Bob Dickens Research Fellowship in Paediatric Orthopaedics

Melbourne, Australia
$110,236 to $155,698 p.a. (pro rata for part-time) plus 17% super and clinical loading
23 Feb 2023
End of advertisement period
19 Mar 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Location: Parkville
Role type: Part time (0.2 FTE); Fixed-term for 12 months
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: Department of Paediatrics, Melbourne Medical School
Salary: Classification is either Level B or Level C commensurate with experience and qualifications.

  • Level B – $110,236 – $130,900 p.a. (pro rata for part-time) plus 17% super and clinical loading
  • Level C – $135,032 – $155,698 p.a. (pro rata for part-time) plus 17% super and clinical loading

The University of Melbourne would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which our campuses are situated, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung Peoples, the Yorta Yorta Nation, the Dja Dja Wurrung People. We acknowledge that the land on which we meet and learn was the place of age-old ceremonies, of celebration, initiation and renewal, and that the local Aboriginal Peoples have had and continue to have a unique role in the life of these lands.

About the Department of Paediatrics

The Department of Paediatrics is the flagship representative of the University partnership with the Royal Children’s Hospital, and is co-located with the hospital in Flemington Road, Parkville.

The Department of Paediatrics is a large department within the School of Medicine. The Department has responsibility for the Child & Adolescent Health component of the Doctor of Medicine course of the School.  There are approximately 80 academic and professional staff, including 25 professorial positions, 430 honorary academic staff, and more than 150 students who are enrolled to pursue research degrees from Honours, Masters and PhD.

The Department delivers a range of teaching across the clinical, biological and health sciences, and within the MD program and is responsible for the teaching of child and adolescent health, paediatric surgery, and other specialties in relationship to children, adolescents and their families, including mental health. Other programs include post-graduate courses in Adolescent Health & Welfare, Genetic Counselling and Genomics & Health as well as Research Higher Degrees.

About the Role

The Fellowship is supported by a generous bequest from the Pamela Galli Foundation and enables Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeons to further their academic careers by engaging in academic research. Based at the Melbourne Children’s Campus, the Fellowship(s) will support early- to mid-career surgeons who have completed Orthopaedic Training and Fellowship in Paediatric Orthopaedics and hold a current clinical appointment in Paediatric Orthopaedics at the Royal Children’s Hospital. The Fellow will research clinical or non-clinical areas and build a program around Paediatric Orthopaedics, Musculoskeletal Health and Cerebral Palsy

As a research-focused academic, you will have established excellent performance in Research & Research Training and Leadership & Service domains. You will embody the Faculty’s values, providing effective leadership in research, including through research training and supervision, and making significant contributions to the administrative activities of an organizational unit or interdisciplinary area.

Responsibilities include:

  • Participate in research independently and as a member of a research team, establishing a high-quality research project in Paediatric Orthopaedics / Musculoskeletal Health / Neuromuscular Disorders (Cerebral Palsy)
  • Prepare research proposals for submission to external funding bodies to obtain external research income.
  • Provide supervision or co-supervision for research students at the Honours and/or post-graduate level.
  • Contribute disciplinary evidence-based research to innovative curriculum and subject design at a School or Department level.

About You

You are an ethical scholar who values diversity and inclusion, demonstrates compassion and accountability. You have a significant research profile at national level, evidenced by a strong, independent and original publication record including in high-impact peer-reviewed journals. 

You will also have:

  • A medical degree
  • Strong interest in an academic career in the field of Paediatric Orthopaedics.
  • Strong emerging leadership skills and the ability to foster academic achievement in others, with demonstrated influence in research and scholarship.
  • Evidence of significant contribution to independent and team-based research
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, with an ability to work collaboratively, and develop relationships with key stakeholders (internal and external)
  • Ability to drive innovation and be open to new perspectives, ideas and ways of working.
  • A medical degree and Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) or equivalent Completion of a Fellowship in Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgery.  (Level C)
  • Current clinical appointment in Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgery at the Royal Children’s Hospital.  (Level C)

To ensure the University continues to provide a safe environment for everyone, this position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check.

Please note: To be considered for this role you must have current valid work rights for Australia.

About the University

The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.

Benefits of Working with Us

In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

  • Flexible working arrangements, generous personal, parental and cultural leave
  • Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary packaging and leave loading
  • Free and subsidised health and wellbeing services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs
  • Discounts on a wide range of products and services including Myki cards and Qantas Club
  • Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families

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Be Yourself

We value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and encourage and celebrate diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages, with disabilities and culturally and linguistically diverse people are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please submit your application including a brief cover letter, your resume and your responses against the selection criteria^ (found in the Position Description) for the role.

^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to

We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact  us at

Applications close: 19 March 2023 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

Position description: 0051446_Bob Dickens Research F'ship Paed Orthopaedics_PD.pdf

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