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  1. 1. POSITION DESCRIPTION Job Title: Associate Professor/Professor in Dentistry Specialist Disciplines (4 positions) Organisation Unit: School of Dentistry Reference Number: 3021214 Type of Full time, Fixed term appointments for 5 years (with possibility of Employment: renewal) Fractional appointments negotiable Classification: Academic Level D or E Remuneration: A salary package consisting of: Associate Professor – Academic Level D $104,678.64 to $115,324.00 per annum base salary $122,474.01 to $134,929.31 per annum salary including employer superannuation contribution of 17% Professor – Academic Level E $134,840.59 per annum base salary $157,763.49 per annum salary including employer superannuation contribution of 17% An additional dental loading of $11,688 per annum is payable to staff who are registered as dental practitioners. For staff entitled to 17% employer contributions, UniSuper does not mandate a level of member contribution to superannuation. However, in order to receive the full standard range of benefits under UniSuper, the member must pay 7% contribution from their salary (or a salary sacrifice equivalent contribution of 8.25%). It will be assumed that a 7% member contribution will apply unless the member formally notifies UniSuper of a decision of pay a lesser member contribution (or no member contribution). Closing Date: Other options for salary sacrifice include a motor vehicle, laptop 3 January 2010 Further Information: Professor Laurence Walsh, Head, School of Dentistry, phone + 61 7 3365 8062 or within Australia 07 3365 8062 or email: Associate Professor Camile Farah, Deputy Head, School of Dentistry, phone + 61 7 3365 8137 or within Australia 07 3365 8137 or email:
  2. 2. BACKGROUND Organisational Environment The UQ School of Dentistry has a long and proud tradition of 75 years of strength in dental education, and it attracts the highest achieving students across Australia. UQ is a leading source of expertise in the local, national and international dental community and has been a key contributor to achieving effective solutions to contemporary issues and challenges. The high clinical capabilities of UQ students are well known, and objective benchmarking shows that the UQ dental educational process is at the leading edge both nationally and internationally. The School is unique amongst ANZ dental schools in that it follows an innovative approach to dental education and research. Its leadership is entrepreneurial and very much geared around a private sector mentality, which has been sharpened by professional training in business as well as considerable experience in the private sector. Further information about the School can be found on our website: Mission of the School The Mission of The University of Queensland School of Dentistry is to pursue Excellence in Oral Health, and more specifically to make a significant contribution to oral health through: • a focussed and collaborative platform of research which addresses issues of importance in oral health both locally and globally • producing graduates of the highest standard through excellence in teaching and learning, who are well prepared for the clinical, academic and research workforce • contributing to the advancement of the profession through continuing education, research and professional engagement • promoting the highest levels of personal achievement in students and staff. Teaching Undergraduate Programs Offered by the School The School offers a five-year undergraduate course leading to the degree of Bachelor of Dental Science (BDSc) which qualifies a graduate to register and practise as a dentist in all Australian States and New Zealand. The BDSc program has a history of some 75 years of producing leaders in the dental profession. The BDSc degree is awarded at pass and honours levels, the latter being a special stream of on-course activities which engage students in formal research over years 4 and 5. The BDSc follows a unique 4+1 educational model which gives the graduating students extensive experience through clinical placements in their fifth year prior to their graduation. The School’s approach to placements has been highly successful and has been copied or adopted by other ANZ dental schools. The School offers the Bachelor of Oral Health (BOralH) degree, which produces graduates who are trained across dental therapy, dental hygiene and health promotion. The School's Oral Health program was the first of its type in the ANZ region, and once again this has been copied or adopted by other ANZ dental schools. Particular strengths of the UQ program are its integration with the early years of the BDSc, its strong focus on building professional identity, and its substantial public health component, features not found in other oral health programs. Employment rates for graduates from the School's two major undergraduate programs are extremely high, and the School has a strong relationship with its Alumni. The School has been in a leading position nationally for teaching quality for several years, as assessed by recent graduates in independent surveys conducted by the Graduate Careers Council of Australia. Based on these data, UQ School of Dentistry graduates are the best prepared for the workplace of any in the country.
