Lecturer in Building Information Modelling The University of Melbourne Australia

Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning

Lecturer/Teaching Fellow in Building Information Modelling (BIM)



Lecturer (Level B) or Tutor (Level A)

Level B $98,775 - $117,290 per annum

Level A $69,148 - $93,830 per annum

Level of appointment is subject to qualifications and experience

Employer contribution of 17%

1 FTE, a part time appointment may be negotiable

3 Years Fixed Term


Online applications are preferred. Go to http://about.unimelb.edu.au/careers, select the relevant option (‘Current Opportunities’ or ‘Jobs available to current staff’), then find the position by title or number.

Professor Valerie Francis
Tel +61 3 8344 8762
Email vfrancis@unimelb.edu.au

Please do not send your application to this contact


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2.  Position Summary


The Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne is seeking to make a fixed term teaching only appointment in the area of Building Information Modelling (BIM). This position will support the design and delivery of specialised BIM content/subjects at both undergraduate and post graduate levels.  

The aim of the position is to develop and teach both the technological, design and management aspects of BIM to students in construction and architecture. The successful candidate will be experienced in the use of BIM and its related technologies, ideally with industry experience of using various BIM related software packages. Specifically, the candidate will have proven capability and demonstrate proficiency in the use of BIM software such as, but not limited, to Graphisoft and Autodesk packages, Solibri, CostX and 4D software such as Synchro. The appointee will understand BIM management. This will include developments in BIM at the national and international level in relation to guidelines, standards, and policies. The person should ideally be familiar with multidisciplinary BIM coordination and the way it is executed on projects, the impact on project procurement, working with the OpenBIM standard IfC and applying IfC across the supply chain. An understanding of how BIM Management processes unfold in practice would be beneficial as well as experience in writing/applying BIM Management Plans. The role may be offered as two 0.5FTE positions depending on the candidate’s availability. 


The University is an equal opportunity employer and our recruitment process focuses on essential skills and abilities. We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. The University values it’s people and is committed to attracting, developing and retaining diverse talent. The University actively promotes diversity and inclusion in the workplace and does not discriminate based on age, sex, carer or parental status, disability, race, religious belief, sexual orientation, gender identity or other characteristics.


Due a significant gender disparity in the construction program women, in particular, are encouraged to apply.


Aspects included in the role are as follows:

1.1 Building information Modelling

Proven capability to contribute to the development and teaching of content relating to the fundamentals of BIM from technology perspective. Ability to develop and contribute to the teaching of Building Information Modelling (BIM) tools for creating 3D representation of simple buildings using Autodesk Revit Software or GraphiSOFT or equivalent. Ability to prepare content to aid students in BIM quantity extraction (using software such as CostX), data extraction and re-use in BIM, model coordination/clash detection (with Solibri software or equivalent) and construction sequencing and 4D simulation (with Synchro or similar).

1.2  Building information management

Contribute the development and teaching of content in relation to BIM workflows by multidisciplinary teams, BIM Execution Planning, Collaborative model-sharing, BIM guidelines, standards and policies, Interoperability and ‘Open BIM’, BIM’s impact on project procurement (contract and delivery) and BIM across the supply chain.

2.   Key Responsibilities


The following are the key responsibilities:

         Contribute to the development of high quality subject content and related materials (quizzes, assignments, exams) in relation to Building Information Modelling and Building Information Management

         Successfully prepare and deliver lectures, seminars and tutorials in the use BIM tools at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels.

         Undertake subject coordination and administrative tasks associated with the subjects taught;

         Undertaking consultation with students and marking and assessment as appropriate.

         Contribute to the intellectual debate within the faculty and also within the profession and discipline.

         Contribute to academic leadership within the Faculty, undertaking administrative roles, contributing to committees and policy development as required.

         Contribute to the engagement of the faculty with the broader community in line with the University’s program of knowledge transfer.

         Attend relevant research seminars as appropriate

         Comply with University and Faculty policy and procedures as required

Additional responsibilities for Level B:

         Develop high quality subject content and related materials (quizzes, assignments, exams) in relation to Building Information Modelling and Building Information Management

         Supervise honours and postgraduate students as required.

         Lead, conduct or be involved in research projects in relation to curriculum design.

