Academic in Applied Medical Sciences

Sydney, Australia
12 Sep 2017
End of advertisement period
24 Sep 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

School of Medical Sciences

  • Join the Westmead Precinct which delivers healthcare related research and education
  • Appointment will be the Unit Co-ordinator for a new unit of study in Cancer
  • Part time 2 days per week fixed term for three years based at Westmead Precinct

About the opportunity 

The Westmead Precinct is one of Australia’s leading precincts for the delivery of healthcare and healthcare relevant research and education. On the Precinct are located Westmead Hospital, the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Westmead Centre for Oral Health, the University of Sydney, the Westmead Institute of Medical Research, the Children’s Medical Research Institute, the Kids’ Research Institute, the Institute for Clinical Pathology and Medical Research and the Westmead Private Hospital.  The Precinct is currently undergoing a major redevelopment, with the initial stage being the construction of an Acute Services Building and ancillary works to the value of over $1Bn.

The Vice-Chancellor has committed the University of Sydney to giving academic support to the redevelopment of the Precinct.

The Vice-Chancellor has also committed to building, over 20 years, the University’s teaching activities on the Precinct from the present level of approximately 1,200 students, mainly in dentistry and medicine and post-graduate health-related research, to 6,000 students covering the full range of disciplines relevant to the improvement of health outcomes and the development of Westmead as a globally leading centre of innovation. These commitments are supported by an initial capital investment by the University of $55M together with $1M p.a. of funding to support the development of exciting new academic activities on the precinct. It is expected that the University of Sydney commitment will total $500M over 20 years

The Applied Medical Sciences team at Westmead is responsible for developing, implementing and managing several new initiatives at Westmead designed to increase and diversify opportunities in scientific education and research for both the University of Sydney and our partners at Westmead. These initiatives include:

  • Investigating potential for and fostering new collaborations between academics at the University and researchers and clinicians at Westmead
  • New Major in Applied Medical Sciences, including 4 x new units of study: the team is working with internationalleaders at Westmead to develop an entirely new major for the University in Applied Medical Sciences, which will teach students how to apply advanced knowledge and research in real world health environments. Units include studies in Cancer (research, treatment development and application), Interrogating Biomedical and Health Data, Diagnostics and Biomarkers and Clinical Science. In 2018 it is proposed to develop additional 4th units of study in Applied Medical Sciences to be delivered within the Bachelor of Advanced Studies.
  • Honours in Applied Medical Science, harnessing Westmead expertise and specialised facilities to provide highly translational experiences for honours students. This program has been piloted in 2017 and attracted approximately 50 new students to enrol at Westmead. The Honours program includes two new coursework units of study in 2018 exploring Research skills and processes, and Scientific Analysis and Communication
  • Dalyell Program for Talented Students: a specialised program which provides very high achieving undergraduates with the opportunity to participate in supervised research projects each semester. Dedicated resources have been provided at Westmead to support students and supervisors for this program, attracting dozens of exceptional students to the precinct.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance in recruiting talent aligned to these values in the pursuit of research excellence. The successful candidates will possess:

  • PhD or equivalent in a relevant discipline
  • Collaborative experience or experience working in cooperation with colleagues and others
  • Experience in clinical and/or science teaching
  • Significant research discovery as evidenced by level of academic achievements, publications and research reports, and evaluation of referees
  • Demonstrated track record in conducting research/scholarly activities either independently or as a member of a team
  • Ability to supervise undergraduate or postgraduate research students
  • Demonstrated track record to conduct research/scholarly activities either independently or as a member of a team.
  • Experience in clinical medicine and/or curriculum development would be desirable

For appointment at the higher level you will need to demonstrate strong academic leadership in teaching and research.

About us

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth.We are Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 6000 academic and non-academic staffwho support over 60,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number to apply.

Closing date: 11.30pm 24 September 2017 (Sydney time)

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

If we think your skills are needed in other areas of the University, we will be sure to contact you about other opportunities.

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