Director, Sydney Institute for Infectious Diseases

Sydney, Australia
15 Mar 2023
End of advertisement period
14 Apr 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Exciting opportunity to lead one of the University's flagship research centres
  • Provide research leadership and set the strategic direction of the Sydney Institute for Infectious Diseases
  • 5 year fixed-term role with an attractive remuneration package


The Faculty of Medicine and Health is the largest faculty in the University. This integrated faculty brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking and challenging the status quo by establishing productive research units that cross traditional academic school and discipline boundaries. We operate across four large health precincts (three metropolitan and one regional/rural) where University facilities are co-located with hospitals and medical research institutes. The faculty has an extended reach in Asia through longstanding on-ground partnership projects.

The Sydney Institute for Infectious Diseases is dedicated to solving two of the greatest global challenges of our time -emerging infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance. Its vision is to reduce the health and socioeconomic consequences of infectious diseases in the region by translating its work into public and health practice and policy. Formerly known as the Marie Bashir Institute, and relaunched as the Sydney Institute for Infectious Diseases - or Sydney ID - the Institute is one of only six Flagship research centres in the Faculty of Medicine and Health.


We are seeking to appoint an outstanding academic at the level of Professor as Director, Sydney Institute for Infectious Diseases who can provide research leadership and set the strategic direction of the institute. The role requires a collaborative leader who can foster a culture of research excellence and support inclusive decision making. The Director will work to unify the teams that comprise the Institute, ensuring Sydney develops a reputation for world-class expertise in infectious disease research.

The successful candidate will:

  • be a leading authority with an international reputation for excellence in a discipline relevant to the institute's research themes
  • be expected to maintain your reputation by actively contributing to research and scholarship, academic debate, policy development and innovation within the University and the broader community
  • hold a PhD or equivalent higher research degree in a relevant academic field
  • be sufficiently advanced in their career and prepared to take on the demanding role of coordinating the institute's different disciplines, bringing them together to fully harness the University's expertise in infectious disease research
  • have a demonstrated capacity to speak to a variety of audiences, with ability to communicate to and influence a variety of stakeholders
  • have an understanding of the higher education sector together with experience in a large operational institute which brings together multiple disciplines
  • have demonstrated experience solving large scale problems with a translational focus.

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. 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 also be provided if required.

How to apply

The University of Sydney will be supported in its global search for this appointment by the executive search firm Odgers Berndtson. For further information and a confidential discussion, please contact Kylie Taylor from Odgers Berndtson Executive Search via or +61 406 340 920.

Full applications including comprehensive Curriculum Vitae, and candidate statement outlining vision for the role and addressing the skills, capabilities and experience outlined for the role, and nominating referees, must be submitted to the email address above, before the official close date.

Candidate Information Brochure

Current University of Sydney Employees: If you are a current employee of the University and would like to submit an application, please contact Odgers Berndtson at the details above in the first instance. You may then submit your application by logging into your Workday account. Navigate to the Career icon on your Dashboard once logged into Workday and click on the USYD Find Jobs report to apply.


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As this position is located on a NSW Health site, it is a regulatory requirement to complete compulsory employment checks prior to starting in this position. For more information and instructions, please visit: NSW Health employment requirements

This position is designated as involving child-related work. To undertake or remain in this position, you are required to apply for and obtain a Working With Children Check clearance in accordance with the Child Protection (Working With Children) Act 2012.

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

At the University of Sydney, our shared values include diversity and inclusion and we strive to be a place where everyone can thrive. We are committed to creating a University community which reflects the wider community that we serve. We deliver on this commitment through our people and culture programs, as well as key strategies to increase participation and support the careers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, women, people living with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and those who identify as LGBTIQ. We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds.

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Applications Close

Friday 14 April 2023 11:59 PM

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