Professor for Device Related Infection Management, Faculty of Health, Academic Division

Brisbane, Australia
Thursday, 4 November 2021
End of advertisement period
Friday, 3 December 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

About the Position

The Professor for Device Related Infection Management is a new, joint position established by QUT and MNH (RBWH). It will be the Theme Lead for Device Related Infections at HeIDI.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated skills and experience in management of device related infection management, in research development, in research project management and in leading change.

They will be an experienced, respected clinician researcher with an established national and international research reputation and well-developed collaborative partnerships which can be leveraged to support them in the role. The candidate will have a significant research profile and continuing track record, and experience in managing a significant research program of international repute.

The appointee will:

  • be responsible for supporting the development and implementation of the Theme "Device Related Infection Management" within HeIDI;
  • secure and consolidate local and international partnerships for the RBWH in alignment with the HeIDI Prospectus, Communication Strategy, Research Strategy and Operational Plan;
  • provide leadership for research activities and support the implementation of Device Related Infection Management and research outcome initiatives of HeIDI in partnership with JTI, and in collaboration with local, national and international community;
  • promote, lead and support research and education (medical, nursing and allied health) for QUT and MNH (RBWH)

QUT is the primary employer, with conjoint/honorary appointment with Metro North Health. This position reports to the Head of School, Clinical Sciences, QUT, with the Director of HeIDI providing operational line management of the appointee within MNH. Performance planning and review (PPR) will be undertaken with both the Director of HeIDI (RBWH), the Head of School and the Executive Dean, Faculty of Health. Where the employee undertakes clinical work within MNH, the relevant MNH Clinical Director will provide operational oversight of the employee’s clinical work.

Key responsibilities include:

Research and Teaching

  • Promote, lead and support multidisciplinary research (medical, nursing and allied health) within the RBWH and QUT.
  • Prepare research proposals for submission to external funding bodies.
  • Supervise research projects and research teams, mentor early career researchers, and supervise higher degree research students.
  • Contribute to the development and delivery of educational activities for QUT students and MNH Registrars, Medical Students, Nurses, Allied Health and other staff.


  • Provide patient care and consultation as required to patients presenting or referred with device-related infections (mDRIFT Unit – multidisciplinary Device related Infection Team).
  • Establish positive business and clinical relationships between HeIDI, JTI, RBWH Clinical Service Lines and Departments and other MNH Units.
  • Provide expert leadership to clinical and service improvement activities and initiate, encourage and participate in extensive evaluation and innovative treatment and care aimed at achieving demonstrable improvements in service outcomes.
  • Supervise Fellows and Registrars.
  • Clinical duties will be under the direction of the clinical unit that the appointee is attached to and subject to clinic policy and procedures.

Partnership and Engagement

  • Develop commercial and collaborative partnerships to advance the translational impact of work conducted at HeIDI, JTI and QUT.

Research Leadership and Management

  • Undertake an ongoing leadership role for HeIDI that encourages collaborative and ethical research supporting novice and experienced researchers to strive for best practice.
  • Assist in capacity building of other centres through sharing clinical protocols, outcomes and discovery research and through tele-link opportunities to support patient management with other Queensland trauma services.

Strategy, Planning and Reporting

  • Support the development and implementation of HeIDI Prospectus and Communication Plan.
  • Integrate Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, surgical disciplines (Orthopaedics, Plastic Surgery, etc.) and cross sector collaboration across clinical, teaching, research, academic, government, industry and private sectors.
  • Develop and deliver quality review frameworks and quality improvement programs to optimise patient care enhance staff skills in the management of patients with Device Related Infections.
  • Develop and build linkages with translational fields such as biofabrication, and expanded clinical pathways which are integrated with unparalleled new infrastructure in areas such as specialised rehabilitation.

Stakeholder Communications and Relationships

  • Integrate service partners who are central in the effective and efficient delivery of HeIDI, both through a physical home within the Institute and through clinical linkages.

To ensure job flexibility the successful appointee may be required to:

  • perform any other duties as nominated by the University consistent with the relevant classification descriptors detailed in the Enterprise Agreement. Staff undertaking any new duties will receive training;
  • participate in job rotation or multiskilling in consultation with their supervisor;
  • work across campuses;

To be appointed as a Professor the successful applicant must meet the position classification standards outlined in the QUT Enterprise Agreement (Academic Staff).

Type of appointment

This appointment will be offered on a fixed term, full-time basis for 5 years.


The position will primarily be based at HeIDI, located on the Herston Campus (RBWH), however, on occasion you may be required to work at QUT’s Gardens Point or Kelvin Grove campuses

Selection Criteria

  1. Completion of a PhD in a discipline area relevant to the field of implant-related infections (e.g. infectious diseases, microbiology).
  2. Eligibility to register with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency as a 6 | P a g e specialist medical practitioner in the relevant discipline.
  3. Record of outstanding leadership of research, including the ability to develop creative and novel solutions through translation of research outcomes into teaching, health policy and practice.
  4. Proven record of excellence in scholarly and innovative approaches to teaching and learning.
  5. Demonstrated success at establishing and maintaining collaborations that involve end users, extend best practice, implement leading solutions, and create new opportunities.
  6. Proven leadership that drives high performance and collaborative culture, including the ability to successfully mentor staff and higher degree research students.
  7. Additional mandatory requirements of the role are provided under the section; Position Requirements

Remuneration and Benefits

The classification for this position is Academic Level E (LEVE). An attractive remuneration package will be negotiated with the successful candidate.

In July 2020 QUT staff voted in favour of a variation to its Enterprise Agreements. The variations were approved by the Fair Work Commission in August 2020.

The variation impacts leave loading (for new staff no loading will be paid or accrued during the period the variation is in effect), salary increases (the salary increase which was due to occur in the first full pay period of December 2020 has been deferred until the first full pay period of December 2021) and superannuation (superannuation will be paid to staff as though the salary increase which would have been paid in December 2020 has taken effect and, subject to the rules of the superannuation fund, a defined benefit member will continue to make contributions in alignment with the contributions made by the University). A link to the variation is here.

Beyond personal and professional fulfilment, a career at QUT brings a broad range of tangible benefits. With competitive remuneration including superannuation, the University offers real and generous benefits.

QUT is a high quality and flexible organisation that is proud of its excellent employment conditions which include but are not limited to:

  • Parental leave provisions
  • Study support encompassing leave and financial assistance
  • Comprehensive professional development
  • Salary Packaging

Further benefits can be found at the Life at QUT page.

Information for applicants

For further information about the position, please contact Professor Jason Roberts on +61 7 364 70802 or, or Professor Michael Schuetz on +61 7 3646 0208 or; or for further information about working at QUT contact Human Resources on +61 7 3138 5000.

Candidates who are interested in the position are encouraged to apply even though they may feel they are not strong on individual selection criteria.

In assessing merit, the panel will take into consideration “performance or achievement relative to opportunity”. We recognise that many staff today have a range of personal circumstances, and career histories that challenge traditional ideas of an academic staff member. This may mean, for example, prioritising the quality of achievement rather than the quantity, as considerations of parttime employment, career interruptions and significant periods of leave are taken into account when assessing performance or achievement.

The selection panel is also committed to conducting a process which is fair and free from bias, including unconscious bias.

How to Apply

For further information and to apply, please visit for reference number 211201.

When applying for this position your application must include the following:

  • Your current CV including a numbered publication list; and
  • A brief summary (1-2) pages where you provide one or two examples to demonstrate specific outcomes for each of the Selection Criteria.
  • Appropriate references will be sought for applicants including two clinical (medical) references deemed to be satisfactory by MNH.

Applications close 3 December 2021