Mater Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Healthcare Ethics

  • 26 Jul 2020
  • 16 Aug 2020
  • Queensland Bioethics Centre, ACU

Mater Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Healthcare Ethics

Campus Location: Brisbane

Functional Unit: Queensland Bioethics Centre

Work Type: Fixed term full time

*         Exciting opportunity to enhance bioethical expertise and capacity in Catholic healthcare in Queensland, and Australia;

*         conduct high-quality research in ethics;

*         lead and contribute to excellence in teaching and professional development in healthcare ethics

*         Full time, five-year fixed term contract, Brisbane

General enquiries can be sent to David Kirchhoffer on

Australian Catholic University (ACU) is an inclusive community which welcomes students and staff of all beliefs. ACU has over 2,500 staff supporting more than 34,000 students across eight campuses - Adelaide, Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, North Sydney, Strathfield and Rome. We've also partnered with Blacktown City Council to open a new ACU campus in Blacktown, Western Sydney, in 2021.

As valued members of our community, all staff members are expected to have an understanding of ACU's mission and values and to demonstrate an active contribution to them.

The Queensland Bioethics Centre (QBC) is a collaboration between the Archdiocese of Brisbane and Australian Catholic University. QBC was first established by the Archdiocese in 1981 to become a library and resource for the public on bioethical issues. It was one of the earliest such centres in Australia. Today, the QBC continues its work in collaboration with Australian Catholic University.

The Mater Lecturer/Senior Lecturer furthers the cooperation between Mater Misericordiae Ltd and ACU in supporting the work of the Queensland Bioethics Centre. The position is jointly funded by Mater and Australian Catholic University.

The purpose of the position is to enhance bioethical expertise and capacity in Catholic healthcare in Queensland, and Australia, with a particular focus on the research, educational, public engagement and consultancy needs of Mater, including special interest in ethical issues related to:

*         Women's health

*         Neonatology

*         Intensive Care

*         End-of-life/Palliative Care

You will need to have:

*         Doctorate by Research (PhD or equivalent), or substantial progress towards a doctorate in an area relevant to bioethics

*         Tertiary studies in theology and/or philosophy and evidence of extensive understanding of Roman Catholic approaches to ethics

*         Evidence of delivery (and ideally also development) of high-quality undergraduate or post-graduate units/courses in fundamental or applied theological or philosophical ethics, especially in healthcare ethics, bioethics, biomedical ethics, or clinical ethics

*         Track record of publication in high-quality journals or presses on topics relevant to the position. Desirable, but not necessary, is track record in the ethics of women's health, neonatal care, intensive care, and end-of-life care.

How to Apply: Go to

Applications Close: 16 August 2020

ACU is committed to diversity and social inclusion in its employment practices. Applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disabilities and people from culturally diverse groups are encouraged.

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