Chief Scientist/Chief Social Scientist

Canberra, Australia
16 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
16 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Classification: Academic Level D/E
Salary package: An attractive remuneration package commensurate with the position will be negotiated
Term: Full time, Fixed-term for 5 years

  • Senior Leadership role in a ground-breaking start-up institute for ANU
  • Research activities at the highest international level in a highly diverse and collaborative environment 
  • Opportunity to leverage ANU's role as national university and establishing links into government policy 

College overview

The ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) is dedicated to contributing to The Australian National University’s reputation for excellence in research and research-led education, bringing together expertise across a range of areas to re-imagine the role of engineering and computing for future generations. CECS is a diverse and vibrant community dedicated to discovery and to making knowledge matter. Our academics and students are engaged in ground-breaking, cutting-edge research, in exciting areas such as renewable energy, robotics, telecommunications, biomaterials, human-machine interaction, and artificial intelligence.

The ANU Cyber Institute is the first of its kind in Australia. The Institute is jointly managed by the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) and the ANU National Security College (NSC) and will combine expertise from across a range of disciplines to conduct leading research that will help shape the nation's future in the increasingly vital fields of cyber security and innovation. The Institute represents the convergence of interdisciplinary expertise to resolve highly complex societal issues and will present new opportunities for research, innovation and education and innovation.

Position overview

We are looking for internationally recognised talent to contribute to the strategic agenda of the ANU Cyber Institute.

There are two (2)  fixed-term appointments available for five (5) years, with initial 18 months focused on Cyber Security: 

  • Chief Scientist – science or technology standing in a cyber security related field
  • Chief Social Scientist – social or behavioural sciences standing with experience across a range of ethnographic and survey methods as applied in cyber related fields

The ideal candidate will be someone who will share our passion and who will want to create something exceptional. Through this unique endeavour, Cyber Institute will be a focal point for Australian Cyber expertise, education and training, in collaboration with national and international research, education, industry and government organisations while leveraging ANU will shape the national research agenda, establish partnerships with industry and multiply its capability in Cyber Security and set itself as an apex organisation.

Further extension may be available subject to achieving funding targets as well as the candidate’s demonstrated capability and desire to complement the Cyber Institute’s strategic agendas in teaching, research and broader engagement within the University and community.

Applications are invited from outstanding thinkers with a depth of expertise in one of these areas alongside the breadth of vision needed to re-frame and solve the most important, complex problems of the cyber world. You will be offered individualised attention and be part of a culture with a strong sense of community to discover and define your own pathways. You will enjoy building teams, capacity and will be a natural collaborator, setting new standards of excellence and inspiring future faculty and students.

We welcome and develop diversity of backgrounds, experiences and ideas and encourage applications from individuals who may have had non-traditional career paths, who may have taken a career break or who have achieved excellence in careers outside of academia.

For further information or to apply please contact Blayne O’Hara of EQV Associates via email on, quoting reference ‘Cyber Institute’ and your preferred role; or by phone on +61 1300 565 010.

Closing date: 16 December 2018

Candidate Booklet: ANU Cyber Institute Recruitment Document.pdf

ANU values diversity and inclusion and believes employment opportunities must not be limited by socio-economic background, race, religion or gender. The University actively encourages applications from women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and candidates from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Furthermore, it is policy in the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science to require selection panels to seek a gender balance when compiling shortlists of candidates for interview. For more information about staff equity at ANU, visit  

The ANU provides attractive benefits and excellent support to maintain a healthy work/life balance and offers generous remuneration benefits, including four weeks paid vacation per year, assistance with relocation expenses and 17% employer contribution to superannuation. This also includes generous parental leave, the possibility of flexible and part time working arrangements, a parental and aged care support program, dual career hire programs, ANU school holiday programs, and childcare facilities on campus. For more information, please visit

Application information

In order to apply for these roles please make sure that you prepare and send the following documents:

  • A detailed curriculum vitae (non-academic and non-traditional CVs are welcome).
  • A short cover letter explaining how you want to contribute to the Cyber Institute with consideration to the selection criteria.
  • Evidence of the impact of your portfolio of work, which may include research, course facilitation and outreach (this can be in case-study form).
  • A written reference from an external party who can describe the impact of your research.

Applications which do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position.