Dean of Medicine
Deakin University - School of Medicine

Job no: 495666
Work type: Full-time
Location: Geelong - Waurn Ponds
Categories: Health

Internationally recognised for the quality of their research and teaching, Deakin is currently ranked 211 in the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) placing them in the top 1% of the world’s universities. From world-class research and facilities to forward-thinking staff, technological infrastructure or their exclusive partnerships, Deakin is constantly striving for new ways to improve the student experience.

First accepting medical students to their postgraduate medical degree in 2008, the School has expanded to include highly regarded programs in optometry and medical imaging. With ten Rural Community Clinical Schools (RCCS) sites between Melbourne and the Victoria/South Australia border, Deakin's rural focus is what sets it apart.

The School of Medicine offers a full range of courses including a graduate-entry Doctor of Medicine (MD) program, an Optometry sequence (Bachelor of Vision Science and Master of Optometry), a Bachelor of Medical Imaging, MBA (Healthcare Management), Masters by coursework degrees, higher degrees by research as well as a number of related honours and biomedical undergraduate degrees.

The School has four research “pillars” (Infection, Immunity and Cancer; Neurosciences; Metabolic/Musculoskeletal Medicine; and Rural Health research) and is home to the Institute for Mental and Physical Health and Clinical Translation (iMPACT) and other world-class research groups. Researchers attract >$4M p.a. of external research funding and collectively supervise >100 research students. This has contributed to ‘well above world standard’ ERA rankings in Medical Microbiology, Neuroscience, Medical Physiology, Pharmacology & Pharmaceutical Sciences, Paediatric & Reproductive Medicine and Clinical Sciences.

This is a rare opportunity for an innovative, visionary, academic leader with advanced leadership and management skills to empower and lead the School of Medicine into the future, ensuring excellence in student learning, and research outcomes in line with the Faculty and the University’s strategic agenda.

The appointed candidate will have command of a range of academic disciplines, as well as a natural ability to influence, engage and take the lead in promoting and advocating for the School and its programs within the health and medical professions both nationally and internationally.

As a member of the University’s Senior Management Group, the Dean will play a crucial role in institutional strategic planning and decision-making. Most importantly, we welcome a sense of vision and strategy, as well as a focus on excellence and quality, across all aspects of the School.

The successful applicant will be appointed to a continuing position as a Professor and will revert to this position upon completion of their term(s) as Dean.

The appointment as Dean will be for an initial term of three years with the potential for renewal by mutual agreement. The position is located at the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus.

The applications for this role closes on 27 October 2019.

Applications should include a cover letter, response to selection criteria, and full CV and should be sent to

For a full copy of the selection criteria or for any queries, please contact Mr Richard Shields – Managing Partner, Robertson Search – at +61 3 8610 6135 or

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