Senior Research Fellow/Associate Professor in Public Health

Perth, Australia
Nov 04, 2019
End of advertisement period
Dec 02, 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

$121,829 - $140,416 (ALC), $146,613 - $161,474 (ALD) – level will be based on experience, plus 17% Superannuation

Curtin University is ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide (ARWU 2018 and QS World University Rankings 2019), and is placed 20th in the world for universities less than 50 years old (QS Top 50 Under 50 2019). Curtin is WA’s most preferred university, with highly engaged industry-focussed partners. A major global player, with well-integrated campuses in Singapore, Malaysia, Mauritius and Dubai.

About us

The Public Health Advocacy Institute of Western Australia (PHAIWA) was established in 2008 by Professor Mike Daube as an independent public health voice based within Curtin University, with a range of funding partners. The Institute’s mission is to influence policy by promoting, supporting and implementing public health advocacy on local, state, national and international levels. 

PHAIWA currently focuses on a number of areas of public health advocacy, ranging from providing general advocacy advice and strategies for public health, implementing unique advocacy related research and innovative projects, and building capacity within the public health workforce to allow more effective advocacy lobbying and communicating through our partners and the media.

Mentally Healthy WA currently delivers Act-Belong Commit a unique evidence-based health promotion campaign that encourages individuals to take action to protect and promote their own mental wellbeing and encourages organisations to provide, and promote participation in, mentally healthy activities.  It was created in Western Australia, and has now expanded to other states and globally. 

Your new role

We are seeking an internationally recognised and inspiring academic leader, with a distinguished and sustained track record of public health research, to lead PHAIWA and Mentally Healthy WA from an advocacy group and program provider, respectively, into their next stage of development; one that has significant demand-driven research outputs which influence public health policy and practice.  You will be responsible for:

  • Contributing to the development of major research programs and policy in PHAIWA and Mentally Healthy WA. Creating public value, in priority public health areas, preferably mental health, and drug and alcohol abuse.
  • Providing leadership in the development of research, and professional linkages and relationships with external stakeholders, including other universities, industry and government entities.
  • Producing significant research outputs with regular publication in high quality journals, or outputs in other creative outlets consistent with an international reputation in the discipline.
  • Being lead chief investigator in successful nationally competitive research grants and/or fellowships.
  • Developing international recognition for research through presenting at major national and international conferences/exhibitions.
  • Providing leadership supervision and mentoring to academic staff in relation to research and HDR supervision.
  • Delivering high quality and innovative teaching to undergraduate, honours and postgraduate students.

 You will bring to the role

  • A doctoral qualification in a relevant discipline.
  • Demonstrated leadership of research both within and across groups in academia and/or industry.
  • An established record of highly productive research outputs with regular publication in high quality peer-reviewed journals, or outputs in other creative outlets.
  • Evidence of an established international reputation and profile, significant citation indices or equivalent esteem measures and a commitment to conducting on-going research.
  • A significant record of obtaining research income, including demand driven industry funding and nationally competitive research grants and/or fellowships.
  • A demonstrated record of achievement in and commitment to excellence in teaching.
  • Considerable experience and record of successful supervision of HDR students.
  • Demonstrated leadership and mentoring to academic staff in relation to their professional development.
  • Demonstrated high level communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Preferably a background in mental health research

What we offer you

The Faculty of Health Sciences offers an exciting career path including:

  • Innovative work that will make real-world health differences
  • Interactions with and learnings from industry, government and academic partners

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Next steps

Curtin University requires you to provide a cover letter and resume to include sufficient information and examples to allow us to assess your suitability for the role.  Please attach a document outlining your suitability for the role against the selection criteria – under the section ‘you will bring to the role’.

To view a copy of the role’s Position Description, please copy and paste the following link into your browser:

Applications close: 9.00pm, Monday 2 December 2019.

Please note, screening and interviews may take place prior to the advertised close date. 

Valuing Diversity and Inclusion

At Curtin, we are committed to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander reconciliation, diversity and social justice and aim to create an inclusive environment where our staff and students are valued and inspired. This includes a supportive recruitment process should you require any access assistance.  

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Contact details

To apply complete the application form below, or for more information contact:

Professor Rosa Alati – Head of School of Public Health
Phone:  08 92667947

Please apply via the attached link, we cannot accept resumes sent to the above contact.

Once you have applied, you will receive an email confirming that your application has been received by us.  If you do not receive confirmation via email, please email our team at Please ensure you check your spam folders for this email before contacting the team.


Curtin reserves the right at its sole discretion to withdraw from the recruitment process, not to make an appointment, or to appoint by invitation, at any time.