Head of Electrical Engineering
University of New South Wales

Head of Electrical Engineering

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Work type: full time
Location: Sydney, NSW
Categories: Head of School / Director

The Opportunity

The Faculty of Engineering, University of New South Wales (UNSW), is currently seeking a Head of School for the School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications. Reporting to the Faculty Dean, the appointee will ideally be a respected scholar with the energy, resilience, and vision to take on the leadership of the School and engage meaningfully with both internal and external stakeholders. You will display outstanding communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to drive the development of staff and further strengthening of the School’s capability across research, teaching, and especially engagement with industry and the community.

  • Salary – Senior Academic position
  • Full time
  • Fixed term – 5 years with an underlying continuing (permanent) Professorial appointment
  • Location: Kensington – Sydney, Australia

The School

The UNSW School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications (EE&T) is one of the largest and most prestigious schools of its kind in Australia. In the last 70 years, our school has grown from a purely teaching institution to one that has made important contributions to the development of electrical engineering in Australia and globally. The School is prominent within the Faculty of Engineering, currently with approximately 1300 students and 40 academic staff, with an operating budget of around $14 million.

Our academic staff have research focus in areas including Energy Systems, Nano/Micro Systems, System and Control, Signal Processing, Quantum Computing, and Telecommunications (wireless, data networks, Photonics). The school takes a collaborative approach to research that is demonstrated through our research centres and groups that strengthen our interdisciplinary research capabilities by connecting our leading researchers across the school as well as working closely with our industry partners and various government bodies to translate ground-breaking research into innovative solutions that help solve the world’s most complex problems.

The School of EE&T has a strong history of research breakthroughs, educational innovations, and translational activities. It is home to leading groups in Energy Systems, Nano / Micro Systems (including Quantum Engineering), Telecommunications, Signal processing and Systems and Control. With distinguished academic staff, innovative teaching programs and state-of-the-art facilities, the School of EE&T continues to produce outstanding graduates and internationally impactful engineering discoveries.

People join the School of EE&T for the opportunity to work with top-tier students and to join a community of scholars who support them in achieving their full potential. The School of EE&T attracts the brightest students as we offer the most technically rigorous electrical engineering degrees in Australia. The challenges we present ensure that our students reach their greatest potential and are ready to have a lasting impact on society.

For further information about our School, please visit - https://www.unsw.edu.au/engineering/our-schools/electrical-engineering-telecommunications


UNSW is not like other places you may have worked. Yes, we are a large organisation with a diverse and talented community; a community doing extraordinary things. But what makes us different is not only what we do, it is how we do it. Together, we are driven to be thoughtful, practical, and purposeful in all we do. If you want a career where you can thrive, be challenged, and do meaningful work, you are in the right place.

UNSW has three strategic priority areas. Firstly, a drive for academic excellence in research and education. Universities are often classified as ‘research intensive’ or ‘teaching intensive’. UNSW is proud to be an exemplar of both. We are among a limited group of universities worldwide capable of delivering research excellence alongside the highest quality education on a large scale. Secondly, a passion for social engagement, which improves lives through advancing equality, diversity, open debate, and economic progress. Thirdly, a commitment to achieving societal impact and translation through sharing our capability in research and education in the highest quality partnerships with institutions in both developed and emerging societies. We regard the interplay of academic excellence, social engagement, and societal impact and translation as the hallmarks of a great forward-looking 21st century university.

Skills & Experience

  • A respected scholar, normally at a Professorial level, in an appropriate discipline with an understanding and appreciation of the values and roles of a major university operating in an international context.
  • The energy and resilience needed to deal with the challenges and opportunities offered by an ambitious university.
  • A breadth of academic vision and intellectual enthusiasm that encompasses the range of disciplines within the School.
  • Capacity to articulate a strategic vision for the School and the ability to lead and manage change to achieve that vision.
  • A strong, proactive and energetic leader who can motivate high performance from diverse groups of people across the School.
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills including the ability to encourage staff to achieve their best and to have difficult conversations with under-performing staff where necessary.
  • The representational skills to effectively take the School forward in a variety of internal and external forums.
  • The ability to manage budgets effectively and according to school and faculty strategic priorities.
  • A strong sense of equity, fairness and ethics to ensure a safe, diverse and respectful working environment which supports high performance and the development of staff.
  • A capacity to build and maintain effective collaborative partnerships within and external to the School to support the mission and objectives of the School, Faculty and of the University
  • An understanding and commitment to UNSW’s aims, objectives and values in action, together with relevant policies and guidelines.
  • Ability and capacity to implement required UNSW health and safety policies and procedures.

Additional details about the specific responsibilities for this position can be found in the position description. This is available via JOBS@UNSW.

To Apply: If you are interested in a Senior Leadership role that will drive the strategy and direction of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications at UNSW, please click the apply now button and submit your CV, Cover Letter including responses to the Skills and Experience and a vision statement (no more than 3 pages long) for 2 years and 5 years.

If you're excited about this role and think you have what it takes, but your experience doesn't align 100%, we still want to hear from you and would encourage you to apply.

If you have had any interruption in your career, you are encouraged to include a ROPE statement as part of your application, for information on ROPE, check:


Please note that applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed below.


Eugene Aves – Talent Acquisition Consultant

E: eugene.aves@unsw.edu.au

Applications close: 11:55 pm (Sydney time) on Sunday 12th May 2024

UNSW is committed to evolving a culture that embraces equity and supports a diverse and inclusive community where everyone can participate fairly, in a safe and respectful environment. We welcome candidates from all backgrounds and encourage applications from people of diverse gender, sexual orientation, cultural and linguistic backgrounds, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background, people with disability and those with caring and family responsibilities. UNSW provides workplace adjustments for people with disability, and access to flexible work options, including working from home, for eligible staff. UNSW provides 26 weeks of fully paid maternity or primary carers leave upon commencement of employment (subject to eligibility). UNSW is committed to enhancing the experience of ECAs by providing a supportive and collegial work environment and a dedicated framework to deliver support services to assist their research, teaching, and career development. The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.

Position Description

Advertised: 18 Mar 2024 AUS Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: 12 May 2024 AUS Eastern Standard Time

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