Professor and Head of School of Biological Sciences

Auckland, New Zealand
06 Feb 2019
End of advertisement period
06 Mar 2019
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The University of Auckland is New Zealand's pre-eminent research-led University. Established in 1883, it is an international centre of learning and academic excellence. Our standing as New Zealand's leading tertiary institution is the result of our people. With 6,000 staff and 40,000 students, the University of Auckland is a large and complex organisation, with an absolute commitment to academic excellence.

The School of Biological Sciences (SBS) currently ranks within the top 150 biology departments globally (QS 2018) and is the highest ranked Biological Sciences department in New Zealand. It is one of ten Schools/Departments within the Faculty of Science, which continues to be the leading Science Faculty in New Zealand and one of the largest in Australasia. It sits comfortably within the top echelon of science faculties world-wide. The Faculty offers a wide range of subjects and specialisations to more than 8,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students.

SBS currently employs 180 academic and technical staff, and supports over 160 research students in addition to 1,000 undergraduate and coursework students. The School incorporates a diverse range of research themes organised into three key discipline areas: Biomedical and Applied Biology; Cellular, Molecular and Organismal Biology; and Ecology, Evolution and Behavioural Biology.

The School provides dedicated research facilities with world-class infrastructure, hosting the Centre for Genomics, Proteomics and Metabolomics; the Centre for Biodiversity and Biosecurity; the Bioinformatics Institute; and the Maurice Wilkins Centre for Molecular Biodiscovery (a New Zealand Centre of Research Excellence in Biomedicine and Biotechnology). The Institute for Innovation in Biotechnology operates a bio-incubator housing a broad spectrum of bio-industry companies, and providing services to external companies on a contract basis.

The wider Faculty of Science has established a number of joint graduate Schools in cooperation with industry leaders in their field. Combining academic excellence and an industry perspective, these joint graduate Schools cover a wide spectrum from Plant and Food Science to Biodiversity and Biosecurity, Coastal and Marine Science, and Dairy Research. These have close linkages with SBS.

The School of Biological Sciences seeks a Professor and Head of School who is committed to continuing to cultivate a dynamic, collaborative environment that fosters excellence in research, teaching and learning across all discipline areas of the academic unit. The Head of School will bring an inclusive leadership approach and sound management experience which will enable SBS to realise its potential and secure future success.

We are seeking applications from outstanding international scholars from any of the three key discipline areas:

  • Biomedical and Applied Biology
  • Cellular, Molecular and Organismal Biology; and
  • Ecology, Evolution and Behavioural Biology),

who will provide strategic and administrative leadership to one of New Zealand's largest and most significant scientific institutions.

The substantial academic appointment will be as Professor, with a five year fixed-term (renewable) as Head of School.

For further information and a confidential discussion, please contact:

Dr Kathrin Soehnel, University of Auckland, DDI +64 9 923 9006, email:

Clare Litten, University of Auckland, DDI: +64 9 923 9096, email:

Position reference: 20391

Applications close Monday, 18 March 2019.

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