Head of School, School of Medical Sciences

Sydney, Australia
5 years with an attractive renumeration package
24 Jun 2022
End of advertisement period
14 Aug 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Opportunity for a distinguished academic to lead the School of Medical Sciences
  • Be part of the leadership team of the Faculty of Medicine and Health
  • Fixed term for full time 5 years with an attractive renumeration package

About the opportunity

The School of Medical Sciences (SoMS) in the Faculty of Medicine and Health is one of the most research intensive Schools in the University. The school produces high-impact research that addresses the most important global health issues. The school was formed in 2001 to initially bring together the disciplines of pathology, pharmacology, physiology, anatomy and histology and subsequently the discipline of biomedical science. In 2021 the school underwent a major reform to reorganise teaching and research into a more contemporary model. The mission of the school is to create Leaders in medical science education and research.

We are seeking to appoint an outstanding academic leader at the level of Professor (Level E) as Head of School for School of Medical Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine and Health. The Head of School is a member of the Faculty Leadership Group and head of the leadership team for the School of Medical Sciences. This position is responsible for executing the faculty strategy by implementing educational and research goals at the School level.

The Head of School is responsible for actively managing academic performance and fostering talent development. They have a key role in managing the external relationships of the school, including philanthropic donors and industry partners. The position manages the school budget and expenditure and is accountable for the financial sustainability of the School. The position ensures compliance with work health safety standards, and all University policies.

About you

The successful candidate will:

  • hold a PhD in an academic field relevant to the school and a national/international reputation in the field
  • have In depth knowledge and understanding of the key strategic issues in the higher education sector
  • 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 school, faculty and University
  • demonstrate experience in people leadership and management within the higher education/knowledge worker sector
  • possess skills and demonstrated experience in financial management and in operational management practices
  • have outstanding track record in obtaining peer review grants and in competitive grant support as well as exceptional publication record with original contributions to Medical Sciences
  • have an understanding ability to lead, develop and support an academic endeavour from curriculum design to producing leading research, providing a student enabling environment

Term and remuneration

The successful candidate will be offered a 5-year fixed term position on a full-time basis, subject to completion of a satisfactory probation period for new appointees. There is opportunity for further appointments subject to performance.

The successful candidate will be offered an attractive remuneration package commensurate with the responsibilities of the position and the candidate's relevant experience and qualifications.

Visa sponsorship and Relocation assistance will be provided if required.

The successful candidate will be offered a competitive remuneration package commensurate with the responsibilities of the position and the candidate's relevant experience and qualifications.

How to apply

Applications (including a CV and cover letter outlining how your skills, capabilities and experience meet the requirements for the role) must be submitted via the link above. Please refer to the candidate information brochure for further details.

Candidate Information Brochure

If you are a current employee of the University or a contingent worker with access to Workday, please login into your Workday account and navigate to the Career icon on your Dashboard. Click on USYD Find Jobs and apply.

For a copy of the candidate information brochure, a confidential discussion about the role, or if you require reasonable adjustment or support filling out this application, please contact:

For further information and to apply, please contact Dr Rohan Carr or Ms Emily Witts at The Insight Group, by phone: +61 3 9654 3288 or email


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Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

EEO statement

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Applications Close

14 August 2022 11:59 PM

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