Professor and Head, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre

Canberra, Australia
$183,749 AUD plus Responsibility Loading and 17% superannuation
18 Jul 2022
End of advertisement period
18 Sep 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

Classification: Academic Level E (Professor)
Salary package: $183,749 AUD plus Responsibility Loading and 17% superannuation
Term: Full-time, Continuing (Tenured)
Position Description: HEAD SDSC BOOKLET_June 2022 (1).pdf

About us

The Australian National University has an international reputation as a leading university in research, education, and policy expertise. Distinguished by its relentless pursuit of excellence, the ANU attracts leading academics and outstanding students from Australia and around the world.

The Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs (Bell School) at The Australian National University is a world-leading centre for research, education, and policy analysis on international and Asia and the Pacific politics, security, diplomacy, and strategy. The Bell School comprises four multidisciplinary academic units: the Department of International Relations, the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Department of Political and Social Change, and the Department of Pacific Affairs.

The opportunity

Located in the Bell School, The Strategic Defence Studies Centre is seeking an accomplished academic leader with relevant discipline and policy expertise as their new Head of Centre. Reporting to the Director of the School, the Head will be responsible for the operational management, research, and educational leadership and strategic direction of the Centre, consistent with the strategic plan of the School. This will include national and international policy outreach and partnership with multiple stakeholders.

The Level E (Professorial) position is continuing while the role of Head, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre is for an initial 5-year term (potentially extendable).

Highly developed communication skills should be complemented by the ability to engage across the Centre and School to encourage integrative research and teaching frameworks. Excellent people management skills should be combined with a capacity for effective financial planning. The ability to build relationships while engendering a positive culture of collaboration will be essential.

Please consult the attached Candidate Information Booklet linked below.


For confidential enquiries, please contact Professor Toni Erskine, Director, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at or on (+61) 2 6125 1233

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How to Apply

In order to apply for this role please make sure that you consult the Candidate Information Booklet and apply online in the application portal. Your application should include:

  • A statement addressing the selection criteria (no more than three pages).
  • A current detailed curriculum vitae (CV) which includes the names and contact details of at least three referees (preferably including a current or previous supervisor). If your CV does not include referees you can complete these online when prompted in the application form.

Referees will only be contacted after prior consultation with the candidate.

It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure referees are willing to provide reports when contacted.

Applications which do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position.

Please note:

The successful candidate will be required to undergo a background check during the recruitment process. An offer of employment is conditional on satisfactory results.

Applications close: 18 Sep 2022 11:55:00 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time