Director, National Drug Research Institute

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime

Job Reference: 1048487
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Are you a world-class Level E academic, sector leader, or clinician with a passion for understanding and responding to alcohol and other drugs (AOD) use and related harms? The National Drug Research Institute (NDRI) is seeking a dynamic and visionary leader to fill the role of Director.

You will lead a national institute and develop cutting-edge AOD research programs that make a difference through innovative contributions to the field, valued by policy makers, practitioners, and communities in Australia and internationally.  

With a balance of formal qualifications and practical experience, you will provide leadership and foster excellence in research initiatives aimed at reducing harmful alcohol and drug use and minimizing the adverse effects of licit and illicit drug use in Australian society.

As our Director, you will be based at NDRI’s head office at Curtin University in Perth; however, this role includes management of its office in Melbourne and includes a keen focus on its role as a national institute.
We are looking for someone with:

  • A Doctorate in an appropriate discipline (applicants without a Doctorate but with evidence of high-level leadership will also be considered)
  • Strong research expertise in AOD-related research
  • Excellent track record of academic metrics and research translation in AOD or related fields
  • Demonstrated high-level policy and/or practice leadership in AOD
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to engage with policy makers, practitioners, and communities
  • Knowledge of the national and international landscape of AOD research and policy
  • Ability to work collaboratively and strategically

To learn more about this opportunity, please view our candidate information booklet here -

Or contact Bronwyn Myers-Franchi, Director, Curtin EnAble Institute at

If you are an exceptional leader passionate about driving positive change in the field of AOD research and policy, we encourage you to apply. Join us in our mission to create a healthier and safer future for all Australians!

About us

National Drug Research Institute

The National Drug Research Institute (NDRI), stands at the forefront of alcohol and other drug research in Australia. With a rich history dating back to 1986, NDRI is dedicated to conducting cutting-edge research that informs evidence-based policies and practices aimed at preventing and minimizing alcohol and other drug-related harms to health, society, culture, and the economy in Australia.
Visit our home page on to explore the exciting work we are doing to drive positive change in the field of AOD research and policy. 

Curtin University offers a competitive remuneration and benefits package, a friendly and collaborative work environment, generous leave entitlements and superannuation, flexible working arrangements, and salary-packaging. Our vibrant campus includes an art gallery, gym, childcare and medical centre, and endless food options including a supermarket.
For more information about our university, please visit
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Please provide a cover letter, CV and separate statement addressing the key responsibilities and selection criteria as outlined in the Candidate Information Booklet and Position Description to allow us to assess your suitability for this role.
To view a copy of the Position Description, please copy and paste the following link into your web browser.
Applications close: Friday 23 June 2023, 10PM AWST
Applicants should note that prior to appointment, you will need to have a current National Police Records check, undergo character, integrity, and reference checks. Please note that this position may be subject to a WA state government vaccination mandate. If requested, you will be required to provide evidence of your vaccination status prior to employment.

If you have any queries in relation to this application process, please contact our careers team on 08 9266 9000 (option 3,1).

Please note we are not accepting applications from recruitment agencies at this time.

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