Professor of Public Health

November 22, 2019
Melbourne, Australia


The University

Victoria University was established in 1990 and in the last decade has also become firmly established as a leader in translational education with partners in China, Malaysia and other countries, especially in Asia. Victoria University is a young, progressive university, ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide. Its emphasis on applied and translational research is enhanced by its location in the west of Melbourne – which has a diverse population, is a hub of industry and is experiencing rapid growth. Melbourne’s West is a hub for the aged care sector; it is also a home to a rapidly growing and very diverse and aging population with higher levels of socioeconomic disadvantage and chronic disease

The College of Health and Biomedicine offers a variety of health and allied health courses ranging from undergraduate degrees through to doctoral studies, with most programs offering a clinical learning experience in close association with key industry partners.


The Position

The overall purpose of the Professor of Public Health position is to provide academic leadership in Public Health within the College of Health and Biomedicine, to innovate and promote the scholarship of teaching, learning and research in public health and to support the College Senior Leadership Team in developing the discipline of Public Health.  Public Health sits within the Allied Health program.

The Professor of Public Health will be expected to take on the role of Head of Public Health at Victoria University. This will include active participation in decisions relating to resource development and budgetary allocations for courses offered within the discipline. The Professor of Public Health will work with the Head of the Allied Health program to oversee and coordinate all activities to ensure the development of the discipline. The Professor will also be expected to represent the public health team in external fora where detailed knowledge of the curriculum is required.


About You

The successful incumbent will have obtained recognition as an eminent authority in the discipline, will have achieved distinction at the national level and international level in a field relevant to Public Health. Candidates with a particular interest and experience in an aspect of Chronic disease are particularly welcome to apply. The successful incumbent will be someone with energy who is innovative, progressive and collaborative in the way they work. They will be an excellent communicator who collaborates well with others across the College and the University.  In particular following the formation of the new Victoria University First Year College, this position will oversee the vertical integration of Public Health units between the First Year College and the College of Health and Biomedicine. The Professor of Public Health will ensure the strength of Public Health in the University by leading and mentoring Public Health staff across the First Year College and in the College of Health and Biomedicine.

The Professor of Public Health will provide strong research leadership and mentorship of the public health staff. They will be required to identify the strengths of Public Health at Victoria University, and then work with the staff and research leaders in the University to shape and strengthen the research focus of Public Health at Victoria University. The successful incumbent will personally seek external competitive grants, publish high quality research, and undertake postgraduate supervision.

For a confidential discussion and to request a Candidate Information Pack, including the position description and selection critera, please contact Pam Lubrainschik on +612 8422 5306 or +61 452 295 088 or via email on 

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