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Recent appointments: Head of School, School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications

Congratulations to Professor Julian Epps on his appointment as the Head of School, School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications at UNSW. Professor Epps was previously Deputy Head of School (Education), School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications and a Professor in Signal Processing at UNSW.


UNSW is currently seeking a new Head who is energetic, visionary and ambitious to collaboratively build future excellence for the School. The appointee will ideally be an outstanding researcher in one or more of the School’s key research disciplines.

The role requires a leader who can strategically drive academic excellence in research and education across the School’s activities, engaging broadly across the university and externally with industry and community, to grow the School’s global standing and achieve global impact.


Established in 1949, UNSW is already one of the world’s leading technology-focused universities, currently ranked 45th in the world (QS Global ranking 2019) and distinguished by pioneering research with a focus on the scientific, technological and professional disciplines. UNSW is currently implementing its 2025 Strategy and its ambition for the next decade is nothing less than to establish UNSW as Australia’s global university.

Australia’s largest engineering faculty, UNSW Engineering enrolls 16,000+ students, and is a powerhouse of innovation. The School of Electronic Engineering and Telecommunications is one of eight Schools at UNSW Engineering. Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications is one of the largest postgraduate schools in the country and it conducts research in Energy Systems, Nano/Micro Systems, Systems and Control, Telecommunications and Signal Processing. Cross discipline research widens the range. School researchers work in The Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research, the Australian National Fabrication Facility, the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence in Quantum Computation and Communication TechnologyCentre for Energy and Environmental MarketsSignals, Information and Machine Intelligence Lab, the UNSW Digital Grid Futures Institute and CSIRO’s Data61.

The School community has just moved into a completely refurbished building equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for teaching and research.


To obtain full details and for a confidential discussion, prospective candidates should contact Dr Rosalind De Sailly and Ruth Beran in the search firm assisting UNSW, via email to UNSW_EET@desailly.com.au

Full applications must be submitted to the email address above. Prospective candidates are encouraged to contact the search firm to obtain the brochure and position description, and for a confidential discussion early in the process.

Application materials to include:

  1. cover letter containing a brief overview of what you would bring to the role and what you would be looking at achieve at UNSW
  2. a statement systematically and individually addressing the selection criteria listed in the position description
  3. a full academic CV
  4. five nominated referees who can speak to the applicants’ experience relevant to the appointment, including administrative leadership. Referees will not be contacted until later in the process.

Submit applications via email to UNSW_EET@desailly.com.au

UNSW is committed to diversity and inclusion. UNSW has been awarded the inaugural Athena SWAN Bronze Institution Award for its work in advancing gender equity and diversity in the STEMM disciplines in higher education and research. We encourage everyone who meets the selection criteria to apply.

For other opportunities see our postings here.