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Professor of Nursing (Patient Safety & System Design)

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Faculty of Medicine and Health 

  • Exciting opportunity for an outstanding senior academic who is a leading authority within their discipline
  • Located in Susan Wakil School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Medicine and Health, Camperdown campus
  • FIXED TERM position with an attractive remuneration package

About the opportunity 

The vision of Sydney Nursing School is to be The School of Choice to nurture global citizens in health and wellbeing.. We aim to produce graduates who have the critical thinking skills and nursing knowledge to provide the best care for people, wherever they are. Our graduates engage with and contribute to important decisions about global trends in health promotion, person-centred care and disease prevention. 

We are driving health education and research locally and globally. We are preparing our graduates for the changing needs of healthcare and the increasing demand for nurses in Australia. Our strong global ranking demonstrates our reputation as a School and forms a basis for extending and expanding new and sustained global relationships and partnerships, whilst remaining passionate about the contributions we can make at

the local level, in partnership with health and other community-embedded partners. 

Sydney Nursing School teaches approximately 1,200 undergraduate and 700 postgraduate nursing coursework

students. There are around 75 higher degree research students. The School is also home to the Discipline of Nutrition and Dietetics, which has offered a training programme for Accredited Practising Dietitians since 1967. Academic dietitians are responsible for the professionally accredited two-year Master of Nutrition and Dietetics degree with about 150 students currently enrolled. The school’s major research themes include cancer, infection and immunity, injury and acute illness, mental health and chronic disease and ageing, including the role of diet in the prevention and management of obesity, chronic diseases and healthy ageing. 

The school has strong research links with major Sydney healthcare providers, community organizations and NGOs and receives funding from over 40 international, federal and local private and public bodies. 

About you (skills, capabilities, and experience) 

We are seeking a Professor of Nursing (Patient Safety & System Design) – Level E. The successful candidate will be a leading authority within their discipline and have an international reputation for excellence. This position is being created to advance our work in care systems. We are particularly keen for the successful applicant to build on and establish new collaborations between the Sydney Nursing School and across the Faculty of Medicine and Health in person-centred practice and human factors related to patient safety. With a focus on patient safety and system redesign we aim to generate globally impactful research that will bring a person-centred perspective to patient safety and health system design and redesign. The successful candidate will actively lead research and scholarship, academic debate, policy development and innovation within the University and the broader community. They will also lead the establishment of a research network or centre in the Faculty of Medicine & Health and provide leadership to research endeavours in Sydney Nursing School. The position holder will also contribute to the leadership and strategic direction of the University by participating in collegial governance and decision making and foster a culture of excellence through guiding academic staff and students toward success. 

The successful candidate must have:

  • PhD in Nursing or relevant health-related area
  • International reputation as an authority in their discipline with a supporting research profile including competitive research grants, publications and evidence of recognition within the broader research community
  • Significant experience in people leadership and management within the higher education sector, including demonstrated excellence in supervising and/or mentoring others to success
  • An in-depth knowledge and understanding of the key strategic issues in the higher education sector 

Term and remuneration 

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

The term of the appointment is 3-year fixed term contract role on a full-time basis. 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, a confidential discussion about the role, or if you require reasonable adjustment or support filling out this application, please contact: 

Lucy Porter (Senior Talent Partner, Recruitment Operations, Human Resources) on + 61 429 771 115 or by email [email protected] 

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. 

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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