Industry Associate Professor in Plant Biosecurity, School of Science

Sydney, Australia
03 Aug 2021
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23 Aug 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Western Sydney University is a modern, forward-thinking, research-led university, located at the heart of Australia’s fastest-growing and economically significant region, Western Sydney. Boasting 11 campuses – many in Western Sydney CBD locations – and more than 200,000 alumni, 49,500 students and 3,500 staff, the University has 14 Schools with an array of well-designed programs and degrees carefully structured to meet the demands of future industry.

The University is ranked in the top two per cent of universities worldwide, and as a research leader, over 85 per cent of the University’s assessed research is rated at ‘World Standard’ or above.

The School of Science is a large and comprehensive school with learning, teaching and research excellence encompassing a wide range of biological, chemical, environmental, food, forensic, medical, nutritional and physical sciences, including agriculture and astronomy.

The School is educating tomorrow’s graduates in an environment that is contemporary, challenging, and adaptive to a rapidly evolving world. It offers a range of bachelor, masters and doctoral degrees using the excellent teaching, laboratory and fieldwork facilities at the Campbelltown, Hawkesbury, Parramatta and Penrith campuses, as well as online activities.  The School’s research-led teaching is supported by state-of-the-art educational technologies. Its researchers make major contributions to the University’s high ERA (Excellence in Research for Australia) rankings, and collaborate with other schools, University Research Institutes, and external partners in Australia and overseas. The School’s bachelor degrees include a wide range of majors, minors, interdisciplinary offerings and elective subjects, with access through pathways programs, and opportunities for further study in Master of Research, PhD and coursework masters’ degrees. Work-integrated learning prepares graduates to flourish and succeed in society and the rapidly evolving world of work, both in Australia and internationally.

The Industry Associate Professor in Plant Biosecurity is a senior academic leadership role in the school. You will utilise your demonstrated professional, vocational, and specialised industry expertise in a range of academic activities including the review, development, implementation, and teaching of units and curriculum in the undergraduates and postgraduate Agricultural Biosecurity, and will conduct research and supervise postgraduate (Masters and PhD) students in your area of expertise.

In this position you will be required to foster relevant relationships both internal and external to the University, and will assist in further building our AgriFood and Forensic Science teams, working closely with research and teaching staff across the wider School of Science.

For further information, please refer to the Position Description.

In order to be considered for an interview, applicants must refer to the major responsibilities and accountabilities identified in the Position Description when responding to the Selection Criteria.

This is a Part-Time (0.3 FTE), Fixed-Term position for 3 years located at the Hawkesbury campus, however may be required to work on other campuses or as directed by the University, from time-to-time.

Remuneration Package: Academic Level D $54,666 to $60,039 pro rata rates (comprising Salary of $46,317 to $50,912 pro rata rates, plus Superannuation and Leave Loading).

Position Enquiries: Please contact Associate Professor Gary Dennis, Deputy Dean, School of Science via email on

Closing Date: 8:30pm, Monday 23 August 2021

To be eligible for this position, you must provide evidence of your full-time Working Rights in Australia at time of application.

Western Sydney University is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

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