Professor, School of Psychology and Counselling

Brisbane, Australia
10 Jun 2020
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05 Jul 2020
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Full Time

School of Psychology and Counselling Faculty of Health

About the Faculty of Health

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

The Faculty operates across two 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

Health and Wellness Precinct

The university is working towards a new Health and Wellness Precinct that will showcase QUT as a world leader in health and wellness, and support inherently interprofessional and multidisciplinary education, practice, research and industry alliances.

Symbolic of wellness, the precinct will focus on the whole person; psychological, physical and social health; and whole-of-population impact. It will highlight QUT’s leadership in digitally enabled wellbeing, personalised health, and the development of next generation technologies for health and wellness.

Its facilities will display QUT’s next evolution of technological and digitally-immersive environments and specially designed spaces that facilitate new ways of working, teaching, learning and researching.

About the School

The School of Psychology and Counselling is an energetic School with an excellent teaching reputation, strong growth and success in its research profile and strong connections in the community. The School houses the internationally renowned Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q). Through off campus affiliations, School researchers are based also at 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 – 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 and Master of Philosophy students across the multiple research sites.

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

Our courses are transforming learning experiences

Real world learning is a defining feature of the QUT experience. It takes a number of different forms, including work-integrated learning, international and cross-cultural experiences, and engagement of practitioners in teaching.

We focus on developing graduates who are effective collaborators and communicators in inter-professional contexts, learners who are agile and resilient and adapt to the challenges of a changing work environment and, in our professional programs, ready to adapt to the challenges of mental health care. Our courses provide outstanding learning experiences and result in positive employment outcomes through hands-on tuition and work-integrated learning. QUT educates, inspires and partners with students to develop their knowledge, professional integrity and ethical leadership to enable them to become truly global citizens who create positive social change.

Our undergraduate and Honours courses include an innovative work-integrated learning experience for students offered in collaboration with industry partners which prepares graduates for the demands of the changing work environment. Our professional Masters programs include training in the QUT Health Clinics, as well as external placements with our industry partners.

About the Position

The Professor in Psychology will play a leadership role in the School of Psychology and Counselling, and will be a strong contributor to research, teaching and engagement, and school culture. It is expected that the successful applicant will maintain an outstanding national and international reputation for excellence in research and have demonstrated commitment to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and research supervision. The position will contribute to teaching in relevant programs in the School.

The successful candidate will provide significant leadership in the School, Faculty and University, and will have developed partnerships 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 for workload management.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Provide leadership for and promote excellence in the School’s teaching, research, and external relations activities.
  • Build the research capacity of academic staff and help foster a positive research culture in the School through mentoring and leading innovative research and teaching methods and teams.
  • Active leadership, collaboration and engagement in applying, attracting and securing research funding and grants.
  • Develop, strengthen and maintain key research partnerships to deliver research impact to industry, government and the professional health care sector.
  • Play a major role in scholarship, professional activities and engagement with industry.
  • Strengthen partnering relationships with industry and the community while enhancing the public profile of the School, the Faculty, and QUT.

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

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.


Kelvin Grove campus.

Selection Criteria

  1. Completion of a doctoral qualification in the relevant disciplinary area and/or recognised significant experience and leadership in a relevant discipline area.
  2. An internationally recognised record of excellence in research and/or scholarship.
  3. Demonstrated success in establishing and maintaining collaborative partnerships which extend best practice, implement innovative solutions and advance new research and teaching opportunities.
  4. Proven leadership that drives high performance and a collaborative culture, including the demonstrated ability to successfully mentor staff and students.
  5. Highly developed communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to work within an interdisciplinary team of academic colleagues, while engaging with industry stakeholders to enhance teaching and research performance.
  6. Demonstrated excellence in innovative teaching and research approaches which enhance learning and academic outcomes for the students and School.

Remuneration and Benefits

The classification for this position is Academic Level E (LEVE) which has an annual remuneration range of $AUD219,274 pa. Which is inclusive of an annual salary range of $AUD184,933 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

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

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, contact Tracy Straughan on +61 7 3138 1584.

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.

How to Apply

For further information and to apply, please visit for reference number 20338.

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

  1. A cover letter, which includes:
    • A response to selection criteria
    • A brief narrative (up to half a page) describing your research and/or industry engagement and capacity building, the real-world significance and impact of your research, including your agenda for growing capacity and future research. Why is this future direction exciting and important?
    • A brief narrative (up to half a page) describing your leadership in teaching and learning, including curriculum design and development and the delivery of educational programs.
  2. A current CV

Applications close: 5 July 2020.

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.

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, including the $95M Education Precinct.

Further information about QUT can be obtained from the website at

Our Vision

QUT’s Blueprint 6 is our institutional strategic plan. The Blueprint formalises QUT’s ambitions and declares our strong sense of purpose which is to provide transformative education and research relevant to our communities. It provides a framework and strategies to enable QUT to realise our vision to be the university for the real world and identifies the following priorities:

  • support aspiration and inclusion
  • encourage creativity and entrepreneurship
  • embrace digital transformation and technology
  • embed principles of health and wellbeing
  • support Indigenous Australian engagement, success and empowerment
  • enable professional engagement and ethical leadership and,
  • focus on the environment and sustainability