Head of School

Brisbane, Australia
31 Oct 2017
End of advertisement period
26 Nov 2017
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Faculty of Science

School of Biological Sciences

The Faculty of Science is one of Australia’s largest and most successful Science teaching and research communities.  Spanning a wide range of disciplines, we strive to achieve excellence in research and scholarship, and to make a significant contribution to intellectual, cultural, social and economic life at a local, national, and international level.  The Faculty is located across multiple locations, with the largest campuses being at St Lucia and Gatton.

The School of Biological Sciences is a high performing research intensive School that includes the traditional disciplines of Botany, Zoology and Entomology. The School teaches into the University’s Bachelor of Science program, and also administers the inter-Faculty Bachelor of Marine Studies program. The School provides unique opportunities for study or research in plant and animal biology with international research programs spanning ecology, molecular plant sciences and biotechnology, plant and animal physiology, marine biology, insects and parasite interactions, and genetics & evolution.

Information about the the School can be found at: http://www.biology.uq.edu.au/

The role

This is an exceptional opportunity to lead a highly regarded School and continue to build on recent successes.  It requires a leader with a focus on research excellence who will also support innovation in teaching and learning and developing a first class student experience.  Also key will be a strong external orientation and the capacity to maintain and build upon the School’s strong reputation through engagement with a large and diverse group of external stakeholders.

The Head of School will provide strategic and operational academic leadership to the School in accordance with: https://ppl.app.uq.edu.au/content/1.20.04-roles-responsibilities-and-authority-heads-schools-and-major-centres.

A fundamental responsibility of the Head of School is to lead the development of high quality graduates and facilitate research outputs that have national and international impact within the School, and in the context of the Faculty and University.

The person

The University is seeking to appoint an inspiring and strategic leader with a strong academic background and the ability to unify diverse discipline groups around a coherent vision and strategy. The position calls for a team player and accomplished communicator, capable of embracing change and innovation. The successful candidate will need a global perspective with the ability to drive opportunities with local and offshore partners.

Applicants should have a demonstrated capacity to provide academic leadership, the ability to think and act strategically and possess strong communication, negotiation and liaison skills. You should also have extensive experience in University teaching and learning, preferably including teaching innovation and technology enhanced learning.

UQ values diversity and inclusion and actively encourages applications from those who bring diversity to the University.  Please refer to the University's Diversity and Inclusion webpage for future information and points of contact if you require additional support.


This is a full-time, fixed term appointment for 5 years. A competitive remuneration package will be negotiated with the successful applicant.

Position Description

501410 - Candidate Booklet - Head, School of Biological Sciences.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Professor Melissa Brown on +61 7 3365 1609 or science.dean@uq.edu.au.

To submit an application for this role, use the Apply button below. All applications should include the following information:

  • Brief cover letter
  • CV with Research ID
  • Details of 3 Referees
  • A candidate statement which outlines your vision for the role and an overview of your experience and skills as it relates to the selection criteria. This should be no more than four pages.

For information on completing the application process click here.