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Chair Pharmacological Sciences

Camperdown, Australia
Closing date
2 May 2024

Job Details

  • Exciting opportunity for an outstanding senior academic to make significant contribution to the field of Pharmacological Sciences
  • Join the School ranked #2 in Australia and #16 in the world in Pharmacy and Pharmacology (2023 QS Subject Rankings)
  • Fixed-term role for a period of 5 years with an attractive remuneration package

About the opportunity

The Faculty of Medicine and Health is the largest faculty in the University of Sydney, and contains seven academic schools, including Sydney Pharmacy School (SPS).

We are seeking to appoint an outstanding senior academic as Chair of Pharmacological Science. This is a research focused position suited to an ambitious person with a passion for building a program of work in pharmacological science. The Chair will grow an internationally outstanding research program which will complement and leverage the research activities in the School and Faculty. Within the SPS, the position will be eligible for appointment as Deputy Head of School and will be empowered to lead the laboratory-based research of the School. The Chair will be expected to leverage the programs beyond the SPS, such as laboratory research in the School of Medical Science and build strong connections with Faculty Research Flagship Research Centres - such as the NH&MRC Clinical Trials Centre. The Chair's research program should align very closely with the aspirations of the Sydney Biomedical Accelerator. The Accelerator is a $650M partnership between the University and the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital/Sydney Local Health District which is committed to accelerating the pathway of research discovery to clinical practice.

We are looking for a generous scientific leader who is capable of fostering connections with a wide network of academic, industry and professional institutions, partners, and stakeholders. The Chair must have a disciplined approach to research, recognising the challenges of delivering against commercial milestones whilst managing the career aspirations of students and academic staff.

The Chair will report to the Head of School and Dean of Pharmacy, currently Professor Andrew McLachlan.

About you (skills, capabilities and experience)

The successful candidate will have:

  • a PhD in a relevant discipline
  • an international reputation as an authority in their discipline or area of expertise, with a supporting research profile including competitive research grants, publications and evidence of recognition within the broader research community
  • strong research track record in the pharmacological sciences, including but not limited to experimental and molecular pharmacology, drug discovery, structure-function relationships and translational biology.
  • experience in translation and commercialisation, which may include bringing compounds through the drug development pipeline or developing and pre-clinical evaluation of biomarkers
  • a proven track record in scaling research from single-investigator projects to consortia-driven programs
  • demonstrated ability to foster interdisciplinary research which delivers outcomes against milestones
  • experience in people leadership and management within the higher education/knowledge worker sector or industry
  • a strong track record in supervision and mentorship of higher degree students and early career researchers
  • a wide network of established relationships with academic, industry and professional institutions.

Term and remuneration

The successful candidate will be offered a 5-year fixed-term position on a full-time basis, with the possibility for renewal subject to performance and funding agreement. The appointment is also subject to completion of a satisfactory probation period for new appointees.

Visa sponsorship and relocation assistance will also be provided if required.

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.

How to apply

Applications (including a CV and cover letter outlining how your skills, capabilities and experience meet the requirements for the role) must be submitted via the link above. Please refer to the candidate information brochure for further details.

Candidate Information Brochure

If you are a current employee of the University and would like to submit an application, please login 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.

For recruitment-related enquiries, or if you require reasonable adjustment or support filling out this application, please contact: Dr Mushtaq Sobhan (Senior Talent Partner, Senior Talent Acquisition, Recruitment Operations, Human Resources) by email


To keep our community safe, please be aware of our COVID safety precautions which form our conditions of entry for all staff, students and visitors coming to campus.

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.

Closing time: 11.59pm (AEDT) on Thursday 2nd May.

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

Copyright The University of Sydney

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


The University of Sydney was established in 1850 and is consistently recognised, both locally and internationally, for its outstanding teaching and research excellence. Sydney alumni include Prime Ministers, Governor Generals, Nobel Prize winners and leaders in every field of endeavour.

The University offers a comprehensive range of courses, including a number of disciplines unique in Australia. Teaching is spread across nine different state-of-the art campuses, located across New South Wales.

The University of Sydney’s commitment to excellence in research has resulted in an outstanding record in national competitive funding and underpins an approach to teaching which has won nominations for excellence and resulted in high student satisfaction ratings. The University has 78 research centres and institutes and is home to three ARC Centres of Excellence.

The teaching, research and cultural life of the University is supported by extensive facilities, including the largest library collection in the Southern Hemisphere, the world-class Nicholson Museum of archaeological antiquities, the Macleay Museum of natural history and ethnographic collections and the University Art Gallery. Its outstanding sporting and recreation facilities provide a training centre for students and Olympic athletes.

The University of Sydney is a key member of the Group of Eight Australian major research-intensive universities, and the Worldwide Universities Network.


The University of Sydney has nine official campuses.

1.         Camperdown/Darlington Campus.

2.         Cumberland Campus. Home to the Faculty of Health Sciences (based in Lidcombe).

3.         Mallett Street Campus. Home of the Sydney Nursing School.

4.         Sydney Conservatorium of Music Campus. In Macquarie Street, central Sydney.

5.         Rozelle Campus. Home to Sydney College of the Arts.

6.         Surry Hills Campus. Home to the Faculty of Dentistry.

7.         Camden Campus. Contains facilities connected to the Faculty of Veterinary Science and the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment.

8.         Burren Street Campus. Facilties are currently under development.

9.         Sydney Medical School campuses. These include the School of Rural Health (in Dubbo and Orange), the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Concord Hospital, Westmead Hospital, the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Nepean Hospital, Northern Clinical School, Sydney Adventist Hospital, Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health, and Northern Rivers University Department of Rural Health.


The University of Sydney has 16 faculties.

1. Agriculture and Environment

2. Architecture, Design and Planning

3. Arts and Social Sciences

4. Business (Business School)

5. Dentistry

6. Education and Social Work

7. Engineering and Information Technologies

8. Health Sciences

9. Law (Sydney Law School)

10. Medicine (Sydney Medical School)

11. Nursing and Midwifery

12. Pharmacy

13. Science

14. Sydney College of the Arts

15. Sydney Conservatorium of Music

16. Veterinary Science

Number of Employees

Full-time employees: 7616

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