Academic Director, Centre for Translational Data Science

Sydney, Australia
31 Jul 2019
End of advertisement period
25 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Portfolio 

About the opportunity 

The University of Sydney is Australia’s first university and has an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. It employs over 7,500 permanent staff supporting over 70,000 students.

Sydney is both a distinctly Australian university and a truly global one. We have had, from our beginning, a mission to pursue the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge and understanding, attuned to the aspirations of society. We remain committed to that mission. And more than 160 years later, our aim remains clear: to harness our research intensity and comprehensiveness – a breadth and depth unique in Australia – to address some of the major global challenges of our time. Our foundational disciplinary strengths reside in six Faculties, which provide oversight to individual schools and discipline areas. Moreover, we have identified a number of multidisciplinary challenge spaces to which we are bringing the combined depth and breadth of our expertise, and the passions of researchers from across our faculties.

One of the University’s newest multidisciplinary initiatives is the Centre for Translational Data Science (CTDS). This Centre is creating and harnessing new data science. In doing so, the Centre both identifies key research domains where the process of discovery can be transformed through the development of novel data science, and drives those academic innovations needed to deliver translational outcomes.

The Academic Director of the CTDS will provide academic leadership, creating a world-class, internationally recognised centre for research and education excellence. This is a University-wide academic leadership role that is a conduit into the University leadership, decision making, and strategy. This is an academic appointment and it is expected that the successful applicant will have a demonstrated capacity to balance academic leadership and personal scholarship.  As a horizontal or “matrix” structure the Academic Director will create value for the University’s Schools and Faculties, incentivising the participation of the University’s academics as members of CTDS.

About you

The successful candidate will have a wide network of established relationships with key academic, industry and professional institutions, partners and stakeholders that can be leveraged to enhance the standing of the Centre and the University. You will have extensive experience in people leadership and management within the higher education/knowledge worker sector and a track record in managing financial sustainability, infrastructure and operational needs and practices of an academic unit.  You will have superior influencing skills to drive investment and participation from the University’s Schools and Faculties in pursuit of the CTDS mission.

Term and remuneration

The position of the Academic Director of CTDS is a senior leadership role. As such, this appointment will be offered initially as a five-year fixed-term appointment, subject to the completion of a satisfactory probation period for new appointees. Further appointments are possible, subject to performance and other factors. Underpinning this senior leadership appointment is a continuing academic role in a cognate School or Faculty. The appointee will revert to this substantive academic role in the case where the Directorship appointment is for one term only. A competitive remuneration package (including up to 17% employer’s contribution to pension) will be negotiated


The University has engaged executive search firm Stanton Chase to assist with this appointment. Stanton Chase will support the selection committee to identify the widest possible field of qualified candidates and to assess candidates against the requirements for the role.

All enquiries should be directed in confidence to: Fiona Lavan, Managing Director (Australia), Stanton Chase, by email at or on +61 414 781 186. Applications close on Wednesday 25 September 2019.

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, are encouraged.

The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.

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