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  • Chair Lifespan Oral Health (Associate Professor or Professor)
    Faculty of Medicine and Health
    The University of Sydney


    • Exciting opportunity for an outstanding senior Academic

    • Located in Westmead Hospital / Sydney Local Health District / Camperdown Campus

    • 5 year FIXED-TERM position with an attractive remuneration package and non-competitive renewal


    About the opportunity

    Join us as Chair of Lifespan Oral Health at the University of Sydney School of Dentistry where you'll lead a research team and work with other faculty research leaders to shape the future of health in this country and beyond. With a focus on improving oral and general health outcomes for the population, you'll use implementation science principles and interdisciplinary collaboration to lead primarily externally-funded translational research teams to reduce the burden of oral disease in all populations.

    As an accomplished academic with a passion for improving oral health outcomes, you'll maintain your reputation by actively contributing to research and scholarship, academic debate, policy development, and innovation within the Sydney Dental School and the broader community. You'll mentor staff within the Sydney Dental School and engage with students to instill the importance of oral health and promote oral-systemic connection.

    As senior research leader, you'll work to improve the reputation of the University of Sydney and the Faculty of Medicine and Health (FMH) by fostering a culture of excellence and guiding academic staff and students towards success. With the authority to make decisions in the day-to-day operation of the role in line with the research and teaching goals of the agreed strategy, you'll have a significant research leadership role encompassing the breadth of the FMH.

    We're looking for an outstanding academic with a national or international reputation in oral health research, strong record of training research students and early career researchers, and a wide network of established relationships with key academic, industry and professional institutions, partners, and stakeholders. Join us and use your talents to make and shape the future of healthcare.


    About you (skills, capabilities and experience)

    You will be a PhD-qualified academic or equivalent research doctorate in a relevant field of study. Regardless of your primary health profession background, you will possess a national or international reputation in dental research, supported by a strong research profile including competitive grants, publications, recognition within the research community and research impact. You will have a distinguished record of academic teaching excellence demonstrated by successful student outcomes, impact on student learning, awards/prizes, and innovation. You will have a vast network of established relationships with key academic, industry, and professional institutions, partners, and stakeholders to enhance the discipline’s standing and that of the School, Faculty, and University. You will have demonstrated experience in translating research into practice, including an understanding and application of implementation science in their research. You will have advanced stakeholder management skills with proven capability to build and maintain strategic partnerships and collaboration with diverse groups, including clinicians, staff, academic institutions and other organisations, towards research success. Finally, you will have excellent written and oral communication skills to engage different audiences.


    Term and remuneration

     You will be offered a 5-year fixed term position on a full-time basis, with the possibility for renewal subject to performance and funding agreement. The appointment is subject to completion of satisfactory probation period for new appointees.

    You will be offered a competitive remuneration package commensurate with the responsibilities of the position and the candidate’s relevant experience and qualifications.

    Visa sponsorship and relocation assistance will also be provided if required.


    How to apply

    Applications (including a CV and cover letter outlining how your skills, capabilities and experience meet the requirements for the role) must be submitted via the link above. Please refer to the candidate information brochure for further details.

    Candidate Information Brochure

    If you are a current employee of the University or a contingent worker with access to Workday, please login into your Workday account and navigate to the Career icon on your Dashboard.  Click on USYD Find Jobs and apply.

    For a copy of the candidate information brochure or a confidential discussion about the role, please contact: Lucy Porter (Senior Talent Partner, Recruitment Operations, Human Resources) on + 61 429 771 115 or by email

    For role specific questions please email: Professor Heiko Spallek, Head of School and Dean, The University of Sydney Dental school on:

    To keep our community safe, please be aware of our COVID safety precautions which form our conditions of entry for all staff, students and visitors coming to campus.

    As this position is located on a NSW Health site, it is a regulatory requirement to complete compulsory employment checks prior to starting in this position. For more information and instructions, please visit: NSW Health employment requirements

    This position is designated as involving child-related work. To undertake or remain in this position, you are required to apply for and obtain a Working With Children Check clearance in accordance with the Child Protection (Working With Children) Act 2012.

    Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.


    EEO statement

    At the University of Sydney, our shared values include diversity and inclusion and we strive to be a place where everyone can thrive. We are committed to creating a University community which reflects the wider community that we serve. We deliver on this commitment through our people and culture programs, as well as key strategies to increase participation and support the careers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, women, people living with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and those who identify as LGBTIQ. We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds.


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    The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.


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