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Professor of Health Research

Camperdown, Australia
Closing date
20 May 2024

Job Details

  • Exciting opportunity for an outstanding senior academic who is a leading authority within their discipline
  • Located in Susan Wakil School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Medicine and Health, Camperdown campus
  • CONTINUING position with an attractive remuneration package

About the opportunity

The vision of Sydney Nursing School is to be The School of Choice to nurture global citizens in health and wellbeing. We aim to produce graduates who have the critical thinking skills and knowledge to provide the best care for people, wherever they are. Our graduates engage with and contribute to important decisions about global trends in health promotion, person-centred practice and disease prevention.

We are driving health education and research locally and globally. We are preparing our graduates for the changing needs of healthcare and the increasing demand for healthcare practitioners in Australia. Our strong global ranking demonstrates our reputation as a School and forms a basis for extending and expanding new and sustained global relationships and partnerships, whilst remaining passionate about the contributions we can make at the local level, in partnership with health and other community-embedded partners.

Sydney Nursing School teaches approximately 1,200 undergraduate and 700 postgraduate nursing coursework students. There are around 75 higher degree research students. The School is also home to the Discipline of Nutrition and Dietetics, which has offered an education programme for Accredited Practising Dietitians since 1967. Academic dietitians are responsible for the professionally accredited two-year Master of Nutrition and Dietetics degree with about 150 students currently enrolled.

About you (skills, capabilities, and experience)

We are seeking a Professor of Health Research - Level E. The successful candidate will be a leading authority within their discipline and have an international reputation for excellence. This position is being created to advance our work in care systems. We are particularly keen for the successful applicant to build on and establish new collaborations between the Sydney Nursing School and across the Faculty of Medicine and Health in person-centred practice and human factors related to patient safety. We aim to generate globally impactful research that will integrate person-centred principles with human-factors methods to inform health-system design and redesign. The successful candidate will actively lead research and scholarship, academic debate, policy development and innovation within the University and the broader community. They will also lead the establishment of a research network or centre in the Faculty of Medicine & Health and provide leadership to research endeavours in Sydney Nursing School. The position holder will also contribute to the leadership and strategic direction of the University by participating in collegial governance and decision making and foster a culture of excellence through guiding academic staff and students toward success.

The successful candidate must have:

  • PhD in a relevant health-related area
  • A track record in impactful health research relevant to the requirements of the position
  • International reputation as an authority in their discipline with a supporting research profile including competitive research grants, publications and evidence of recognition within the broader research community
  • Significant experience in people leadership in the higher education sector, including demonstrated excellence in supervising and/or mentoring others to success
  • An in-depth knowledge and understanding of the key strategic issues in the higher education sector

Term and remuneration

The successful candidate will be offered a competitive remuneration package commensurate with the responsibilities of the position and the candidate's relevant experience and qualifications.

The term of the appointment is a continuing role on a full-time basis.

Visa sponsorship and relocation assistance will be provided if required.

How to apply

Applications (including a CV and cover letter outlining how your skills, capabilities and experience meet the requirements for the role) must be submitted via the link above. Please refer to the candidate information brochure for further details.

Candidate Information Brochure

If you are a current employee of the University or a contingent worker with access to Workday, please login into your Workday account and navigate to the Career icon on your Dashboard. Click on USYD Find Jobs and apply.

For a copy of the candidate information brochure, a confidential discussion about the role, or if you require reasonable adjustment or support filling out this application, please contact:

Lucy Porter (Senior Talent Partner, Recruitment Operations, Human Resources) on + 61 429 771 115 or by email

To keep our community safe, please be aware of our COVID safety precautions which form our conditions of entry for all staff, students and visitors coming to campus.

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

EEO statement

At the University of Sydney, our shared values include diversity and inclusion and we strive to be a place where everyone can thrive. We are committed to creating a University community which reflects the wider community that we serve. We deliver on this commitment through our people and culture programs, as well as key strategies to increase participation and support the careers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, women, people living with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and those who identify as LGBTIQ. We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds.

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The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.

Applications Close

Monday 20 May 2024 11:59 PM


The University of Sydney was established in 1850 and is consistently recognised, both locally and internationally, for its outstanding teaching and research excellence. Sydney alumni include Prime Ministers, Governor Generals, Nobel Prize winners and leaders in every field of endeavour.

The University offers a comprehensive range of courses, including a number of disciplines unique in Australia. Teaching is spread across nine different state-of-the art campuses, located across New South Wales.

The University of Sydney’s commitment to excellence in research has resulted in an outstanding record in national competitive funding and underpins an approach to teaching which has won nominations for excellence and resulted in high student satisfaction ratings. The University has 78 research centres and institutes and is home to three ARC Centres of Excellence.

The teaching, research and cultural life of the University is supported by extensive facilities, including the largest library collection in the Southern Hemisphere, the world-class Nicholson Museum of archaeological antiquities, the Macleay Museum of natural history and ethnographic collections and the University Art Gallery. Its outstanding sporting and recreation facilities provide a training centre for students and Olympic athletes.

The University of Sydney is a key member of the Group of Eight Australian major research-intensive universities, and the Worldwide Universities Network.


The University of Sydney has nine official campuses.

1.         Camperdown/Darlington Campus.

2.         Cumberland Campus. Home to the Faculty of Health Sciences (based in Lidcombe).

3.         Mallett Street Campus. Home of the Sydney Nursing School.

4.         Sydney Conservatorium of Music Campus. In Macquarie Street, central Sydney.

5.         Rozelle Campus. Home to Sydney College of the Arts.

6.         Surry Hills Campus. Home to the Faculty of Dentistry.

7.         Camden Campus. Contains facilities connected to the Faculty of Veterinary Science and the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment.

8.         Burren Street Campus. Facilties are currently under development.

9.         Sydney Medical School campuses. These include the School of Rural Health (in Dubbo and Orange), the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Concord Hospital, Westmead Hospital, the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Nepean Hospital, Northern Clinical School, Sydney Adventist Hospital, Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health, and Northern Rivers University Department of Rural Health.


The University of Sydney has 16 faculties.

1. Agriculture and Environment

2. Architecture, Design and Planning

3. Arts and Social Sciences

4. Business (Business School)

5. Dentistry

6. Education and Social Work

7. Engineering and Information Technologies

8. Health Sciences

9. Law (Sydney Law School)

10. Medicine (Sydney Medical School)

11. Nursing and Midwifery

12. Pharmacy

13. Science

14. Sydney College of the Arts

15. Sydney Conservatorium of Music

16. Veterinary Science

Number of Employees

Full-time employees: 7616

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