Professor Field is currently the Chair of the Deputy and Pro Vice-Chancellors (Research) Committees for both the Group of Eight and Universities Australia and serves as a Director on numerous Boards including the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, New South Innovations (NSi), NICTA and UniSeed.
Professor Field is a graduate of the University of Sydney (PhD 1979) and, following Postdoctoral Fellowships at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and at Oxford, took up a position at the University of Sydney in 1982. He was awarded a DSc by the University of Sydney in 1991.
He held the positions of Head of the School of Chemistry (1997–2001), Associate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Science (1998–2001), Deputy Chair of the Academic Board and Chair of the University Research Committee (1999–2001), and Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) (2001–03).
In 2005, Professor Field was appointed as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of New South Wales.