Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Counselling

Brisbane, Australia
21 Oct 2019
End of advertisement period
18 Nov 2019
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type

About the Faculty of Health

The Faculty’s vision, to enable people and communities to create a healthy future for the real world, will be achieved through the delivery of world class teaching and research combined with productive and sustainable partnerships.

The Faculty operates across three campuses and several distributed sites and comprises seven schools:

  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Clinical Sciences
  • Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
  • Nursing
  • Optometry and Vision Science
  • Psychology and Counselling
  • Public Health and Social Work

Health is one of QUT’s largest faculties with nearly 600 Higher Degree Research students and approximately 10,000 coursework students enrolled across seventy courses. Approximately half of the Faculty’s 1,200 international students are enrolled in its undergraduate degrees. Our students have access to state-of-the-art learning spaces such as the newly refurbished 150-seat biomedical teaching laboratory at Gardens Point Campus and the Faculty’s teaching clinics (QUT Health Clinics) based at the Kelvin Grove campus.

The Faculty’s strength will continue to grow through its partnership with QUT’s Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI). Working together, the Faculty and IHBI engage researchers in large scale programmatic activities allowing research to be undertaken at scale to address current and future global challenges. IHBI’s researchers focus on three broad areas: prevention, intervention, and translation. Interdisciplinary research is conducted across three themes:

  • Injury Prevention and Trauma Management
  • Health Determinants and Health Systems
  • Chronic Disease and Ageing

About the School of Psychology and Counselling

The School of Psychology and Counselling, one of seven Schools in the Faculty of Health, is an energetic School with an excellent teaching reputation, strong growth and success in its research profile in a range of areas and strong connections in the community. The School houses the internationally renowned Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q) and is affiliated with the QUT Institute for Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI).

Through off campus affiliations, School researchers are based also at the Translational Research Institute (TRI), the Centre for Children’s Health Research (CCHR), and at QIMR-Berghofer. The School has 3 clinics through which clinical training is provided based at the QUT Health Clinics, namely the QUT Health Clinics – Psychology and Counselling, the Counselling and Family Therapy Services, and the Caroline Chisholm School, Student, and Family Support Centre.

The School delivers accredited undergraduate and Honours degrees in psychology, as well as accredited postgraduate studies in clinical psychology, educational and developmental psychology, and counselling. Through the focus on real-world practice and applications, including work integrated learning opportunities, our graduates are prepared for a wide range of positions. The School has a large number of PhD, Masters by Research, and MPhil students across the multiple research sites.

We enjoy partnerships with government agencies, communities, universities, and health organisations in Australia and internationally.

About the Position

The Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Counselling will contribute to teaching excellence and curriculum development in the School, specifically in counselling, at the undergraduate level (including the fourth year Honours program) and the postgraduate level (including the Master of Counselling). Teaching contributions also will include postgraduate and undergraduate supervision.

Individuals with a teaching and research agenda in counselling are strongly encouraged to apply. The appointee will be an experienced practitioner with a strong commitment and experience in teaching counselling. Experience in the delivery of professional and clinical supervision, and expertise in solution focused/narrative therapy, group and reflecting team practice, and knowledge and experience in counselling approaches informed by and embedded within a social constructionist philosophical positioning are highly desirable.

The successful candidate will be enthusiastic, have a growing reputation for excellence in research and industry engagement, and have a demonstrated commitment to excellence in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and in research supervision, with a focus on counselling. The successful candidate will also provide leadership in service to the University and engagement with industry, the community, professional associations, alumni, and other stakeholders.

This position reports to the Head, School of Psychology and Counselling, for performance planning and review and workload management.

The position holds membership with QUT’s largest interdisciplinary research institute, the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI).

Key responsibilities include:

  • Contributing strongly to teaching and learning, including unit and curriculum development and review.
  • Developing leadership in research
  • Engaging actively in research, incl. applying for research funding and publishing in top tier academic journals.
  • Playing a major role in scholarship, research, professional activities and service.
  • Strengthening partnering relationships with industry and the community.

Additional key responsibilities for Senior Lecturer (Level C) include:

  • Providing leadership in teaching and learning
  • Providing leadership in research
  • Building the research capacity of academic staff in the School through mentoring and leading research and teaching teams

The successful candidate may be appointed at Lecturer (Level B) or Senior Lecturer (Level C), depending on their level of attainment against the position classification standards outlined in the QUT Enterprise Agreement (Academic Staff).

The position classification standards provide the basis to differentiate between the various levels of appointment and define the broad relationships between classifications. The University reserves the right to appoint at either classification level.

Real World Capabilities

To deliver on QUT’s global, collaborative and connected vision requires a workforce that embodies the following capabilities:

  • Agility and openness to change
  • Connectivity and collaboration (intra and inter-disciplinary)
  • Cultural inclusion
  • Digital literacy
  • Future-focused thinking (strategic, innovative & design, and entrepreneurial)
  • Global in intent and reach
  • Leadership of strategy, action and others
  • Performance and resource management

Type of appointment

This appointment will be offered on an ongoing, full-time basis. A part-time appointment may be considered.


Kelvin Grove campus.

