Assistant Professor in Psychology

Canberra, Australia
14 May 2018
End of advertisement period
10 Jun 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Full Time

Organisational Overview

The University of Canberra is a young University anchored in the national capital. UC works with government, business and industry to serve our communities and nation. UC challenges the status quo always pursuing better ways to teach, learn, research and add value – locally and internationally. Distinctive by Design, UC is the University for the Professions.

Its purpose is to provide education which offers high quality transformative experiences to everyone suitably qualified; to engage in research which makes an early and important difference to the world around us; and to contribute to the building of just, prosperous, healthy and sustainable communities.

Our Shared Plan has five interconnected streams of strategic intent that will drive our quest to shape UC into a globally prominent institution of learning, research and public engagement. This will empower our diverse people to drive our core missions of distinctive teaching and research in an enriched living-learning environment encompassing our Canberra campus and global locations.

Faculty Purpose

The Faculty of Health comprises a growing number of disciplines including Sport and Exercise Science, Physiotherapy, Nutrition and Dietetics, Pharmacy, Public Health, Nursing, Midwifery, Psychology, Optometry and Vision Science, Counselling, Medical Imaging, Speech Pathology and Occupational Therapy. It is also home to the Centre for Research and Action in Public Health, and the Faculty of Health Clinics. In addition, Health is the host faculty for UC-RISE (the University of Canberra Research Institute for Sport and Exercise), the Health Research Institute, and plays a leading role in relation to the development of the University’s Health Innovation Precinct.

The Faculty has doubled in size since its establishment as a separate organisational entity in 2008. Disciplines within the Faculty are engaged in both undergraduate and post-graduate education, as well as being highly research active. Staff are committed to making significant contributions to the advancement of knowledge in their professions, and to producing graduates who are ready to take their place in the
workforce. There is a strong commitment to enhancing work-based learning opportunities for our students, in both clinical and non-clinical areas of the Faculty.

Position Purpose

The appointee will be expected to contribute to the research and teaching efforts within the Discipline of Psychology. We especially seek applicants able to teach and research in the area of Health Psychology, but we are primarily focused on recruiting the best candidates regardless of specific area. The appointee will be expected to develop an active research program, including seeking funding, conducting research, and publishing. The appointee will be committed to student learning, through coordination and delivery of units, and supervision of honours, masters, and PhD-level research projects. And the appointee will be expected to contribute to the scholarly and collegial community within the School, the Faculty, and beyond.

The appointees will report to the Discipline Lead and maintain excellent working relationships with colleagues at the Faculty and University levels.

Primary Duties

The occupant of this position will be required to:

  1. Developing an active research program, including seeking external funding, conducting research, and publishing.
  2. Preparing and delivering lectures, seminars, tutorials, and workshops in conventional and flexible modes.
  3. Coordinating and convening units in the Discipline, and managing unit-specific online learning sites.
  4. Marking, and assessing materials at the undergraduate, honours, and Masters levels.
  5. Initiating and developing course and unit materials.
  6. Student consultation and mentoring.
  7. Supervising students’ research projects.
  8. Attendance at Discipline and School meetings and, when required, other faculty meetings.
  9. Administrative duties as appropriate and agreed with the Discipline Lead
  10. Other relevant duties by negotiation with the Discipline Lead.


  1. Completion, or near completion, of a PhD in psychology.
  2. Record of a developing research trajectory.
  3. Demonstrated capacity to design, develop, co-ordinate, and deliver unit and course material.
  4. Ability to respond to the demands and variations of academic workloads.
  5. Demonstrated effective interpersonal and communication skills
  6. Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to equity principles in higher education.