches, lush rainforests, outback deserts, the Great Barrier Reef, as well as the largest sand island in the world – and visit stunning tourist attractions within an hour’s drive, such as the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, Byron Bay, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and the world-famous ‘Australia Zoo’. Within Australia, Brisbane is renowned as a friendly and affordable city, with plenty of dining and entertainment attractions, and was ranked by The Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2019 Global Liveability Index as the world’s 18th most liveable city, achieving a perfect score for education and healthcare.

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