Deputy Director, Health & Biosecurity

Updated: about 1 month ago

  • Engage with collaboration partners, industry, government and across the business to advance world-class science delivery
  • Leverage CSIRO’s unique research and innovation capabilities to create national and global impact through critical research into human health and biosecurity threats
  • Translate science to industry impact as a key leader in Australia’s National Science Agency

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is one of the world’s largest and most successful publicly funded research and development organisations. We are committed to outcome-focused research that will generate economic, environmental and social benefits. We maximise the impact we deliver for the Australia by focusing on solving its greatest challenges. As Australia’s national science and engineering agency our innovation and excellence places us in the top ten applied research agencies in the world. We’re the people behind Wi-Fi, soft contact lenses and the Hendra virus vaccine – and we’re Australia’s leading patent holder.

About the Health and Biosecurity Business Unit
The Health and Biosecurity (H&B) business unit is one of nine impact science business units in CSIRO, dedicated to conducting world class multidisciplinary scientific research and development that addresses the complexity and interdependencies of human, animal and environmental health and biosecurity challenges across Australia and the world, thus improving prevention, detection and responses to health and biosecurity threats. Health and Biosecurity Business Unit - CSIRO

The Role
We are looking for our next Deputy Director for this world-class Business Unit – Health and Biosecurity (H&B), to provide high level strategic leadership that ensures the H&B Business Unit remains globally scientifically competitive and impactful. Reporting to the BU Director, the Deputy Director forms a significant member of both the H&B Business Unit Leadership Team and the CSIRO Science Council and will deputise for the Business Unit Director as required. In conjunction to holding a leadership role in the establishment and delivery of the scientific vision and the direction for the Business Unit, the Deputy Director will also oversee the delivery of H&B’s Future Science Platforms (FSPs) and Missions to ensure that CSIRO remains scientifically impactful, competitive and future focussed on both a national and global scale. 

Exceptional stakeholder engagement and partnership skills will be required to create opportunities for collaboration (both internally and externally to CSIRO) on significant national science initiatives and projects (from early-stage research to commercialisation) to shape science capability that meets future science opportunities, program goals and impact pathways and that ensures optimal outcomes for Australia and the world. Monitoring long-term economic and science trends to forecast capability demand and identify medium and long-term plans for scientific infrastructure will be essential. 

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