First listed on: 08 October 2020

 Senior Research Fellow/Associate Professor


  • $123,467-$148,350 plus 17% superannuation
  • 2 year fixed-term, full-time (based in Melbourne)
  • Conducting innovative work that will make real-world differences
Job Reference: 617011
Curtin University is ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide (ARWU 2018 and QS World University Rankings 2019), is placed 20th in the world for universities less than 50 years old (QS Top 50 Under 50 2019). Curtin is WA’s most preferred university, with highly engaged industry-facing partners and is a major global player, with well-integrated campuses in Singapore, Malaysia, Mauritius and Dubai.
About the National Drug Research Institute (NDRI)
The NDRI mission is to conduct and disseminate high quality research that supports evidence informed policy, strategies and practice to prevent and minimise alcohol and other drug-related health, social and economic harms among individuals, families and communities in Australia. NDRI research has informed and contributed significantly to policy and evidence-based practice in Australia and internationally. NDRI has  six research priorities which include: 1. Alcohol and other drug policy and strategies; 2. Needs of Aboriginal Australians; 3. Innovation in prevention and early intervention; 4. Social contexts of alcohol and other drug use; 5. Reducing harm among people who use alcohol and other drugs; 6. Innovation in the management of alcohol and other drug problems.
In this role you will
A unique and exciting opportunity has arisen for the right person to join NDRI Melbourne. Consistent with the overall NDRI mission you will develop and lead a program of research of national and international standing which will primarily focus on reducing harm among people who use alcohol and other drugs. Working closely with the Head of the Melbourne Office, you will develop a growth strategy that leverages partnerships with key local, national and international organisations to develop a strong funding base from which to attract new staff and students to foster a collegial academic culture making the NDRI Melbourne Office a vibrant and dynamic environment.
We are looking for someone with…
  • A PhD, in epidemiology, public health or a related discipline;
  • A strong track record of success in nationally competitive research grants and/or fellowships;
  • Ability to display high levels of performance and academic achievement in alcohol and other drug health and/or social research;
  • Have demonstrated capacity to assist the team to work with community and government stakeholders to identify and action a coherent program of quality research aligned to community needs, and the University’s and NDRI’s research strategies;
  • Demonstrate the capacity to undertake your own program of research consistent with the Strategic Plan current for NDRI and Curtin University, including being a chief investigator in applications for nationally competitive research grants and/or fellowships;
  • Demonstrate a history of publishing high quality international standard research outputs, consistent with that expected of a Curtin senior academic
  • Disseminate research findings through research teaching, seminars, lectures, workshops and conferences; and,
  • Demonstrate a capacity and commitment to attracting and supervising doctoral, masters and honours students, and provide academic mentoring and support to early- and mid-career researchers.
What we would offer you
The Faculty of Health Sciences offers exciting career paths and trajectories including:
  • Conducting innovative work that will make real-world differences
  • Interactions with and learnings from industry, government and academic partners
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Next steps
Most importantly you should address the criteria outlined in this advertisement. Curtin University does not require you to address the selection criteria stated in the Research Academic Role Statements for Academic Level D or Academic Level C positions, however your cover letter and CV should include sufficient information to allow us to assess your claims against the selection criteria at either of the two levels.
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Applications close: Thursday 29 October 2020, 09:00PM AWST
Contact details
For further information please contact Professor Paul Dietze, Head of NDRI Melbourne at or Professor Simon Lenton, Director NDRI
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Inclusion and Diversity at Curtin
We are committed to ensuring that Curtin has an inclusive environment, free from harassment, in which all students, staff and the community feel respected, valued and welcome.
We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, women, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and are committed to making reasonable adjustments to enable people with disability to participate fully in our recruitment, selection and appointment processes.
We have received recognition in this area:
  • Voted one of Australia’s Inclusive Employers for 2019-2020 (Diversity Council of Australia).
  • Have become one of the first Universities to receive accreditation for an Elevated Reconciliation Action Plan.
  • Achieved Athena Swan Bronze Accreditation (2018-2020).
  • Voted 16th best workplace for new dads in Australia (HBF - Direct Advice for Dads, 2019).
Curtin reserves the right at its sole discretion to withdraw from the recruitment process, not to make an appointment, or to appoint by invitation, at any time. We reserve the right to remove the advert earlier than the date on the advert.

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