Head of School, School of Chemistry - Fisher Leadership
Fixed Term
Close Date: 03/11/2022
REF: UOShch0922
Applications for this listing are closed

Head of School, School of Chemistry

Fixed Term
Close Date: 03/11/2022
REF: UOShch0922
  • Exciting opportunity for an outstanding senior academic who is a leading authority within their discipline
  • Located in Camperdown
  • Four year term as Head of School, supported by a full time Professorial role in the School


About the opportunity

The School of Chemistry works with industry, government and the community to support researchers and educate aspiring chemists as they work to address critical real-world challenges. We are recognised as one of the top chemistry schools in Australia. Our philosophy and practice of using research-led teaching provides all of our students with the latest, cutting-edge scientific knowledge and invaluable problem-solving skills as they embark upon their careers. The School of Chemistry has an international reputation for excellence in research, and consistently ranks among the top chemistry departments nationally. Our research infrastructure, which underpins and supports our research programs includes state-of-the-art laboratories for chemical synthesis and instruments for mass spectrometry, NMR spectrometry, chromatography, thermophysical property measurements and X-ray scattering.

The Head of School is a member of the Faculty Leadership Group and chairs the School Leadership Group for the School of Chemistry. This position contributes to the overall faculty strategy and goals and is responsible for setting, communicating and achieving faculty goals and strategies at school level.

The Head of School is responsible for curriculum design and delivery, in addition to research and education strategy at a school level.  The role also leads resourcing, talent management and external engagement for the school, ensuring the school’s alignment with faculty objectives, University policies and external standards, as well as clinical service to enable teaching, research and for community benefit. The position manages the school budget and expenditure and is accountable for the financial sustainability of the School. The Head of School demonstrates and enables the values of the University in relation to its people and culture.

About you 

PhD qualified, the successful candidate will have 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, experience in working with industry, and a track record in managing financial sustainability, infrastructure and the operational needs and practices of an academic unit. Your ability to make strategic decisions, together with 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, the faculty and the University.

Term and remuneration

The successful candidate will be offered a competitive remuneration package commensurate with the responsibilities of the position and the candidate’s relevant experience and qualifications.

Visa sponsorship will be provided if required.

To apply

Please click on ‘Apply now’ below, addressing your cover letter and resume to Andrew Norton using reference UOShch0922, or call 1300 347 437 or +61 3 9016 6000 for further information or a confidential discussion.  Applications close 3 November 2022.



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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.

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At the University of Sydney, our shared values include diversity and inclusion and we strive to be a place where everyone can thrive. We are committed to creating a University community which reflects the wider community that we serve. We deliver on this commitment through our people and culture programs, as well as key strategies to increase participation and support the careers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, women, people living with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and those who identify as LGBTIQ. We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds.

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