Professor and Head of School of Biological Sciences

Professor and Head of School of Biological Sciences

The University of Auckland

Auckland, New Zealand

The University of
Auckland is New Zealand’s pre-eminent research-led University. Established in
1883, it is an international centre of learning and academic excellence. Our
standing as New Zealand’s leading tertiary institution is the result of our
people. With 6,000 staff and 40,000 students, the University of Auckland is a
large and complex organisation, with an absolute commitment to academic

The School of Biological
Sciences (SBS) currently ranks within the top 150 biology departments globally
(QS 2018) and is the highest ranked Biological Sciences department in New
Zealand. It is one of ten Schools/Departments within the Faculty of Science,
which continues to be the leading Science Faculty in New Zealand and one of the
largest in Australasia. It sits comfortably within the top echelon of science
faculties world-wide. The Faculty offers a wide range of subjects and
specialisations to more than 8,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students.

SBS currently employs
180 academic and technical staff, and supports over 160 research students in
addition to 1,000 undergraduate and coursework students. The School
incorporates a diverse range of research themes organised into three key
discipline areas: Biomedical and Applied Biology; Cellular, Molecular and
Organismal Biology; and Ecology, Evolution and Behavioural Biology.

The School provides
dedicated research facilities with world-class infrastructure, hosting the
Centre for Genomics, Proteomics and Metabolomics; the Centre for Biodiversity
and Biosecurity; the Bioinformatics Institute; and the Maurice Wilkins Centre
for Molecular Biodiscovery (a New Zealand Centre of Research Excellence in
Biomedicine and Biotechnology). The Institute for Innovation in Biotechnology
operates a bio-incubator housing a broad spectrum of bio-industry companies,
and providing services to external companies on a contract basis.

The wider Faculty of
Science has established a number of joint graduate Schools in cooperation with
industry leaders in their field. Combining academic excellence and an industry
perspective, these joint graduate Schools cover a wide spectrum from Plant and
Food Science to Biodiversity and Biosecurity, Coastal and Marine Science, and
Dairy Research. These have close linkages with SBS.

The School of Biological
Sciences seeks a Professor and Head of School who is committed to continuing to
cultivate a dynamic, collaborative environment that fosters excellence in
research, teaching and learning across all discipline areas of the academic
unit. The Head of School will bring an inclusive leadership approach and sound management
experience which will enable SBS to realise its potential and secure future

We are seeking applications from outstanding
international scholars from any of the three key discipline areas:

  • Biomedical and Applied

  • Cellular, Molecular and
    Organismal Biology; and

  • Ecology, Evolution and
    Behavioural Biology),

    who will provide
    strategic and administrative leadership to one of New Zealand’s largest and
    most significant scientific institutions.

    The substantial academic
    appointment will be as Professor, with a five year fixed-term (renewable) as
    Head of School.

    For further information
    and a confidential discussion, please contact:

    Dr Kathrin Soehnel,
    University of Auckland, DDI +64 9 923 9006, email:

    Clare Litten, University
    of Auckland, DDI: +64 9 923 9096, email:

    Position reference:

    Applications close Monday, 18 March 2019.

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