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Deputy Vice-Chancellor
(Research and Enterprise)

Swinburne is seeking an exceptional individual to lead our Research and Enterprise division.

We have a record of generating knowledge and ideas that translate into real outcomes. Ground-breaking industry partnerships cultivate an innovation ecosystem that advances impactful research and forges pathways for our students.

Our next Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) has an immense opportunity to build on our research success, and provide innovative and inspirational leadership. You will lead a diverse portfolio that aims to transform industries, and shape lives and communities.

The opportunity

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) contributes to achieving the university’s strategic plan through leadership of the university’s research activities, research training, industry liaison, intellectual property and commercialisation of research outcomes. The role reports into Swinburne's Vice-Chancellor.

The role will work closely with the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), other members of the senior executive, the chair of Academic Senate, executive deans, deans, associate deans, heads of department, research centre directors, and with other senior academic and administrative managers from across the university.

Candidates must demonstrate high-level capability to:

  • develop and implement Swinburne’s Research and Development Strategic Plan to enable the university to achieve its vision and strategy
  • build Swinburne’s profile nationally and internationally, and build connections in the global research community
  • negotiate and develop research partnerships with industry, government and other partners
  • develop and implement Swinburne’s research education and training plan
  • build research capability through developing and attracting high-performing and highly regarded academic talent
  • develop a portfolio of high-quality discovery, applied and commercial research
  • provide leadership that inspires and engages our academic community to create a culture of excellence in research.

How to apply

Swinburne is supported in the executive search for this appointment by Fisher Leadership.

For a confidential discussion, please contact Jo Fisher or Sharyn Gowans:
+61 1300 347 437

Applications close on Monday 9 March 2020.

Candidate information pack

Download a candidate information pack with detailed information about our organisation, the position and requirements of the role.

Swinburne's global innovation ecosystem

We connect, collaborate, question and create, breaking down barriers between students and employers and between research and industry; creating seamless experiences between university and the world at large.

With our students, alumni and partners we are building a global innovation ecosystem, creating social and economic impact. 

Swinburne research drives commercial success. We establish and support companies in new technologies, and we are building new industries.

As a dual sector provider, we make connections across the traditional boundaries of education and work. We are fostering deep connections, unearthing enterprising ideas, driving change and making a difference to the communities we serve.


Melbourne, Australia

Swinburne’s Hawthorn campus is just 10 minutes by train from Melbourne’s CBD and an enviable array of food, culture, scenery and sport. Melbourne regularly tops the Economist Intelligence Unit’s global liveability index as the world’s most liveable city.

Regret nothing

Our students don’t just sign on for university, they strap in for a Swinburne experience. They learn from passionate teachers, work with industry and use ground-breaking technology. This is a time they'll never repeat. So, we help them make it everything they want it to be.


For a confidential discussion, please contact Jo Fisher or Sharyn Gowans:
+61 1300 347 437