Chair of Neonatology

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Work type: Fixed Term, Permanent
Location: South Brisbane
Categories: Medical Officers, Research

About the role

Mater is seeking an experienced and dedicated Neontologist  to join the team as Chair of Neonatology.  This is a full time appointment which will see you working across an exciting new opportunity in clinical and research areas. The 0.5FTE for the clinical side will be offered as permanent part time and the 0.5FTE for the research side will be offered as fixed term part time position for a period of 5 years and then subject to renewal depending upon research performance.

Salary range: Commensurate with experience

What you’ll be doing

As the Chair of Neonatology you will be working across both clinical and research areas.

Clinical (0.5FTE): You will liaise with and assist the Director of Neonatology with the provision of comprehensive neonatal services to the Mater Mothers' Hospital. You will work as part of a multidisciplinary team in the provision of family-centred developmental care to babies in the Neonatal Critical Care Unit as well as to babies in other areas of the organisation, including in an outpatient setting and you’ll provide clinical and service delivery leadership within the organisation and participate in improvements in quality, safety, patient and family experience and efficiency.

Research (0.5FTE): You’ll be leading, building and establishing a world-class research program that works closely with neonatal clinicians and biomedical researchers. You’ll also align with Mater Research strategy in making new discoveries, integrating research with Mater Health and translating research findings into improved health outcomes and you’ll obtain external research funding, establish new linkages, and train the next generation of researchers.

About you

Suitable applicants will require:


  • Registration as a Medical Practitioner without conditions, with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Specialist registration: Paediatrics and Child Health – Neonatal and Perinatal Medicine
  • Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) or equivalent
  • Completed Advanced Training in Neonatal Perinatal Medicine with the RACP or equivalent
  • Extensive training and experience in all aspects of Neonatology
  • Experience in policy development, quality improvement, education and research methodology
  • Knowledge of the functioning of a tertiary Neonatal/Perinatal Unit in a metropolitan teaching hospital
  • Up to date knowledge of Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine and related subjects, and of technical equipment used in Neonatal practice
  • Demonstrated knowledge of contemporary best practice methods within Neonatal and Perinatal Medicine


  • A research higher degree, and at least 10 years’ postdoctoral research experience in clinical and/or biomedical sciences commensurate with the expectations of a Principal level appointment in the area of research
  • Evidence of major national and international contributions to research, including  evidence of a strong publication record in relevant high ranking refereed journals
  • Demonstrated experience in taking research projects through to completion, including successful large-scale collaborative external grant applications
  • Evidence of establishing and leading a successful team in the area of neonatal research
  • Evidence of interest and success in industry collaboration, knowledge transfer and research implementation
  • Ability to develop and foster collaborative links with other research and/or industry groups, nationally and internationally
  • Ability to attract high quality higher degree research (particularly PhD) candidates and successfully guide them to completion

Why join us?

In return for your skills, effort and enthusiastic commitment you will have the opportunity to work for an Australian leader in the field of Health, Education and Research and work with a team who make a real difference to the lives of our patients, consumers and community.

Mater provides benefits not offered in other workplaces. In addition to being part of a workplace that offers compassionate care in the spirit of the Sisters of Mercy, you will have opportunities to increase your take-home pay with our salary packaging options. 

Closing date for applications is Sunday 13 December 2020

For further information specific to the role, please contact Dr Pita Birch, Director of Neonatology on 07 3163 8868 for the Clinical side of the role and Professor Maher Gandhi, Executive Director Mater Research & MRI-UQ on 07 3163 2568 or 07 3443 7580 for the Research side of the role.

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