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Senior Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow, Physiotherapy Employment with GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY

About the Opportunity

This position is a joint appointment between the School of Health Sciences and Social Work (SHSSW, Griffith University) and the Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital (RBWH), Metro North Hospital and Health Services (MNHHS). The role will involve working closely with physiotherapy, paramedical health and other multi-disciplinary MNHHS staff and researchers through the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Griffith University researchers and students and experts competent all over the world. SHSSW has established research programs in the musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory, and neuroscience disciplines. Within SHSSW, the appointee will be an active member of the physical therapy discipline with the potential to attract both senior level research (HDR) and specialist students. The RBWH is a tertiary/quaternary referral hospital with a wide range of specialist services. RBWH’s physiotherapy department employs approx. 100 full-time physiotherapists, including 5 clinician-researchers with doctorates.

The appointee will contribute to the achievement of the strategic research goals of the University and the RBWH by leading and contributing to independent and collaborative research involving both parties; attract competitive research grants external to Griffith University, plan, implement, and evaluate research, publish research in high-quality outlets, mentor research, and supervise HDR candidates enrolled at Griffith University; and disseminate research results.

This is a five (5) year full-time, fixed-term position based at Griffith University’s Nathan Campus and the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. The successful candidate is expected to be available to attend campus in person as a normal requirement of the role. In addition, you may be required to work on a temporary or indefinite basis at any University premises that the University currently owns or may subsequently acquire or at any premises where it may from time to time provide services.

About you

The successful candidate will have to

  • Hold a PhD in physiotherapy (or related field) or equivalent/work experience in a relevant field and have a sustained track record of excellence in physiotherapy or related research
  • Eligibility for registration (registration limited to a minimum) with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia, to be maintained for the duration of the appointment
  • Demonstrate experience leading collaborative research involving multiple parties
  • Demonstrated success in planning, implementing and evaluating research, disseminating research results and producing high quality publications

Wage scale

The Principal Investigator’s base salary is between $147,702 and $162,725 plus 17% employer pension. The total package is between $172,812 and $190,388.

The base salary for a Principal Investigator is between $122,668 and $141,447 plus 17% employer pension. The total package is between $143,522 and $165,493.

How to register

Please submit your application online and ensure that your application includes the following:

  • A statement of coverage describing your suitability for the position
  • Current resume, including name and contact details

To note: Attachments to applications should be saved in .doc, .docx or .pdf format only. Filenames should not exceed 25 characters and should only include letters and numbers.

Griffith University is ready to provide visa sponsorship and relocation assistance to the successful candidate.

Employment in this role is subject to the successful candidate being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to certain limitation exemptions outlined in Griffith University’s COVID-19 Vaccination or Mandatory Testing Policy. Workers in an environment covered by a Queensland Government health order or similar government directive must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in accordance with the directive and must remain compliant with these directives. The successful candidate will be required to provide supporting evidence of COVID-19 vaccination prior to commencing in this role.

Further information

For more information on this role, please contact Professor Rod Barrett on +61 (0) 7 555 28934.

For all applications, please contact People Services on +61 (0) 7 373 54011.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply. If you would like to discuss First Peoples employment further, please contact Joshua Long, Talent Management Partner (First Peoples) on (07) 3735 5403 or

Closing Date: Sunday, May 8, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. AEST. All applications must be submitted online.

As the team experiences a high volume of applications, we appreciate your patience in enabling a quick and fair process for all.

Please note: We do not accept unsolicited CVs from recruitment agencies / third parties and we will not be responsible for any fees or costs associated with unsolicited CVs sent directly to hiring managers.