First listed on: 07 November 2016

Head of School, School of Physics 

Faculty of Science
Reference no. 1689/1016

The School of Physics is recognised for the high quality and breadth of its research programs, as well as its leadership roles in the national research agenda and in major international scientific collaborations. In addition to well-established discipline-based fundamental research, the school has also embraced emerging interdisciplinary and industry-focused research that directly addresses some of the most challenging problems facing society today. The School of Physics also values excellence in teaching and research training and consistently attracts high-achieving students to its undergraduate and postgraduate programs.

We are seeking a candidate for this headship who shares our core values for excellence in teaching and research, with a bold strategic vision for the school in a global context. Working closely with the Dean and the Faculty Executive and within the general outlines of the faculty strategic plan and budget, you will be responsible for:

  • providing academic leadership and strategic direction for the school
  • leading and fostering a strong collaborative culture focused on academic excellence across teaching and research, including curriculum, research development and mentorship
  • supervising academic staff within the school.

The Head of the School of Physics will join the six other heads of school as a key member of the senior faculty leadership group, including serving on the Dean’s Advisory Committee. You will play a significant leadership role in the work of the faculty more generally, helping to promote effective cooperation across the schools and the faculty portfolios in light of the faculty’s strategic objectives. You will be supported by a school manager, technical manager and finance manager.

You will be an effective communicator, both within and outside the University, and an advocate for physics teaching and research more generally in the higher education sector and the broader community. Although this is a senior management role, you will be expected to continue to contribute to research and scholarship in your area of expertise. Preference may be given to candidates whose scholarship and research expertise complement the existing strengths of the school. As a Professor of Physics, you will be recognised as a leading authority in the discipline, having a demonstrated ability to maintain a research program of the highest quality supported by external research grants, and an established record in successful research supervision.


The headship is available for a term of four years in the first instance, with the possibility of renewal, subject to negotiation. The successful candidate will also be offered a professorial appointment in an appropriate discipline in the school and will retain that position at the conclusion of their headship.


For more information on the position, faculty and University, please request the candidate brochure by contacting Ms Nicole Pearson at

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Closing date: 11.30pm 17 January 2017 (Sydney time)


The University is an equal opportunity employer committed to equity, diversity and social inclusion. Applications from equity target groups, including women and people with disabilities are encouraged. As the University of Sydney has established a scheme to increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff employed across the institution, applications from people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent are also encouraged.


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