Professor and Director, Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution

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Brisbane, Australia
02 Aug 2019
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20 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

About Griffith University

At Griffith University we believe in, strive for and celebrate the remarkable.

We are known for our high impact research, outstanding student experience, our commitment to social justice and our welcoming environment. We're proud of our remarkable achievements, of our people and their passion for making a positive difference. Together we contribute to the development of knowledge and learning in an attractive environment which values excellence, equity, diversity, and innovation.

The Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution (ARCHE) was founded in 2016 as part of Griffith University's strategic research initiative. ARCHE is part of the Environmental Futures Research Institute (EFRI) and is one of Australia's leading research centres in Archaeology and Human Evolution. ARCHE is the first academic centre specifically focused on gaining a deeper understanding of the scale of ancient human migrations and the full story of the origins of the people in our region.

ARCHE has achieved a high national and international profile with seven of its staff members holding prestigious fellowships, including a Laureate Fellowship and several Future and DECRA fellowships. ARCHE has been highly successful in attracting external research funding. Since 2016, ARCHE staff members have co-authored 13 papers in Nature and 3 in Science. Two of these papers were regarded as a science breakthrough by the journal Science. ARCHE was specifically mentioned when Griffith University became Nature Index's Rising Star for the Oceania Region in 2018.

The opportunity

Following the retirement of Professor Rainer GrĂ¼n , there is an opportunity to lead this remarkable Research Centre. The Director contributes significantly to the University's research profile by providing leadership and management of ARCHE as well as being responsible for the development and achievements of the Centre.

This is a 5-year fixed term, full-time position based at Nathan campus, with an underlying continuing Professorial (Level E) appointment in the School of Environment and Science.

About you

The new Director is expected to be of high international standing and to develop a long-term vision for ARCHE, with the goal of establishing a Centre of Excellence for Human Evolution. While the candidate is expected to be an international research leader in any of ARCHE's themes, preference will be given to candidates with expertise in genomics or geochronology applied to human evolution and with experience in managing diverse interdisciplinary teams. The Director will also have the capacity to expand the Centre's existing national and international networks and the ability to manage and develop the Centre's collaborative partnerships within Griffith University and with external partners. This position will suit an academic leader who possesses strong visionary, strategic and collegial management skills, with an established research profile in one or more of the Centre's themes. The appointee will also have outstanding interpersonal skills with the ability to build strong and productive relationships with all stakeholders.

Salary range

An attractive salary package will be arranged for the successful candidate.

How to Apply

Obtain the information package and application requirements by clicking the Apply button. You will be redirected to Griffith University's Website where you can obtain the information package and apply for the vacancy.

  • Statement addressing each of the selection criteria (as outlined in the Information Package).
  • One page covering letter outlining your suitability for the role
  • Current curriculum vitae/resume which should include:
    • Full name, address, telephone number and email address;
    • Details of education, professional training and qualifications;
    • Employment history, including present position and details of relevant professional, consulting or industry experience;
    • Research interests and list of publications;
    • Research grants awarded and any other relevant information, such as offices held in professional bodies, community services etc.

What we offer

Working for one of the most influential universities in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, you will join a University that ranks among the top 2% worldwide and spans across five campuses in South East Queensland.

Griffith University values diversity, inclusion and flexibility and we encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and people of all backgrounds to apply. Griffith's strategic goals are to also increase the proportion of women in senior academic and administrative roles and in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM).

Further information

Confidential enquiries should be made to:

Professor Zhihong Xu, Director, Environmental Futures Research Institute

Phone: +61 (0) 7 373 53822
Email address:


Professor Andrew T. Smith, Pro Vice Chancellor (Griffith Sciences)

Phone: +61 (0) 7 555 28033
Email address:

For application queries, please contact Ms Busra Sevimli, HR Officer on +61 (0) 7 3735 7359.

Closing date: Tuesday 20 August 2019 at 5 pm AEST. All applications must be submitted online.

Female applicants are particularly encouraged to apply.