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Professor - Director of WA Cancer Prevention Unit (WACPRU) School of Psychology

Curtin University

Teaching and Research

Curtin University is ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide (ARWU 2018 and QS World University Rankings 2019), and is placed 20th in the world for universities less than 50 years old (QS Top 50 Under 50 2019). Curtin is Western Australia’s most preferred university, with highly engaged industry-facing partners. In addition to Perth, the University has well-integrated campuses in Singapore, Malaysia, Mauritius and Dubai.

Your new team

WACPRU is a partnership between Curtin University and Cancer Council Western Australia, and aims to be a collaborative think-tank, bringing together industry partners and researchers from many fields to focus on effective cancer prevention strategies.

WACPRU is building the evidence base relating to cancer prevention through improvements in lifestyle behaviours that are known to be associated with cancer risk. The main behavioural areas of focus include nutrition, physical activity, alcohol, tobacco, and sun exposure. WACPRU’s work focusses on formative research and evaluation, dissemination of research findings, and stakeholder advocacy.

Your new role

Curtin is seeking to recruit an internationally recognised and inspiring academic leader of WACPRU, who will contribute to the future of cancer prevention.

You will be responsible for:

  • Producing internationally significant research outputs in high quality journals, and at national and international conferences
  • Leading competitive funding initiatives for research projects
  • Building professional linkages and relationships with universities, industry and government entities to effect evidence-based change at national and international level
  • Fostering a culture of excellence and providing leadership
  • Delivering high quality mentoring and supervision to postgraduate, honours, and undergraduate students

You will bring to the role

  1. A doctoral qualification in a relevant discipline, such as psychology
  2. Demonstrated leadership of research activity both within and across groups in academia and not for profit organisations, for example Cancer Council
  3. An outstanding on-going record of publication in high quality peer-reviewed journals
  4. Evidence of a world-class research record, established international reputation and profile, significant citation indices or equivalent esteem measures
  5. A commitment to conducting on-going research in cancer prevention
  6. An outstanding record of obtaining research income, including nationally and internationally competitive research grants and/or fellowships
  7. Demonstrated leadership and mentoring of academic staff, and extensive experience of successful supervision of research degree students
  8. High level communication and interpersonal skills

What we offer you

An exciting career path including:

  • Highly competitive salary, with 17% superannuation, and 17.5% leave loading
  • Salary packaging
  • Innovative work that will make real-world health differences
  • Interactions with industry, government and academic partners

For more details of Curtin’s employee benefits please visit 
Next steps

Please attach a document outlining your suitability for the role against the selection criteria which can be found in the position description (copy and paste the link below into your web browser to view the document). 

Valuing Diversity and Inclusion

At Curtin, we are committed to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander reconciliation, diversity and social justice and aim to create an inclusive environment where our staff and students are valued and inspired. This includes a supportive recruitment process should you require any access assistance.   

Contact details

For more information contact:
Adrian North – Head of School
Phone: +61 (0)8 9266 7867
Applications close: 9:00 PM (AWST), Tuesday 28 January 2020

Please note, screening and interviews may take place prior to the advertised close date. 


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.

Location: Perth - Australia
Salary: AU$188,736
£98,482.44 converted salary* (ALE) plus 17% Superannuation
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 18th December 2019
Closes: 28th January 2020
Job Ref: 203164
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