Associate Professor Physiotherapy and Course Director

Swinburne University of Technology

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Hawthorn Campus
Start Date

Consulting & Strategy

Education & Training

Healthcare & Medical

Attractive salary package plus generous staff benefits
Job type
  • Attractive salary package plus generous staff benefits 
  • Ongoing full time position based at Hawthorn
  • Committed to innovative education, strong industry engagement and social inclusion

Swinburne’s emphasis is on high quality, engaged teaching and research in science, technology, business, design and innovation – teaching and research that makes a difference in the lives of individuals and contributes to national economic and social objectives.

Our Associate Professor, Physiotherapy will provide high-level academic, research and professional leadership in the new Physiotherapy course in the School of Health Sciences.

While the position is an ongoing role as an Associate Professor of Physiotherapy, this appointment will also fulfill a role of Course Director for a fixed term of five years, which is renewable.

The primary focus of this position is to lead the implementation of new Physiotherapy course/s to be offered at Swinburne as part of the Health Sciences Strategy. The incumbent will be expected to develop an innovative Physiotherapy curriculum using online, blended and on-campus modes of delivery. The Course Director will play a key role in developing and fostering opportunities for collaboration and partnerships among other university disciplines/departments, particularly Health Professions and Health and Medical Sciences, Pathways and Vocational Education (PAVE), research centres and with external entities (i.e. industry).

The incumbent will be committed to building two-way clinical and research partnerships in Australia and enthusiastic about developing the Physiotherapy profile of Swinburne University both locally and abroad.
Skills and Experience 

To be successful in this role you will need to demonstrate the following:

  • A PhD qualification or equivalent in Physiotherapy or a related discipline.
  • Strong record in Physiotherapy academic program management and development.
  • Evidence of innovation in practice and/or education including use of new and existing technologies, flexible delivery formats, simulations and a variety of models of service delivery
  • Effective analytical, communication, conceptual and people management skills, together with the ability to devise and implement project plans in a complex organisation.
  • A track record of successful supervision of higher research degree candidates, particularly supervision to completion.

A full list of the selection criteria is available in the position description

As a Swinburne staff member you will have access to many benefits such as career development opportunities including 50% study reduction and staff and management development programs.  You will receive up to 17% employer contributions (pension) and various discounts on annual Myki cards, private health insurance and movie tickets.  We also recognise the need to support the work/life balance and flexible needs of our staff.  As such a range of flexible working arrangements including paid maternity/partner leave, onsite childcare, working from home and part time options are available.  
To find out more about the extensive benefits offered to Swinburne employees please visit:

The diverse culture within Swinburne is a source of strength. We have an inclusive working environment with employees from a variety of backgrounds. We acknowledge that diversity in the university workforce increases the effectiveness of teams and our capacity for innovation. We welcome applications from Indigenous people, workers of all ages, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

We are proud to be recognised by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality 2015 and of key initiatives such as our Pride@Swinburne Strategic Action Plan and our Reconciliation Action Plan which are integral components of our 2025 vision to be world class university creating social and economic impact through science, technology and innovation. 
Swinburne University of Technology is a Child Safe Organisation and as part of this commitment, we require all employees to have a current Working with Children’s Check.  All appointments are subject to a valid Working with Children’s Check, therefore it will be a mandatory requirement to have and maintain a current Working with Children Check.

How to apply
To start an application, click on 'begin' at the bottom of the page and submit a resume, cover letter and response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the Position Description.  Please do not email or send paper applications, all applications must be submitted online.

If you are experiencing technical difficulties submitting your application, please contact the Recruitment team on +61 3 9214 8600 (option 2).
For further information, please contact Professor Scott Thompson-Whiteside on telephone:+61 39214 6449 or email:

Position Number: 32907
Applications close: 5pm, Sunday 18 June 2017

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