Head of Department, Molecular Medicine

Leadership role operating at the nexus of Medicine, Science and Engineering–to transform medicine through research and teaching,providing a molecular perspective on complex biological systems and processes.

  • Inform medicine and delivery of patient care through the translation of ground-breaking research and innovative teaching
  • Supported by the flagship UNSW Katharina Gaus Light Microscopy Facility, one of the best in the worldin providing access to state-of-the-art imaging infrastructure
  • Senior Appointment, full-time, continuing role

Why this role matters

The Head of Department, Molecular Medicine (Associate Professor/Professor, Level D/E) provides academic leadership, fosters excellence in research and leads innovative teaching in molecular medicine.

As Head you will extend our established capabilities, building on the strengths of the EMBL Australia Node in Single Molecule Science. You will work collaboratively in the School of Biomedical Sciences to drive and grow world-class research programs that, in addition to delivering impact, support future leaders in research, innovative teaching, and engagement activities in their chosen area of expertise. The role reports to Professor Jake Baum, Head of School, School of Biomedical Sciences.

Our Organisation

In the Department of Molecular Medicine, our goal is to transform medicine through research that provides a molecular perspective on complex biological systems and processes, encompassing biophysics, biochemistry, cell biology and nanotechnology. This work is underpinned by access to the cutting-edgeimaging and image analysis technologies, many developed in-house and located within the Katharina Gaus Light Microscopy Facility at UNSW as well as having access to state-of-the-art infrastructure through the Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre, which includes excellence in areas such as flow cytometry, electron microscopy, genomics and proteomics.

UNSW isn’t like other places you’ve worked. Yes, we’re a large organisation with a diverse and talented community; a community doing extraordinary things. But what makes us different isn’t only what we do, it’s how we do it. Together, we are driven to be thoughtful, practical, and purposeful in all we do. If you want a career where you can thrive, be challenged and do meaningful work, you’re in the right place.

Why work with us: benefits and culture

UNSW offer a competitive salary and access to UNSW benefits including:

  • Flexible working
  • Additional 3 days of leave over the Christmas Period
  • Access to lifelong learning and career development
  • Progressive HR practices
  • Discounts and entitlements

Who you are

You have a PhD in a related discipline (e.g., biomedical or biotechnology science),can provide academic leadership and vision, mentoring to colleagues andlead in the delivery of high-quality research outcomes in biomedical/molecular sciences.

You will have outstanding interpersonal, communication, and organisational skills to contribute to the School’s service and engagement activities and you will have substantial experience in gaining research funding, as both primary and co-applicant.

You will have successfully recruited/supervised exceptional HDR students,chaired review panels, and have demonstrated ability to foster significant relationships with industry and the community, e.g., securing industry funding. You will also lead by example in supporting DE&I policies and programs within the School and Faculty.

To apply:

If leading biomedical research and teaching in molecular medicine as well as delivering transformative medicine and patient careis of interest to you, please submit your CV, Cover Letter and responses to Skills and Experience nominated in the Position Description via this LINK


Professor Jake Baum - Head of School, School of Biomedical Sciences  jake.baum@unsw.edu.au

Shiree Thomas - Talent Acquisition Shiree.Thomas@unsw.edu.au

Applications close: Sunday 29th January 2023 at 11:55 pm AEDST,

UNSW is committed to equity diversity and inclusion. Applications from women, people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, those living with disabilities, members of the LGBTIQ+ community; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged. UNSW provides workplace adjustments for people with disability, and access to flexible work options for eligible staff.

The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.