Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research

Brisbane, Australia
02 Dec 2017
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05 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

The University of Queensland (UQ)

The University of Queensland is a world class institution which ranks in the world’s top universities including the QS World University Rankings (47), US News Best Global Universities Rankings (45) and the Academic Ranking of World Universities (55).

The University has six Faculties and six university level institutes, a 50,000 plus student community, more than 7000 academic and professional staff plus a $1.8 billion annual operating budget.


The University achieves international standards of excellence across a broad spectrum of research, from fundamental to applied research and innovation with direct applications to industry and communities.

The quality and impact of UQ’s research covers many disciplines including: neuroscience, biomolecular and biomedical sciences, sustainable minerals, bioengineering and nanotechnology, agriculture, as well as social science research.

UQ has an outstanding track-record in the commercialisation of innovation with major technologies employed across the globe and integral to gross product sales of A$13billion.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) is a member of the senior executive group of the University, providing leadership and advice to the Vice- Chancellor, particularly on strategies to develop the highest quality research and research training.

The position reports to the Vice- Chancellor and has a number of direct reports including the Pro-Vice- Chancellor (Research), the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research Infrastructure), the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Training), Dean Graduate School, and the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research Partnerships), as well as several Institute and Centre Directors.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) works closely with other key senior leaders:

  • The Provost, who oversees the Executive Deans and Research Institute Directors, to promote and champion the research agenda within the University and to attract the substantial research funding income required to sustain high quality research endeavours.
  • The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (External Engagement), to develop strategically important research linkages with key national and international institutions.

The University seeks to appoint an inspiring, experienced and strategic leader. The person will need to be effective in a large, comprehensive university and able to support a whole of university research agenda. The position calls for a team player and accomplished communicator who is driven, consultative and capable of embracing innovation.

For a confidential discussion, contact Bill Kett at Heidrick & Struggles on +61 3 9012 3043. To obtain an information pack or to apply, please email

The closing date is 5 February 2018.

Please do not apply using the 'Apply Now' button on this advertisement. Instead, please apply through Heidrick & Struggles on the contact details listed above