         Contribute to the developing links with industry to support best practice teaching and learning within the discipline.

3.   Selection Criteria


The level of appointment will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

3.1  Teaching Fellow (Level A)

         A Master’s degree (or equivalent) in a built environment discipline.

         Experience using a variety of Building Information Modelling software.

         Demonstrable experience in teaching, training or professional development training and ability to develop subject content and assessment.

         Ability to undertake subject administration and a willingness to undertake a variety of administrative tasks related to the position.

         Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and engage positively with other teaching staff and external stakeholders.

3.2 Additional Essential Criteria for Lecturer (Level B)

     A PhD or substantial industry experience.

         Capacity to develop curriculum and devise new programs of study within undergraduate or postgraduate courses.

         Potential for initiating and participating in collaborative research programs within the Faculty.


         Work experience within the Built Environment sector using BIM software

         Capacity to develop curriculum and new programs of study.

         Demonstrable ability to supervise masters or research higher degree students.

         Capacity to reinforce the interdisciplinary character of the Faculty.

         Ability to work constructively with the community and engage in public debate.


4.   Special Requirements

This position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check.

5.    Equal Opportunity, Diversity and Inclusion

The University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing a workplace free from all forms of unlawful discrimination, harassment, bullying, vilification and victimisation. The University makes decisions on employment, promotion and reward on the basis of merit.

The University is committed to all aspects of equal opportunity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace and to providing all staff, students, contractors, honorary appointees, volunteers and visitors with a safe, respectful and rewarding environment free from all forms of unlawful discrimination, harassment, vilification and victimisation. This commitment is set out in the University’s People Strategy 2015-2020 and policies that address diversity and inclusion, equal employment opportunity, discrimination, sexual harassment, bullying and appropriate workplace behaviour. All staff are required to comply with all University policies.

The University values diversity because we recognise that the differences in our people’s age, race, ethnicity, culture, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, physical ability and background bring richness to our work environment. Consequently, the People Strategy sets out the strategic aim to drive diversity and inclusion across the University to create an environment where the compounding benefits of a diverse workforce are recognised as vital in our continuous desire to strive for excellence and reach the targets of Growing Esteem.


6.   Occupational Health and Safety (OHS)

All staff are required to take reasonable care for their own health and safety and that of other personnel who may be affected by their conduct. 

OHS responsibilities applicable to positions are published at:


These include general staff responsibilities and those additional responsibilities that apply for Managers and Supervisors and other Personnel.

7.   Other Information

7.1 Budget Division

The Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning is the leading educational and research institution in the Asia-Pacific region addressing the design and realisation of inhabited environments. The Faculty actively seeks to extend the linkages between education, research and practice in the built environment, and maintains excellent and extensive relationships with members of the built environment professions, government, professional associations and the wider community. 

The Faculty has nearly 200 staff and approximately 3000 students, one third of whom are international. It is responsible for the University’s undergraduate Bachelor of Design degree, and offers majors in architecture, landscape architecture, property, construction, and urban planning.

The Faculty’s graduate school, the Melbourne School of Design teaches accredited masters courses across the professional disciplines of Architecture, Construction Management, Landscape Architecture, Property, Urban Design and Urban Planning.

The MSD is distinctive from its competitors in its aim to inspire learning through interdisciplinary reflection, and its integration of research, teaching, and practice around the implications of all forms of urbanisation.  With opportunities to engage in advanced studio and seminar-based learning and research, MSD students develop new perspectives, critical reflection, and modes of action to address the environmental, social and aesthetic challenges in producing sustainable centres of habitation, locally and internationally.  Students take part in field trips which examine the global context of habitable environments.

The Faculty has an international reputation for excellence in research and research training and is a leader in built environment and urban research. Faculty staff are actively engaged in collaborations and partnerships both locally and globally, to produce research that responds to major social, economic and environmental challenges, as well as fundamental research into the built environment in Australia and the Asian region. Researchers address key issues, such as mitigation of natural disasters, climate change, sustainability, the future of cities, population growth and urban density; leading debate in many of these areas.  The Faculty also contributes definitive knowledge and understanding of the history, conservation and heritage of the built and natural environment, built environment practice and management, urban morphology and design research.  The Faculty draws its research strength in part from its capacity to work in the multidisciplinary frame of its various built environment disciplines, as well as with colleagues in health, engineering, education, history and social sciences.

