Lecturer in Behavioural Sleep Science

The University of Western Australia
Crawley, Western Australia
Level B AU$97,310 - AU$115,350 p.a.
September 25 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
  • Tenurable appointment
  • Salary range:  Level B AU$97,310 - AU$115,350 p.a.

Faculty of Science

School of Human Sciences

Be Inspired Research Theme: Healthy Futures

The University of Western Australia is one of the world’s most prestigious research universities, located in a beautiful and diverse geographical region. With an incredibly rich local heritage, the University connects and integrates with global networks of knowledge, education and research.

Our research focus extends far beyond the geographical boundaries of the University campus and of Western Australia. From the discovery of gravitational waves to the intricacies the human microbiome, our research encompasses everything from improving human health and wellbeing to explaining the mysteries of the universe.

Home to Nobel Laureates, Oscar winners, Gates Foundation recipients and winners of international and national teaching and research awards, we welcome inspiring individuals to help us in taking research from the lab, to the classroom and the world.

About the team

The Faculty of Science has a global perspective focused on the challenges facing humanity over the next 50 years. Irrespective of the metrics used, our research is highly regarded nationally and internationally and we have world-leading expertise across a diversity of disciplines embracing the agricultural, chemical, earth, environmental, physical, human and health sciences.  Our research excellence is built around the core, disciplinary strengths of our schools that serve to integrate and connect our teaching with our research.  The University of Western Australia is rated at above, or well-above, world standard in 38 fields of research, and 79% of these are in a science field. Our research and teaching is interdisciplinary and aligned to 6 strategic themes (global challenges) where our expertise is ideally placed to have a transformative impact:  Preventing, Diagnosing and Treating Disease; Energy and Mineral Resources for a Sustainable Future; Furthering Human Knowledge and Serving Humanity; Managing and Restoring the Natural Environment; Feeding the World; and Enhancing Physical Mental and Social Wellbeing and Performance. 

The School of Human Sciences at UWA is ranked 13th in the QS World University Rankings by Subject and has a ranking of 5 (well above world average, on a 5 point scale) in Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessments in Anatomy and Physiology, and Exercise and Sports Science.

The School, through the Centre for Sleep Science (established 2013), is internationally recognised for its novel contributions to the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of respiratory sleep disorders (sleep apnea). The state of the art sleep laboratory on the UWA Crawley campus has stimulated the expansion of the School’s sleep research program to include studies on the role of sleep loss in children (preterm and term neonates), in young people (Raine Study, elite athletes, jet‐lag, exercise, and physical  activity), in  middle  aged  adults  (Raine  Study,  clinical  trials  for  insomnia  and  other sleep disorders) and in older adults (typically ageing as well as with Parkinson’s). Recent innovations have extended research outside of the laboratory using portable sleep measurement techniques beside the normal laboratory based measurement techniques. Productive research and clinical collaborations exist between the School of Human Sciences, the School of Psychological Sciences and the West Australian Sleep Disorders Research Institute which is based at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.

About the opportunity

This new appointment in Behavioural Sleep Science will allow a motivated academic to grow and further enhance this discipline and its research and postgraduate focus through collaboration between major research groups in the School of Psychological Science and Human Sciences. It is expected that the successful appointee will contribute to curriculum development, coordination and teaching in Behavioural Sleep Science, as well as postgraduate teaching and supervision of Honours, Masters and PhD student projects.

To be considered for this unique opportunity, you must hold a PhD in behavioural sleep science, or related area. Proven expertise in insomnia and/or circadian rhythm disorders would be considered advantageous. The successful applicant should be able to demonstrate an excellent track record of research outputs and successful funding applications relative to opportunity; experience in the supervision of Honours, Masters and PhD students; and proven expertise in delivering excellent quality training in lab and field based work are considered essential. You must also be able to work collegially with evidence of effective teamwork and a proven capacity to work with diverse groups both internally and externally with industry and government.

Full details of the position responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description. In preparing your application you are asked to demonstrate clearly that you meet the selection criteria. You are encouraged to supply a curriculum vitae or academic portfolio in support of your application.

Closing date: Sunday, 4 November 2018.

This position is open to international applicants.

Please see the position description prior to applying.

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity

UWA is committed to a diverse workforce. We celebrate inclusion and diversity and believe gender equity is fundamental to achieving our goal of being a top 50 university by 2050.

We have child friendly areas on campus, including childcare facilities. Flexible work arrangements, part-time hours and job sharing will all be considered.

  • UWA has been awarded Top Ten Employer for LGBTI – inclusion of the Australian Workplace Equity Index (AWEI -2016).
  • The University is also a proud member of the Athena SWAN/SAGE Pilot for Gender Equity.