  3. 3. The School also offers a Bachelor of Dental Studies (BDentSt) program. This can be taken by BDSc students as a one-year intermitting degree after their third year, or by BDSc graduates. It fosters a student's capacity for research and prepares them for subsequently undertaking a PhD or other postgraduate programs. Postgraduate Research Programs Offered by the School Research higher degrees offered by the School are the Master of Philosophy (MPhil), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), and Doctor of Dental Science (DDSc). The latter is a higher doctorate (post-PhD) and is based on contributions to the international literature over an extended period of time. Students undertaking MPhil and PhD programs are formal members of the School’s research programs, and also contribute to the life and activities of the School through sessional teaching or clinical work. Postgraduate Coursework Programs Offered by the School The School is Australia’s largest single provider of continuing professional development (CPD) courses in the ANZ region, with some 39 courses on offer in 2009. The School has linkages with the Australian Dental Association Queensland Branch (ADAQ) and the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (RACDS) such that particular courses offered by the School are recognized within ADAQ and RACDS educational pathways. The UQ School of Dentistry is an accredited CPD provider. As well as contributing to the School’s CPD program, academic staff of the School feature prominently on the national and international lecture circuits. The UQ Master of Clinical Dentistry (MClinDent) program is a two year part-time program which provides intense exposure to an area of clinical practice, and this forms a pathway which articulates into the professional doctorate, the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (DClinDent), a three year full time program which is the education pathway for dental specialists. The School has developed a unique ladder progression model from CPD through to the MClinDent and then to the DClinDent, and has formal arrangements with the RACDS for special stream recognition of its DClinDent graduates. Research The UQ School of Dentistry has a proud history of high quality dental and oral research which has impacted on the practice of dentistry and on dental public health both nationally and internationally. For its size, the School performs exceptionally well in benchmarking exercises in terms of publication number and quality compared with international dental schools. The School has three strategic research themes which form the core of its research efforts. These themes drive the development of individual research programs, as an overt strategy for consolidating the School’s research strengths for the future, and building on critical mass so that programs of international quality and complexity of scope can be undertaken. The 3 themes are: • Diagnosis and prevention of oral disease • Dental biomaterials and advanced technologies • Oral and systemic health interactions The School has a number of research programs. These teams comprise senior and junior academics, postdoctoral research fellows, and Research Higher degree and Honours students. Each researcher investigates an aspect of a larger problem with their insights contributing to the resolution of the larger problem under the coordination and guidance of the research program leader. The program leader formulates the overall research agenda, manages the team’s research, and draws together the work of the team. Three of the School’s five research teams are formal members of the Cooperative Research Centre for Oral Health Sciences. This Centre involves formal collaborations with the University of Melbourne and Monash University, and a range of industry partners including
  4. 4. Colgate Palmolive and GC Corporation as well as vaccine manufacturers and food manufacturers. This centre has received a grant of $31.6 million from the Australian government in August 2009, to provide funding for 7 years to develop and commercialize new diagnostic and treatment technologies. This is the largest grant for dental research in Australia’s history. Success in gaining CRC status signifies the strong thrust of the School’s research work in taking ideas from the basic science arena through to clinical practice and commercialization. Clinical operations The School’s clinical operations, located in the Brisbane central business district, represent Australia’s largest private patient treatment facility, with some 100 chairs. The School offers a complete range of levels of care. The School independently owns and runs its own clinical facilities. It is currently involved in a range of building projects for satellite clinics in suburban and rural areas in Queensland to extend its base of operations, and has developed formal links with a large private clinic and with a large public sector clinic for progressing its agendas in both postgraduate clinical education and in research. The School is currently building the UQ Herston Oral Health Centre, a world class dental facility with some 187 chairs on a major tertiary hospital campus, and the University has attracted a grant of some $ 104 million from the Australian government to support this project. The Centre will be sited on UQ land, and will be run and operated by the School as the major hub of its operations from 2012 onwards. The Centre will provide a unique opportunity for specialist clinical practice in a private practice environment with state of the art facilities and strong links to a tertiary hospital complex. The School’s clinics provide treatments to fee-paying patients as well as to some patients eligible for treatment within the public dental services, the latter under a service agreement with Queensland Health. The School’s enormous exposure to fee-paying patients is a unique aspect of its situation compared with other ANZ and international dental schools. Students and staff of the School make a significant contribution to the treatment of patients within the public dental sector across Queensland, at hospital, community and school clinics. The School has a very close working relationship with Queensland Health, as