First listed on: 08 November 2023

Conjoint Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow in Physiotherapy

STARS Education and Research Alliance

The University of Queensland (UQ) and Metro North Health (MNH) have formed the STARS Education and Research Alliance to bring together world-leading researchers, clinicians and educators to create knowledge and embed clinical research that transforms patients outcomes and clinical care.

The Alliance between Metro North health and The University of Queensland enriches collaboration between clinicians, researchers, and students, working together to put real time research into action and deliver tailored patient care. As a research-active facility, patients and families can also choose to work hand-in-hand with research teams and clinicians to deliver patient-centric models of care. We are ensuring that today’s research is tomorrow’s treatment, delivering exceptional health outcomes now and into the future.

The STARS Education and Research Alliance has been established by MNH and The University of Queensland to drive and guide the integrate of research, education, and clinical practice at STARS.

Our vision is to:
  • Translate excellent clinical education and world-leading research into STARS service delivery
  • Drive cutting edge service innovation and technologies (particularly in providing person-centre interprofessional care for patients)
  • Establish STARS as the preferred option for complex rehabilitation patients from across Australia and the Asia-Pacific region
  • Establish STARS as a magnet for attracting leading clinicians, researchers, and educationalists from across the globe (both as team members and partners)
  • Empower our passionate workforce to stretch the boundaries as they delivery for the community
  • Expand the impact of STARS beyond the physical building to influence community outcomes

Please visit our website for additional information about the STARS Education and Research Alliance:

About This Opportunity

We are seeking to appoint a Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow or Clinical Research Fellow/Clinical Senior Research Fellow in Physiotherapy to enhance the research capacity and capabilities of both Metro North Health (MNH) and The University of Queensland (UQ) in physiotherapy. The purpose of this role is to plan, undertake, and publish a program of clinical research under the general direction of the Director of the Education and Research Alliance, STARS, and university leaders.

The role will also involve supervision of UQ Honours, Masters, and PhD students, research assistants involved in the delivery of specific research projects, as well as leading and supporting physiotherapy and interprofessional research, quality improvement and evidence-based practice activities in STARS, MNH and the University.

This is a conjoint position between UQ and MNH, where the preferred candidate will negotiate their employing entity.

The one role is offered at two levels – with or without contribution to STARS physiotherapy clinical service delivery – as follows:

  • Research Fellow or Senior Research Fellow in Physiotherapy (without contribution as a clinical physiotherapist in STARS service) or;
  • Clinical Research Fellow or Senior Clinical Research Fellow in Physiotherapy (with contribution as a clinical physiotherapist in STARS services). Clinical physiotherapy services in STARS include inpatient rehabilitation (including general rehabilitation and specialist rehabilitation), ambulatory (day hospital) services, as well as surgical and procedural services (including for example orthopaedics, gastroenterology, ENT, urology, and gynaecology).

The role is located primarily at STARS and as necessary at the University’s St Lucia campus.

For further information, please click here to view the full appointment booklet.

This is a research focused position. Further information can be found by viewing UQ’s Criteria for Academic Performance.

What we can offer

This is a full-time (100%), fixed-term contract for five years at Academic Level B or Level C with The University of Queensland or HP5 or HP6 with Metro North Health.

The employing entity of this position (The University of Queensland or Metro North Health) is subject to negotiation with the preferred candidate. Any employment information or benefits outlined in this advertisement will apply in the case that the University of Queensland is chosen as the lead employer. In either option, this role will report to the Director of the STARS Education and Research Alliance (also based in STARS). Please see the attached booklet for further information.

The greater benefits of joining the UQ community are broad:  from being part of a Group of Eight university, to recognition of prior service with other Australian universities, up to 26 weeks of paid parental leave, 17.5% annual leave loading, flexible working arrangements including hybrid on site/WFH options and flexible start/finish times, and genuine career progression opportunities via the academic promotions process.

In addition, the following mandatory requirements apply:

  • Work Rights: You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment to apply. Visa sponsorship is not available for this appointment. 
  • AHPRA Registration: It is a condition of employment for this position that you are registered with, or are eligible to apply for registration, to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.
  • Mandatory Immunisations: It is a condition of employment for this role that you will be required to provide evidence of immunisation against certain vaccine preventable diseases.


For more information about this opportunity, please contact Professor Nadine Foster at

For application queries, please contact stating the job reference number (below) in the subject line. 

Want to Apply?

All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Responses to the ‘About You’ section

Please note that you will be asked to add all documents into the one upload box labelled ‘resume’, which is step one of the application form.

Other Information

At UQ we know that our greatest strengths come from our diverse mix of colleagues, this is reflected in our ongoing commitment to creating an environment focused on equity, diversity and inclusion.  We ensure that we are always attracting, retaining and promoting colleagues who are representative of the diversity in our broader community, whether that be gender identityLGBTQIA+cultural and/or linguisticAboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, or people with a disability. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to 

If you are a current employee of UQ (including casual staff and HDR scholars) or hold an unpaid/affiliate appointment, please login to your staff Workday account and visit the internal careers board to apply for this opportunity. Please do NOT apply via the external job board.

Applications close Sunday 3rd December at 11.00pm AEST (R-29094). Please note that interviews have been tentatively scheduled for Friday 15th December 2023.

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