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Professor/Associate Professor and Chair of Intellectual Disability Health

Sydney (Region), New South Wales (AU)
Clinical Academic Level D/E $173,556 - $221,974 + 17% Super and leave loading
Closing date
15 May 2024

Job Details


Professor/Associate Professor and Chair of Intellectual Disability Health

  • Employment Type: Full-time (35 hour week)
  • Duration: 3 year fixed term contract (possibility of extension)
  • Remuneration: Clinical Academic Level D/E depending on experience + 17% Super and leave loading
  • Location: Kensington, NSW (Hybrid Flexible Working)

About UNSW:

UNSW isn’t like other places you’ve worked. Yes, we’re a large organisation with a diverse and talented community; a community doing extraordinary things. Together, we are driven to be thoughtful, practical, and purposeful in all we do. Taking this combined approach is what makes our work matter. It’s the reason we’re one of the top 50 universities in the world and a member of Australia’s prestigious Group of Eight. If you want a career where you can thrive, be challenged and do meaningful work, you’re in the right place.

Why Your Role Matters:

As the Chair of Intellectual Disability Mental Health, you will provide academic and clinical leadership, foster excellence in collaborative intellectual and developmental disability research, innovative teaching, clinical capacity building and engagement activities.

The role is responsible for developing and overseeing an internationally recognised program of translational and co-designed research in intellectual and developmental disability mental health. You will be primarily responsible for developing capacity and approaches to intellectual and developmental disability mental health in in South Eastern Sydney LHD, NSW, and nationally, including the leadership of innovative research related to the understanding of the determinants and impact of mental health concerns in people with intellectual and developmental disability, and research related to health services and outcomes. The role has deep interactions with NSW Health, the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care, and other sector stakeholders. Relevant fields of research for the appointee are broad and include clinical or translational research relevant to cognitive disabilities.

You will work closely with the Centre staff, partners and research staff within the Faculty and across stakeholders to translate improved mental health outcomes for Australians living with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The role of Professor/Associate Professor reports to the Director of the National Centre in Intellectual Disability Health, UNSW Medicine and Health, and to the Clinical Director, Mental Health program, South Eastern Sydney Local Health District. The role also has a dotted line reporting to the Head of Discipline of Psychiatry and Mental Health within the School of Clinical Medicine at UNSW Sydney. The role has multiple direct reports. In addition, the position has a collaborative and teaching role with the Discipline of Psychiatry and Mental Health within the School of Clinical Medicine, UNSW Medicine and Health.

Who You Are:

  • MBBS (or equivalent medical degree) and sub-specialty qualification in psychiatry, with demonstrated extensive academic and clinical experience in intellectual or developmental disability mental health.
  • Specialist Australian Health Practitioner Regulatory Agency (AHPRA) registration or eligibility for specialist registration.
  • Relevant work experience at the appropriate level, including demonstrated skill in leading a multidisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading or overseeing research and capacity building projects about the mental health care needs of people with intellectual disability.
  • Leadership of projects which design, build capacity in, deliver and/or evaluate mental health services for people with intellectual disability.
  • Track record of mental health research.
  • Proven ability to work in co-design with people with lived experience of intellectual and/or developmental disability.
  • Proven ability to apply advanced analytical, problem solving and decision-making skills in a complex multi-stakeholder operating environment.
  • Proven leadership in developing significant productive relationships and engagement with external stakeholders, including Government and the community.
  • Experience in supervision of postgraduate research projects and students.
  • Capacity to mentor, provide advice and guidance to clinicians and academics in this or a related field.
  • Demonstrated capacity to lead by example in supporting equal opportunity and equity, diversity and inclusion policy and programs as they relate to staff and students.
  • An understanding of, and commitment to, the aims of South Eastern Sydney and UNSW, their objectives and values in action, together with relevant policies and guidelines.

Benefits and Culture:

You’ll be joining a dynamic team with a fantastic culture where diversity and innovation is openly celebrated. Expect a work environment that is highly collaborative, fast-paced, inclusive and progressive - with no two days the same! You’ll be challenged and supported to achieve personal and academic goals with our dedication to lifelong learning.

How to Apply:

Make each day matter with a meaningful career at UNSW. Submit your application online before 15 May at 11:55pm, Australian Eastern Standard Time. Your application should include a document addressing the Selection Criteria (skills and experience on the position description). A copy of the Position Description can be found on JOBS@UNSW.

We will be reviewing applications as they are received throughout the advertising period, so don’t delay in submitting your application.

Get in Touch (for job related queries only – applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed):

Jamie Cutler: Talent Acquisition Consultant


UNSW is committed to evolving a culture that embraces equity and supports a diverse and inclusive community where everyone can participate fairly, in a safe and respectful environment. We welcome candidates from all backgrounds and encourage applications from people of diverse gender, sexual orientation, cultural and linguistic backgrounds, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background, people with disability and those with caring and family responsibilities. UNSW provides workplace adjustments for people with disability, and access to flexible work options for eligible staff.

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


UNSW Australia’s aspiration for the next decade is to be Australia’s global university. We aspire to this in the belief that a great university which is a global leader in discovery, innovation, impact, education and thought leadership, can make an enormous difference to the lives of people in Australia and around the world.

Over the last 66 years UNSW has made contributions across the spectrum of science and the humanities. Among many achievements, UNSW has led via transformative social policy and public law and has contributed hugely to the cultural, artistic and intellectual life of our community, while also pioneering the global development of solar energy technologies, helping to control devastating epidemics such as HIV, developing new therapies for depression and anxiety, and making previously unimaginable breakthroughs in quantum computing.

UNSW is a founding member of the Group of Eight, a coalition of Australia's leading research-intensive universities, and of the prestigious international network Universitas 21. With more than 50,000 students from over 120 countries, it is one of Australia’s most cosmopolitan universities.

The main UNSW campus is located on a 38-hectare site at Kensington, seven kilometres from the centre of Sydney. Other major campuses are the Art & Design campus in the Sydney suburb of Paddington and UNSW Canberra at the Australia Defence Force Academy.

In addition to UNSW Canberra at ADFA, UNSW has eight Faculties -  Art & Design; Arts & Social Sciences; Built Environment; Business School; Engineering; Law; Medicine; and Science  – which  offer an extensive range of undergraduate, postgraduate and research programs.

UNSW prides itself on the calibre of its people, from internationally recognised academic leaders in their field to talented professionals providing technical expertise and infrastructure. Working at UNSW, you will collaborate with highly talented people and have an opportunity to learn from the best.

To find out more about UNSW and our 2025 strategy visit our website.

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