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It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to ECU.

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In a little over 25 years, ECU has grown rapidly into a quality university with internationally recognised research and the highest level of student satisfaction of all Australian public universities.

And while our research culture is developing, we punch above our weight in research impact.

Between 2013 and 2017, 9% of ECU’s research publications indexed in SciVal have been in the top 5% most cited publications in the world. Our citation impact puts us on par with some of the best universities globally.

We are seeking a number of outstanding researchers to join us in taking ECU to the next level – people who can demonstrate a strong track record in publications, as well as a passion for making a difference in their field.

In 2015 I moved to ECU from Heriot-Watt University in Scotland. I've been extremely impressed by the quality of the ECU campuses and the enthusiasm and welcome I received from staff and students.

I urge you to consider joining me at this vibrant, young university. You won't be disappointed.

Professor Steve Chapman, Vice-Chancellor

Perth, Western Australia

One of the world's most liveable cities

Western Australia's capital city Perth is a vibrant, sophisticated and safe city with a standard of living that is amongst the highest in Australia and the world.

The Economist's annual liveability survey has regularly rated Perth as one of the top 10 most liveable cities in the world].

Western Australia is a driving force in Australia's economy, with massive investment in mining, energy, construction and technology.

Perth is the closest major Australian city to the growing economies of South East Asia and shares a time zone with one third of the world's population.

About ECU

Our university has two city-based campuses at Joondalup and Mount Lawley and a regional campus in Bunbury, 200km South West of Perth.

Edith Cowan OBE
EDITH COWAN OBE (1861-1932)

The first woman elected to an Australian Parliament, Edith Cowan contributed significantly to the development of education in Western Australia.

She worked tirelessly to raise funds for students to attend other universities, prior to a university being built in Western Australia.

Edith Cowan's work in this area was acknowledged in 1991 by naming Western Australia's oldest education institution and newest university after her.


To be recognised for our world ready graduates and leading edge research.

  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Rational Enquiry
  • and Personal Excellence

Student mix

81% Domestic students
16% International students
3% International students studying outside Australia


60% female students
40% male students

Study mode

75% full-time
25% part-time


staff (FTE)

postgraduate coursework and research students

countries of origin


online courses

Research at ECU

As part of the vibrant community at ECU, our researchers help to transform lives and change the world for the better.

Our diverse research foci bring multidisciplinary teams together to achieve extraordinary outcomes.

Research Institutes

Our Research Centres include four internationally recognised Research Institutes.

Security Research Institute Established in 2012, the ECU Security Research Institute conducts research across the four broad areas of digital forensics, cyber security, critical infrastructure security and human security.

Staff are drawn from discipline areas across the university and the world and work through an experienced, credentialed group of adjuncts to conduct this research.

Exercise Medicine Research InstituteThe Exercise Medicine Research Institute is an interdisciplinary alliance of teams and individuals researching and translating exercise as medicine for the prevention and management of chronic disease and injury.

In partnership with national and international networks, it enhances collaboration and promotes integration of exercise into medical and allied health professional practice for the benefit of individuals and communities.

Electron Science Research InstituteThe Electron Science Research Institute carries out fundamental and applied research in microelectronics, photonics and nano-technology to develop novel integrated intelligent structures for applications in the ICT, Health, Agri-bio, Security, Sensing, Defence and Environment sectors.

With state-of-the-art facilities, the Institute is a dynamic frontier for postgraduate research that attracts industry and government participation in research projects.

Edith Cowan Institute for Education ResearchECU has featured in the top 250 QS World University Rankings for Education for several years.

Our researchers have internationally recognised expertise in development of research programs for numeracy and literacy, the use of technology in teaching and learning, early childhood experiences and the integration of research outcomes into its own teacher education programs.

The Edith Cowan Institute for Education Research undertakes research into science education that involves capturing science teacher and student classroom interactions through multiple video technologies.

World-class facilities for researchers

A snapshot of our diverse research centres, laboratories, simulation suites and design facilities.

Publications fast facts

Total research publications (weighted) in 2014

Percentage of publications in the world’s top 1% most cited (2013-2017)

Percentage of publications in the world’s top 10% most cited (2012-2017)

Research collaborators

The quality and diversity of ECU research collaboration is best illustrated through the experiences of some of our highly-qualified partners.

Professor Peter BrooksThe research staff at ECU are young, collaborative and demonstrate a 'can do' attitude which is vital to getting research outcomes in to practice.

Professor Peter Brooks Professorial Fellow
Centre for Health Policy – Health Workforce Unit
School of Population and Global Health
University of Melbourne

Sonia Livingstone OBEECU's whole-hearted support of this international collaboration allowed EU Kids Online to engage fully with several of their researchers, resulting in co-publication and Australian Research Council-funded joint research projects.

