Employment opportunity: UC AIS Centenary Professor, Chair of Clinical Research. Joint appointment between the University of Canberra and the Australian Institute of Sport

Academic Level E:  UC AIS Centenary Professor, Chair of Clinical Research.  Joint appointment between the University of Canberra and the Australian Institute of Sport

Salary Range: An attractive salary package will be negotiated pro rata plus super

This is a 5 year fixed-term, full time position

 Vacancy Reference No: TBC

This exciting role is employed by the University of Canberra, however the position is jointly funded and managed with the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS).  We are seeking an individual who has a passion for applied clinical research in high performance athletes.  The role will involve projects seeking to enhance athlete performance through research which translates into improved preventative, clinical and rehabilitation outcomes.  The post-holder will have a unique opportunity to work collaboratively on two sites, based only a mile apart, which will mean significant resources and expertise are available from which to forge significant research outcomes and a competitive advantage for Australia’s elite athletes.  The aim of the position is to undertake research (with a themed focus on tendon and bone adaption, training loads and clinical issues relevant to the high performance sport sector) and provide clinical support which will help the AIS to achieve its aspirations outlined in the “Winning Edge” strategy. At the same time significant research collaborations and outputs will enhance the profile and reputation of the University of Canberra as it strives to become Australia’s leading sporting University.

The post-holder will be part of the University of Canberra, National Institute of Sport Studies (UCNISS) which has well established links with the Australian Institute of Sport and the Australian Sports Commission.  A new purpose built $15 million sport facility will open in 2014 providing excellent equipment levels and teaching and research areas.   The post-holder will interact closely with colleagues across a range of disciplines at the University of Canberra including Sport and Exercise Science and Physiotherapy, in the Faculty of Health, as well as Industrial Design, based in the Faculty of Art and Design, undertaking research in clinical aspects of sport design. We are seeking an active researcher within the area of applied clinical research who can make a significant contribution to the University’s research and UCNISS.

As Australia’s strategic high performance sport agency, the AIS has responsibility and accountability for leading the delivery of Australia’s international sporting success, working in partnership with national sporting organisations (NSO), state institute and academies of sport and other partners. The AIS provides expertise in all areas of athlete preparation with a clear agenda for achieving international success in line with Australia’s Winning Edge performance targets. This expertise is delivered with a focus on performance, science, medicine and innovation, coach leadership and development, performance planning and strategy, and the athlete development pathway. The post-holder will work closely with AIS Clinical Services and collaborate, wherever appropriate, with other AIS services (Sports Science, Performance Research, NSSQA and ACE).  If you are an innovative, future-oriented thinker, this position will provide you with an opportunity to join a visionary project shaping the future of clinical practice in high performance sport.

Closing date:  Februrary 28, 2014

The University is an EO employer offering excellent conditions and benefits including generous superannuation. Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

For more information on this position and how to apply, go to our website at http://www.canberra.edu.au/jobs , or contact Professor Kevin Thompson, Director UCNISS at kevin.thompson@canberra.edu.au.  Or Dr David Hughes, AIS Chief Medical Officer at david.hughes@ausport.gov.au Or Craig Purdam, AIS Head of Physiotherapy at craig.purdam@ausport.gov.au

FURTHER DETAILS

Position Title:                           UC AIS Centenary Professor,Chair of Clinical Research                                                                

Appointment Level:                Academic Level E

Reporting to:                            Director UCNISS and AIS Head of Medicine / Head of Physical Therapies

Organisational overview:

The University of Canberra is committed to serving its communities through professional education and applied research.  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. The University’s new strategic plan outlines a bold vision to Breakthrough into world rankings by the time the campus celebrates its 50th birthday in five years. The plan contains ambitious objectives based on flexible, high-quality learning, a pervasive international focus and high impact research.

The Australian Institute of Sport is Australia’s strategic high performance sport agency and has responsibility and accountability for leading the delivery of Australia’s international sporting success. The AIS works in partnership with national sporting organisations (NSO), state institute and academies of sport and other partners. The AIS provides expertise in all areas of athlete preparation with a clear agenda for achieving international success in line with Australia’s Winning Edge performance targets. This expertise is delivered with a focus on performance, science, medicine and innovation, coach leadership and development, performance planning and strategy, and the athlete development pathway. 

The position

Centenary Professors, including the Chair of Clinical Research, are being appointed to add increased depth and leadership in areas of research strength and to develop emerging research areas. Those appointed to these positions are expected to provide leadership and strategic direction which promotes excellence in research and research training. They will also be required to professionally engage at national and international levels to strengthen research collaboration opportunities and build the research reputation and expertise in evidence-based practise for the University and the AIS.

