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Associate Professor (Pharmacology and Toxicology)

Perth (Suburb), Western Australia (AU)
$158,906 – $174,822 p.a. plus 17% superannuation
Closing date
7 Dec 2023

School of Biomedical Sciences

  • Career opportunity to Head of Department
  • Join a World Top 100 University with Pharmacology ranked in the world top 1%
  • Level D appointment on a 2-year fixed term basis
  • Initial part-time (0.4 FTE) teaching-focused basis transitioning to a full-time balanced teaching and research position from January 2025
  • Base salary range: $158,906 – $174,822 p.a. plus 17% superannuation

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research intensive universities. With a strong research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to innovate and inspire, there is no better time to join Western Australia’s top university.

About the school

The School of Biomedical Sciences encompasses research and teaching across a range of biological, medical and health science-related fields. The School comprises over seventy academic and professional staff members, plus a similar number of adjunct staff. The School is based at the UWA Health Campus located on the QEII Medical Campus next to the Perth’s major teaching hospitals, research institutes and University medical library, creating a stimulating biomedical teaching and research environment in one of the most liveable cities on the planet.

About the opportunity

You will significantly contribute to the advancement of pedagogical excellence within the Discipline and School, actively participating in the development, leadership, and delivery of undergraduate educational programs in Pharmacology & Toxicology. This includes Unit Coordination, marking, and assessment. You will establish and maintain a sustainable research program within the School's Research Clusters, promoting pedagogical innovation and excellence, and participating in programs and forums that support pedagogical research and innovation. Additionally, you will manage attracting, recruiting, and graduating quality postgraduate students or postdoctoral research fellows. Taking a lead role in securing research funding from national and international competitive agencies, industry, and government partners is crucial. Your engagement goes beyond academia, encompassing participation in School and University initiatives, governance, and collegial life. Administrative duties and service roles within the Discipline, as required by the Head of School, are also part of your responsibilities.

You will also work within the University's legislative requirements, promoting inclusion and diversity, and representing and promoting the University through involvement in professional associations, conferences, partnerships, and external activities. You will actively contribute to community engagement by building strong relationships with government, industry, and other stakeholders completes the multifaceted expectations of your role.

Note: Occasional interstate travel or out-of-hours work may be required.

About you

With a Ph.D. in a relevant academic field, you will demonstrate the ability to lead teams, schools, and engage in broader university activities, including formal meetings. You will have a proven track record in leading the development and delivery of curricula, alongside innovative teaching approaches. Familiarity with university unit coordination, examination, and assessment activities are essential. You will also demonstrate effectiveness in mentoring junior colleagues, demonstrators, and tutors and have a strong national-level research background, evidenced by high-quality peer-reviewed journal publications and successful funding applications. Additionally, you will have a successful history of supervising HDR students, ensuring timely completions and co-publications. Proficiency in teaching academic and laboratory aspects of pharmacology is necessary, along with the ability to collaborate within a team to deliver a high-quality learning experience. Excellent science communication skills are also vital for this role.

Provision of a Current National Police Clearance will be also required for the successful applicant.

About your application

Full details of the position's responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description: Download File Position description - Associate Professor (Pharmacology and Toxicology) (515971).docx

You are required to address the selection criteria in your submission in a separate document. For information to assist you with compiling statements to answer the selection criteria, please visit Addressing the selection criteria.

You may also submit an additional statement (1 page max) outlining any personal circumstances which should be considered when assessing your application. Applicants who have experienced periods of academic/professional interruption or other relevant events can include a description of achievements relative to opportunity in this statement.

Closing date: 11:55 PM AWST on Thursday, 7 December 2023

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Professor Fiona Pixley, Head of Department, at

This position is only open to applicants with relevant rights to work in Australia.

Application Details: Please apply online via the Apply Now button.

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity

UWA is committed to a diverse workforce and an equitable and inclusive workplace. We celebrate difference and believe diversity is fundamental to achieving our goals as a globally recognised Top 100 educational and research institution. We are committed to creating a safe work environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, the LGBTIQA+ community and people living with disability.

  • We have a globally competitive, gender neutral parental leave policy with 26 weeks paid leave after 12 months service and 36 weeks after 5 years.
  • We have on-campus childcare facilities for children aged 6 weeks to kindy.
  • We facilitate flexible working, with part-time and job-sharing arrangements considered.
  • We have an ongoing partnership with Pride in Diversity and were recently awarded a Bronze Employer status for LGBTIQA+ inclusion.
  • We have Athena SWAN Bronze accreditation and actively work to improve gender equity.

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