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Professor in Development Biology and Human Genetics

Camperdown, Australia
Closing date
12 Jun 2024

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Academic Discipline
Biological Sciences, Life sciences
Job Type
Academic Posts, Professors / Chairs
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

  • Opportunity to lead innovative research programs in development biology and human genetics, driving impactful contributions to human health
  • Situated in Camperdown campus at the University of Sydney
  • Continuing full-time position with an attractive remuneration package

About the opportunity

Join our team as a Professor in Development Biology and Human Genetics and play a pivotal role in shaping a culture of excellence within the School of Medical Sciences (SoMS). You will lead academic staff and students towards success while contributing to the delivery of our Medical Sciences degree. This role involves enriching the curriculum by integrating development biology and human genetics, fostering collaborations between academia and industry, and spearheading research in emerging therapeutic approaches targeting prevalent diseases such as cardiovascular illness, cancer metastasis, and inflammatory disorders.

As an internationally recognised leader in development biology and human genetics, you will drive an independent and innovative research program focused on these fields' impact on human health, showcasing a strong track record of scholarly productivity and securing external funding. Your expertise will extend to delivering engaging lectures, leading discussions, and mentoring students at undergraduate and graduate levels in development biology and human genetics, utilising effective communication skills to convey complex scientific concepts.

Active collaboration with faculty members within and beyond the school is vital to foster interdisciplinary research initiatives, enriching our academic community through school activities, committee service, and scholarly exchanges. Additionally, your engagement in service activities and leadership roles within scientific societies will further enhance our outreach efforts, amplifying our impact in circadian biology and sleep science-related professional organizations.

Skills and qualifications

The candidate should have a strong track record of disseminating their research to the broader community through public outreach, including broadcast and social media.

  • A doctoral degree (Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent) in a relevant field.
  • A strong research background and a demonstrated record of scholarly productivity, including publications in reputable scientific journals.
  • Success in securing external funding through competitive grants and/or contracts.
  • Proficiency in designing and implementing advanced laboratory-based and field research techniques relevant to development biology and human genetics.
  • Expertise in analysing and interpreting complex datasets related to development biology and human genetics and health outcomes.
  • Teaching experience at the university level, including the ability to develop and deliver courses, mentor students, and assess learning outcomes.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to effectively communicate scientific concepts to diverse audiences.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate with colleagues across disciplines.
  • A commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in research, teaching, and service.

Term and remuneration

The successful candidate will be offered a Full time Continuing position. 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.

Visa 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

Click to view the Position Description for this role.

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:

Dr Mushtaq Sobhan (Senior Talent Partner, Senior Talent Acquisition, Recruitment Operations) 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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Applications Close

Wednesday 12 June 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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