Professor in Physical Activity and Health

University of Queensland School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences

Professor - Physical Activity and Health

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Area:Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
Salary (FTE):By Negotiation
Work type:Full Time - Continuing
Location: St Lucia

The School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences (HMNS)

The School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences’ vision is an international leader in the study of human movement and nutrition, demonstrating excellence through innovative, creative, and dynamic teaching and research, in a vibrant, interdisciplinary, and engaging environment. The School is consistently ranked in the World’s Top 5 and holds a leadership position in its field in the Australian tertiary environment and it is highly regarded for its teaching, research and community outreach programs. The 2021 QS World Rankings by subject area ranked UQ first in Australia and second in the world in sports-related subjects.  The most recent (2015-16) Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) exercise conducted by the Australian Research Council ranked UQ at 5 (well above world standard) in the field of human movement and sports science and 4 (above world standard) in nutrition.

Further details about the School’s teaching programs, the research interests of academic staff, and other information about the School may be accessed on the School’s web site at

About This Opportunity

An outstanding opportunity exists to provide academic leadership in teaching, research and external engagement in physical activity and health within the School and to form strong productive partnerships in physical activity and health within and beyond the University. 

The School is interested in researchers with expertise in the one or more of the following areas: physical activity and health, physical activity epidemiology, public health, and/or health promotion. Candidates who work in child health (paediatrics) and/or have expertise in advanced analysis of motion sensor technologies (e.g., accelerometry) in laboratory (e.g., validation) and field-based settings (e.g., schools, community settings, health care) are particularly encouraged to apply.

This position is located at our picturesque St Lucia campus, renowned as one of Australia’s most attractive university campuses, and located just 7km from Brisbane’s city centre. Bounded by the Brisbane River on three sides, and with outstanding public transport connections, our 114-hectare site provides a perfect work environment – you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a vibrant campus with the tradition of an established university.

Our Ideal Candidate

The successful applicant will hold a PhD in a relevant discipline area and have an established international reputation for sustained, outstanding research, teaching and leadership in the field. The appointee will be collaborative and collegial with a track record of fostering productive partnerships within and beyond their immediate work group.

Visa sponsorship may be available for this appointment.

We value diversity and inclusion, and actively encourage applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Our Diversity and Inclusion webpage contains further information if you require additional support. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to

What We Can Offer

This is a full-time, continuing position at Academic level E.

A competitive salary will be negotiated with the successful applicant.

You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities, recreation leave loading, salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare, discounted private health insurance, cheap parking, development programs and many other benefits.

For further information, please review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018-2021.

Position Description

 Download File ProfessorPAH_AppointmentBooklet (3).pdf


To discuss this role please contact Professor John Cairney. 

For application queries, please contact stating the job number in the subject line.

Want to Apply?

To submit an application for this role, use the apply button. All applicants must supply the following documents:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Responses to the Selection Criteria

To satisfy pre-requisite questions and ensure your application can be considered in full, all candidates must apply via the UQ Careers portal by the job closing deadline. Applications received via other channels including direct email will not be accepted.

Advertised: 24 May 2021
Applications close: 05 Jul 2021 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time