Institute Director, Research Institute for Sport and Exercise

  • University of Canberra
  • Australia, ACT
  • May 25, 2023

Job Description:

UC has curiosity, ambition and inclusiveness at its core. We challenge the status quo through the pursuit of excellence in teaching, learning and research. Our place-based commitment ensures that we visibly serve Canberra’s community and the surrounding region with impact on the nation. We’re proudly recognised as number one in the world for reducing inequalities (THE, 2022).

A rare opportunity has become available to lead our team at the University of Canberra Research Institute for Sport and Exercise (UCRISE). We are seeking a Director with a strategic vision and plan that will position UCRISE as a leading national sport research institute now and into the future.

Working under the broad direction of the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health, as the Director you will have the opportunity to lead teams of researchers, higher degree research students and industry partners. You will utilise your supervisory and mentorship skills to manage and guide the Research Institute members to achieve excellence in research outputs and industry engagement and assist the university to meet its goals in research.

With significant growth in recent years, we have been able to offer post graduate students exciting programs of study and opportunity through our partnership with Swansea University in Wales and local collaborators such as the Australian Institute of Sport and the NSW Institute of Sport in areas such as high-performance sport, sports integrity, sport and exercise medicine, active brain, applied biomechanics, sport epigenetics and environmental physiology.

An outstanding opportunity to utilise your industry partnership skills and work closely with top-level Australian sports professionals, organisations and peak bodies including Brumbies Rugby, UC Capitals, Canberra United Football Club (women’s football), Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), Diving Australia, Triathlon Australia, Swimming Australia and Snow Sport Australia.

To be a contender, you will have a significant track record in research funding, publications, higher degree research supervision, strategic leadership and partnership development commensurate with a Level E appointment. In return you will have the chance to work with a high performing team in state-of-the-art facilities sitting within a collaborative and supportive environment. UCRISE currently has more than 30 academic members and 65 PhD students.

The University offers excellent conditions and benefits such as flexible, family-friendly policies, on site gym, on site medical services, a supermarket and childcare facilities.

Connected – A Decadal Strategy 2023-2032 sets a goal to be the national sector leader in equity, diversity, inclusion and access, and the ambitious goals of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategic Plan are designed to ensure that our Indigenous students and staff flourish in a welcoming and culturally safe environment. The UC Sport Strategy seeks to position UC as a national leader in sport, with a focus on women in sport and sport integrity. UC encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disabilities and people from culturally diverse groups.

The University of Canberra is committed to the safety of vulnerable and young people. As such, successful applicants will be required to have a current ACT working with vulnerable people registration. For further details on how to apply please click

To be considered for this role all we want is your CV, no other documentation is required.

Please ensure you take the time to align your CV with the Position Description requirements. We want to understand how your skills and experience relate to the position you are applying for.

If you are initially shortlisted, you may be asked to complete an online one-way video interview. There will be a list of pre-set questions that will need to be answered within a stipulated time.

Working Rights: to be considered, you must have full Australian working rights at time of application.

For job specific information: please contact Professor Michelle Lincoln, Executive Dean, Health on 02 6206 8709 or email [email protected]

Recruitment and application questions: please contact the Talent Acquisition team on 02 6206 3867 or email [email protected]

Closing Date: 11.55pm, Monday 12th June 2023