well as with the Australian Dental Association and the dental profession as a whole. All of the School’s educational programs are designed to ensure a smooth transition from University studies to the world of professional practice. Many of the staff of the School work within the profession as general practitioners or specialists, and this brings a "real world" flavour to all of the activities of the School. ‘Engagement’ is a valued and legitimate component of normal School and University business. Engagement enhances the School’s reputation and in particular its position in research, technology transfer and commercialization. For these reasons, the School has entered into an increasing number of mutually beneficial partnerships to address matters of interest to business and industry. Its position of strength, size, and most of all, quality, sets the tone for how the School engages with the dental industry. Some of these engagements are focussed primarily on research while others are focussed on clinical teaching. The School has engaged with industry in mutually beneficial ways to support and enhance its current and future research programs, through Cooperative Research Centres, industry-funded appointments, technology transfer and commercialization activities, contract research and research consultancies, industry linkage grants, arrangements for supply or loan of specialized equipment for research, and donation of materials to support specific research projects. Each of these engagements around research is subject to specific written agreements, so that the obligations of both parties are clear. In the same way, for clinical teaching, the School has engaged with the Dental Industry at a range of levels, so that the arrangements are beneficial to the School’s reputation and enriches the contact and exposure which students and patients have with the industry partner. School Governance The School does not have the traditional small discipline-based departments, but rather takes a “whole of School” approach to teaching, encouraging involvement and engagement of its
  5. 5. academic and professional staff in a number of programs and activities, as befits their interests and expertise. In the same way, the School uses shared support models for its administrative functions. There are discipline leads and discipline committees for each dental specialty and for major areas of study, but the School operates as one inclusive organization body without separate fiefdoms. The School Executive comprises the Head of School (the equivalent position of a dean in other dental schools, with authority in all areas of activity), the Deputy Head (who has oversight of teaching, learning, and research), the School Manager (who leads the teams of professional staff in corporate services, finance, HR, technical and scientific services) and the Clinical Operations Manager (who coordinates all of the clinical and related operations of the School across its various locations). The Head, Deputy Head and Clinical Operations Manager are all engaged in teaching and in clinical practice, in addition to their administrative responsibilities. The Head and Deputy Head also lead research programs and carry course coordination responsibilities, in the same way as other academics in the School. This is a deliberate approach to ensure that the leadership is connected strongly to all aspects of the School’s operations, and is able to lead both incremental and discontinuous change in the School at the level of both teams and individuals. Underpinning this group of four senior staff is a broadly-based leadership team which involves a further four existing academic staff, and committees for the years of study in the undergraduate programs. Specific responsibilities have been assigned for postgraduate coursework and CPD, and for coordination of the two major undergraduate programs. Information for Prospective Staff Information about the University, State of Queensland, living in Brisbane and employment at the University is at the University’s web site. ( For a comprehensive guide to family friendly work practices and services visit the Work and Family web site at The University of Queensland Enterprise agreement (Academic Staff) outlines the position classification standards for Levels A to E. The text can be found at:, selecting the link to Employment information, then Workplace Agreements. NATURE OF THE POSITIONS Four positions are available in the specialist disciplines of orthodontics, endodontics, periodontics, and prosthodontics. These appointments offer a unique opportunity for dental academics to pursue cutting-edge research and develop innovative learning opportunities for all levels of students. Staff in these positions will be expected to lead and contribute to the research strengths in the School, provide high level input into the School’s undergraduate and postgraduate courses and programs, as well as have a commitment to undergraduate and/or postgraduate teaching. In line with the level of appointment, more senior responsibilities and leadership will also be expected. SELECTION CRITERIA Qualifications Essential • Peer recognition in the form of fellowships from international academies and colleges, and/or invited presentations at international meetings. • Completion of a PhD or equivalent research higher degree • Eligibility for registration as a dentist with the Dental Board of Queensland • Advanced training to the level of a dental specialist
