Building 34, Joondalup Campus

in your field

Professor Caroline Finch Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)

Caroline Finch AO
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
May 2019

A warm hello to the next research leader

The early to mid-career research period is a crucial phase in the career of an academic.

The first ten years is your opportunity to develop both as a researcher and a teacher, conducting innovative, ground breaking research that can really establish your reputation in your chosen field.

Through our new Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellowship, ECU is seeking high-quality applicants to support on their journey from early-mid career researcher to a research leader.

We offer you the security of an initial three-year fellowship, clear performance indicators, access to support and training and opportunity to contribute to the long term research excellence at ECU.

In exchange, we will benefit from the enthusiasm and new ideas of our Fellows as ECU continues to build our research activity in the four key areas of Health, Natural and Built Environments, Securing Digital Futures and Society and Culture.

I joined ECU in 2018 and have been impressed by the warm welcome from my colleagues, the high-quality facilities and its commitment to growing its research output.

I am confident you will also be impressed by ECU’s many qualities and I hope you consider taking your career to the next level with us.

I look forward to hearing from you.

at a glance

Edith Cowan University was established in 1991 and named in honour of the first woman elected to an Australian Parliament.

Edith Cowan OBE also contributed significantly to the development of education in Western Australia and was the driving force behind many reforms we now take for granted.

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


Staff Approx.1800

Female to Male Staff Ratio

Female 66% Male 34%



Student countries100+

Courses available250+

Female to Male Student Ratio

Female 60% Male 40%

Student Mix

Domestic (local) students 81% International students 16% International students studying outside Australia 3%

Rankings and Achievements

The Good Universities Guide 2019 - Teaching Quality

The quality of teaching at ECU is the best in Western Australia and one of the best in Australia. Our graduates have now rated us 5 stars for teaching quality in the Good Universities Guide for 13 years in a row.

THE World University Rankings 2019 Top 150 Young

ECU has been ranked in the world’s top 150 universities under 50 years old in the 2019 Times Higher Education (THE) Young Universities Rankings.

Athena SWAN Bronze Award

ECU is proud to have achieved Bronze Award status in the first pilot of the Athena Swan Charter in Australia, a program focused on transforming gender equity action to improve the promotion and retention of women and gender diverse groups.

WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality

ECU is proud to be leading the way in workplace gender equality. The Commonwealth Workplace Gender Equality Agency’s citation recognises our leadership in this area.

Quality indicators for Learning and Teaching

ECU is Australia’s top public university for undergraduate teaching quality. This ranking has been achieved for 4 years running (2016-2019) through the government’s independent QILT survey. We’re also one of the top-ranked for skills development and overall student experience.

Excellence in Research for Australia

In the most recent Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment (2018), ECU had six disciplines awarded the highest rating of 5, deemed “well above world standard” for Ecology, Environmental Science and Management, Neurosciences, Clinical Sciences, Materials Engineering, and Chemical Engineering . ECU received above world standard ratings for Nutrition and Dietetics, Nursing, Oncology and Carcinogenesis, and Biochemistry and Cell Biology.

Strategic Direction and Values

We’ve identified 5 strategic themes that guide our every endeavour.

Theme 1 - Dedication to our students

Theme 2 - Connecting with our community and the world

Theme 3 - Building strategic partnerships and collaborations

Theme 4 - Fostering strong alumni relations

Theme 5 - Promoting equality, diversity and social responsibility

Our Vision

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

Our Values

ECU staff and students are guided by four key values:

INTEGRITY - Being honest, ethical and fair.

RESPECT - Considering the opinions and values of others.

RATIONAL INQUIRY - Motivated by evidence and reasoning.

PERSONAL EXCELLENCE - Demonstrating the highest professional and personal standards.

Research Profile

ECU conducts world-class research that makes a difference, focusing on people, partnerships and results. As part of the vibrant community at ECU, our researchers help to transform lives and change the world for the better.

ECU’s Research Themes and priority research areas


Prevention, detection and management of disease and injury.

Research Priority Areas:
  • Exercise, nutrition, lifestyle and other interventions for optimal health across the lifespan
  • Multidisciplinary biological approaches to personalised disease diagnosis, prognosis and management
  • Neuroscience and neurorehabilitation
  • Prevention, detection and management of cancer and other chronic diseases
  • Safety and quality in health care

Natural and Built Environments

Understanding, harnessing, building and protecting environments for sustaining people, place and planet.

Research Priority Areas:
  • Engineering, technology and nanotechnology
  • Environmental management, governance and policy
  • Environmental science, ecology and ecosystems
  • Human-environment interaction
  • Sustainability of energy, water, materials and resources

Securing Digital Futures

Enabling a safe, secure, productive and enterprising digital environment.

Research Priority Areas:
  • Artificial intelligence and autonomous systems
  • Critical Infrastructure
  • Cyber-enabled crime
  • Digital citizenship and human behaviour
  • Secure systems

Society and Culture

Impacting and supporting social change through ensuring diversity, creativity, cultural identity, education, personal and organisational success and social justice.

Research Priority Areas:
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander society and culture
  • Creativity, culture and artistic practice
  • Diverse, equitable, informed and productive communities, schools and workplaces
  • Human movement and performance
  • Individual, economic, organisational, political and social transformation
Head of the Melanoma Research Group ECU, Professor Mel Ziman

"Continuing to develop a research culture at ECU is at the forefront of strategies to develop the University, with continuous ongoing restructuring to expand ECU research. Sound investment in several outstanding researchers performing cutting edge translational research, has seen the research culture develop."

Head of the Melanoma Research Group ECU
Professor Mel Ziman

Explore our research projects

The Position Specification

VC’s Research Fellowships are open to emerging and leading researchers with a record of accomplishment in their field, who can significantly contribute to ECU’s new research strategy.

These Fellowship positions will report to the Associate Dean (Discipline) within their School, appropriate to area of research.

Capabilities Required

Candidates will demonstrate:

  • A doctoral qualification in a relevant field;
  • Evidence of significant and high quality publications in the last 5 years;
  • Through academic, professional or other external partnerships, contribute to the translation of research to address the needs and priorities for a sustainable community; and/or demonstrate research impact through metrics relevant for the discipline;
  • Professional Standing: demonstrated evidence of recognition as a discipline expert (external to your organisation), eg through:
    • Recipient of prizes and awards;
    • Speaker and/or active participation at conferences and/ or industry events;
    • Participation of and/or a member of an organising external committee; or
    • Recognised participation in consultancy projects

Personal Attributes

  • Possess personal qualities and attributes congruent with ECU’s values of integrity, respect, rational inquiry and personal excellence;
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Committed to lead, inspire, create and foster teamwork within the University community to help build on its strengths;
  • Time management skills and commitment to delivering on research accountability measures in a timely and high-quality manner;
  • Demonstrated interpersonal, advocacy, influencing and networking skills; and
  • Be a credible and influential advocate for ECU.

Early-mid career candidates application submission is currently closed.

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