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Senior Research Fellow - Orthopaedics and Gait Analysis

Melbourne, Australia
$140,433 - $161,926 p.a. plus 17% super
Closing date
29 Feb 2024

Job Details

Job no: 0040081
Location: Parkville
Role type: Full Time /Part Time (0.8 -1 FTE); Fixed term for 2 years
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry, and Health Sciences 
School: Melbourne Medical School, Department of Paediatrics Royal Children’s Hospital
Salary: Level C – $140,433 - $161,926 p.a. plus 17% super

  • Make significant contributions to high-impact research in physiotherapy, gait analysis, and Cerebral Palsy management
  • Provide leadership in research within the Orthopaedic Department of the Royal Children’s Hospital and the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
  • 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

As a Level C, research-focused academic at the University of Melbourne, you will make substantial original contributions to research in physiotherapy, gait analysis, and Cerebral Palsy (CP) management. You will be responsible for securing national research grants, leading research projects, producing high-quality publications, and playing a key role in staff supervision.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Lead research projects, including seeking and securing competitive national research grants and collaborations for the Gait Lab team.
  • Communicate research findings through quality conference papers and publications.
  • Foster collaborations within the Melbourne Children’s Campus, contribute to the development of innovative measurement and assessment tools, and conduct world-leading research projects such as high-quality Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs).
  • Provide leadership in staff supervision, undertaking probationary and performance management processes, offering coaching and guidance for career planning, and allocating and monitoring research workloads.

Who We Are Looking For

You have demonstrated skills in research and project coordination, showcasing a significant contribution to independent and team-based research in physiotherapy practice. With strong interpersonal and communication abilities, you excel in building and maintaining relationships with diverse stakeholders, embodying ethical scholarship and valuing diversity. Ideally, you possess a notable national research profile, evidenced by successful research funding, a strong publication record and supervision of higher degree students.

You will also have:

  • PhD in a relevant field or equivalent professional qualification.
  • Degree in Physiotherapy.
  • Registration with the Physiotherapists Board of Australia (Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency).
  • A minimum of ten years of paediatric physiotherapy experience.
  • Knowledge of motor function in children with disabilities, particularly Cerebral Palsy

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

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.

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

Your New Team –  Department of Paediatrics

The Department of Paediatrics, a flagship representation of the University's partnership with the Royal Children's Hospital, offers a unique opportunity for impactful work in child and adolescent health. With a diverse team of academic and professional staff, the department is dedicated to delivering high-quality teaching and research. As a member of this department, you will contribute to shaping child and youth health policy at a national and state level, making a significant difference in the lives of children, adolescents, and their families.

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.

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.

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 -

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 Katherine 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: 29 Feb 2024 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

Position Description:  0040081 -Senior Research Fellow - Orthopaedics and Gait Analysis _ PD.pdf


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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