Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Engineering - Fisher Leadership
Fixed Term
Close Date: 12/11/2023
REF: UOSade1023
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Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Engineering

Fixed Term
Close Date: 12/11/2023
REF: UOSade1023
  • Opportunity to join one of the largest and preeminent faculties of its kind in the world
  • Help create and implement a culture that promotes and rewards excellence
  • Fixed-term role for a period of four years with an attractive remuneration package


About the opportunity 

The Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sydney is one of the largest and preeminent engineering faculties in the world.  In international subject rankings, it is ranked 60th (Times Higher Education 2022) and 80th (QS 2023) for engineering and technology.

The Faculty seeks to appoint a distinguished senior academic as Associate Dean (Research) to support all academic staff in achieving outstanding academic performance. Under the direction of the Dean, the Associate Dean (Research) plays a key role in the achievement of the University’s research strategy and ensuring the quality of research outputs. The position informs and represents the research enterprise of the faculty, implements faculty funded research programs, and provides advice to the Dean on research matters. The position also contributes to the planning, setting and communicating the academic and operational vision, strategies and goals of the faculty with particular reference to the Research portfolio.

As a member of the University Executive (UE) Research Committee, the Associate Dean (Research) will bring formulated faculty views on specific matters and provide input to discussions from a University-wide perspective.

The position of Associate Dean (Research) is responsible for:

  • collaborating and building positive working relationships with other Associate Deans who hold the Research portfolio across the University and also with the other Associate Deans within their own faculty;
  • contributing to the ongoing strategic development of University-wide initiatives for the Research portfolio, with responsibility for communication and implementation of these initiatives within the faculty;
  • internal leadership and coordination of views across schools within the faculty to ensure that the relevant committee can proceed with discussions and decision making;
  • reporting back to faculties on decisions reached in UE related committees.


The successful candidate will be expected to provide input to discussions and decision making from a University-wide perspective so that the institutional strategic goals are central to the committee’s deliberations.  The Associate Dean (Research) supports the Dean and faculty leadership team to lead the enhancement of existing collaboration and cooperation between schools within the faculty and their interaction with the other faculties of the University.  The Associate Dean (Research) demonstrates and enables the values of the University in relation to its people and culture.

About you

The successful candidate will hold a PhD qualification and will have a recognised international academic and professional standing within a relevant academic field. You will have extensive experience in people leadership and management within the higher education/knowledge worker sector, experience in working with industry, and a track record in managing financial sustainability, infrastructure and the operational needs and practices of a research portfolio. A detailed understanding of the Australian research funding environment will be essential. Your ability to make strategic decisions, together with a strong business acumen, will support your endeavours in academic leadership, key stakeholder management and industry collaborations.

The successful applicant must have a wide network of established relationships with key academic, industry and professional institutions, partners and stakeholders, that can be leveraged to enhance the standing of the school, faculty and University.

Term and remuneration

The term of the appointment is four years. This position will be supported by an underlying continuing position as a Professor in a school within the faculty. A competitive salary and a start-up package will be negotiated with the successful applicant. Relocation assistance will also be provided if required.

For further details about the Faculty of Engineering, click here; and for more information about the University, click here.

To apply: Please click on ‘Apply now’ using reference UOSade1023, addressing your cover letter and resume to Andrew Norton, or call 1300 347 437 (Australia) or +61 3 9016 6000 (international) for further information.



Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

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

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