Professor and Director, The Kolling Institute of Medical Research

Sydney, Australia
03 May 2018
End of advertisement period
22 May 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Faculty of Medicine and Health

About the opportunity

The Kolling Institute of Medical Research, a long-established Australian centre for health and medical research, is seeking an outstanding medical or biomedical scientist to take up the appointment of Director. The successful applicant will be a research leader of international stature, capable of setting and implementing strategic directions that fulfil the Kolling’s potential to make major contributions to patient care and community wellbeing.

The Kolling Institute is based in a modern purpose-built building within Royal North Shore Hospital, a large, advanced quaternary referral hospital that forms the nucleus of the Northern Sydney Local Health District. The hospital is a teaching hospital of the University of Sydney, and the Kolling is an unincorporated joint venture of the University and the Local Health District. Much of the research within the Local Health District is linked with the Kolling, and research governance arrangements are shared.

The Kolling Institute’s philosophy emphasises research translation and collaboration. Its research encompasses the entire span of human life, and it has strengths in research on pregnancy and the newborn, neuroscience and pain, cancer, and ageing and rehabilitation, as well as bone and joint research. The Kolling Institute’s research programs are grouped into four main themes: healthy start to life; acute and critical care; combatting chronic disease; and healthy ageing.

Reflecting its multidisciplinary orientation, the Kolling spans laboratory, clinical and public health research. Its core facilities include small-animal and large-animal houses, a proteomics and mass spectrometry facility, confocal microscopy, flow cytometry, and facilities for genomics and histology.

The successful applicant will have a career track record of research in a field of health or medicine that integrates with the Kolling’s research agenda, and a proven capacity to provide strategic leadership to a staff of 320 researchers and other professionals. He or she will be capable of enhancing the Kolling’s standing as a research institute within a complex organisational framework that embraces both academic and health-service imperatives. He or she will also recognise and take advantage of the opportunities created by this duality to fulfil the mission of research translation.

Term and remuneration

The successful applicant will be offered a full-time appointment as Director, and as a Professor in the University of Sydney. The appointment will be for a fixed term of five years, renewable without advertisement for a further five years. The position is subject to completion of a satisfactory probation and confirmation period that applies to all new appointees.

An attractive remuneration package will be offered, commensurate with the responsibilities of the position and the calibre of the appointee. Additional start-up funds and research support will also be negotiated with the successful applicant.

The Director may be eligible for a clinical appointment in Northern Sydney Local Health District.

How to apply

For more information on the position, faculty and University, please view the candidate brochure available on the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number538/0318F for more information and to apply.

Closing date:1.30pm (AEST) Tuesday 22 May 2018

We are committed to diversity and social inclusion.  We welcome applications from women (particularly for senior and non-traditional roles), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people,  people with a disability, people who identify as LGBTIQ and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

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

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