Department Chair, Mathematics

Boroondara, Australia
05 Feb 2018
End of advertisement period
06 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Lead a growing and dynamic academic team
  • Contribute to our 2025 vision and goals
  • Share your passion for academic leadership

Swinburne is a progressive university that aims to increase Australia’s capacity in science, technology and innovation as the drivers of modern, internationalised economies and workplaces. Our university is focused on high-impact global research, high-quality teaching and active engagement with both industry and the community.

We are a place where your work can impact the national economy and wellbeing of our society. We promote diversity, support career development, provide flexibility and offer competitive salary packages.

About the job

Our Mathematics Department is premised on being the seed from which all the sciences grow. We offer undergraduate and postgraduate study in applied mathematics. We are currently looking for a new Department Chair to join us. In this role, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the strategic development and management of the Department’s academic offerings, research profile, student experience and external engagement.

You will lead a growing team of passionate and driven academics, and promote a spirit of interdisciplinary collaboration to improve and expand the department. As our Department Chair, you will work closely with the other key research and support areas of the university to support the activities and build the external profile of the Department. With your passion for Applied Mathematics, you will build the reputation of the Department by representing the University and School as appropriate, including in external engagement and research activities.

N.B. The role of Department Chair is for a three year tenure, with an underlying ongoing position of Professor / Associate Professor.

About you

We are looking for someone who is a passionate Applied Mathematician with a demonstrated background in collaborative leadership. Your field of expertise will align with one of our 3 applied mathematics research interests in the Department: mathematical biology, dynamical systems or physical applied mathematics, with a clear connection to our research institutes highly desirable. With your reputation in applied mathematics, you enjoy sharing your knowledge and creating teaching programs that bring current industry trends into the curriculum to support our goal of future ready learners. Your previous leadership experience has seen you create cross disciplinary collaborations and elevate the awareness of mathematics as a key discipline. 

To find out more, please review the key selection criteria below (further details available within the position description):

  • Demonstrated ability to both lead and be an effective team contributor for the development of new courses in the relevant disciplines and inspire staff to deliver innovative course design in a multi-disciplinary setting.
  • Effective strategic, analytical and conceptual skills, together with the ability to contribute to devising and implementing strategic plans in a complex organisational environment.
  • Demonstrated high level of interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to liaise with a wide variety of academics, work within a consultative, team environment in multi- disciplinary contexts, including an ability to work effectively with senior external members of the Faculty, University and relevant professions in industry and government.
  • An understanding of the tertiary education sector in Australia, including international activities, and trends in leadership and management of contemporary universities in a rapidly changing and competitive environment.


The diverse culture within Swinburne is a source of strength. We have an inclusive working environment with employees from a variety of backgrounds. We acknowledge that diversity in the university workforce increases the effectiveness of teams and our capacity for innovation. We welcome applications from Indigenous people, workers of all ages, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Swinburne is committed to advancing gender equality in academia, particularly in STEM disciplines, and was one of the first Australian universities to join the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) pilot to improve the promotion and retention of women and gender minorities in STEM. We are proud to be recognised by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality 2015 and of key initiatives such as our Pride@Swinburne Strategic Action Plan and our Reconciliation Action Plan which are integral components of our 2025 vision to be world class university creating social and economic impact through science, technology and innovation. 

At Swinburne we recognise the need to support the work/life balance and flexible needs of our staff. As such a range of flexible working arrangements including paid parental leave, working from home, onsite childcare and part time options are available. You will have access to many benefits such as career development opportunities including 50% study reduction and staff and management development programs. You will receive up to 17% employer contributions (pension) and various discounts on annual Myki cards, private health insurance and movie tickets. 

To find out more about the extensive benefits offered to Swinburne employees please visit:

How to apply

To start an application click on 'apply' at the bottom of this page and submit a resume, cover letter and response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the Position Description. Please do not email or send paper applications, all applications must be submitted online.

For further information about the position, please contact full name Ania Gruba (Recruitment Consultant) on +61 (0)3 9214 4856. 

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Recruitment team on +61 (0)3 9214 8600 (option 2).

Position number: 33542

Applications close at 5 pm on Tuesday 6 March 2018