Food technology

Associate Dean, Biosciences and Food Technology, RMIT UNIVERSITY

  • An opportunity now exists to join the RMIT School of Science and be part of the leadership team contributing to the academic and research performance, strategy and growth of the College.
  • Compensation for Academic Level E ($190,891) or Level D ($148,192 – $163,260) + 17% Super
  • Of particular relevance is for leadership and management of the discipline of biosciences and food technology
  • The 3-year Associate Dean appointment is underpinned by an ongoing faculty role. This position is available from September 2022

About the College

STEM College has a leadership position and expertise in science, technology, engineering, math, and health (STEM). We are uniquely positioned to influence and collaborate with industry like never before.

STEM College is a community of outstanding STEM researchers, teachers, inventors, designers, and game changers supported by talented professional staff. We offer higher education programs in all STEM disciplines at bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels, and we ensure that our students receive a work-aligned and life-changing education.

More information about STEM College in this link.

About you and the role

You will be responsible for:

  • Play a critical role on the School’s leadership team, lead and manage staff within the discipline of Biosciences and Food Technology, and work collaboratively with the Dean to enable the School and STEM College to achieve the next stage of transformation
  • Provide academic and strategic leadership and foster a culture of progression to enable the implementation of the College’s research, learning and teaching strategies
  • Lead the advancement of teaching in the discipline, including initiating program improvements, improving academic standards, as well as actively contributing to research by publishing high-impact publications and securing competitive research grants
  • To deliver, in collaboration with other members of the discipline, the best-in-class student experience by embracing student-centered interactive and digital learning experiences and by identifying and implementing learning initiatives and innovative teaching
  • Actively connect with industry, commerce and government for research and education initiatives with national and global external partners
  • Maintain and develop relationships with relevant departments of the university and other institutions
  • Participate in the continuous improvement of processes in the disciplines of the School of Science and act as a credible model to positively influence the culture of the School
  • Contribute meaningfully to governance and collegial life inside and outside the University, consistently demonstrating RMIT’s values.

You will have:

  • Strong backgrounds and proven skills in academic leadership and management with the ability and ability to achieve strategic goals;
  • Demonstrated experience in financial, governance and quality management systems within a university;
  • A strong track record in publishing high quality journal articles in disciplinary research areas such as food science and technology, biotechnology, immunology and/or nationally and internationally;
  • Extensive innovative teaching experience in a discipline relevant to this school, underpinned by an in-depth understanding of contemporary learning and teaching theory
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of relevant industry and training priorities
  • Experience in developing and leading successful international collaborations
  • Strong negotiation and influencing skills with the ability to communicate, build and maintain relationships internally and externally
  • Ability to foster a culture of positive change and think strategically about organizational priorities and goals
  • Demonstrated ability to manage fellowship program(s) and lead program reviews and ability to support and develop research groups and centers by attracting external funding.
  • Extensive experience in attracting and supervising candidates for higher degrees to maximize research performance;



  • Tertiary qualifications (including a PhD) in a relevant discipline with knowledge and achievements that meet RMIT’s professorial criteria
  • Appointment to this position is subject to passing a work with children test.

To apply

Please submit your CV, cover letter and separately address the key selection criteria for this position by clicking on the ‘Apply’ link below.

Applications closed Tuesday, May 24, 2022.

For more information on this position, please see the job description above or contact Professor Charles Brennan, Dean of Science at [email protected]

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