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Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research
University of Waikato

Date Posted Jun. 28, 2019
Title Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research
University University of Waikato
Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
Department Office of the Vice-Chancellor
Application Deadline Aug. 7, 2019
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Vice-(President/Provost/Chancellor)
    Senior Executive Officer
  • Research
  • Outstanding opportunity for a highly strategic and innovative research leader
  • Drive the continued improvement of international research rankings
  • Located in New Zealand

The University of Waikato is a research-led university with four Divisions – Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences; Health, Engineering, Computing and Science; Education; and Management. Situated in the central North Island, with more than 12,000 students, the University is committed to academic and research excellence. The University was ranked in the top 25% of all ranked institutions in the latest QS World University Rankings, having improved its placing for the sixth consecutive year, and in the top 5% of all ranked institutions for citations per faculty member.

The University is seeking an exceptional individual as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research who, working collaboratively with the Vice-Chancellor, will strategically lead the University’s Research and Enterprise office; drive research excellence and performance, increase research funding, maximise commercialisation opportunities and align new research initiatives with the University’s strategy and government funding priorities.

You will hold a PhD and demonstrate an international research record and credibility with impact on relevant academic research frontiers and policy areas. Comprehensive knowledge of the tertiary sector and its politics, and previous strategic leadership experience of a complex and challenging research portfolio at the level of a Faculty Dean or Director of a major research Institute or equivalent are required.

You will have proven successful operational leadership and management experience at a senior level, sound financial acumen and the creativity and flexibility to lead innovative thinking around research in a challenging political and financial environment. A strong record of external engagement and outstanding interpersonal skills, having successfully led high-performing individuals and teams, will be important. With strong personal and professional credibility, you will be on an upward trajectory in your career and will be able to inspire others across the University to achieve the highest standards of research excellence. Visionary and bold in your thinking you will be committed to leading the research portfolio of the University of Waikato to a level of national research leadership and international standing.

This is a fixed term appointment for five years, renewable by mutual agreement.

To apply in confidence, please go to and click ‘APPLY ONLINE’ using reference WKTdvc0619 and include your cover letter and full curriculum vitae; or for a confidential discussion call Andrew Norton, Managing Partner on +61 3 9016 6000 or Kirsten Henderson, Associate Partner on +64 9 282 4240.

Closing date: Wednesday, 7 August 2019

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