Through the MSD, we provide the highest quality research training environment, attracting the best and brightest future researchers from around the world. PhD and MPhil students have access to innovative professional development programs and generous funding support, along with excellent facilities and resources.  MSD’s PhD and MPhil graduates are well-rounded professionals, critical thinkers and future research leaders.

The Faculty has built strong research foundations by valuing and developing its people, rewarding excellence, and fostering a culture of enquiry, creativity and outstanding scholarship.

More information about ABP / MSD can be found at: http://msd.unimelb.edu.au

7.2 The University of Melbourne

Established in 1853, the University of Melbourne is a leading international university with a tradition of excel­lence in teaching and research. The main campus in Parkville is recognised as the hub of Australia’s premier knowledge precinct comprising eight hospitals, many leading research institutes and a wide-range of knowledge-based industries. With outstanding performance in international rankings, the University is at the forefront of higher education in the Asia-Pacific region and the world.

The University employs people of outstanding calibre and offers a unique environment where staff are valued and rewarded.

Further information about working at The University of Melbourne is available at http://about.unimelb.edu.au/careers.

7.3 Growing Esteem, the Melbourne Curriculum and Research at melbourne: Ensuring excellence and impact to 2025

Growing Esteem describes Melbourne's strategy to achieve its aspiration to be a public-spirited and internationally-engaged institution, highly regarded for making distinctive contributions to society in research and research training, learning and teaching, and engagement. http://about.unimelb.edu.au/strategy-and-leadership

The University is at the forefront of Australia's changing higher education system and offers a distinctive model of education known collectively as the Melbourne Curriculum. The new educational model, designed for an outstanding experience for all students, is based on six broad undergraduate programs followed by a graduate professional degree, research higher degree or entry directly into employment. The emphasis on academic breadth as well as disciplinary depth in the new degrees ensures that graduates will have the capacity to succeed in a world where knowledge boundaries are shifting and reforming to create new frontiers and challenges. In moving to the new model, the University is also aligning itself with the best of emerging European and Asian practice and well-established North American traditions.

The University’s global aspirations seek to make significant contributions to major social, economic and environmental challenges. Accordingly, the University’s research strategy Research at Melbourne: Ensuring Excellence and Impact to 2025 aspires to a significant advancement in the excellence and impact of its research outputs. http://research.unimelb.edu.au/our-research/research-at-melbourne

The strategy recognises that as a public-spirited, research-intensive institution of the future, the University must strive to make a tangible impact in Australia and the world, working across disciplinary and sectoral boundaries and building deeper and more substantive engagement with industry, collaborators and partners.  While cultivating the fundamental enabling disciplines through investigator-driven research, the University has adopted three grand challenges aspiring to solve some of the most difficult problems facing our world in the next century. These Grand Challenges include:

         Understanding our place and purpose – The place and purpose grand challenge centres on understanding all aspects of our national identity, with a focus on Australia’s ‘place’ in the Asia-Pacific region and the world, and on our ‘purpose’ or mission to improve all dimensions of the human condition through our research.

         Fostering health and wellbeing – The health and wellbeing grand challenge focuses on building the scale and breadth of our capabilities in population and global health; on harnessing our contribution to the ‘convergence revolution’ of biomedical and health research, bringing together the life sciences, engineering and the physical sciences; and on addressing the physical, mental and social aspects of wellbeing by looking beyond the traditional boundaries of biomedicine.

         Supporting sustainability and resilience – The sustainability and resilience grand challenge addresses the critical issues of climate change, water and food security, sustainable energy and designing resilient cities and regions. In addition to the technical aspects, this grand challenge considers the physical and social functioning of cities, connecting physical phenomena with lessons from our past, and the implications of the technical solutions for economies, living patterns and behaviours.

Essential to tackling these challenges, an outstanding faculty, high performing students, wide collaboration including internationally and deep partnerships with external parties form central components of Research at Melbourne: Ensuring Excellence and Impact to 2025.

7.4 Governance

The Vice Chancellor is the Chief Executive Officer of the University and responsible to Council for the good management of the University.

Comprehensive information about the University of Melbourne and its governance structure is available at http://www.unimelb.edu.au/governance

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