Professor of Human Nutrition

Melbourne, Australia
$209,428.00 p.a. plus 17% super
08 Mar 2023
End of advertisement period
11 Apr 2023
Contract Type
Full Time

Location: Parkville
Role type: Full time; Continuing
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Department/School: School of Agriculture and Food
Salary:  Level E - $209,428.00 p.a. plus 17% super

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.


Join our newly merged, large, and diverse school in one of the most comprehensive science faculties in the world. As Professor (Chair) of Human Nutrition, you will provide leadership and foster excellence in teaching and research in human nutrition, spanning from food and sensory sciences to nutritional physiology, biochemistry, and health.

You will play an important role in the academic leadership of the popular undergraduate and postgraduate courses and subject streams, particularly within the Bachelor of Science (major in Human Nutrition) and Master of Food Science degree. In addition, you will take a leading role in the establishment of a research program in your discipline which enhances the interdisciplinary research within the School.

This field has solid teaching activity and a good group of early-mid career researchers with a strong foundation, and now requires the successful candidate to drive research up to the next level.

The University of Melbourne is strongly committed to supporting diversity and flexibility in the workplace.  Applications for part-time or other flexible working arrangements will be welcomed and will be fully considered subject to meeting the inherent requirements of the position.

About you

You will possess;

  • A PhD or equivalent awarded in a discipline relevant to human nutrition.
  • Attained international recognition as an eminent authority in the discipline of human nutrition, nutritional physiology or biochemistry, or aligned disciplines.
  • Demonstrated record of attracting and sustaining significant funding and the ability to make independent contribution through professional practice and expertise.
  • Evidence of the drive, energy and vision to build and lead a world-class research program in the discipline.
  • Proven success in working collaboratively and an ability to engage and build highly productive relationships with executives, staff and diverse stakeholders.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, with the ability to lead change and manage and mentor staff.

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.

Further relevant experience, responsibilities and selection criteria are outlined in the attached Position Description.

About the Faculty of Science

Science at Melbourne is a global leader across discovery, fundamental and applied scientific research and education. Science begins with curiosity, and we are dedicated to understanding the universe from the level of sub-atomic particles to the solar system. We aim to be leaders who positively impact the community locally and globally, addressing major societal issues from climate change to disease. Our discoveries help build an understanding of the world around us.

Our strength is our breadth of expertise. We are the second largest faculty in the University comprising seven schools: Agriculture, Food, Forest & Ecosystems Sciences, BioSciences, Chemistry, Geography, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, Mathematics & Statistics, Physics and Veterinary Science. This depth of knowledge positions the faculty to better understand, explore and impact our world and humanity, within a truly comprehensive Faculty of Science.

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.

Employee Benefits

We offer generous employee benefits to help maximise your work life. These include flexible and family-friendly working conditions, salary packaging, internal School and Faculty grant schemes, including a dedicated scheme for women and generous leave provisions. This is a fantastic opportunity to work in a culturally rich and values-based environment.

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How to apply

Your submitted application should include a cover letter and your CV, along with your responses against the selection criteria, found in the Position Description for the role.

We encourage applicants from under-represented groups, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. To allow us to consider performance relative to opportunity, we also invite applicants to provide a brief statement (up to 1 page) that describes circumstances that may have affected their career development or progression, including career interruptions or delays, periods of part time work, or forms of bias they have experienced.

Applications close: 11 April 2023 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

Position description0058742 - Professor of Human Nutrition Brochure.pdf