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Professor and Deputy Head of School, Science

  • Bring your innovative energy and vision to help develop Science at AUT
  • Lead collaboration, research and teaching across disciplines
  • Seeking academic expertise in the biomedical science, medical diagnostics or related-biology fields

As one of the world's top 50 young universities and New Zealand's newest, Auckland University of Technology (AUT) is a university of opportunity where all students with talent and potential have the chance to succeed. We are a socially-driven university with equity and excellence central to our purpose and actions, and we offer a stimulating teaching and research environment with strong connections to government, business, and industry. AUT has more than 27,000 students and over 4,000 staff based primarily at our three Auckland teaching campuses.

AUT's distinctive and multi-disciplinary School of Science/ Te Kura Pūtaiao, based on AUT's City Campus, is part of AUT's largest faculty - Health and Environmental Sciences/Te Ara Hauora Pūtaiao. It is a fantastic School to work in and we're excited to be entering a new phase of innovation and regeneration. To learn more about us and our School, please CLICK HERE for the 'School overview for prospective applicants'. 

Become our new Deputy Head of School!

We are seeking an innovative professor of biomedical science, medical diagnostics or a closely related field of biology to take on a unique opportunity combining your disciplinary expertise with academic leadership, as one of our two new Deputy Heads of School. Your expertise will be from an area such as immunology, human genetics, drug development, disease modelling, or another closely related field of biology.

We embrace creativity of thinking and academic innovation to help drive the future direction and relevance of Science at AUT. In this exciting role you will utilise your partnership-driven people leadership skills to contribute significantly to the school's research and teaching activities - while also playing a vital role in developing and implementing the school's strategic goals and managing staff! You will work closely with the HoS and the other Deputy HoS across priorities, as we tackle science and societal challenges with a trans-disciplinary lens. The School is well supported and understood by our new Faculty Dean.

Key tasks include:

  • Lead research and teaching in the biomedical sciences, medical diagnostics, and related-biology teams (0.5 FTE).
  • Assist the Head of School in providing leadership and operational management as Deputy Head of School (0.5 FTE).
  • Develop, implement and evaluate strategic and operational goals for the school in collaboration with relevant stakeholders.
  • Support the line management and development of around 20 staff.
  • Help lead the revitalisation of our postgraduate programmes
  • Help lead the uplift of the School's research profile and outputs. Help foster excellence and support in teaching, scholarship, and collaboration across the School and research centres. Support future curriculum development, external engagement, oversight of accreditation processes (and more!) as directed by the Head of School.
  • Become a key contributor to a School culture focused on excellence, innovation and equity in teaching and learning, service, industry and community outreach, and other academic contributions.

You will be recognised as a culturally capable leader who values diversity, works inclusively, and allows and champions creativity, flexibility, and innovation whilst being humble and principled. You will support the School's next steps in its Te Tiriti o Waitangi journey and display attributes of inclusiveness, empathy, trustworthiness, confidence and kindness. Your ability to listen, connect, collaborate, communicate and influence will be critical - as will be your strong respect for others coupled with an open and engaging attitude that is flexible to changing requirements. A resolute, robust, and positive attitude is essential.

Applications and Selection Criteria

We welcome applications from professors in biomedical science, medical diagnostics or related-biology fields who have staff leadership and management experience.

Along with your full academic CV, please submit a) a cover letter explaining why this particular role (and AUT) is of interest, and b) a statement addressing how your experience aligns with the key selection criteria we're seeking below:

  1. Distinguished academic achievement appropriate for appointment as Professor. This should include a very strong research publication record within biomedical science, medical diagnostics or a closely-related field of biology.
  2. Proven leadership and team management experience within an academic environment, with a track record of successful teamwork & collaboration built around a coaching and consultative approach.
  3. Capability to support the School's authentic and robust Te Tiriti o Waitangi journey and to advance Māori and Pacific students, staff, and community outcomes. A champion for equity.
  4. Proven ability to secure funding for research and build collaborative research teams.
  5. Proven experience successfully developing and growing industry or end-user collaborations and partnerships in research and/ or teaching.
  6. Ability to inspire and motivate students through research-based teaching. Please include a brief teaching summary detailing your approach to, and experience with, innovative pedagogy and curriculum development. 
  7. Demonstrated success attracting and supervising postgraduate research students as primary supervisor.
  8. A can-do attitude, with a proactive and innovative approach to problem-solving.
  9. Applicants are welcome to add further comments they may feel of relevance.

Further Information:

  • Start Date: Mid-Late 2024 (to be agreed with the appointee).
  • Term: The successful candidate will secure a permanent substantive academic appointment as a Professor. They will be seconded for an initial one-year term to the role of Deputy Head of School in a 0.5 capacity (with the option for renewal as a three-year term, by mutual agreement), with the remaining 0.5 committed to their role as Professor.
  • Salary: Commensurate with relevant experience and skills and aligned with the appropriate step in AUT's academic pay scales (Professor range: NZD $150,340 - $193,678). In addition, a special responsibilities payment (pro-rata'd) will be made for the Deputy Head of School responsibilities.
  • Referees: Applicants should also provide names, contact details and clarification of relationship for at least three potential referees. Referees will not be contacted without the prior consent of the applicant.
  • For academic enquiries: Contact Professor Hannah Buckley, Head of School Science - For recruitment enquiries: Contact Mike Wood, Executive Recruitment Partner - 

Advertising closes: Tuesday 2 April at 11.55pm. We expect interviews to take place in late-April/early-May.

Reference: 87706

At AUT we strive to be a place where people love to work and learn. We are committed to te Tiriti, excellence and inclusivity and aspire to be the University of choice for Māori and Pacific communities. We welcome people of all ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, religious and political beliefs, socio-economic situations and accessibility needs.

Please note that all applications must be submitted through the online application process. For further information, please send us an enquiry here or call 921 9499. Please note we are happy to answer your questions but we do not accept applications by email. You will need to apply through the standard registration process.

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