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Opportunity: Professor and Director of Disability and Rehabilitation – Griffith University

Reference Number: REF513H

Professor and Director of Disability and Rehabilitation

170 Kessels Rd, Nathan QLD 4111, Australia Full-time

Griffith University is a progressive, values-led university dedicated to learning, leadership, and innovation. This is your chance to help us achieve our vision to transform lives and add to human knowledge and understanding in a way that creates a future that benefits all.

Since opening in 1975, Griffith has grown from one campus and 451 students to become a comprehensive, multi-campus institution, with 50,000 students and more than 200,000 graduates.

The Hopkins Centre: Research for Rehabilitation and Resilience is a joint initiative between the Division of Rehabilitation, Metro South Hospital and Health Service and Griffith University. It sits within the Health Group and is an integral part of Griffith’s suite of disability and rehabilitation research program. Metro South Health and Griffith University have a strong history of collaboration on recovery, rehabilitation & resilience research and service development.

The Centre is leading the way in interdisciplinary applied research that examines disability and rehabilitation practices, services and systems. It provides a vehicle for driving improvements in service delivery by facilitating research that is embedded in practice and translates into meaningful outcomes for people who have injuries and disability.

Job Description

About the Opportunity
In this position, you will be involved in leading a range of activities of strategic relevance to The Hopkins Centre.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Play a significant leadership role, building our focus on implementing excellent research and translating evidence to improve quality of life for people injured in road traffic crashes.
  • Develop growth and funding strategies to ensure the reputation and trajectory of the Centre are maintained.
  • Provide leadership and collegial management of the Centre’s core funding
  • Build an integrated and collaborative approach to the management of the Centre
  • Lead and manage complex cross-sectoral initiatives, strategic plan, ongoing research quality, research outcomes and partnerships
  • Develop the profile of the Centre in collaboration with the Health Group and Metro South leadership teams and relevant committees
  • Be a leading authority in the relevant discipline or area of expertise and contribute to the advancement of knowledge through a diverse range of distinguished research contributions
  • Provide academic leadership ensuring consistently high-quality experiences and outcomes are achieved for higher degree research (HDR) candidates.

This is a full time, fixed term position for 5 years based at the Griffith University Nathan campus. It is expected that the successful candidate will be available to attend campus in person as a normal requirement of the role.

Salary Range

The base salary for a Professor (Level E) position is $190,262 per annum, plus 17% employer superannuation. The total package is $222,606 per annum.


To be successful in this position, you will demonstrate:

  • An internationally competitive research track record in a discipline area related to the Hopkins Centre and the core MAIC-funded Programs, including demonstrable evidence high level research translation, ability to attract funding and produce high quality publications.
  • A PhD in a relevant area of rehabilitation with demonstrated significant post-doctoral research experience, preferably with exposure to CTP or lifetime care schemes.
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in research design and methods that are applicable in complex rehabilitation settings.
  • Demonstrated excellence and achievement in leadership including the ability to build strong, sustainable and diverse teams, manage resources within a budget, and coordinate a broad range of academic and research functions in line with strategic objectives.
  • Knowledge and experience of working across sectors, and integrating knowledge from allied health, medical, community services, policy/sociolegal and scientific research, understanding of evaluation models and designing applied research that is embedded in industry/clinical practice and policies.
  • Ability to analyse information, summarise findings and present in ways easily understandable to decision makers and stakeholders.
  • Experience supporting and mentoring staff and members from partner organisations with diverse backgrounds, abilities and experiences.
  • Experience working with governing bodies, Boards of Directors and Advisory Boards.
  • An internationally competitive research track record in a discipline area related to the Hopkins Centre and the core MAIC-funded Programs, including demonstrable evidence high level research translation, ability to attract funding and produce high quality publications.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills with the ability to build strong and productive relationships with all stakeholders (public private, not for profit, along with considerable experience in successfully leading inter-disciplinary research teams and in facilitating cross-disciplinary team building.

Additional information
How to Apply
Please submit your application online and ensure your application includes the following:

  • A cover letter outlining your suitability for the role (please refer to the ‘About You’ criteria and the position description: PD_ProfessorDirector)
  • Current curriculum vitae, including name and contact details.
  • Link HERE

Visa sponsorship is possible for this appointment for candidates who do not hold valid Australian work rights.

Why Join Griffith?
We offer:

  • Flexible working options and genuine work-life balance
  • Salary packaging options and corporate health discounts 
  • Generous leave entitlements including paid parental leave and leave loading
  • Support with future learning opportunities through our educational staff assistance scheme

Griffith University values diversity, inclusion and flexibility and we encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and people of all backgrounds to apply. For more information please visit our  Equity, Diversity and Inclusion  page.

Griffith’s strategic goals are to also increase the proportion of women in senior academic and administrative roles and in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM).

Further Information

For further information about this role, please contact Professor Elizabeth Kendall on

For application queries, please contact Jinita Dhall, Talent Acquisition Partner, on

Closing date: Monday 6 March 2023 at 5:00pm AEST. All applications must be submitted online.

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