Professor and Head of School - School of Chemistry

Ref: 4349

Monash University

Melbourne, Australia

Role Managed by:

Richard Weir

Associate Researcher

t: +61 (0) 2 8354 4015


Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: A competitive remuneration package will apply

Closing Date: 11/10/2019

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Professor and Head of School - School of Chemistry

Job No.: 590415

Location: Clayton campus

Employment Type: Full-time

Duration: The Professorial appointment will be a continuing appointment and will include the role of Head of School for an initial period of 5 years with opportunity for renewal

Remuneration: A competitive remuneration package will apply

  • Reputation - Monash University is ranked globally in the top 1% of universities
  • Innovation - Be surrounded by extraordinary ideas and the people who discover them
  • Growth - Take your research further with state-of-the-art infrastructure and support

The University

Monash University is based in Melbourne, which has been voted the world’s most liveable city for 6 out of the past 7 years (ranked by the Economist Intelligence Unit). Melbourne is well known for its coffee, restaurants, night-life and is recognised as the sporting capital of Australia if not the world. Melbourne is proud of its excellent healthcare, education, diverse culture and booming infrastructure; making Melbourne a welcoming and exciting place to work and to call home. Monash Clayton campus is also truly unique in the world, it is a self-sufficient community with its own postcode and is set on more than 1 square kilometre of land.

If you're after a rewarding career, Monash University can help make it happen. With leading academics and world-class resources, combined with a ranking in the top 100 universities worldwide, we offer all you need to build a brighter future. In striving to be truly excellent for our staff and students, we embed diversity and inclusion into the fabric of who we are and believe that achieving equity makes us better as a University and stronger as a community.

Monash University strongly advocates diversity, equality, fairness and openness. We fully support the gender equity principles of the Athena SWAN Charter and invite you to join us in celebrating women in STEMM

The Faculty of Science is at the forefront of innovation in our research, teaching and in forging partnerships with industry, government and individual supporters. Our five schools offer a large and diverse range of disciplines in undergraduate and postgraduate courses. In addition, ten schools from other university faculties contribute to science teaching at all levels, allowing science students to choose their studies from physical, biological, biomedical, behavioural, environmental, mathematical and computer sciences. In terms of research, our respected researchers are at the top of their game. Their work spans the theoretical to the applied, contributes to new knowledge and technologies, and challenges how we interact with the world. The Faculty of Science at Monash University is at the forefront of innovation and discovery in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and earth, atmospheric and environmental sciences.

The School of Chemistry is one of the most outstanding Chemistry Schools in Australia with an international reputation for its quality research programs and postgraduate training. The School's expertise and innovations are focused in five research themes:

  • Biological Chemistry;
  • Molecular Biophotonics;
  • Environmental and Analytical Chemistry;
  • Materials Science; and
  • Chemical Synthesis and Catalysis.

The quality of our people, facilities and infrastructure help support students and the science community to tackle some of society’s most interesting and complex challenges, in energy, health and the environment. The School is home to internationally recognised scientists, research teams and cross-disciplinary centres that deliver world-class collaborative research with a real impact on our society.

The Opportunity

The School is now seeking a new Head, to lead its strategic direction and growth and to capitalise on its existing educational and research strengths. The appointee will have demonstrable experience in improving levels of overall research performance and student education experience, and the ability to increase the School’s profile through links with industry. The Head of School will require highly developed leadership skills and the capacity to align the school with faculty and University strategic plans. This is an exceptional opportunity to both lead the school and make a major contribution to building education and research at one of Australia’s premier chemistry schools.

The Head of School, Chemistry will be expected to bring a strong personal commitment and reputation in both education and research. Eminently credible, the incumbent will drive the ongoing international profile of our chemistry and interdisciplinary research, whilst simultaneously leading traditional and innovative pedagogical activities in order to ensure that our students’ University experience is of the highest standard.

The Benefits

Remuneration package (which includes employer superannuation contribution of 17%), relocation travel, removal allowance, salary packaging and Visa Sponsorship are available. 

Monash offers a range of professional development programs, support for research, study and overseas work, generous maternity leave and flexible work arrangements.

At Monash University, we are committed to being a Child Safe organisation. Some positions at the University will require the incumbent to hold a valid Working with Children Check.

Position Description

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To apply please upload your curriculum vitae and supporting covering letter quoting reference number 4349 before Friday 11 October 2019, 11:55 pm AEDT

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