Parkville, Maryland
$78.17 - 86.12 An Hour
Posted 25 September, 2022
Associate Professor, Wellbeing Science
University of Melbourne
Parkville Contract
Make an outstanding contribution to the teaching, research, and engagement priorities of MGSE, promoting wellbeing education in the Asia Pacific region

Job no: 0057073
Location: Parkville
Role type: Full time; Fixed-term for 3 years
Faculty: Melbourne Graduate School of Education
Department/School: Centre for Wellbeing Science
Salary: Level D - $162,590- $179,123 p.a. plus 17% super

The University of Melbourne would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which our campuses are situated, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung Peoples, the Yorta Yorta Nation, the Dja Dja Wurrung People. We acknowledge that the land on which we meet and learn was the place of age-old ceremonies, of celebration, initiation and renewal, and that the local Aboriginal Peoples have had and continue to have a unique role in the life of these lands.

About the Centre for Wellbeing Science
The Centre for Wellbeing Science (CWS) (formerly known as the Centre for Positive Psychology) is Australia's leading research Centre in wellbeing science, wellbeing education and positive psychology. As part of MGSE at the University of Melbourne, our essential intent is to scientifically investigate how wellbeing is learnable. We realise this purpose by using new approaches in our work with communities which involve building learning capabilities and adopting a strengths-based lens. CWS is global in its focus, with numerous staff, honorary staff and partnerships rom multiple nations across the world.

About the Role
The appointee will be expected to make an outstanding contribution to the teaching, research and engagement priorities of MGSE, with an emphasis in investigation and promoting wellbeing education in the Asia-Pacific region. The person will contribute strongly to MGSE's teaching programs including the Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP), and undergraduate breadth subjects in wellbeing science, and other relevant wellbeing related teaching across the faculty. The ability to influence and stimulate the student experience through the use of innovative teaching and learning initiatives and to supervise research higher degree students will be essential to the role.

The successful candidate will show research leadership, will have a well-developed research program in a relevant field and will have evidence of attracting research funding, particularly category 2 and 3 (government and industry). CWS is very team focussed, and hence the ability and desire to work within a team is paramount. Experience and demonstrated success in engaging with the education sector or relevant community groups is also required.

Responsibilities include:

Provide leadership in innovative and entrepreneurial approaches to creating products, programs and services that are research informed. This will involve liaison with business development, research innovation and commercialization staff across the University.
Pursue excellence in research in the field of wellbeing science e.g. positive psychology, wellbeing education, and related areas of interest.
Teach in the Graduate School programs, particularly Centre for Wellbeing Science.

About You
You are an experienced academic with an established leadership international research profile and a significant record of quality publications in leading journals. Your excellent leadership, interpersonal and communication skills enable you to contribute effectively to collaborative research and teaching teams, and develop collaborative relationships both national and/or abroad. You will have a proven track record of successfully generating funds from government, industry, and national-competitive sources, and are able to provide high quality supervision for higher degree students.

You will also have:

A PhD or equivalent research doctorate in Wellbeing Science, for example Positive Psychology, Psychology, Education, Management, Philosophy, Sociology, Economics.
An outstanding demonstrated capacity to make a significant leadership contribution to the future directions of the University of Melbourne.
A proven record of successful teaching at undergraduate and graduate level, including the ability to make significant contributions to the design and coordination of innovative and distinguished programs, and evidence of successful knowledge transfer activities.
A desire to promote the role of wellbeing education on an international scale.

To ensure the University continues to provide a safe environment for everyone, this position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check.

About the University
The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.

Benefits of Working with Us
In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

Flexible working arrangements, generous personal, parental and cultural leave
Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary packaging and leave loading
Free and subsidised health and wellbeing services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs
Discounts on a wide range of products and services including Myki cards and Qantas Club
Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families

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Be Yourself
We value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and encourage and celebrate diversity. First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages, with disabilities and culturally and linguistically diverse people are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please submit your application including a brief cover letter, your resume and your responses against the selection criteria^ (found in the Position Description) for the role.

^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to

We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact us at [email protected]
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