Head of School, School of Agriculture and Food Sustainability

Brisbane, Australia
09 Mar 2023
End of advertisement period
02 Apr 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The University of Queensland is proud to be ranked in the top 10 universities worldwide for agriculture, and food science and technology, and in the top 20 for plant and animal science. UQ's Faculty of Science is an internationally recognised provider of education and research, home to some of the world’s most innovative scientists, teachers, science programs and commercial ventures and is one of the largest science groupings in Australia.

The School of Agriculture and Food Sustainability is a new School that brings together expertise in agriculture, agribusiness, plant and crop sciences, production animal science, soil science, food science, and international and rural development, from its predecessor Schools: the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, the School of Biological Sciences, and the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

The School is well positioned to address the UN Sustainable development goals relating to: zero hunger, life on land and life under water, and to graduate students who are poised to deliver on these critical issues. Indeed, this School will become a flagship for addressing food security and sustainability on a global scale, while training the future workforce to tackle these challenges in the future.

The academic excellence that defines the School of Agriculture and Food Sustainability will be enabled by amazing staff, high-quality students, and world-class facilities and laboratories on UQ’s St Lucia and Gatton campuses . Drawcards include the Queensland Animal Science Precinct and a 1000-hectare commercial farm and horticultural fields in the fertile Lockyer Valley and a new $30M Plant Growth Facility currently under construction.

From mid 2023, the School will educate more than 1100 full-time equivalent coursework students enrolled in a range of Science and Agriculture related undergraduate and postgraduate coursework programs. These programs will deliver truly outstanding on and off-campus experiences for students, including field trips across Australia and overseas.

The School will also train over 150 research higher degree students and engage in a wide range of research projects and programs to address complex issues relating to modern and sustainable agricultural systems, and the nutritional quality and safety of food. Outcomes and impact will be achieved through strong partnerships with industry, government, and other organisations.

About This Opportunity

The Head of School (HoS) will lead the School through an exciting and dynamic time, enabling the best outcomes for the School's exceptional staff and students, while being in a position of influence to shape the future of the School, the Faculty and UQ.

This is a key strategic and operational leadership role responsible for enacting the School, Faculty and UQ vision, cultivating collaborative and productive relationships and delivering outstanding results across the core activities of the School.

Reporting to the Executive Dean, Faculty of Science, the HoS will inspire and lead a large team of academic and professional staff and effectively manage the School’s resources, governance frameworks and administrative processes. Delivering high quality teaching, research, and operational goals in the University requires collaboration within and beyond The University of Queensland.

Our Ideal Candidate

As Head of School, you will be an experienced, highly collaborative leader with exceptional communication and people management skills and a real passion for developing the next generation of scientists. You will have an international reputation for excellence, with a strong teaching profile and research track record. Demonstrated success in facilitating and leading interdisciplinary research collaborations and nurturing early and mid-career academics will be critical to this role.

You will have strengths in influencing and negotiating, including the ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with key internal partners and external stakeholders including industry, government, and professional bodies.

If you are looking for an academic leadership role with a real opportunity to make an impact change then we would like to hear from you.

UQ values diversity and inclusion, and actively encourages applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Our Diversity and Inclusion webpage contains further information if you require additional support. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to recruitment@uq.edu.au.

What We Can Offer

This is a full-time, fixed term position for 5 years as Head of School, Agriculture and Food Sustainability and Professor at Academic Level E. An affiliate appointment and/or reversionary underlying continuing appointment may be possible for an outstanding appointee.

An attractive remuneration package will be negotiated with the successful candidate. Remuneration will be subject to periodic review.

You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities, recreation leave loading, salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare, discounted private health insurance, on campus parking, development programs and many other benefits.

For further information, please review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018-2021.

Position Description



To discuss this role and to request a copy of the candidate information booklet, please contact Janine Fitzgerald on +61 424 164 765 or via email at jfitzgerald@robinsonfitzgerald.com.au or Kate Robinson on +61 409 769 560 or at krobinson@robinsonfitzgerald.com.au quoting reference number RF0181

Want to Apply?

To submit an application for this role, please forward your application to Robinson Fitzgerald Executive Search via the contact email details above.

Applications close Sunday 2nd April 2023.