Co-Director (Impact, Innovation and Partnerships), Translational Health Research Institute

Sydney, Australia
06 Jul 2022
End of advertisement period
01 Aug 2022
Ref 2502/22
Contract Type
Full Time

Driven by impact, Western Sydney University is a modern, forward-thinking, research-led university, with 11 campuses located at the heart of Australia’s fastest-growing and economically significant region, Western Sydney. The University has 14 schools with an array of well-designed programs and degrees carefully structured to meet the demands of future industry.

Western has been ranked number one worldwide in the latest Times Higher Education (THE) University Impact Rankings, scoring an incredible 99.1 out of 100 for our social, ecological and economic impact. Western is ranked in the top two per cent of universities worldwide, and as a research leader, over 85 per cent of the University’s assessed research is rated at ‘World Standard’ or above.

Drawing upon Western’s strengths in health and medical research, the Translational Health Research Institute (THRI) provides support to the University’s researchers through targeted infrastructure and training for the next generation of health and medical researchers. THRI also plays a leading role in advancing health and medical research within the communities of the Western Sydney region as well as the broader community. The Institute also works closely with its stakeholders and partners to deliver upon shared research and health impact goals: preventing and managing chronic disease; health, culture and society; health and wellness across the lifespan; mental health and wellbeing; and diagnostics and therapeutics.

One of two directors of THRI, the Co-Director (Impact, Innovation, and Partnerships) shares responsibility with the Co-Director (Research) to lead the Institute as it continues to build its reputation for excellence in interdisciplinary health and medical research.

The Co-Director (Impact, Innovation, and Partnerships) will ensure that THRI’s research initiatives and innovative approaches are informed by the latest research and best practice. Team leadership will be an important aspect of the role; building capacity and capability of the researchers, in particular, as they engage in collaborative partnerships that provide impactful and industry engaged research and meaningful outcomes for our communities.

The ideal candidate for this new appointment will be an established industry engaged academic or an individual with extensive professional practice and leadership with a genuine commitment to improving healthcare through innovative and collaborative partnerships with industry and government. Candidates with the ability to work across Western’s research themes as well as those with expertise in allied health, health services, or population health are encouraged to apply for this senior leadership appointment.

Devereaux Consulting is assisting WSU with this search. For further information and a confidential conversation, please contact Jackie Besley, Managing Partner on +61 4 13 633 195 or email

Applications close 8:30 pm, Friday 1 August 2022.

WSU is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, are encouraged.

Applicants who wish to apply for this position will need to provide evidence of valid full time working rights in Australia.

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