Doherty Institute Deputy Director, Research and Engagement

Melbourne, Australia
$209,428 p.a
24 Jan 2023
End of advertisement period
21 Feb 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Location: Parkville
Salary: Professor - Level E $209,428 p.a
Superannuation: Employer Contribution of 17%
Working Hours: Part-time (0.6 FTE)
Basis of Employment: Fixed term 5 years

The University of Melbourne would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which our campuses are situated, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung Peoples, the Yorta Yorta Nation, the Dja Dja Wurrung People. We acknowledge that the land on which we meet and learn was the place of age-old ceremonies, of celebration, initiation and renewal, and that the local Aboriginal Peoples have had and continue to have a unique role in the life of these lands.


The Deputy Director of the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity (Doherty Institute) will support the Institute’s Director in relation to the specific portfolios of research and engagement. We encourage applicants who may be interested to apply for one or both of the two portfolios.

You will provide executive leadership to the Institute under the direction of the Institute Director, and be responsible for research or engagement and lead one or two major strategic initiatives and/or key areas of acceleration., You will represent the Institute within the University, Royal Melbourne Hospital, and in discussions with State and federal governments, engage in philanthropic initiatives and attend all strategic meetings for the Institute and chair these when required.

About You

Your leadership and management style promotes a cooperative and collaborative culture, which will apply both within the Doherty Institute and with external bodies. Your networking and facilitation skills will enable the development and maintenance of strong links with joint venture partners, other stakeholders and broader infectious diseases, health and research communities. Your strong strategic planning, decision making and organisational skills will be essential to your success in this role.

You will possess;

  • A PhD (or equivalent qualification) and a distinguished international record in research in a field relevant to medical microbiology, infectious diseases and/or immunity.
  • High level skills and experience in microbiology, infectious disease and/or immunity research plus one or more of the following: 1) High quality research track record and research leadership in infectious disease, immunology, clinical research or public health; 2) Delivery of high quality clinical care and/or public health outcomes in the diagnosis and/or management of infectious diseases.
  • The ability to be an effective spokesperson for the Doherty Institute in national and international scientific and community fora.

To ensure the University continues to provide a safe environment for everyone, this position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check.

About Us

The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity

Finding solutions to prevent, treat and cure infectious diseases and understanding the complexities of microbes and the immune system requires innovative approaches and concentrated effort. This is why The University of Melbourne – a world leader in education, teaching and research excellence – and The Royal Melbourne Hospital – an internationally renowned institution providing outstanding care, research and learning – have partnered to create the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity (Doherty Institute); a centre of excellence where leading scientists and clinicians collaborate to improve human health globally.

The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

The FMDHS has an enviable research record and is the University of Melbourne’s largest faculty in terms of management of financial resources, employment of academic and professional staff, teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate (including research higher degree) students and the conduct of basic and applied research. The FMDHS’ annual revenue is $705m with approximately 57.4 percent of this income related to research activities. The FMDHS has a student teaching load in excess of 8,500 equivalent full-time students including more than 1,300 research higher degree students. The FMDHS has approximately 2,195 staff comprising 642 professional staff and 1,553 research and teaching staff.

Employee Benefits

We offer generous employee benefits to help maximise your work life. These include flexible and family friendly working conditions, salary packaging, internal School and Faculty grant schemes including a dedicated scheme for women and generous leave provisions. This is a fantastic opportunity to work in a culturally rich and values-based environment.

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How to apply

Your application submitted should include a Cover Letter and CV, along with your responses against the selection criteria found in the Position Description for the role.

Position Description: Deputy Director_Doherty Institute.pdf

Applications close: 21 FEB 2023 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

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