  6. 6. Desirable • A Graduate Certificate in Education or equivalent qualification in higher education Experience Essential • Demonstrated excellence and leadership in dental research, preferably in one of the three research themes of the School. Evidence could include major highly cited peer reviewed publications, other citation metrics, paid invitations to speak at major relevant research conferences, graduated research higher degree students developing into major academic roles or other similar evidence. • Evidence of high level clinical capabilities and clinical scholarship, as witnessed by published clinical case reports or invited lectures on clinical topics to scientific meetings • Experience in leadership in a clinical educational role in a dental school, with significant demonstration of dealing with human resource management • High level supervision of administration, with program coordination in a dental school setting • A track record of successful collaboration with the dental or other relevant industry, such as through consultancies or grants • Current or recent clinical practice as dental specialist • A history of involvement with the dental profession at high levels, such as through leadership roles within professional associations and academies Desirable  Clinical experience across a range of settings in private, hospital and university environments  Experience as an external examiner Commitment to teaching and curriculum development Essential • Initiate the development of new material in undergraduate and postgraduate courses • Deliver high quality undergraduate and postgraduate courses • Design and deliver continuing professional development programs for dental personnel. Desirable • Experience with a range of learning modes, including flexible delivery or student- centred modes. Achievements in research Essential Applicants must be able to demonstrate - • A strong career trajectory for research output (i.e. based on H index and citation impact) • A track record of publication in quality journals • Past successful supervision of students • Ability to work across discipline boundaries • Ability to design and execute specific research projects • Ability to lead a research team Personal Qualities Essential The successful applicant will demonstrate the ability to - • Pursue and achieve excellence • Instigate and promote change in a strategic manner • Foster the School’s and Faculty’s relations with industry, government departments, professional bodies and the wider community • Share their ideas with others and follow them through to their completion • Work within a dynamic team while valuing collegiality • Initiate and promote a quality-oriented teaching and learning environment • Lead and develop positive working relationships with other professionals • Provide leadership by serving as an example for others
  7. 7. • Work in a flexible, multi-disciplinary teaching and research environment • Contribute to the processes that enable the academic and support teams to manage the work of the School • Communicate at a high level in both spoken and written forms Seminar Applicants short listed for interview will be invited to present a seminar in conjunction with the selection interview process.
  8. 8. APPLICATION Applications must consist of the following: 1. Covering Letter. The covering letter should include the vacancy reference number, your contact address and telephone number. It is an opportunity in not more than one page to introduce yourself and highlight the key reasons you should be considered for the role. 2. Resume or Curriculum Vitae. A resume is a brief history of your employment and experience that covers the following areas: • Educational qualifications and professional affiliations that detail the full title of the qualification, the year awarded and the title of the institution attended; • Employment history in chronological order, starting with current position and specifying dates of employment, title of each position, name of employer, main duties or accountabilities and achievements; and • The names and contact details (address, telephone, fax and e-mail) of three referees, including if possible a senior person (preferably your supervisor or the head of your organisational unit) closely associated with your current work. 3. Selection Criteria. A statement addressing how each of the selection criteria have been met is required to assist the Selection Committee determine whether you have the relevant qualifications, knowledge/skills, experience and personal qualities. An academic curriculum vitae should include information regarding any past involvements in teaching or research, including current interests, publications, career achievements, and, if available, details of teaching evaluations. Applications are to be sent to: Human Resources Officer Faculty of Health Sciences Edith Cavell Building Royal Brisbane Hospital Herston Road Herston QLD 4029 Or email: Please note: • Applications should be typed; • Do not send applications that are bound or enclosed in plastic or manilla folders; • Simply staple the application at the top left hand corner; and • Retain a copy for your reference because the University does not return copies to applicants.
  9. 9. SELECTION PROCESS A Selection Committee will consider all applications and shortlist candidates for interview who appear to meet the selection criteria at the highest levels. They will be invited to attend an interview and the remaining unsuccessful applicants will be notified accordingly. An invitation to attend an interview provides an opportunity to provide further information to the Selection Committee to substantiate your claims against the selection criteria or demonstrate your capabilities. Please note that for some positions interviews may be conducted by teleconference in the first instance. The Selection Committee will subsequently seek referee reports, if not sought prior to interview, before making a decision to make an offer of appointment to the preferred candidate. The purpose of referee checks is to obtain, in confidence, factual information about your past work history, as well as opinions regarding the quality of your work, behaviour in the work place and suitability for the position. Referee reports may be sought orally, or for academic staff, in writing by post or e-mail. Referees should normally include current supervisors or and/or managers. A referee must be able to comment on your work experience, skills and performance with respect to the selection criteria. Referee checks conducted after the interview process can sometimes delay notification of the successful candidate and other interviewees. If you are the preferred candidate, you will receive a written offer of appointment to the position. Do not take any action, such as resigning from your current position, before you receive a written offer of appointment. The University of Queensland is an equal opportunity employer. Smoking is prohibited in all University buildings.