Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President, Research and Innovation

Brisbane, Australia
13 Jun 2019
End of advertisement period
10 Jul 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

 About the Division

The Division of Research and Innovation supports the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research and Innovation) to facilitate QUT’s achievement of high-quality research that delivers economic, social and environmental impact to our industry, government and community-based partners.

The Division oversees central support for research and innovation to deliver on QUTs research ambitions. Our staff provide high quality advice, research support services and training, and conduct compliance and reporting across a range of obligations at an organisational level and assist faculties and institutes to achieve their research goals.

The Division comprises five offices:

Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research and Innovation) provides support for the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, assists in the management and coordination of the activities of the Division and provides financial management oversight of the Divisional budget as well as the University strategic research budget.

Office of Research Services works with QUT staff, students, collaborators and partners to identify and attract funding from competitive and commercial sources, and to establish and manage funded research activities. The Office is responsible for the coordination, dissemination and analysis of planning performance data for research activities.

Office of Research Ethics and Integrity assists researchers in seeking ethical approval and governance of all human, animal and biological related research and in meeting statutory and research integrity obligations. The Office arranges research integrity, ethics and biosafety training.

The eResearch Office works in partnership with our researchers and end users to introduce technological disruption and to support technological solutions that solve real world problems.

Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Graduate Research and Development) includes the Graduate Research Centre, providing support and advice to higher degree research (HDR) candidates and their supervisors across the HDR lifecycle including admissions and enrolment, award and administration of scholarships, candidature management and thesis examination; and Graduate Research Education and Development supporting learning and skills development for research students and their supervisors, preparing industry and work-ready research graduates.

Our research is user-inspired with an applied focus, with multidisciplinary collaboration facilitated through our two flagship institutes: the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation and the Institute for Future Environments. The Institutes are sector-facing, complementing the work of the faculties that nurture the disciplines.

QUT Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI)

IHBI is a multidisciplinary health and biomedical research institute devoted to improving the health of individuals and communities through research innovation. IHBI uses the latest technology to develop solutions for health problems that affect people around the world. IHBI researchers represent a broad spectrum of disciplines including medical practitioners, biomedical scientists, nurses, psychologists, public health experts, optometrists, exercise physiologists and biomedical engineers.

IHBI’s research focuses on prevention, intervention and translation with a particular emphasis on health determinants and health systems; injury prevention and trauma management; and chronic disease and ageing.

QUT Institute for Future Environments (IFE)

IFE researchers study the world’s natural, built and digital environments and find ways to make them more sustainable, secure and resilient. IFE’s research themes are linked to societal challenges and sectors of the economy, with enabling technologies, techniques and systems that can find solutions to these challenges. Our research centres and programs include aerospace automation, biocommodities, groundwater systems and greenhouse gas emissions.

IFE is located in QUT’s Science and Engineering Centre, a pioneering research, education and community hub for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. IFE oversees a number of onsite and offsite research facilities.

About the position

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research and Innovation) is accountable for the development and nurturing of researchers, oversight of research support and achievement of QUT’s research strategy and ambitions.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research and Innovation) provides vision and leadership for research and innovation. The role is responsible for developing University policy in relation to research and research training that enables the achievement of the University’s research goals. In an era of significant and ongoing change, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research and Innovation) ensures the continued strengthening of the University’s research position.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research and Innovation) works collaboratively with the Provost and Executive Deans and with senior members from across the University to ensure the effective management of the University research agenda and to develop and implement policies in the areas of research management and performance and innovation.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research and Innovation) works closely with the Vice-President (Business Development) and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (International) to facilitate investment in research projects and research infrastructure and to build research translation pathways through strong partnerships with government, business, venture capital, community and international collaborators.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research and Innovation) is directly involved in setting the strategic research agenda in line with the University’s Blueprint and is responsible for determining the allocation of research resources in consultation with other senior leaders of the University. The appointee is responsible for the oversight of the University research budget.

In addition to membership of a number of principal committees, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research and Innovation) chairs the University Research and Innovation Committee (URIC) and has oversight of URIC subcommittees, University Animal Research Ethics Committee; University Human Research Ethics Committee; University Biosafety Committee; and Research Degrees Committee.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research and Innovation) represents the University on external Boards and Committees relevant to the portfolio and represents the Vice-Chancellor and President, when appropriate, at relevant events and conferences.

Selection criteria and other information

  1. A PhD or equivalent with an internationally-recognised record of research and scholarship.
  2. Experience in leadership of research teams and/or large scale research activities or initiatives.
  3. Evidence of successful mentoring of academics and research students.
  4. An ability to identify trends and opportunities to shape the University’s research strategy.
  5. Demonstrated understanding of current and emerging higher education issues with a particular emphasis on changing research environments and regulatory frameworks.
  6. Outstanding interpersonal, communication, influencing and negotiation skills with both internal and external stakeholders in local, national and international environments.
  7. Commercial acumen and experience with planning and financial management.
  8. Understanding of research quality and opportunities across a range of disciplines.

Remuneration and benefits

An attractive remuneration package will be negotiated with the successful candidate.

Beyond personal and professional fulfilment, a career at QUT brings a broad range of tangible benefits. With competitive remuneration including superannuation, the University offers real and generous benefits.

QUT is a high-quality and flexible organisation that is proud of its excellent employment conditions, which include but are not limited to:

  • Parental leave provisions
  • Study support encompassing leave and financial assistance
  • Comprehensive professional development
  • Salary packaging.

Further benefits can be found at the Working at QUT webpage:

Information for applicants

The position is open to domestic and international applicants. Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply. Applicants who reach the final stage of the selection process will be expected to undergo a check of their criminal history. Those matters which do not have an impact on the inherent requirements of the position will not be taken into consideration. Applicants will be provided with an opportunity to discuss the outcome of the check before a decision on appointment is made. This position has been identified by QUT as being engaged in child related employment. Appointment to this position is therefore subject to the provisions of the Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) Act 2000. The appointee will be required to undergo a ‘Working with Children Check’, which will assess their suitability to work with children (defined as anyone under 18 years of age) based on his or her criminal history.

Type of appointment

This appointment will be offered on a fixed-term, full-time basis for a renewable period of five (5) years.


Gardens Point campus.

How to apply

For further information, please visit for reference number 19578.

The Insight Group is assisting the University with this appointment. For a confidential conversation, please contact Dr Rohan Carr or Ms Emily Witts at The Insight Group on +61 (0)3 9654 3288. Written applications providing a curriculum vitae and response to the selection criteria should be directed to The Insight Group via email: applications@ quoting reference 19578.

Applicants should provide names and contact details of at least three potential referees. These referees need not be approached in advance, as they will not be contacted without the prior consent of the applicant.

The Council reserves the right to fill the position by invitation at any time.

Applications close

Wednesday 10 July 11.59pm