University of Sydney - Head of School, School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering

  • Opportunity to join the leadership team of one of the largest and preeminent faculties of its kind in the world
  • Provide leadership to one of Australia’s leading research and teaching Engineering Schools, with degree programs in Mechanical, Mechatronic, Aeronautical and Space Engineering
  • 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.

The School of Aerospace Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering (AMME) is one of Australia’s leading research and teaching Engineering Schools, with degree programs in Mechanical, Mechatronic, Aeronautical and Space Engineering. The School has a student body of over 1,000 students and has seen strong growth in demand for teaching at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The School supports teaching and research activities across disciplines including aerospace, combustion, design, fluid mechanics, materials, mechanical, mechatronic and robotics engineering.

We are seeking to appoint a distinguished academic as Head of School, School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, who will join the leadership team of the Faculty of Engineering. The successful applicant will be responsible for the school’s academic teaching, learning and research performance outcomes, maintaining accreditation standards (where appropriate), meeting financial targets and the workplace culture.

The position has formal financial and people delegations and is responsible for effective decision making to ensure financial sustainability. The successful applicant will contribute to the attraction, appointment, development and retention of talented staff who are able to attract and develop talented students. The successful applicant will also help to promote the school’s, the faculty’s and the University’s reputation for excellence and its national and international academic standing.

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 an academic unit. 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 the school. A competitive salary and a start up package will be negotiated with the successful applicant. Relocation assistance will also be provided if required.

How to apply

For more information and an initial discussion about the role, please contact: Paul Hill, Partner, Odgers Berndtson, at or on + 61 3 8375 7424.

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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.

Closing time: 11.59pm (AEST) Monday 31 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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