Dean and Head of School Life Sciences

Melbourne, Australia
27 Jun 2018
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01 Aug 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

About La Trobe

La Trobe University turned 50 in 2017, and over the half century of its existence, it has established a reputation as an innovative and accessible university, willing to take risks and take on challenges. Its success is driven by people who are committed to making a difference. They are creative and highly motivated, pursue new ideas and create knowledge. La Trobe is one of Australia’s research leaders, and the largest provider of higher education to regional Victoria. Our teaching and research addresses some of the most significant issues of our time and we’re passionate about driving change through excellence to benefit the communities we serve. Our plan is to grow and develop La Trobe's leadership in areas of research, scholarship and learning that matter to the global community.

About the School of Life Sciences

The School is one of the largest in the University with more than 170 continuing and fixed term staff across three campuses. Over the last three years the School has seen significant growth in both research (12% pa, $14m in 2017) and teaching revenue (9% pa, $55.4m in 2017). Staff in the School currently generate 10% of the University’s teaching revenue, 17% of its research income, and supervise more than 170 higher degree research students. 

The School is responsible for six undergraduate degree courses at the main Bundoora campus in Melbourne, and our regional campus at Albury-Wodonga. It is a leader in teaching innovation and student satisfaction within the university.

The School of Life Sciences has three academic units: the Department of Animal, Plant and Soil Science, the Department of Ecology, Environment and Evolution, and the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Microbiology.  The Heads of Department report directly to the Dean and Head of School.  The School hosts six research centres (the Research Centre for Applied Alpine Ecology, Research Centre for Future Landscapes, the Centre for Livestock Interactions and Pathogens, the La Trobe Institute of Agriculture and Food, the Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre and the Centre for Cardiovascular Biology and Disease Research).

It is a major contributor to university research strengths in both the Biological and Agricultural Sciences, achieving the highest possible rating ‘well above world standing’ from the Australian Research Council in the fields of Ecology, Zoology, Plant Biology, Physiology, Microbiology, Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Crop and Pasture Production, and Veterinary Science, and rated as ‘above world standing’ in Genetics and Soil Science. 

About the role

The Dean and Head of School will provide strategic leadership to the School and continue to build upon its significant achievements and established reputation in entrepreneurship and innovation. The appointee’s leadership will stimulate further growth in research productivity and foster even higher standards of quality in teaching and learning.

Reporting to the Pro Vice-Chancellor of Science Health and Engineering, the Dean and Head of School will be a member of the College Executive and responsible for leading the School’s staff and managing resources to achieve objectives aligned with the University’s and College’s Strategic Plan and priorities.

Skills and Experience

The successful candidate should bring an outstanding record of international achievement in academia, a breadth of academic vision, strategic thinking, and demonstrable experience leading and inspiring teams in an innovative academic environment. They will ensure the School continues to excel in the areas of teaching, research, planning, finance and people management. They will be an inspiring leader with the ability to build strategic relationships both domestically and internationally with key external partners, ranging from local communities to industry and government.


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How to Apply

Closing date: 1 August 2018

Position Enquiries: Professor Michael Clarke

Tel: +61 3 9479 2244;


Please address K.S.C and attach these with your application.

La Trobe University is a proud member of the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Athena SWAN program to increase the number of women in science (

All La Trobe University employees are bound by the Working with Children Act 2005.  If you are successful, you will be required to hold a valid Victorian Employee Working with Children Check prior to commencement.

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