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Associate Professor or Professor of Psychiatry, Westmead Clinical School

University of Sydney

  • Exciting opportunity for an outstanding senior academic to provide clinical and academic leadership in psychiatry across the Westmead Precinct and Western Sydney Mental Health Services
  • Contribute to clinical research and educational programs of the Sydney Medical School and the Faculty of Medicine and Health from Westmead Clinical School
  • 5-year fixed-term position on a full-time basis with an attractive remuneration package

About the opportunity

The Faculty of Medicine and Health is the largest faculty in the University. This integrated faculty brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking and challenging the status quo by establishing productive research units that cross traditional academic school and discipline boundaries. We operate across four large health precincts (three metropolitan and one regional/rural) where University facilities are co-located with hospitals and medical research institutes.

We are currently seeking to appoint an outstanding academic at the level of Associate Professor or Professor of Psychiatry to provide clinical and academic leadership in the area of psychiatry across the West Precinct in partnership with Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) Mental Health Services. Situated within the Faculty’s Sydney Medical School, at the Westmead Clinical School, the position’s objectives are to:

  • increase high quality and internationally recognised clinical research, health services and health policy initiatives focused in mental health;
  • support the generation of basic, clinical or population-based research findings that address current government priorities in mental health;
  • generate research that is transformative in nature and achieves high impact in clinical practice transformation in the specialist NSW health sector;
  • Provide input into the teaching and assessment of medical students within the Specialty of Psychiatry; and
  • Support the teaching and training of health professionals more generally within the University and the WSLHD

There will be a clinical contribution (estimated at 0.4FTE position) within the WSLHD Mental Health Services, which will involve the clinical care of inpatients and/or outpatients.

The position will combine teaching and research and will contribute to the educational programs associated with the Sydney Medical School and the Faculty of Medicine and Health.

About you

The ideal candidate will possess relevant achievements in research and clinical experience in mental health disorders. The candidate will be expected to work with the relevant population matching their clinical expertise and address the full range of bio-psycho-socio-cultural aspects of mental illness and its treatment. They will be expected to support educational and research activity across the West Precinct including postgraduate education and support of the LHD’s professional education programs.

Term and remuneration

The successful candidate will be offered a 5-year fixed-term position on a full-time basis, with the possibility for renewal subject to performance and funding agreement. The appointment is also subject to completion of a satisfactory probation period for new appointees.

The selected candidate will be offered an attractive remuneration package commensurate with the responsibilities of the position and the candidate’s relevant experience and qualifications.

Relocation assistance will also be provided if required.

How to apply

Applications (including a cover letter, CV and response to selection criteria) must be submitted via the link above. Please refer to the candidate information brochure for further details, including the selection criteria.

Candidate Information Brochure – Associate Professor or Professor of Psychiatry

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Intending applicants are welcome to seek further information about the position from Professor Cheryl Jones, Head of School and Dean, Sydney Medical School, on +61 2 9351 6570 or by email

For a confidential discussion about the role, or if you require reasonable adjustment or support filling out this application, please contact John Flynn (Senior Talent Partner, Senior Talent Acquisition, Recruitment Operations, Human Resources) on +61 481 564 562 or by email

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As this position is located on a NSW Health site, it is a regulatory requirement to complete compulsory employment checks prior to starting in this position. For more information and instructions, please visit: NSW Health employment requirements

This position is designated as involving child-related work. To undertake or remain in this position, you are required to apply for and obtain a Working With Children Check clearance in accordance with the Child Protection (Working With Children) Act 2012.

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.

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

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The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.

Click to view the Position Description for this role.

Closing Date: 30 September 2021

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