Professor of Health Economics

Sydney, Australia
$179,556 to $188,043
18 May 2017
End of advertisement period
14 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Macquarie is the university of pioneering minds. Globally recognised as one of Australia's leading research universities, Macquarie is a place where extraordinary new possibilities come to light. We've helped people to hear, introduced wireless internet technology to the world and broken through traditional boundaries by appointing Australia's first female vice-chancellor.

At Macquarie you'll join a vibrant community of diverse perspectives, all working towards a brighter future for our communities and our planet. Surrounded by beautiful parkland campus, our students and staff are free to explore and discover, supported by facilities including a high-tech library, private teaching hospital, gym and pools, childcare facilities, a campus train station and the newly expanded Macquarie Centre shopping complex next door. 

The Faculty of Business and Economics

The Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) is an applied and engaged business faculty making a positive global contribution and impact. It consists of four Departments, three research centres, and the Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM). The Faculty has a worldwide reputation as a leading business and economics school. For example, MGSM is ranked domestically as the number one school by the Financial Times world MBA ranking, and is currently ranked 49 in the world.

Centre for the Health Economy

Macquarie University Centre for the Health Economy (MUCHE) is a research centre established within the Faculty of Business and Economics as a strategic initiative to undertake innovative research on health, ageing and human services. Its vision is to create a world where decision makers are empowered with applied, trusted and influential research into health and human services policy and systems.

MUCHE undertakes research funded by competitive academic grants, and research funded by government and non-government organisations. It has five strategic research areas, and undertakes research across system wide functions, such as competition, workforce, funding models, and performance frameworks within health and human services sectors.

MUCHE works collaboratively across the University, including the Faculty of Business and Economics, Faculty of Human Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, and the University’s world renowned health research centres, including the Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI) and the Centre for Emotional Health. Its collaborative approach also extends to world leading universities in the US, Europe and Asia, and to government and non-government partners that are committed to funding independent research on the health economy.

Department of Economics

The Department of Economics provides a supportive and collegial environment for staff to develop and sustain teaching and research programs that deeply engage with the societal challenges of our times, and to foster interdisciplinary, international and community collaboration. Our staff contribute to existing and developing areas of scholarship including applied economics, the economics of culture, financial economics and econometrics, and macroeconomics.

The Department of Economics research networks are evidently engaged with the rapid transformation and development in the Asia-Pacific region. In the latest ERA (Excellence in Research for Australia), the Department was ranked at world standard. The Department of Economics has close links with the Centre for Financial Risk, the Centre for the Health Economy, the Centre for Workforce Futures and with research centres and research clusters in other Economics Departments in the Sydney region.

The Role:

The Faculty of Business and Economics is seeking to employ a Professor of Health Economics to build capacity in undertaking health and human services research, both independently and collaboratively within Macquarie University. The appointment will be required to work jointly within MUCHE and the Department of Economics.

The Professor will be an intellectual leader in health economics, with experience working with government and non-government organisations, and experience contributing towards public policy debates. The Professor will expand research output, leadership capabilities, mentoring and teaching activities, and external engagement activities within MUCHE and the Department of Economics.

The successful candidate will:

  • Continue to build upon an already successful stream of independent research that produces high quality articles acceptable to A and A* journals.
  • Independently and collaboratively seek competitive grant funding with Macquarie University research partners, other universities, and external organisations.
  • Independently and collaboratively seek funding from government and non-government organisations by developing relationships, promoting research ideas, and constructing research proposals.
  • Contribute to external engagement activities including academic conferences, Thought Leadership events, government committees, print and social media.
  • Contribute to building the research skills of early and mid career (EMC) researchers.
  • Supervise Higher Degree Research (HDR) students and build EMC researcher supervision skills.
  • Contribute to the development, enhancement and teaching (potentially), of Health Economics in undergraduate and HDR programs.
  • Develop and lead health economics training programs delivered to government and non-government organisations.
  • Contribute to developing and implementing the strategic direction of MUCHE and the Department of Economics

Selection Criteria

To be considered for this position, applicants must address the ‘Selection Criteria below in a separate document and upload when applying.

Essential Selection Criteria:

  • Internationally recognised as an expert in own subject area that involves active engagement with local and global communities.
  • Has successfully obtained competitive grant funding independently, and maintained a sustainable research funding stream.
  • Extensive track record of published articles in high quality refereed journals, other media forums, and at international conferences.
  • Demonstrated leadership in health economics research, including extensive domestic and international academic networks.
  • Experience working within multi-disciplinary research teams, including non-academics and social scientists.
  • Ability to efficiently manage research contracts, including planning, coordinating, managing risks, and delivering research.
  • Ability and willingness to contribute to the development of undergraduate and postgraduate programs of the highest quality.
  • Superior skills in mentoring and supervising students, post-doctoral researchers, and EMC researchers.
  • Willingness to work within a team environment towards shared objectives, including contributing to the administration and management of MUCHE.

Desirable selection criteria:

  • Experience working with government and non-government organisations.
  • Membership of academic and government committees.
  • Has a thorough understanding of health economics in the broader Asia-Pacific region.

The position will report to the Head of the Department of Economics, although the successful candidate must work autonomously across MUCHE and the Department of Economics.

Salary Package: From $179,556 to $188,043 (Level E), plus 17% employer’s superannuation and annual leave loading. There is also the potential for an additional Staff Loading for candidates with exceptional skills and experience.

Appointment Type: Full-time, continuing

Specific Role Enquiries:  Ashley Soytemiz on

Applications Close: 11:55pm Monday, 14 August 2017

Macquarie University is an EO Employer committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications are encouraged from people with a disability; women (particularly for senior and non-traditional roles); Indigenous Australians, people who identify as GLBTI; and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Applications need to be submitted through the Macquarie University online recruitment system. Where circumstances such as disability or remote location prohibit your access to our online system please contact the enquiries person listed in this advertisement for assistance.

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