Director, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation

Brisbane, Australia
Tuesday, 30 June 2020
End of advertisement period
Thursday, 30 July 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time


The Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) is a research institute of The University of Queensland (UQ), supported by the Queensland Government and industry. As one of the few research-intensive universities worldwide located in a subtropical environment, UQ is a global leader in agriculture and food science research in subtropical and tropical production systems. Agriculture-related research at UQ is consistently ranked among the best in the world. QAAFI’s mission is to significantly improve the competitiveness and sustainability of tropical and sub-tropical agriculture and food sectors through high-impact science. QAAFI’s vision is sustainable agriculture and food achieved through science and innovation.

QAAFI is a world-class connected research institute in crop, horticulture, animal, and nutrition and food sciences, delivering industry-driven economic, environmental, and social impact. QAAFI is comprised of four inter-related research centres – Centre for Animal Science, Centre for Crop Science, Centre for Horticultural Science, and Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences. Together these centres focus on the challenges facing tropical and sub-tropical food and agribusiness sectors in tropical and subtropical production systems.

Further information on the research interests of QAAFI may be accessed at:

About This Opportunity

The Director of QAAFI will lead a world-class multi-disciplinary research institute, harnessing the extensive research and innovation capabilities across UQ, while focusing on critical global agrifood challenges and opportunities. Reporting to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and a member of the University’s Senior Management Group, the Director has overall leadership responsibility for the strategic, research and operational outcomes of the Institute and its extensive engagement activities, leading to research impact. QAAFI is evolving to respond to changing external factors in global bio-economies, food security, digital technologies and the environment, and as such will provide research leadership to areas of research in agriculture, food and nutrition, fostering opportunities that develop innovative solutions at scale.

This position is located at our picturesque St Lucia campus, renowned as one of Australia’s most attractive university campuses, and located just 7km from Brisbane’s city centre. Bounded by the Brisbane River on three sides, and with outstanding public transport connections, our 114-hectare site provides a perfect work environment – you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a vibrant campus with the tradition of an established university.

Our Ideal Candidate

As Director, you will be a critical integrator and synthesiser of expertise across UQ, providing leadership within and external to the University.

You will be a driver of research excellence and renowned expert of interdisciplinary research collaborations in a related field, with a track record of inspiring minds of the highest calibre.Your inclusive, visionary leadership should be complemented by your capability to work across disciplines, while engaging with a diverse range of stakeholders and industry partners.

We value diversity and inclusion, and actively encourage applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Our Diversity and Inclusion webpage contains further information if you require additional support. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to

What We Can Offer

This is a full-time, fixed term position for 5 years as Director, QAAFI and Professor at Academic Level E. An affiliate appointment and/or reversionary underlying continuing appointment may be possible for an outstanding appointee within a relevant Faculty or Institute of the university.

An attractive remuneration package with loadings will be negotiated with the successful candidate. Remuneration will be subject to periodic review. 

You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities, recreation leave loading, salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare, discounted private health insurance, cheap parking, development programs and many other benefits.

For further information, please review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018-2021.

Position Description

Download File 510392_DirectorQAAFI_RecruitmentBooklet.pdf


To discuss this role and to request a copy of the candidate information booklet, please contact Kate Robinson on +61 409 769 560 or at or Janine Fitzgerald on +61 424 164 765 or via email at quoting reference number RF0098

Want to Apply?

To submit an application for this role, please forward your application to Robinson Fitzgerald Executive Search via the contact details above. Applications close 7 August 2020.

Applications should include a full curriculum vitae and a vision statement articulating how you would approach the role and how your past experiences will enable you to ‘create change’ at UQ (no more than three pages).

Applications close: 7 August 2020