Professor and Dean of School of Health Sciences

Boroondara, Australia
07 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
06 Jul 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
  • We are driven to find innovative research solutions to real world problems
  • Academic Level E, $178,698 plus 17% super, plus 20% loading, plus performance based bonus
  • Full-time, ongoing, Hawthorn location

About Swinburne 

Swinburne University of Technology has a long, proud history of educating and training students for over 100 years. Swinburne focuses on providing high-quality, career-oriented education with strong links to industry and the community. Swinburne currently has over 54,000 students.

Swinburne’s emphasis is on high quality, engaged teaching and research in science, technology, business, design and innovation – teaching and research that makes a difference in the lives of individuals and contributes to national economic and social objectives. 

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.

About the job

Swinburne University of Technology is looking for outstanding leader for the School of Health Sciences to lead it to the next stage of its development. Over the last three years the School, since being formed in 2014, has undergone significant growth in offering innovative, industry-relevant teaching courses, and significant growth in research productivity and performance. The candidate will provide a distinct vision of how the School can contribute to the university’s vision 2025 to be a world class university creating social and economic impact through science, technology and innovation. The university has ambitious plans to ensure our graduates are ready for a world of uncertainty and complexity and we aspire to have research outcomes that have impact on industries, communities and society.

Candidates must be confident in leading and facilitating interdisciplinary teaching and research within the University by actively engaging across the university and with external organisations. Candidates are expected to lead the School to deliver substantial student and research outcomes and impact through collaboration with industry, business, government and other external organisations, and support the University to achieve key objectives and targets in its 2025 vision.

The Dean is responsible for the academic leadership and operational management of the School Health Sciences. Reporting to the Faculty Pro Vice Chancellor, the Dean will work collaboratively with other Deans, Associate Deans, Centre Directors and Department Chairs to develop and implement strategies aligned with the university’s strategic direction to be Australia’s leading University in Science, Technology and Innovation. The faculty has two other Schools – the School of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, and the School of Design.

The Dean will lead the Academic Departments and Research Centres within the School, contribute to the strategic development and management of the School’s academic offerings, research profile, student experience and external engagement. 

The Dean will seek out and foster new opportunities for collaboration and partnerships among disciplines within and between faculties and will be responsible for building the external profile of the School. The Dean will provide support to the Faculty Pro Vice Chancellor in representing the university and faculty in external engagement and research activities relevant to the faculty and related areas of study.

The Dean has seven direct reports as Department Chairs and/or Research Centre Directors.

The Departments and Research Centre are:

  • Department of Health and Medical Sciences
  • Department of Psychological Sciences
  • Department of Statistics, Data Science and Epidemiology
  • Department of Health Professionals
  • Centre for Mental Health
  • Centre for Human Psychopharmacology
  • Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science

The Professorial position will be a continuing position and the successful candidate will be given the role of Dean for a period of five years, which will be annually reviewed and may be renewed after five years, if mutually agreed. The Professorial role comes with 17% Superannuation and the role of Dean comes with a salary loading of 20% plus a further annual performance based bonus.

Skills and experience

To be successful in this role you will need to demonstrate the following:

  • A sustained and outstanding track record in motivating, leading and managing high performing and multi-disciplinary teams
  • Outstanding national and/or international reputation as a research leader and an internationally recognised track record of reearch in a relevant field as evidenced by an extensive range of publications in top-tier journals and by measurable high impact outcomes
  • A consistent history of initiating, obtaining and leading competitive research grants and involvement in research through collaborations with other universities, industry, business and/or government

A full list of the selection criteria is available within the position description.


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Further information, contacts and support

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.

We are proud to be recognised by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality 2016 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. Swinburne has also received the Victorian “High Commendation” Multicultural Excellence Award (Business Category).

To start an application click on 'apply' at the bottom of this page (which will take you to the Swinburne job page, where you can also find the PD) and submit a resume, cover letter and response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the Position Description.

Swinburne University of Technology is a Child Safe Organisation and as part of this commitment, we require all employees to have a current Working with Children’s Check. 

All appointments are subject to a valid Working with Children’s Check, therefore it will be a mandatory requirement to have and maintain a current Working with Children Check.

Please do not email or send paper applications, all applications must be submitted online.

For further information about the position, please contact Ravina Meyers on +61 3 9214 3492.

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

Should you require further support for an interview due to special needs or consideration, please contact our Diversity Consultant, Dr. Walter Robles, on, or our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Officer, Sherrin Trautmann on

Applications close at 5 pm, Friday 6 July 2018.