Head of School – School of Computer Science and Engineering

December 30, 2022
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Job Description

Location – Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Employer – UNSW

Job application last date – 15.1.23

This Job is based in Australia

The Opportunity

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) is currently seeking a Head of School for the School of Computer Science and Engineering. Reporting to the Faculty Dean, the appointee will ideally be a respected scholar, with the energy, resilience and vision to take on 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 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
  • Location: Kensington – Sydney, Australia

The School

The School of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) in the Faculty of Engineering at UNSW is one of the largest Schools of its kind in Australia with the greatest impact on society through our academic excellence in teaching, research, commercial and social engagement. The School is the largest with the Faculty of Engineering with over 3,400 students and 56 full time academic staff with an operating budget of over $20 million. CSE is undergoing a period of expansion, advertising and recruiting for over 10 new academic staff in 2022 with more recruitment planned in 2023.

Our academic staff have research focus in areas including Artificial Intelligence, Biomedical Image Computing, Data and Knowledge, Embedded Systems, Networked Systems and Security, Human Centred Computing, Programming Languages and Compilers, Service Oriented Computing, Theoretical Computer Science and Trustworthy Systems.

CSE offers undergraduate programs in Software Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science and Bioinformatics, as well as a number of combined degrees with other disciplines. CSE attracts excellent students who have an outstanding record in international competitions. People join CSE for the opportunity to work with top-tier students and to join a community of scholars who support them to achieve their full potential. CSE attracts the brightest students as we offer the most technically challenging computing degrees in Australia. The challenges we present, ensure our students reach their greatest potential and are ready to have a lasting impact on society.

Our school is located in the heart of Sydney, and is Australia’s largest centre for computationally driven business, design and culture. This vibrant nexus brings together a diversity of creative engineering and design forces: where world-leading education allows our thousands of students and researchers to become world-leading and world-building innovators. CSE students take an active role in the creation of a vibrant student experience, with many student societies and are actively involved in teaching and learning opportunities within the school. For further information about the School, please visit http://www.cse.unsw.edu.au


UNSW is currently implementing a ten-year strategy to 2025 and our ambition for the next decade is nothing less than to establish UNSW as Australia’s global university. Following extensive consultation in 2015, UNSW identified 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 amongst 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 global impact 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 global impact 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.

To Apply: If you are interested in a Senior Leadership role that will drive the strategy and direction of Computer Science 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.

Please note 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 Tuesday, 28th February 2023

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 for eligible staff.

The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.