Recruitment of our new Vice-Chancellor

We are a university built on a free-thinking ethos to offer an education for everyone, irrespective of background or social standing. We welcome those who think differently because these are the people who overcome problems and unlock opportunities for current and future generations. With an ambitious agenda to help us respond to the changing higher education sector, we need an equally bold leader.

Help write the next chapter in Murdoch University's history.

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Gary Smith Chancellor of Murdoch University and Chair of the University SenateWe thank you for your interest in leading Murdoch University and invite you to discover how you can help us build on our unique history to inspire a new generation of free thinkers and innovators.

Everything we do is focused on better serving society and supporting our environment. We are looking for our next leader to join us in championing our values and bringing our future plans to life as we approach our 50th year of delivering outstanding learning, teaching and research.

Gary Smith, Chancellor


We acknowledge that Murdoch University is situated on the lands of the Whadjuk and Binjareb Noongar people. We pay our respects to their enduring and dynamic culture and the leadership of Noongar elders past and present. The boodjar (country) on which Murdoch University is located has, for thousands of years, been a place of learning. We at Murdoch University are proud to continue this long tradition.

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Our future Vice-Chancellor

Murdoch University strives to be a creative force for current and future generations through our unique learning and teaching experience, and commitment to research with global impact.

Our future Vice-Chancellor must understand the challenges and culture of Murdoch University, as well as understand the University’s opportunities in the global education environment. They will be our greatest advocate and spokesperson, building on our reputation of welcoming everyone and encouraging free thinking by questioning populist thought.

Experience in academic leadership is preferred. However, we also recognise the importance of hands-on experience and the expertise needed to build relationships with community, government, business and industry.

Importantly, our future Vice-Chancellor will continue to build on and value our core strengths, using these to deliver best practice teaching for our students to make them job-ready, and to underpin our research endeavours.

Our vision of successful leadership

student in VR headsetOur University community co-developed a Vice-Chancellor Leadership Profile that provides a holistic picture of how our people view successful leadership.

More than 700 people have contributed to the development of this leadership profile, including over 300 people working together over a range of workshops.

We are looking for a leader that understands the challenges and culture of higher education. A leader that drives collaboration and embraces our diverse community to facilitate a Service Ethos, connecting all areas of our University.

Our leader will empower our people and live our values of integrity, respect and diversity, purpose, excellence and future-focus.

This profile represents the collective view of the broad range of people who make Murdoch so unique. From our Professoriate, senior leaders and Ngangk Yira Elders Council; to our professional staff, specific diversity groups, our students and our Guild, this is our vision.

We want to see what you can do as a leader and most importantly, who you are.


How to apply

Murdoch University are supported in the appointment process by the executive search firm Boyden. They will support the selection committee to identify and assess the widest possible field of qualified candidates for the role.

Enquiries should be directed in confidence to Alun Parry, Managing Partner at Boyden via email or +61 (0)449 031 549.

We encourage you to learn more about the role and application process in our recruitment brochures.

Applications are now closed. 


About Murdoch

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We are situated on the ancestral lands of the Whadjuk and Binjareb people of the Noongar nation. It has been a place of learning for thousands of years, and we continue this proud tradition of teaching, learning and discovery with great respect for the land on which our university is built and through maintaining strong connection with First Nations people. Learn more about our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander commitment.

Our purpose is to be a creative force for current and future generations. As a research-led university, we focus on multidisciplinary research with real-life impact. Applying new research from the laboratory and insights from public policy debates, we confront real-world challenges and improve business, policy, practice and outcomes.

Discover who we are by exploring our history or taking an interactive tour of our Perth campus.


Our strategy

Our strategic plan builds upon our strengths, growing Murdoch into a strong, vibrant university community and positioning us to thrive in and make contributions to a modern world.

Explore our Murdoch University Strategy 2017 - 2027 to see how you can be part of our future.

Our governance

We strive to lead the way in education and research that will have a positive impact on the world. This vision starts at the top of the organisation and is found throughout our University.

Learn more about the people who create Murdoch, including our Senior Executive Team, and read our annual reports and legislation.

Our locations

We have three campuses in Western Australia (Perth, Mandurah and Rockingham), with another planned for the CBD in 2024. Perth is our biggest campus, with an exciting Masterplan underway.

We also have offshore campuses in Singapore, Dubai and Myanmar.

See our locations

The Murdoch brand

Becoming a free-thinking university didn’t happen by chance. It is what our founding father hoped it would be. Free thinking has steered us towards activities that truly matter.

We believe that to think for yourself is to think for the future, because we’ve seen the power of unconstrained thinking and how it can drive world-changing outcomes. Even the smallest thought has the potential to make the biggest impact if it is given the right conditions to grow and develop. That’s why we foster an inclusive and collaborative environment that encourages the type of free-thinking needed to overcome problems and unlock opportunities.

This is our University.

Take a quick look at the great work that is happening at Murdoch that you can be a part of.


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Our students

Our vibrant student body is made up of more than 25,000 students, including 6,400 international and transnational students, supported by an active Student Guild. A number of significant initiatives have been implemented by the Guild to ensure students are supported throughout their studies, particularly during the COVID pandemic.

Learn more about the Student Guild

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Learning and teaching

We work to provide an outstanding educational experience for each one of our students. Our courses, teaching facilities, support services and academic leadership programs are all designed to engage our students to provide an integrated experience that prepares them for the future.

Explore our learning and teaching

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High achieving alumni

Our global alumni family of over 80,000 free-thinkers are a vital part of Murdoch. Whether it be politicians from all levels of government, CEO’s and barristers, to advertising creatives, veterinarians and climate scientists, our alumni are finding their own path to make a positive impact.

Meet our award-winning alumni

Our Research Institutes

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Food Futures Institute

Securing and sustaining the food bowls of the future.

Learn more about our Food Futures Institute

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Harry Butler Institute

Proving that community, business and biodiversity can co-exist.

Visit our Harry Butler Institute

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Health Futures Institute

Transforming how long and how well people live.

Explore our Health Futures Institute


Explore Murdoch

Immerse yourself in the culture, community and surroundings that make Murdoch great with this interactive tour of our Perth campus. Tour Perth Campus

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Perth – your new home

Recently named the world’s sixth most liveable city in The Economist’s global survey, Perth, Western Australia blends a beautiful natural environment, with sophisticated infrastructure and a strong, stable society and economy.

With a population of over 2 million people, Perth is a thriving city offering a fast-evolving cultural lifestyle. We enjoy unparalleled pristine beaches and more hours of sunshine than any other Australian capital city.

Discover Perth

Welcome from the Lord Mayor

Basil Zempilas There is no better place in the world to work and live than Perth in Western Australia.

Perth’s fast-evolving cultural offerings include art galleries, theatre companies and museums, international film and writers’ festivals, and the world-renowned Perth International Arts Festival.

Our Murdoch Alumni and Lord Mayor of Perth, Basil Zempilas looks forward to welcoming you to Perth.

Basil Zempilas, Lord Mayor of Perth


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