This exciting role is employed by the University of Canberra, however the position is jointly funded and managed with the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS).  It is an exciting collaborative appointment between the University of Canberra, National Institute of Sport Studies

(UCNISS) and AIS Clinical Services.  We are seeking an individual who has a passion for applied clinical research in high-performance athletes.  The role will involve projects seeking to enhance athlete performance through research which translates into improved preventative, clinical and rehabilitation outcomes.  The post-holder will have a unique opportunity to work collaboratively on two sites, based only a mile apart, which will mean significant resources and expertise are available from which to forge significant research outcomes and a competitive advantage for Australia’s elite athletes.  The aim of the position is to undertake research (with a themed focus on tendon and bone adaption, training loads and clinical issues relevant to the high performance sport sector) and provide clinical support which will help the AIS to achieve its aspirations outlined in the “Winning Edge” strategy. At the same time significant research collaborations and outputs will enhance the profile and reputation of the University of Canberra as it strives to become Australia’s leading sporting University.

The post-holder will be part of the University of Canberra, National Institute of Sport Studies which has well established links with the Australian Institute of Sport and the Australian Sports Commission.  A new purpose built $15 million sport facility will open in 2014 providing excellent equipment levels and teaching and research areas. The post-holder will interact closely with colleagues across a range of disciplines at the University of Canberra including Sport and Exercise Science and Physiotherapy, in the Faculty of Health, as well as Industrial Design, based in the Faculty of Art and Design, undertaking research in clinical aspects of sport design.  We are seeking an active researcher within the area of clinical research who can make a significant contribution to the University’s research.

As Australia’s strategic high performance sport agency, the AIS has responsibility and accountability for leading the delivery of Australia’s international sporting success, working in partnership with national sporting organisations (NSO), state institute and academies of sport and other partners. The AIS provides expertise in all areas of athlete preparation with a clear agenda for achieving international success in line with Australia’s Winning Edge performance targets. This expertise is delivered with a focus on performance science medicine and innovation, coach leadership and development, performance planning and strategy and the athlete development pathway. The post-holder will work closely with AIS Clinical Services and collaborate, where appropriate, with AIS services (Sports Science, Performance Research, NSSQA and ACE).

If you are an innovative, future-oriented thinker, this position will provide you with an opportunity to join a visionary project shaping the future of sport medicine.

Position Duties

  1. Develop and lead successful research programs, maintain a high personal academic standing and work collegially to build national and international recognition for their research and the profile of the University and the AIS.
  2. In collaboration with AIS Clinical Department Heads, high-performance partners and University senior managers (Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research, Director UCNISS) develop a strategic plan for clinical research priorities aligned with “Australia’s Winning Edge” initiative.
  3. Attract major external research funding (for example ARC and NHMRC project and/or program grants or equivalent) and competitive fellowships. Additionally seek to maximise the research impact from internal funding programmes.
  4. Provide academic leadership to build our research profile with employers of our graduates, and align research directions with the needs of government, community and high performance sport partners.
  5. Provide leadership to, and a supportive and nurturing environment for, early career academics and clinicians to assist them meet their goals in research and clinical practice.  Develop meaningful and productive collaborations so as to combine the resource and expertise of both organisations.
  6. Supervise postgraduate research students in areas of particular research expertise and provide leadership and mentoring to early career researchers so as to develop supervisory capacity. This might include students from other academic institutions.
  7. Support the development of the University Research Centre (UCNISS) and contribute to University Research Centre/Faculty governance and management through engagement with staff meetings, relevant committees or taskforces as appropriate.
  8. Manage staff, projects and budgets as required and agreed by University and AIS line managers.

Selection criteria

  1. A PhD in a relevant field of research
  2. Demonstrable evidence of an outstanding publication record in the last five (5) years and the ability to continue this publication profile;
  3. Demonstrable evidence of success in competitive grant income particularly from ARC and NHMRC or international equivalents;
  4. The ability to attract funding for postdoctoral fellows in order to build the research enterprise;
  5. Demonstrable evidence of esteem indicators (awards, editorships of key journals, key role on peak professional bodies etc.);
  6. Demonstrated ability to attract excellent PhD candidates and a strong PhD completion record;
  7. Leadership of national or international research collaborations demonstrated through high quality outputs;
  8. A strong five (5) year research plan that is aligned with the research focus of the relevant area; and
  9. Demonstrated high level of understanding and commitment to implementation of equity and workplace health and safety principles

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