Dean of Science

Wellington, New Zealand
11 Jan 2021
End of advertisement period
08 Feb 2021
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Significant opportunity for a strategic academic leader
  • Lead a large and diverse faculty in the capital city
  • New Zealand's top ranked university for research quality

Kōrero mō te tūranga - About the role

Located in New Zealand's capital, Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington is New Zealand's number one university for intensity of high-quality research and consistently ranks among the world's best universities. We are a capital-city university with a global outlook, with students from over 100 countries and more than 120 university partners worldwide. The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings, assessing universities against the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, place us at 36th in the world.

The Faculty of Science is one of New Zealand's top research institutions, attracting around $115m in external research funding over the past three years. We're home to a thriving international community of staff and students - with over 400 staff and over 3,500 students, around 700 of whom are postgraduates. Wellington has the highest concentration of scientists and science organisations in the country, and the Faculty has well-established links with government, industry and NGOs.

The Faculty is made up of five schools which offer excellent teaching and world-leading research programmes across biology, chemistry, physics, geography, environmental and earth science, mathematics and statistics, and psychology. Our staff are internationally recognised in their fields of research, with Earth and Marine Sciences, Geography, Geology, and Psychology ranked in the world's top 100 in the 2020 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

Several noteworthy scientific research centres and institutes are based at the University, including the MacDiarmid Institute for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials, New Zealand's top research institute in material science; the Malaghan Institute for Medical Research, the country's largest private medical research institute; the Ferrier Research Institute, leaders in carbohydrate chemistry; and the Antarctic Research Centre, which recently won New Zealand's most prestigious science award, the Prime Minister's Science Prize.

Mōu - About you

The University is now seeking to appoint an outstanding strategic and academic leader as Dean, Faculty of Science.

We are looking for an exceptional individual with:

personal and professional credibility to extend and enhance collaborative alliances and partnerships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders locally, nationally, and internationally demonstrated motivation and capability to lead the Faculty a participatory leader who shares the values of the University demonstrated knowledge and experience of what constitutes excellence in research, learning and teaching, and engagement an astute strategic leader, with an innovative mindset, and experienced at inspiring and leading teams around a shared vision.

You will have held a leadership position in the academic or science sector and need to understand and appreciate the academic environment.

Download the role description from our careers page.

For the candidate information document, please click the apply now button.

For more details about the role and for more information about the University visit the About the University page on our website.

Contact details for vacancy:To request a confidential discussion with the PVC Ehsan Mesbahi, please contact Vicky Boswell on or email

To apply in confidence: Download and complete the University Application Form from our careers site.

Click the Apply Now button at the base of the advert, follow the process to enter your contact details, and add your CV in the online form.

Please include a cover letter in your application, then email the completed application form, cover letter and any other supporting documentation to along with any further supporting documents stating the reference number and position title from the advert in the subject line. 

For applicants who are not NZ Citizens or Permanent Residents, we recommend you check the NZ Immigration website for updates related to Covid19 restrictions on entry to New Zealand:

Applications close Monday, 8 March 2021.

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