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Professor in Sleep Biology (Medical Sciences)

Camperdown, Australia
Closing date
12 Jul 2024

Job Details

  • An exciting opportunity for an outstanding senior academic who is a leading authority within Sleep and Psychiatric Disorders
  • Make a significant contribution to teaching and research in a collaborative and supportive team environment
  • Continuing position on a full-time basis with an attractive remuneration package

About the opportunity

The School of Medical Sciences (SoMS) in the Faculty of Medicine and Health is one of the most research-intensive Schools in the University. The school produces high-impact research that addresses the most important global health issues. The school was formed in 2001 to initially bring together the disciplines of pathology, pharmacology, physiology, anatomy and histology and subsequently the discipline of biomedical science. In 2021 the school underwent a major reform to reorganise teaching and research into a more contemporary model. The mission of the school is to create Leaders in medical science education and research.

We are seeking to appoint an outstanding academic at the level of Professor (Level E) for the School of Medical Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine and Health in the area of sleep biology and mental health. The position will drive innovation in research and teaching in the school and play a significant role in, and make a significant contribution to the Neurosciences theme and the School in general. The successful candidate will join the school's esteemed faculty and contribute to the commitment to excellence in research, teaching, and service in the fields of sleep biology and mental health.

The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an independent and innovative research program focused on sleep biology, and their impact on human health, with mental health as a particular focus. The candidate will also be responsible for teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels and provide mentorships to students.

The position reports to The Head of School, Professor Mary Collins. The position ensures compliance with work health safety standards, and all University policies.

About you

The successful candidate will:

  • hold a doctoral degree (Ph.D., or equivalent) in a relevant field, such as psychology, sleep biology, neuroscience, or a related discipline.
  • demonstrate a passion for teaching, a record of excellence in mentoring, and possess excellent communication skills to effectively convey complex scientific concepts to diverse audiences.
  • have experience in the development of novel technologies for circadian and sleep science
  • have a strong record of scholarly productivity, including publications in leading scientific journals, and the ability to secure external funding
  • have a strong track record of disseminating their research to the broader community through public outreach, including broadcast and social media
  • demonstrate commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in research, teaching, and service.

Term and remuneration

The successful candidate will be offered a continuing position on a full-time basis, subject to completion of a satisfactory probation period for new appointees. The successful candidate will be offered an attractive remuneration package commensurate with the responsibilities of the position and the candidate's relevant experience and qualifications.

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.

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

Friday 12 July 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

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Full-time employees: 7616

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