Professor Sonia Livingstone OBE
Professor of Social Psychology, London School of Economics and Political Science

Dr Jeffrey CooperECU's Health Simulation Centre was an ideal venue for the course; the facilities, staff and infrastructure far exceeded our expectations and was comparable to any facility we have worked with internationally.

Dr Jeffrey Cooper Professor of Anaesthesia
Harvard Medical School
Founder and Executive Director, Center for Medical Simulation, Boston, USA

Professor Kerry S. CourneyaThe facilities at the Exercise Medicine Research Institute are world-class and the research environment is vibrant and successful, contributing substantially to improving outcomes for people with cancer.

Professor Kerry S. Courneya PhD
Canadian Research Chair in Physical Activity and Cancer
Director, Behavioural Medicine Laboratory and Fitness Centre
University of Alberta

Mark FitzpatrickProfessor Green approached us with an impactful way to integrate what we do every day with a research focus in breaking the cycle of disadvantage in Australia.

Mark Fitzpatrick Chief Executive Officer
St Vincent de Paul Society (WA) Inc.

Zoe McAlpineOur team attribute the ongoing success and ability of the project to support all Australians impacted by a breast cancer diagnosis to the research excellence, innovative approaches and passion of the ECU Research team.

Zoe McAlpine Chief Executive Officer
Breast Cancer Care WA

Kempton CowanI always recommend ECU to prospective students. It has an excellent reputation among our staff.

Kempton Cowan Chief Executive Officer
Joondalup Health Campus

Research staff

We're home to highly qualified, internationally-renowned researchers. Hear from some of our brightest minds or read testimonials about research at ECU.

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Professor Kamal Alameh

Director, Electron Science Research Institute, Edith Cowan University

Associate Professor Pamela Henry

Director, Sellenger Centre for Research in Law, Justice and Social Change, Edith Cowan University

Professor Mel Ziman

Professor, School of Medical Sciences and Head of ECU Melanoma Research Group

Professor Ralph Martins AO

Foundation Chair in Ageing and Alzheimer's, Edith Cowan University

Professor Craig Valli

Professor, Digital Forensics and Director, ECU Security Research Institute

The role

The role is to provide sustained academic leadership to the University, primarily through demonstrating and fostering excellence in research and creativity and academic leadership and service - within the academic discipline, the academic unit, the institution and the wider community.

Professorial leadership is linked to a record of scholarly and professional achievement in the relevant discipline. Professors are usually recognised at an international level as leading authorities in their field. In most circumstances professorial leadership extends to community affairs, particularly those related to the discipline, and in professional, commercial and industrial sectors where appropriate.

The role of Professors in building and leading multi-disciplinary teams is emerging as a critical factor for innovation and knowledge creation. This innovation is increasingly occurring within teams that work across traditional disciplines or at the interface of discipline-based knowledge with professional knowledge and practice.

The role of the Professor in mentoring early career academics is increasingly critical. On a practical level, this can include introducing these academic staff to established networks for scholarship development, and connecting them with sources of research funding, while contributing to institutional and discipline-based succession by nurturing and developing the Professoriate of tomorrow.

Organisational structure

Research & Creativity

Building and leading teams that have the capacity to develop, conduct and manage significant programs of research.

Individually and in teams achieving sustained national and international recognition for exemplary accomplishment in an area of scholarship.

Creating and maintaining an environment for research students that will motivate and enable them to achieve their respective academic goals.

Contributing to the creation and development of new knowledge and its dissemination and application.

Professors are expected to foster the research of other groups and individuals within a School, in the discipline and in related disciplines. They should introduce research students and colleagues to useful networks inside and outside the University.

Academic Leadership & Service

Contributing to the strategic planning, policy formulation and management of the school and the University, and leading and supporting institution-building initiatives and activities with other staff.

Enthusing and motivating other staff to develop the full range of their academic capability by mentoring, guiding and motivating them to achieve their individual goals.

From activities and relationships grounded in strategic professional engagement, further developing entrepreneurial opportunities for the University that result in business and community organisations partnering or engaging with the University in research sponsorship and funding, entrepreneurial activity, and initiatives of a commercially beneficial nature.

Mentoring and introducing other academic staff to their networks to build and strengthen the relationship base both internally within ECU and externally with the wider community.

Being a committed advocate of, and enhancing the University’s profile and reputation in the community, regionally, nationally and internationally.


If joining us in Western Australia as part of our Professorial Research Fellowship Program sounds enticing, please get in touch by completing the form below, or emailing professorial@ecu.edu.au.

You can find out more about this exciting program by downloading the recruitment pack, or emailing professorial@ecu.edu.au.