Trailblazer Program Lead - University Transformation

Updated: 4 months ago
Job Type: FullTime

 Job Reference: 1067497
Trailblazer Program at Curtin 

The multi-million-dollar federally funded Trailblazer Program comprises a select group of universities with dedicated investment to accelerate Australia’s innovation agenda at-speed and at-scale.

Curtin was the first of Australia’s six Trailblazer universities, receiving $50 million in federal funding from the new competitive program to develop a research commercialisation hub for Resources Technology and Critical Minerals.

With your support, the Curtin Trailblazer team will deliver institutional change towards greater industry engagement and commercialisation outcomes, through the provision of values-led, high quality, efficient services and solutions for Trailblazer stakeholders.

To read more about this high profile and cutting-edge project, visit

Your new role

Are you a driven and results-oriented professional with expertise in research and commercialisation at Universities? Do you possess exceptional leadership and strong consultation and negotiation skills and thrive in a collaborative team environment? If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you!

We are currently seeking a Program Lead to join our team and take the lead on our “University Transformation” program within the overall Trailblazer initiative. As the Program Lead, you will be responsible for developing, monitoring, and reporting on the program of work in collaboration with stakeholders.

You will work closely with the Trailblazer Director and in collaboration with the University of Queensland (UQ) and James Cook University (JCU) to affect a deep and lasting change in the way commercialisation and industry-led research is embedded, facilitated, taught and rewarded at Universities.

To be successful in this role, you will have a PhD in a related field with a proven track record in high-level planning, management, and leadership skills. You will have experience in University academic transformation and have a deep understanding of the education system with established networks and connections.

You will need to be a natural communicator, with exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to build and maintain effective and constructive working relationships with colleagues and stakeholders. You should be comfortable facilitating group workshops/training, hosting events, and have experience with public speaking.

If you are an innovative thinker with a passion for driving change and improving University practices and processes that support industry engagement, we want to hear from you. Please submit your application today and join our dynamic team!

For more information about this opportunity please contact Hayley Browne, Operations Manager, IP Commercialisation at 

About Us

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Join us!
Please provide your CV and a cover letter (no more than two pages) addressing the key selection criteria to allow us to assess your suitability for this role.
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Applications close: Tuesday 30 May 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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