Centre Director, Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre

Brisbane, Australia
22 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
19 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre (MISHC)

The Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre (MISHC), part of the University of Queensland’s Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI), is seeking a Director who can lead the development of new research programs that directly address the key safety and health challenges facing the sector. The Centre established in 1998, is globally recognised for its work on improving safety and health outcomes for mining workforces and communities.

One of the UQ’s eight research institutes, the Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) consists of some 200 staff and postgraduate students covering the areas of mining and geology, mineral processing, environment and rehabilitation, social responsibility, safety and risk, and water. SMI is industry-focused and consequently works with many leading global resources companies and many small-medium enterprises and suppliers. SMI interacts strongly with governments and community. A priority for SMI is the development of talent and providing an environment for successful and rewarding careers.

Information about the Institute may be accessed on the Institute's web site at http://www.uq.edu.au/smi.

The Role

The Centre Director, MISHC will be motivated by a desire to contribute to significant and ongoing improvement in minerals industry safety and health performance.

The Centre Director will work closely with senior industry leaders, government representatives, other institutions, and SMI staff to put in place the partnerships and collaborations that will be essential to achieve fundamental change.

The Person

A deep understanding of minerals sector safety and health; a recognition of the important role that can be played by relevant, targeted research; and strong communications and leadership skills are required. 

The successful appointee will have a demonstrated capacity to engage at senior levels within industry on safety and health priorities; identify opportunities for minerals sector safety and health research; conceptualise potential research responses to industry issues; and build research partnerships with industry.

The University of Queensland values diversity and inclusion and actively encourages applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Please refer to the University’s Diversity and Inclusion webpage (https://staff.uq.edu.au/information-and-services/human-resources/diversity) for further information and points of contact if you require additional support.  

This role is a full-time position; however flexible working arrangements may be negotiated.

Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to SMI Human Resources at smihr@uq.edu.au.  


This is a full-time, fixed term three year appointment at Research Academic level E, renewable by negotiation. A competitive remuneration, support package and, as appropriate, flexible work arrangements will be negotiated with the successful candidate.

Candidate Booklet

505306_ Centre Director MISHC.pdf

For a confidential discussion about the role, please contact Susan Johnston on +61 448 114 818 or susan.johnston@uq.edu.au.  


To discuss this role please contact Susan Johnston on +61 448 114 818 or susan.johnston@uq.edu.au

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