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Associate Professor / Professor, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

Melbourne, Australia
Closing date
28 Jan 2024

Job Details

Job no: 0059880
Location: Parkville
Role type: Full time; Fixed term for 5 years
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: Melbourne School of Health Sciences
Salary: Negotiable salary package (Level D or Level E) + 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).

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.


The University of Melbourne, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences is seeking to employ a Level D (Associate Professor) or Level E (Professor) academic to join our Indigenous health leadership within the Faculty. This new position will be a joint Faculty and Melbourne School of Health Sciences (MSHS) appointment as part of a workforce strategy to grow the number of senior Indigenous staff. Over time the role will be fully funded and supported by the MSHS.

Ideally, the successful applicant will have a background in one of these discipline areas of the school, and will make leadership, research and teaching contributions in Indigenous health. They will also lead the development and implementation of the School Strategy as it relates to Indigenous Health.

This position represents an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic team committed to undertaking research and Indigenous-informed 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.

About you

Ideally, the appointee will be a leading Indigenous academic, PhD qualified with experience in conducting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research or public health and developing and delivering culturally safe curricula.

You will also possess;

  • Evidence of distinguished national standing in your discipline
  • A record of achievement in competitive research grants
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in developing and leading cross-disciplinary collaborations
  • Evidence of a strong track record of postgraduate, post-doctoral and mid-career research supervision and mentorship
  • Highly developed leadership skills

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

About Us

The Melbourne School of Health Sciences

Established in 2009, the Melbourne School of Heath Sciences is an inter-professional learning community at the forefront of leadership in health sciences education, clinical research, scholarship, professional practice, workforce training and knowledge exchange that contributes to local, national and global efforts to improve health and wellbeing. The Melbourne School of Health Sciences educates graduate entry and post-graduate students in the disciplines of Nursing, Social Work, Physiotherapy, Audiology, Speech Pathology and Optometry through accredited programs tailored to workforce needs nationally and internationally.

The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences (MDHS) is Australia’s pre-eminent medical, health sciences and biomedical faculty and is recognised for its research, teaching, training and policy leadership across all of these fields. The Faculty is Australia’s overall leader in clinical, pre-clinical and health sciences and is ranked 11th globally in 2021 by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

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. 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.   

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.

Applications close: 28 January 2024 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

Position description: 0059880_AP-Prof, Aboriginal & TSI Health_PD_RFQ09635


The University of Melbourne enjoys an outstanding reputation with world rankings consistently placing us as Australia’s leading comprehensive research-intensive university, and one of the world’s top 50*.

Melbourne attracts the best and brightest students and researchers and, with a history of over 160 years, we occupy a special place at the heart of our city’s cultural scene.

Melbourne is a leading research university, widely renowned for its teaching and the social and economic contributions it makes through knowledge transfer. The University’s performance in international rankings puts it at the forefront of higher education in the Asia-Pacific and beyond.

Internationally, the University is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, with its international peers placing it in the top 20 worldwide, and employers placing it in the top 10. In the recent Times Higher Education rankings of the world’s top 200 universities, Melbourne ranked top in Australia and 33 in the world.

Melbourne’s international research pre-eminence was also acknowledged with a top 100 ranking in the Shanghai Jiao Tong rankings. Ranked No. 44 in 2015, the University has climbed steadily in the rankings since first appearing at No. 92 in 2003.

The Melbourne Model introduces undergraduate programs characterised by both breadth and depth, followed by a graduate professional degree, a research higher degree or entry directly into employment.

In 2008 Melbourne commenced offering six New Generation undergraduate degrees in Arts, Biomedicine, Commerce, Environments, Music and Science. The Melbourne Model also introduces a new graduate school experience to Australia, providing the best and brightest with a more focused, intense and professionally relevant degree in areas such as Law, Architecture, Teaching and Nursing. With the Melbourne curriculum now aligning the University with the world’s top universities in Europe, North America and Asia, we enable our students to develop the skills and attributes required by employers all over the world.

More than 50,000 students from over 120 countries take courses in the University’s 12 faculties and graduate schools.

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*Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015 – 2016 and Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015

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