Director of the Plunkett Centre for Ethics

Sydney, Australia
$184,083 to $236,666 total rem (pro rata)
07 Jun 2023
End of advertisement period
18 Jun 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Oversee the Plunkett Centre for Ethics as a Senior Academic in the provision of clinical bioethics services
  • ACU encourages national and international candidates with deep bioethics expertise to apply for this full-time, fixed-term (5 years) opportunity based in Sydney
  • Join a university ranked internationally in the top 2% for research excellence

About ACU:

Australian Catholic University (ACU) is an inclusive community which welcomes students and staff of all beliefs. ACU has over 2,500 staff supporting more than 34,000 students across eight campuses - Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, North Sydney, Strathfield, Blacktown, and Rome.

ACU aspires to be a home for our staff, offer the care of a family and develop an academic and professional community. Whatever your faith or culture, and whether you are academic or professional staff, there are many opportunities both for learning and contributing at ACU.

As valued members of our community, all staff members are expected to have an understanding of ACU's mission and values and to demonstrate an active contribution to them.

About The Plunkett Centre for Ethics:

The Mission of the Centre is to promote the values of compassion and fellowship, intellectual and professional excellence, and fairness and justice, with its primary focus on the realisation of these values in the provision and allocation of health care through:

  • Conducting and promoting research
  • Providing research training and supervision
  • Developing and teaching courses
  • Conducting reviews of professional practice
  • Providing an ethics consultation service, and
  • Participating in public discussions.

About the role:

As Director you will oversee the Plunkett Centre for Ethics (PCE) in accordance with the mission, objectives and functions as set out in in the current Memorandum of Understanding between ACU and participating hospital partners. You will fulfill a senior academic position within the University reflecting ACU's position as a major partner of hospitals and healthcare providers (including aged and home care services) and as a national centre of ethical and bioethical thought in the Catholic tradition. Your focus will be to direct and share in the provision of: clinical bioethics services to hospital and aged care partners, bioethics research, teaching and professional development/formation in bioethics, public commentary, collaboration with the bishops and Church agencies in the area of bioethics. For further details please visit the Position Description.

For successful candidates currently based overseas, ACU will provide support for visa sponsorship and relocation costs.


For confidential inquiries about the role, please contact Professor Hayden Ramsay, Deputy Vice Chancellor of Ethics, Australian Catholic University at:

What we offer:

  • The University pursues an excellence agenda and offers an environment where staff are welcomed and safe, and valued through development, participation and involvement.
  • Total remuneration valued to:
    Academic Level D $184,083 - $202,637 total rem (pro rata) pa, including salary component $155,980 - $171,838 (pro rata) pa employer contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading OR
    Academic Level E $236,666 total rem (pro rata) pa, including salary component $200,923 (pro rata) pa employer contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading.
  • 17% employer superannuation contributions to eligible continuing and fixed-term staff.
  • Annual leave loading of an equivalent to 17.5% of four weeks' salary pro rata payable, dependent on your commencement date.
  • As an ACU staff member, you will have access to generous benefits which include but not limited to: Staff Rewards; a variety of leave provisions and salary packaging. Find out more information about the benefits or working at ACU here.

How to Apply:

Step 1: Review the Position Description and become familiar with Our Mission and the Application process

Step 2: Click the 'View Position Description and Apply' button, and populate your candidate application details, including your:

  • resume (maximum 5 pages).
  • responses to the Selection Criteria and Core Competencies (for Academic Level D or Academic Level E) in a cover letter (maximum 2 pages) or in the online Declaration and Criteria application page.
  • brief online responses to any pre-screening employment questions.

Acting in truth, ACU is dedicated to the dignity of the human person through equitable and respectful opportunities for everyone. ACU can offer support for candidates that may require adjustments through the recruitment process.

Your Privacy of personal information is maintained in accordance with ACU policy. For more details visit:

Applications close: 18-JUN-2023 at 11:59 pm AUS Eastern Standard Time

ACU does not accept candidate applications submitted by external recruitment agencies through the ACU careers website.

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