Head of School, School of Computer Science

Sydney, Australia
27 Feb 2020
End of advertisement period
19 Apr 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Faculty of Engineering

The University of Sydney

About the opportunity 

The University of Sydney is Australia’s premier University with an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence, and employs over 8,100 permanent staff supporting over 73,000 students. The Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sydney is one of the largest and preeminent engineering faculties in the world. For the past 50 years, the University has been undertaking leading research in Computer Science.

The field of computer science has experienced tremendous growth in the last few years. Its impact on society is unquestioned, and enrollments have skyrocketed. To meet these challenges and take advantage of these opportunities, the School of Computer Science at the University of Sydney has grown considerably over the last few years, and substantial growth is foreseen for the coming years. Lifting the bar on research and education in digital sciences forms a major pillar of the Faculty of Engineering’s strategy for the next 5 years.

We are seeking a Head of School to join the leadership team in steering this exciting academic venture and lead the School of Computer Science on this growth trajectory, using this opportunity to continue to strengthen the school’s teaching, research and outreach programs.

The ideal candidate will have an impressive track record of establishing and growing leading research and teaching programs. They will bring strategic leadership skills and an outstanding ability to manage stakeholder relations on behalf of an institution or school. We are looking for a leader with an openness to engagement and creativity; someone who operates at the forefront of innovation in computer science.

About us 

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

Term and remuneration

The term of the appointment is four years. This position will also be supported by an underlying continuing position as a Professor in the school. A competitive salary will be negotiated with the successful applicant. Relocation assistance will also be provided if required.

How to apply

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

For an initial discussion about the role, please contact Sophia Ha at or on +61 2 8354 4026. For more information and to submit your application please visit the Perrett Laver website at quoting reference 4551

Closing Date: Sunday 19 April 2020

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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