Pro-Vice Chancellor Research

Nasinu, Fiji
26 Nov 2017
End of advertisement period
31 Jan 2018
AC 281/17
Contract Type
Full Time

Closing Date



The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) position at the University carries considerable responsibility and weight. The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) will be a member of Senior Management Group and Senate; and will chair the University Research Committee and other committees, working groups, project groups, etc, as agreed with the Vice-Chancellor. The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) will develop and implement coherent strategies and policies that will deliver consistent improvements in the University’s research quality and intensity, and in the effectiveness and impact of its knowledge transfer and consultancy activities.The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) will report to and be accountable to the Vice-Chancellor.

The key functions of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) are:

  • To be an advocate for and lead the development and fulfillment of the University’s Research Strategy.
  • Facilitate, enhance and support opportunities for the University to engage in new and innovative research activities by providing leadership and through necessary institutional support for the management.
  • To develop, disseminate and implement the University’s research strategy to ensure the intellectual and financial sustainability of the University’s research base and to strengthen the University’s reputation for excellence.
  • To represent the University nationally and internationally in relation to research issues, raising the profile and reputation of the University and influencing on behalf of the University national and international policies and agendas in this area.
  • To provide strategic research leadership for the development of a culture, policies and processes that support the increase of research grant income, and diversification of the sources of research income.
  • To engage in fractional teaching in the area of discipline as negotiated annually with the Vice Chancellor.

Key Duties

The duties and responsibilities of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) shall be:

  1. Support the Vice-Chancellor in the corporate leadership of the University as a member of the Senior Management Group, providing input into strategic planning, policy development, implementation, review and monitoring.
  2. Provide sound and timely advice to the Senior Management Group on all matters relating to Research.
  3. Manage directly allocated university funds for research to maximize their effect on the University.
  4. To maintain knowledge of the external funding and commercial context, including available income sources and eligibility criteria by networking, analysis of appropriate literature and liaison with founders (e.g. Fiji Research Council, European Union, commercial and industrial clients, etc)
  5. Collaborate with other universities and external research providers to strengthen research connections, joint ventures and resource sharing where appropriate. 
  6. To lead and coordinate the University’s preparation for and submissions to external evaluations of research quality, in order to maintain and enhance the University’s current national and international standing for research quality.
  7. To ensure that the University’s research infrastructure of IT systems and business development is agile to sustain existing and exploit new opportunities and the capability to effectively respond to new compliance or accountability requirements.
  8. To ensure more applied research is conducted for the benefit of the wider community; maintain linkages and engage closely with regional organisations to deliver applied research opportunities and benefits.
  9. Consolidate the University’s research agenda through building on current areas of research strength (NCD’s, sustainability, health, education) and identifying emergent niche areas.
  10. Lead on the development and oversee Fiji National University’s research centres to ensure they continue to be current and add value, with particular reference to the overarching interdisciplinary research centres.
  11. Support existing collaborative research groups and to identify emerging disciplinary and cross-disciplinary areas of research concentration.
  12. Delivering the University’s goal to be recognised as a centre of excellence for the development of postgraduate, post-doctoral and early career researchers with particular emphasis on:
    • postgraduate research student recruitment, supervision and training, submission and Completion;
    • promote research through student projects, joint research projects and co-location of staff across research aligned areas;
    • Atract Attract, develop and retain high quality higher degree research scholars, particularly with alignment to existing and emerging areas of research strength, through scholarships and fellowships;
    • provision of support for early and mid-career researchers; and 
    • Creation of research career pathways and retention
  13. Ensure that the University’s high level Key Performance Indicators around Research are delivered.
  14. Engage in fractional teaching in the area of discipline which will be negotiated by the Vice Chancellor on annual basis.

Person Specification


An earned doctorate (PhD or equivalent) from a recognised university. Professorial or equivalent standing, with a research reputation and profile commensurate with a senior academic leadership role.


Demonstrable experience in providing outstanding academic leadership and management, including:

  • A strong personal research agenda, with demonstrable impact at national and/or international level.
  • A record of sustained publications in Scopus-indexed international peer-reviewed journals, preferably with international co-authors.
  • Evidence of the ability to attract research funding and manage research projects to successful completion.
  • A record of successfully supervising postgraduate research students to completion.
  • The mentorship of, and co-publication with, junior colleagues.
  • The leadership of a formal or informal research team or centre.
  • Editorship or editorial board membership of an academic journal and/or evidence of reviewing for recognised journals.
  • A record of presenting at recognised academic conferences and publishing conference proceedings.
  • The capacity to develop and implement strategy and to initiate and implement change in a complex, multicultural environment.
  • The ability to identify and assess appropriate opportunities and partnerships to strengthen the resource base and reputation of the University.
  • Experience in effective management of financial and human resources, including staff planning, recruitment and performance management and a sound knowledge of business principles.
  • The capacity to work across organisational boundaries to achieve agreed corporate outcomes.

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An attractive salary commensurate with qualifications and abilities will be negotiated with the successful applicant.

Applications must be submitted online using the University’s online job applications system which can be accessed at this address: 

Incomplete applications will not be considered, therefore your submission as a complete application must include:

  • Cover letter with Job Ref. No. and Position
  • Detailed CV with at least contacts of 3 referees
  • Certified academic credentials & transcripts

Should you have any queries, please email on: 

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If you have not been contacted by Fiji National University, then your application has not been successful.


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