Executive Dean (SUSTech)

Thursday, 5 November 2020
End of advertisement period
Friday, 4 December 2020
Academic Discipline
Life sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Please note that this is for expressions of interest only

King’s College London ( is one of the world’s top  universities. It is part of King’s Health Partners, the UK’s largest Academic Health Sciences Centre, in partnership with 3 leading NHS Foundation Trusts: Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and the South London and Maudsley. King’s is one of the most successful higher education institutes in attracting funding from the National Institute for Health Research.

The Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) ( was established in 2011 by the provincial government of Guangdong, China with the aim of developing a new type of tertiary education and becoming a world-class research university. It is located in the rapidly-growing tech capital city of Shenzhen. The Times Higher Education 2021 survey ranked SUSTech among the Top Ten universities in mainland China.

The Opportunity:


King’s College London is seeking candidates for the role of Executive Dean of the King’s – SUSTech Joint School of Medicine (JSM).   The JSM is an ambitious project between King’s and SUSTech to establish a world-class Joint Education Institute in Shenzhen, China.  The purpose of the JSM is to develop innovative, world-class joint education programmes in a number of fields including (initially) degrees in Medicine, Biomedical Science and Biomedical Engineering.  It will also seek to engage with high-tech and med-tech industry in southern China and Hong Kong to generate pedagogical and curriculum advances. 

The role-holder will be the senior King’s academic based on the SUSTech campus in Shenzhen with responsibility for the academic management of the JSM.  The role-holder will play a key role in shaping and guiding the future direction of JSM, building on the existing disciplinary and interdisciplinary strengths and developing further commercial opportunities.

The role has a tenure of five years, renewable subject to review.    

Requirements of the Role:

This is an opportunity for an enthusiastic, medically qualified academic to play a key role in an exciting and innovative project that will impact on global medical education and the doctors of tomorrow.  Candidates must possess strong communication skills and demonstrable leadership, and have a substantial track record in teaching, research and professional achievement within medicine or the biosciences. 

This environment demands exceptional leadership with a full appreciation of the wider national and international challenges for health. The ability to innovate for the benefit of students and the partner institutions, together with understanding of the translational bridges between high-quality research and serving the needs of patient care and global health will be essential to achieve this.

Applications are welcome from international candidates.

Contact Information:

Informal enquires should be made to Dr Nicki Cohen in the first instance:

Equality of opportunity is College policy

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