Associate Dean (Research)

The University of Sydney
Salary Not specified
Apr 15, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
  •  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 4 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. We are ranked 2nd in Australia (THE subject rankings 2021) and 65th globally (QS Rankings by Subject 2021) for engineering and technology.

 We are seeking 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 PhD qualifications 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. 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 startup package will be negotiated with the successful applicant. Relocation assistance will also be provided if required.


How to apply

The University has engaged executive search firm Perrett Laver to assist with this appointment. Perrett Laver will support the selection committee to identify the widest possible field of qualified candidates and to assess candidates against the requirements for the role.

For an initial discussion about the role, please contact;

Mazin Almaimani at  or on +61 2 8354 4000.

For more information and to submit your application please visit the Perrett Laver website at quoting reference 5120.

If you are a current employee of the University and would like to submit an application, please login into your Workday account. Navigate to the Career icon on your Dashboard once logged into Workday and click on the USYD Find Jobs report to apply.



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.


Closing time: 5.00pm, Monday 24 May 2021


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.