Associate Professor/ Professor of Physiotherapy

Southern Cross University

  • Choice of Gold Coast, Lismore or Coffs Harbour campuses suited to coastal lifestyles
  • Full time, continuing opportunity with generous salary offerings and excellent benefits
  • Opportunity to make your mark with a rising regional University

About us

Southern Cross University is a values-led, young, dynamic and rising institution of excellence committed to transforming tomorrow . Our gamechanging new education model brings a deeper learning experience, improving individual student outcomes, quality of life and a better way to learn.

Southern Cross University’s new 2030 strategy is founded on our people and our purpose to changelives through revolutionary learning and research with real impact.Learn more about our purpose, values and strategy by clicking here .

Working at Southern Cross University combines a rare combination of being surrounded by ambitious students, amazing and dedicated colleagues and an environment of stunning natural beauty. We are leaders in our communities in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Coffs Harbour and the Gold Coast and pride ourselves on helping shape a better tomorrow.

About the opportunity

Southern Cross University’s Faculty of Health provides an exciting and innovative learning environment working with individuals, families and communities in order to meet their health needs and requirements. The Faculty is distinctive for its multidisciplinary understanding of client care, commitment to the prevention of disease and promotion of healthy lifestyles and working with Indigenous colleagues to develop culturally appropriate models of care.

The Faculty offers fields of study across a broad range of health-related professions including biomedical science, clinical exercise physiology, diabetes education and management, midwifery, naturopathic medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, osteopathy, pedorthics, podiatry, psychology, speech pathology, social work, social welfare, and sport and exercise science.

As the Associate Professor/Professor, you will lead the design and delivery of a new academic course offering in Physiotherapy.

This position will contribute to the curriculum development, assessment, teaching, research and service ensuring the strength of the discipline.

At the Professor level, you will bring strong leadership experience and be extended to conduct research that is nationally recognised and obtain research grants while supervising HDR students. 

About you

You are a forward thinking, innovate scholar with expertise and experience in physiotherapy education.

The preferred candidate possess a PhD, academic and clinical experience and current registration with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia as an Accredited Physiotherapist. More specifically, you will have:

  • Sustained excellence in teaching and a tertiary level in physiotherapy and leadership in the design and implementation of a similar course offering.
  • A solid track record in research, evidences by external grants, publication output and research impact, including management of a research team and supervision of PhD students.
  • Demonstrated success in facilitation engagement with professional bodies and community groups with a solid network of professionals in the discipline.

As a Professor you will be expected to demonstrate a successful record of academic leadership, including the ability to lead innovation and inspire excellence amongst colleagues.

Salary and benefits

Our staff benefit from flexible work arrangements, including hybrid work models, generous parental and carer’s leave provisions, wellbeing initiatives, employee assistance programs and professional learning opportunities.

This a continuing position based at either our Gold Coast, Lismore or Coffs Harbour campuses. Generous relocation support is available.

The successful candidate can negotiate a part-time or full-time appointment.

The level of appointment will be made at Associate Professor (Level D) or Professor (Level E) commensurate with the qualifications, skills and experience of the successful candidate.

The base salary for Academic Level D ranges from $148,746 – $163,655 per annum, plus 17% employer’s contribution to superannuation. The total remuneration package is up to $191,476 per annum.

The base salary for Academic Level E is $190,982 per annum, plus 17% employer’s contribution to superannuation. The total remuneration package is up to $223,448 per annum.

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Application requirements

To apply:  Please submit your application directly to Fisher Leadership , using reference number SCUphy0723.

Your application should include a CV and a cover letter of no more than five pages addressing the selection criteria above.  Please address your application to Andrew Norton, clearly quoting reference SCUphy0723.

This opportunity is open to Australian and international applicants. If the successful candidate requires visa sponsorship, the University will work with the appointee to support visa and travel requirements.

Further information

Additional information is available in the position description or for a confidential discussion, please contact Andrew Norton, Managing Partner at Fisher Leadership, who is supporting the University with this appointment on the details below:

Telephone: 1300 347 347 (Australia) or +61 3 9016 6000 (international)

Email: [email protected]


Closing Date: 11.30pm AEST, 13 August 2023

Southern Cross University is committed to diversity and social inclusion and aim to ensure equality in the recruitment of our staff. Applications are supported and encouraged from those that bring diversity to the University.

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