Professor of Tropical Plant Sciences

School of Tropical Biology
James Cook University, Cairns, Australia


Job Level(s): ACAD E
Area: School of Tropical Biology
Campus: Cairns
Closing Date: 23-JUN-2000
Reference No: 0040

Position Statement: James Cook University offers unparalleled opportunities for research in the tropics, with its Townsville and Cairns campuses located close to a broad range of stunning environments, from rainforests to wetlands, savannas to mangroves and mountains to reefs.

Applications are invited for the Chair in Tropical Plant Sciences within the School of Tropical Biology. The appointee will be a botanist/plant ecologist with an internationally recognised research output, track record in research funding, teaching and postgraduate training, and senior administrative experience, and will complement and enhance the research and teaching foci of the School at both campuses. The appointee will be based at the Cairns campus and will be required to provide academic leadership in Tropical Plant Sciences, to promote the School within the University, nationally and internationally, and to serve terms as Head of School. Preference may be given to an applicant whose primary research interests are in reproductive and population biology of plants, and who has experience of working in the tropics.

Duties and Accountabilities: Provide academic leadership in the Discipline of Tropical Plant Sciences and School of Tropical Biology; maintain a strong research program in the discipline; oversee undergraduate teaching programs on both campuses and contribute substantially to teaching in the discipline; contribute substantially to the School's postgraduate program; serve terms as Head of School (not immediately), including having responsibility for financial and personnel management of the School; represent and promote the discipline and the School within James Cook University and in the broader community nationally and internationally.

Essential Selection Criteria: Will have a PhD and substantial experience as a university academic; an international reputation for excellence in research, preferably in plant reproductive ecology, plant population biology, or closely allied fields; strong record in obtaining research support through competitive grants, consultancies and/or other forms of research income; a record of excellence in teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students and willingness to teach at all levels; managerial experience preferably within an academic environment and proven ability to successfully manage human and financial resources; willingness to act as Head of School (not in first two years of appointment); demonstrated capacity for innovative and effective leadership in areas that maintain and enhance the discipline at both campuses; strong interpersonal skills.

Desirable Selection Criteria: Experience in working in tropical ecosystems; strong background in plant systematics; ability to work closely with other areas of the University community, especially the School of Marine Biology and Aquaculture, with which the School of Tropical Biology shares space and support staff; experience in applied plant sciences, and willingness to facilitate development in applied botany as appropriate; able to commence duties early in 2001.


Other Salary Information: Benefits include employer superannuation contribution, attractive options for salary packaging and generous relocation allowances where applicable.

Method of Application: Applicants must provide a full statement of qualifications and career, a statement systematically addressing the Selection Criteria, a completed Summary Application Form, the name and addresses of three persons who have consented to act as referees and address it to the Recruitment Officer, Human Resources, James Cook University, Townsville Qld 4811. Telephone: (07) 47815012; Facsimile: (07) 47815644; email Alternatively the application may be lodged electronically by using the on-line facility Apply on line for this job at