Selection Criteria

  1. Completion of a doctoral or postgraduate qualification in the relevant disciplinary area or equivalent accreditation or standing.
  2. Eligibility for clinical membership of a counselling professional association.
  3. Demonstrated experience in teaching, including innovative unit and curriculum design and delivery at undergraduate and/or postgraduate levels, and in higher degree research supervision.
  4. Demonstrated extensive and recent experience in clinical practice delivery and clinical teaching experience, including experience in embedding contemporary and innovative approaches to learning and clinical teaching.
  5. Demonstrated success in establishing and maintaining collaborations that extend the discipline, evidence best practice, implement solutions, and support opportunities for students.
  6. Demonstrated highly developed communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to work effectively within an interdisciplinary team.

Additional selection criteria for candidates seeking appointment to Senior Lecturer (Level C):

  1. Demonstrated evidence of research leadership.
  2. Demonstrated leadership in teaching and learning.

Remuneration and Benefits

The classification for this position is either:

  • Academic Level B (Lecturer) which has an annual remuneration range of $112,918 to $134,104 pa, which is inclusive of $95,417 to $113,320 salary pa, 17% superannuation and 17.5%; or
  • Academic Level C (Senior Lecturer) which has an annual remuneration range of $138,331 to $159,524 pa, which is inclusive of $116,892 to $134,800 salary pa, 17% superannuation and 17.5% recreation leave loading.

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:

  • Reduced working year scheme
  • Parental leave provisions
  • Study support encompassing leave and financial assistance
  • Comprehensive professional development
  • Salary Packaging

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

Information for applicants

Applicants who reach the final stage of the selection process will be expected to undergo a check of their criminal history. Those matters which do not have an impact on the inherent requirements of the position will not be taken into consideration.

Applicants will be provided with an opportunity to discuss the outcome of the check before a decision on appointment is made.

This position has been identified by QUT as being engaged in child related employment. Appointment to this position is therefore subject to the provisions of the Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) Act 2000. The appointee will be required to undergo a ‘Working with Children Check’ which will assess their suitability to work with children (defined as anyone under 18 years of age) based on his or her criminal history.

For further information about the position, please contact Associate Professor Renata Meuter, Head of School, School of Psychology and Counselling on +61 7 3138 4641; or for further information about working at QUT contact the Human Resources department on +61 7 3138 4104.

QUT welcomes applications from candidates outside the greater Brisbane area. QUT may meet some travel and relocation expenses involved in the interview and employment commencing process.

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 part-time 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.

QUT is proud to be an inaugural Athena SWAN charter member. We have extensive and established support programs for women in STEMM. For more information on the Athena SWAN charter, please contact Tracy Straughan on +61 7 3138 1584.

How to Apply

For further information and to apply, please visit www.qut.edu.au/jobs for reference number 19981.

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

  • A cover letter, which includes:
    • A short statement outlining whether you are seeking to be appointed at Level B or Level C and providing justification;
    • A brief narrative (up to a page) describing your contributions to teaching and learning (with a focus on Counselling), including evidence of teaching and training excellence, and including unit and curriculum design and development.
    • A brief narrative outlining your counselling framework and practice
    • A brief narrative (up to half a page) describing the real world significance and impact of your research, including your agenda for future research. Why is this future direction exciting and important?
  • A current resume/CV, which includes:
    • Evidence of your teaching expertise, including clinical and research supervision
    • A list of your publications in the last five years and the associated Scopus quartile ranking, with a short statement on the significance of each;
    • A list of your research grants (including any consultancies) obtained in the last five years; and
    • A list of your collaborations (including inter-disciplinary and international engagement).

Applications close 18 November 2019

About QUT

QUT is a major Australian university with a global outlook and a 'real world' focus. We are one of the nation’s fastest growing research universities and our courses are in high demand. Our graduates include eight Rhodes Scholars, five of these awarded in the past six years.

We are an ambitious and collaborative institution that seeks to equip our students and graduates with the skills they will need in an increasingly disrupted and challenged world. We are transforming the student experience we offer our 50,000 students and we place a premium on the international and national accreditation of our various professional degrees.

Our internationally award-winning Science and Engineering Centre is home to The Cube, acknowledged as one of the world’s largest digital interactive learning and display spaces. QUT established the world's first Creative Industries Faculty, and we invest heavily in collaborative learning and interdisciplinary research environments.

Further information about QUT can be obtained from the website at www.qut.edu.au.

Our Vision

The QUT Blueprint 5 is our institutional strategic plan. It sets out priorities, strategies and key performance indicators to drive greater coherence and coordination of our efforts. Our overall vision for the future is:

  • to provide outstanding real world education through physical and virtual learning environments and innovative courses that lead to excellent outcomes for graduates living in a diverse and complex environment characterised by rapid, transformative change;
  • to focus on being a globally leading university that delivers solutions to the challenges of today and of the future through high-impact research that spans discipline boundaries and works in partnership with end users, leveraging our deep technological strengths and alignment to the human capital and innovation needs of the global economy;
  • to strengthen and extend partnerships with professional and broader communities to build our reputation as a source of knowledge that is applied to real world challenges.