The University of Adelaide has appointed Professor Robert Saint to the new role of Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Strategy). Professor Robert Saint, who is currently Dean, Faculty of Science, and Professor of Genetics at the University of Melbourne, will take up the position in July 2013.


Announcing the appointment,  Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Mike Brook said that the new position will be a key leadership role with a primary focus on research strategic planning, investment in special initiatives, compliance and regulatory responsibilities, and the development of research alliances and partnerships.


"Professor Saint is one of Australia's most respected scientists and academics. His strong leadership and vision will help the University of Adelaide harness its tremendous research strengths to tackle the big research questions," said Professor Brooks.


"Managing the research strategy in an era of global partnerships and internationalisation is absolutely fundamental to the University realising its ambitious research objectives.


"We want to build on our recent success in the Excellence in Research for Australia results and consolidate our reputation as an internationally renowned research-intensive university operating across a wide spectrum of excellent disciplines."


Professor Brooks said that Professor Saint's capacity to manage significant international research portfolios, in addition to his extensive research leadership and senior management experience would prove invaluable.