Vacant Professorship

Joseph Holtum Joseph.Holtum at
Wed Apr 26 22:48:29 EST 2000

The following professorial position has been advertised at James Cook
University, Queensland, Australia. We would appreciate it reaching the
widest possible audience

           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
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. 

 Enquiries: Professor Richard Pearson
            Phone: 61 (07) 4781 5466
            Fax: 61 (07) 4725 1570
            E-mail: Richard.Pearson at
            Employment type: Appointment will be on a continuing
            basis subject to a probationary period.

            Salary: $90,041.00 for Professor - Academic Level E p.a.

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 jcu.recruitment at 
Alternatively the application may be lodged electronically by using the
on-line facility Apply on line for this job at 
Dr Joe Holtum,
Dept. of Tropical Plant Sciences,
School of Tropical Biology,
James Cook University of North Queensland,
Townsville, North Queensland 4811,

Facsimile:        61 (int) 07 47 251570
Telephone:        61 (int) 07 47 814391
Electronic mail:  joseph.holtum at

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