Associate Professor in Psychology – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

Melbourne, Australia
$169,094 – $186,288 p.a. plus 17% super
14 Sep 2023
End of advertisement period
15 Oct 2023
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job no: 0044594
Location: Parkville
Role type: Full-time; Fixed-term for 5 years
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences
Salary: Level D – $169,094 – $186,288 p.a. plus 17% super

Only Indigenous Australians are eligible to apply as this position is exempt under the Special Measure Provision, Section 12 (1) of the Equal Opportunity Act 2011 (Vic).

  • An exciting opportunity to join a dynamic team committed to undertaking research and teaching that draws on the strengths and knowledge of Indigenous peoples and communities to understand the pathways to health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • Join a collaborative team and undertake impactful research, teaching and leadership in Indigenous Health.
  • Salary packaging, subsidised health and wellbeing services, fitness and cultural clubs, Myki discounts, and a 25% discount on graduate courses to our staff and their immediate families!

About the Role

The University of Melbourne, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences and the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences is seeking to employ an Associate Professor to add to the growing number of Indigenous health leaders within the faculty.

The successful applicant will have a background in Psychological Sciences and will make leadership, research and teaching contributions in Indigenous health. The Associate Professor will undertake research and teaching that draws on the strengths and knowledge of Indigenous peoples and communities to understand the pathways to health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of all ages and to identify avenues for prevention of avoidable morbidity and mortality.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Teach in the School’s undergraduate, fourth-year and/or graduate psychology programs.
  • Participate in research independently as a member of a research team.
  • Develop strong collaborative interactions with researchers across partner institutions.
  • As a senior independent researcher, provide leadership and foster excellence in research, teaching and engagement across these institutions.

Who We Are Looking For

You will be a leading Indigenous academic with experience in conducting research focussed on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and teaching across Psychological Sciences. Additionally, you possess excellent collaboration and leadership skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of stakeholders.

You will also have:

  • A PhD or equivalent professional qualification in Psychology or a cognate discipline.
  • Evidence of distinguished national and international standing in Indigenous health.
  • Extensive experience in teaching and learning.
  • An outstanding research and/or teaching career in Indigenous health from their discipline base, including a strong publication record in high impact peer reviewed journals and demonstrated success in obtaining research funding.

For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the attached PD.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. This role requires current valid work rights for Australia.

This position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check to ensure the University provides a safe environment for everyone.

Your New TeamMelbourne School of Psychological Sciences

The Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences is one of six schools within the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences. It is consistently ranked one of the top Schools of Psychology in Australia and was ranked 17th in the world in the 2022 QS global rankings. The School is undergoing vigorous growth and attracts some of the best students nationally and internationally to its broad range of accredited undergraduate, graduate, professional programs as well as its comprehensive research programs.

What We Offer You!

In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services and discounts on graduate courses. For more information, check out our benefits page!

About the University of Melbourne

We’re tightly connected with the community, both at home and abroad. We take pride in our people, who all contribute to our mission to benefit society through the transformative impact of education and research. Discover more via our website and stay connected with our stories and people on LinkedIn.

Benefits for Indigenous staff  

  • Cultural leave:  Indigenous staff members are entitled to up to five days non-cumulative paid leave per calendar year for the purpose of attending NAIDOC, community, cultural and ceremonial activities. 
  • University policies: Indigenous staff are supported by the University’s Reconciliation Action Plan and Indigenous Employment Framework, with the commitment to improving the employment, retention and career progression outcomes for Indigenous staff members 
  • Indigenous Staff Network: Employees who have identified themselves as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander will have access to the Indigenous Staff Network (ISN)
  • Cultural events: The University hosts annual cultural events such as the Wominjeka to begin the Academic Year and the Narrm Oration, and recognises significant times throughout the year such as, Reconciliation Week, Mabo Day and NAIDOC Week. 
  • Employee Assistance Program: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Support Line available free for you and your immediate family members.

'Indigenous' here means a person of Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander descent. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants

We aspire to be the University of choice for Indigenous Australians, with unprecedented investment to attract, nurture and retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff. Tangible support through a range of programs and initiatives will ensure that you personally succeed and flourish while at the University of Melbourne.

For further information, including our 2023-2027 Indigenous strategy please visit -

Be Yourself

The University of Melbourne values the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and welcomes and celebrates diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, parents, carers, people of all ages, abilities and genders, and people of diverse ethnicity, nationality and faith are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live. For more information please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page.

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 the email address listed at the bottom of the page.

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents: 

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter outlining your interest and experience
  • The responses against the Selection Criteria^ (found in the Position Description)

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

If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Katie Robertson via email at, ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject. Please do not share your application to this email address.

If you have any particular questions regarding the job please follow the details listed on the Position Description.

Applications close: 15 October 2023 11:55 PM Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)

Position Description: 0044594_Associate Professor in Psychology Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health_PD.pdf