Academic Director, Sydney Manufacturing Hub

Sydney, Australia
06 Sep 2019
End of advertisement period
08 Oct 2019
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Portfolio
Reference no. 1461/0719F

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.

Underpinning this bold research strategy is our commitment to research infrastructure via our operation of a world-class enterprise of core research facilities. These research facilities provide the link between excellence in research capacity and research excellence. The Sydney Manufacturing Hub is the University’s newest core research facility and will provide outstanding research capability in the area of materials processing and, in particular, additive manufacturing.

The inaugural Academic Director of the Sydney Manufacturing Hub will provide academic leadership, creating a world-class, internationally recognised facility for research and research training. This is a University-wide academic leadership role that is a conduit into the University leadership, decision making, and strategy. Concomitantly, it is an academic appointment and we expect that the successful applicant will have a demonstrated capacity to balance academic leadership and personal scholarship.

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 Sydney Manufacturing Hub, and the University. You will have extensive experience in people leadership and management within the higher education/knowledge worker sector, experience in working with industry, and a track record in managing financial sustainability, infrastructure and the operational needs and practices of an academic unit.

Term and remuneration

The appointment will be offered initially as a five-year fixed-term appointment, subject to the completion of a satisfactory probation period for new appointees, with an underlying continuing academic role in the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering. A competitive remuneration package will be negotiated.


For an initial discussion about the role, please contact Kieran Pollentine, Senior Research Associate, at or on +61 2 8354 4014. For further information and to submit your application please visit the Perrett Laver website at quoting reference 4337.

Deadline for applications: Tuesday 8 October 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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