Chair Professor of Energy Science
University of Queensland

  • School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

  • Become part of an exciting partnership between the University of Queensland and Springfield City Group

  • Drive energy-based initiatives with industry, government, and the Springfield City Group.

  • Realise a joint vision to gain Springfield Net Zero Energy status by 2038.

  • Level E, full time position based at Springfield, QLD

  • Applications close 29th Feb 2024 (R-14820)


About This Opportunity  


Springfield's collaboration with UQ stems from a pivotal aspiration – to achieve Net Zero Energy status by 2038, marking a pioneering move as the first city in Australia to articulate such an ambitious goal with a well-defined timeline.


The UQ-Springfield City Industry Chair in Energy (known locally as Professor/ Industry Professor in Energy) will be primarily responsible for developing and building relationships with both industry and community partners in Springfield. Whilst a research focused academic role, there will be a strong focus on engagement as well as innovative thinking to build creative energy based initiatives with industry and the Springfield group.


The Greater Springfield master planned environment involved establishing a unique ‘living laboratory’ harnessing the potential of Digital Twin Technology and creating a distinctive space for delving into the intricacies of energy generation, utilization, and community-level energy management. Springfield's collaboration with UQ stems from a pivotal aspiration – to achieve Net Zero Energy status by 2038, marking a pioneering move as the first city in Australia to articulate such an ambitious goal with a well-defined timeline. This vision, while inspiring, also presents formidable research challenges, particularly in the context of a city experiencing rapid growth.


The successful individual will lead a sustainable program of applied and translational engineering research in the application of big energy data and AI applied to Distributed Energy Resources Management and will provide senior leadership with a strategic vision for developing and implementing research strategies, building research capability and capacity, and demonstrating impact. The chosen candidate will also play a pivotal role in turning the proposal of the Living Laboratory into a tangible reality, making significant strides toward the development and implementation of the Laboratory in Springfield. You will have the exciting opportunity to recruit and build a team of research fellows and research higher degree students, as well as embed research within community energy generation, storage and usage management and contributing towards net zero goal.


For more information about the role and both institutions, or to request a copy of the position booklet, please contact Caylee-Jade Eve, Principal Advisor at


About You


Along with completion of a PhD in a relevant disciplinary area or exceptional eminence and thought leadership in their field, evidenced by significant influence in the external sector, you will have:

  • Evidence of ability to successfully lead and work in teams (both industry and academia) undertaking collaborative, cross-disciplinary research at scale.

  • An established profile in electrical engineering or relevant discipline area (e.g. specifically research in smart energy management).

  • Outstanding impact and accomplishments in their field, resulting in wide-spread recognition as an industry or an academic expert.

  • Expertise in engineering in the energy industry, with the ability to transfer this into meaningful educational experience, research outputs, industry engagement and/or business development.

  • A track record of successful translational research involving substantial industry/government engagement and impact.

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.


For more information about the selection criteria, or to request a copy of the position booklet, please contact Caylee-Jade Eve, Principal Advisor at


What We Can Offer  


This position is a full-time, fixed-term appointment at Research Academic Level E at The University of Queensland, for a period of five years with the potential to extend.


An attractive remuneration and strategic start up package will be negotiated with the successful candidate. The full-time equivalent Level E base salary will start from $200,200.63 plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will start from  $234,234.74 per annum.


The University will meet all reasonable removal and establishment expenses. In the case of an interstate or international appointee, an accommodation allowance may be available for a limited period.


For further information about UQ’s benefits, please visit Why Work at UQ and review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018 - 2021.  



To discuss this role please contact the Head of School, Professor Michael Bruenig.


For application queries, or for a copy of the booklet, please contact Caylee-Jade Eve, Principal Advisor at stating the job reference number in the subject line.  


Want to Apply?   


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

  • Cover letter addressing the ‘About You’ section highlighted in the booklet,

  • Resume  


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. 

To satisfy pre-requisite questions and ensure your application can be considered in full, all candidates must apply via the UQ Careers portal by the job closing deadline or will not be accepted.  


Other Information  


Work Rights

Visa sponsorship may be available for this appointment. 


We value diversity and inclusion, and actively encourage applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Our Diversity and Inclusion webpage contains further information if you require additional support. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to  


Applications close 29th Feb, 2024 at 11.00pm AEST (R-14820).

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