Head of School, School of Mathematics and Statistics

University of Sydney (Australia)

Head of School, School of Mathematics and Statistics
Faculty of Science
Reference no. 0081247

  • Opportunity for a distinguished academic to lead the School of Mathematics and Statistics
  • Be a part of the leadership team of the Faculty of Science

  • Fixed-term role for a period of 4 years with an attractive remuneration package

About the opportunity

With a history dating back to 1882, the Faculty of Science is among five faculties and three University schools at the University of Sydney and conducts teaching and research across eight distinct Schools: Chemistry; Geosciences; History and Philosophy of Science; Life and Environmental Sciences; Mathematics and Statistics; Physics; Psychology; and the Sydney School of Veterinary Science.

The School of Mathematics and Statistics is one of the largest mathematical sciences schools in Australia and is world-renowned for its research in pure mathematics, applied mathematics and mathematical statistics. The school attracts a strong body of excellent students as well as a large number of outstanding researchers, many of whom hold Fellowships and grants.

We are seeking to appoint a distinguished academic as Head of School, School of Mathematics and Statistics, who will join the leadership team of the Faculty of Science. The Head of School is responsible for the school’s academic teaching, learning and research performance outcomes that support the overall faculty strategic goals, maintaining accreditation standards (where appropriate), the student experience, 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 recruitment, 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.

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.

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.

Term and remuneration

The term of the appointment is four years 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. An attractive remuneration package will be offered. Relocation assistance will also be provided if required.

How to apply

The University has engaged executive search firm Perrett Laver to assist with this appointment. Perrett Laver will support the selection committee to identify the widest possible field of qualified candidates and to assess candidates against the requirements for the role.

For an initial discussion about the role, please contact Mazin.Almaimani at Perrett Laver, by email at or by phone on +61 (0) 2 8075 4640. For more information and to submit your application please visit the Perrett Laver website at using reference number 5193.

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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), Friday 9th July.

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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