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Director, Sydney Institute for Infectious Diseases

Director, Sydney ID

One World, One Health

About the organisation

The Faculty of Medicine and Health is the largest faculty in the University of Sydney. This integrated Faculty brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking and challenging the status quo by establishing agile and productive research units that cross traditional academic school and discipline boundaries. The Faculty operates across four large health precincts co-located with hospitals and medical research institutes. The Faculty has a longstanding extended reach into Asia through on-ground partnership projects, including work in infectious diseases in Woolcock Vietnam, Fiji and Kiribati.

About the opportunity

The Sydney Institute for Infectious Diseases is dedicated to solving two of the greatest global challenges of our time — emerging infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance. Its vision is to reduce the health and socioeconomic consequences of infectious diseases in the region by translating its work into public and health practice and policy. Formerly known as the Marie Bashir Institute, and recently relaunched as the Sydney Institute for Infectious Diseases – or Sydney ID – the Institute is one of only six Flagship research centres in the Faculty of Medicine and Health. More about Sydney ID is below.

About the appointment

The University is seeking to appoint an outstanding academic at the level of full Professor as Director, Sydney Institute for Infectious Diseases, to provide research leadership and set the strategic direction of the Institute. The role requires a collaborative leader who can foster a culture of research excellence and support inclusive decision making. The Director will work to unify the teams that comprise the Institute, ensuring Sydney develops a reputation for world-class expertise in infectious disease research.

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About the right candidate (skills, capabilities and experience)

The successful candidate will:

  • be a leading authority with an international reputation for excellence in a discipline relevant to the Institute’s research themes
  • be expected to maintain their reputation by actively contributing to research and scholarship, academic debate, policy development and innovation within the University and the broader community
  • hold a PhD or equivalent higher research degree in a relevant academic field
  • be sufficiently advanced in their career and prepared to take on the demanding role of coordinating the Institute’s different disciplines, bringing them together to fully harness the University’s expertise in infectious disease research
  • have a demonstrated capacity to speak to a variety of audiences, with ability to communicate to and influence a variety of stakeholders
  • have an understanding of the higher education sector together with experience in a large operational institute which brings together multiple disciplines
  • have demonstrated experience solving large scale problems with a translational focus

Term, remuneration and relocation assistance

The successful candidate will be offered a five-year, fixed-term position on a full-time basis. An attractive remuneration package is available,  commensurate with responsibilities and the candidate’s relevant experience and qualifications.

Visa sponsorship and relocation assistance will be available if required.

To learn more, and to apply

The University is supported in its global search for this appointment by the executive search firm De Sailly Search.

To obtain full details and for a confidential discussion, prospective candidates should contact Dr Rosalind De Sailly, via email to SydneyID@desailly.com.au

Full applications including comprehensive Curriculum Vitae, and a candidate statement outlining a vision for the opportunity and addressing the skills, capabilities and experience outlined for the role, and nominating referees, must be submitted via email to the address SydneyID@desailly.com.au

More detail about preparing an application is below. More information about working at the University of Sydney is on the University website here.

Current University of Sydney employees: if you would like to apply, please contact De Sailly Search at the details above in the first instance. You may then submit your application via your Workday account.
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Leadership for good starts here

More about Sydney Institute for Infectious Diseases

Fostering multidisciplinary research in infectious diseases

Sydney University Quadrangle

Sydney ID has a community of more than 300 signed-up research members distributed across the University, and is currently supporting several projects funded by large-scale grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

Selected members are listed below as a sample of researcher profiles

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The Sydney Biomedical Accelerator

Sydney Biomedical Accelerator architectural conceptThe University of Sydney recently announced investment in a biomedical precinct, the Sydney Biomedical Accelerator, to position Sydney as a global leader in biomedical research.

The Biomedical Accelerator has been benchmarked against the world’s leading biomedical facilities such as the Karolinska Institutet (50 percent of Sweden’s life science companies in one precinct), the University of Toronto’s MaRS Discovery District and MassBio (life science super-cluster of 1,100 members including Harvard, MIT, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital.)

Over 1200 world class biomedical researchers and clinician scientists will be located onsite at the SBA, including over 800 university laboratory researchers and PhD students and 100 industry researchers.

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More detail about preparing an application

As a guide, your application should provide the following information in support of your claim

Covering letter

Your letter should include an introduction to your vision for the role – what you would be coming to do – and statement that summarises how your skills, capabilities and experience meet the requirements of the position. A systematic approach is to address each of the skills, capabilities and experience criteria separately, referring to the Curriculum Vitae for full details.

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

A full academic CV including

  • degrees and qualifications, including dates completed or conferred
  • positions held including dates
  • details of management experience detailing dates, major responsibilities and achievements
  • research outputs including peer-reviewed publications (preferably in reverse chronological order, with the most recent publication listed first)
  • competitive grants won and current/proposed
  • student thesis supervisions and completions
  • fellowships, professional memberships and relevant contributions to professional associations
  • other contributions to your field (involvement with editorial and review boards, conference invitations, consultancies)

Nominated referees

Names and contact details of a broad mix of a minimum of five nominated referees who can collectively comment on all aspects of your background and experience, including close observation of your leadership activities, outside of your own research, in the last three years. Referees are not contacted until later in the process.

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