Chief Scientist and Chief Social Scientist, Cyber Institute

Canberra, Australia
14 Jun 2019
End of advertisement period
12 Jul 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The Cyber Institute was recently formed as a strategic interdisciplinary initiative in the Australian National University’s the College of Engineering and Computer Science in partnership with the National Security College. 

The Cyber Institute’s goal is to build capability in cyber. That means being a trusted adviser to government, industry and the community. It means breaking new ground in the collaborative development of cyber professionals and delivery of expertise and education. It means forging new, mutually beneficial partnerships with national and international research organisations, industry and government agencies. It means undertaking leading-edge, interdisciplinary research. And it means building the repository of intellectual leadership in the field.

The Cyber Institute is seeking two key leaders to support the Chief Executive Officer in delivering the academic mission of the Institute. As part of the Institute’s leadership team, the Chief Scientist and Chief Social Scientist will help shape the direction, partnership arrangements, capability development, funding and program delivery of the Institute. These roles have a rare opportunity to shape the future of cyber.

Chief Scientist

The Chief Scientist will develop and guide cross-disciplinary translational research in cyber-physical systems and technologies that are needed in the global cyber environment to mitigate and address cyber risk. You will also contribute to teaching and learning through the development of programs and curriculum, ensuring the workforce of the future is best equipped. You will draw upon your global connections to build successful partnerships in industry and government, leading to research and education opportunities.

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Chief Social Scientist

As Chief Social Scientist you will provide insights into the social aspects related to Cyber, and develop cross-disciplinary research projects, working closely with cyber technology expertise. The fields of expertise in the social context include but are not limited to economics, law, psychology, politics, policy, management, risk, strategy, data science, finance, international security or Asia Pacific studies. You will develop and guide cross-disciplinary research teams in the social aspects of global cyber issues needed to support resilient communities.

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These leadership positions call for experienced scientists with a dynamic and innovative approach to solving complex cyber problems. Collaboration across the University and the external environment is critical to success. A joint ongoing appointment with the College relevant to your discipline can be negotiated. Candidates should demonstrate eligibility for Professorial appointment. Highly developed communication and engagement skills should be complemented by a passion for emergent areas of cyber.

For confidential enquires and to request a copy of the candidate information booklet for each role, please contact Robinson Fitzgerald’s Kate Robinson via +61 409 769 560 or, or Janine Fitzgerald via +61 424 164 765 or, quoting the relevant reference number.

Applications close the 12 July 2019.