Professor and Head of School

University of Canterbury, New Zealand - School of Physical and Chemical Sciences

  • Outstanding opportunity for an outstanding academic leader
  • Newly created School in top ranking University
  • State-of-the-art science building close to completion

The College of Science within the University of Canterbury (UC) is seeking to appoint an exceptional academic leader to provide strategic leadership to the newly created School of Physical and Chemical Sciences Te Kura Matū. The Head of School will drive the continued development of excellence in research and teaching, while establishing and implementing an innovative and bold vision aligned to UC's strategic objectives.

With a PhD in a relevant field, you will be an internationally recognised academic at a senior level, able to demonstrate substantive management experience, including the leadership of transformational change. A proactive strategist and change maker, who is committed to making a difference; you will require outstanding interpersonal skills, along with the ability to inspire and motivate a diverse team to work with a sense of collective responsibility.

Reporting to the Pro Vice-Chancellor - College of Science, you will thrive in an atmosphere of innovation and will demonstrate critical thinking along with creative and flexible responses in a challenging and dynamic environment. Proven ability to lead resourceful approaches to developing new funding opportunities will be essential, as will be a strong commitment to equity and diversity.

The School of Physical and Chemical Sciences Te Kura Matū has been created in mid-2017 from a merger of the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Physics and Astronomy. With over 550 equivalent full-time students and approximately 50 full-time equivalent staff, the School conducts a wide range of research and offers a broad range of academic programmes. In addition to the core chemistry and physics courses, there are offerings in biological chemistry, environmental chemistry and physics, materials science, laser physics, medical physics, astrophysics, and cosmology.

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The closing date for this position is: Friday, 22 September 2017.

The University of Canterbury is committed to promoting a world-class learning environment through research and teaching excellence, and has a vision statement of 'People Prepared to Make a Difference'. You will have the opportunity to work alongside members of a diverse academic community and enrich your own professional and personal development.

The University of Canterbury is a leading university in New Zealand with over 15,000 students across five different colleges. For information about the range of benefits in joining UC please visit us online at:

To apply in confidence, please go to and click 'APPLY ONLINE' using reference UCAhos0817 and include your cover letter and full curriculum vitae; or for a confidential discussion call or Kirsten Henderson on +64 9 282 4240.

The University of Canterbury is an EEO employer and actively seeks to meet its obligation under the Treaty of Waitangi.

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