Head of School - School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

Updated: 14 days ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 03 Jun 2020

Job Reference: 335759
5 year fixed-term Head of School appointment, renewable.
Attractive Salary package, including relocation package with 17% superannuation. 

Curtin University is ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide (ARWU 2018 and QS World University Rankings 2019), and is placed 20th in the world for universities less than 50 years old (QS Top 50 Under 50 2019). Curtin is WA’s most preferred university, with highly engaged industry-facing partners. A major global player, with well-integrated campuses in Singapore, Malaysia, Mauritius and Dubai.

About us

The School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences is dedicated to leading the way in local and global innovations in pharmacy practice, laboratory medicine, and biomedical, pharmaceutical and pharmacological sciences. With the support of experienced, dedicated teaching staff and modern facilities, we help aspiring pharmacists and biomedical scientists to develop the right knowledge, skills and attributes to excel in their professional or academic careers.

The school offers a range of undergraduate courses, including the only accredited pharmacy course in Western Australia, an AIMS-accredited program in laboratory medicine, and courses in molecular genetics and biotechnology, human biology preclinical, and oral health therapy. We provide postgraduate courses in pharmacy and biomedical sciences.
The school is committed to research excellence and innovation, through collaborative links with other research institutions, the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, healthcare providers and government. Our staff have research expertise and experience in key areas of the pharmaceutical, biological and clinical sciences, as well as the professional practice of pharmacy. The school’s research strategy is closely integrated with the Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute (CHIRI) and together, the two areas seek to implement a bold new strategy that will lead to a step change in biomedical research outcomes for the University and a growing national and international profile.
Your new role
Curtin University is looking for an inspirational leader to inspire excellence and continuous improvement in research and innovation, learning and teaching, engagement and impact within the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences.  Our next Head of School will be an international leader who is committed to enhancing the global reputation of the school. A commitment to leadership and staff development is considered essential for this role.
You will bring to the role
Demonstrated passion and vision to engage academic and non-academic colleagues, students and industry partners in a long-term strategy focussed on outcomes and excellence aligned with the Faculty and the school.
Reporting to the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Health Sciences you will provide strong strategic and operational leadership and management to oversee the delivery of world-class research and innovative teaching that foster collaboration both within the school and between the school and other areas of the University to grow Curtin’s domestic and international standing while fostering outstanding relationships with relevant government, business, professional bodies and the wider community.
You will exemplify and promote Curtin’s values of Integrity, Respect, Courage, Excellence and Impact, and you will encourage and promote these values in others to foster a collegial and inclusive culture.
What we offer you

  • Research excellence with strong collaborative links with research institutions; an appetite and support for a step-change in research outcomes
  • Competitive remuneration package with 17% Superannuation
  • Interactions with and learnings from industry, government and academic partners
  • Continuous learning and development support.  

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Next steps

You are encouraged to respond specifically to the selection criteria which can be found in the position description below, and provide a full academic CV.

For further information including the Candidate Brochure with the position description, a copy of the Strategic Plan and Guide to Perth, please copy and paste the link below into your web browser to view the documents



Please note, screening and interviews may take place prior to the advertised close date. The final stages of our process involves a face-to-face interview to take place in Perth; this may be impacted by Australian Government and/or Curtin’s travel restrictions due to Covid-19, and may require extending the timeline. We are, however, committed to conducting an international search and will be fully understanding and supportive when it comes to the particular challenges facing international candidates.

Valuing Diversity and Inclusion

At Curtin, we are committed to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander reconciliation, diversity and social justice and aim to create an inclusive environment where our staff and students are valued and inspired. This includes a supportive recruitment process should you require any access assistance.  

Contact details



 complete the application form below, or for more information contact:

Lisa Kirkpatrick, Talent Acquisition Consultant

+61 9266 7292 |


or Vandana Brown, Strategic Sourcing Specialist

+61 9266 9244 |

Applications close:

 9:00 PM, Wednesday 3rd June 2020 (AWST)


Curtin reserves the right at its sole discretion to withdraw from the recruitment process, not to make an appointment, or to appoint by invitation, at any time. We reserve the right to remove the advert earlier than the date on the advert.

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