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Head of Commercialisation, Physical Sciences

Monash, Australia
A competitive remuneration package will apply
Closing date
3 Apr 2023

Job Details

Location: Clayton campus
Employment Type: Full-time
Duration: 3-year fixed-term appointment
Remuneration: A competitive remuneration package will apply

  • Amplify your impact at a world top 50 University
  • Join our inclusive, collaborative community
  • Be surrounded by extraordinary ideas - and the people who discover them

At Monash, work feels different. There’s a sense of belonging, from contributing to something groundbreaking – a place where great things happen. We make tangible contributions because our purpose is clear; to deliver positive economic, social and environmental impact in resolving the global challenges of our age.

At the core of achieving this purpose is the diversity of our staff. We welcome and value everyone's contributions, lived experience and expertise. When you come to work, you can be yourself, be a change-maker and develop your career in exciting ways. This is why we champion an inclusive and respectful workplace culture where everyone is supported to succeed.

Learn more about Monash.

The Opportunity

As part of a high performing and passionate team within the University’s Technology Transfer Office, Monash Innovation, The Head of Commercialisation - Physical Sciences will oversee a broad range of emerging and innovative technologies covering everything from engineering discoveries and IT solutions, through to breakthrough science that is changing the world.

This role is responsible for leading a team to drive the commercialisation outputs across the physical sciences disciplines at the University, which includes building strategies to drive innovative thinking within research, assessing intellectual property (IP), developing commercialisation strategies for new inventions and leading deals, from licensing technology to industry through to spinning out new companies. This role is also an important advisor and thought leader on commercialisation, providing guidance and insight to other parts of the Office of DVC Enterprise & Engagement and the wider university where required.

The successful candidate will have extensive experience in commercialisation; whether that’s within a research institute or university setting or as part of an innovation function in a related industry or sector. In addition, essential to this role is demonstrated experience leading high performing teams as well as exceptional interpersonal skills in order to develop and manage relationships across a diverse set of stakeholders, from internal faculty leadership through to industry partners and investors.

Diversity is one of our greatest strengths at Monash. We encourage applications from First Nations people, culturally and linguistically diverse people, people with disabilities, neurodiverse people, and people of all genders, sexualities, and age groups.

Join the pursuit of our purpose to build a better future for ourselves and our communities – #ChangeIt with us.

Monash avidly supports flexible and hybrid working arrangements. We have a range of policies in place enabling staff to combine work and personal commitments more easily.

To apply, please include a cover letter addressing your experience in the four following areas:

  • Assessment of IP and commercialisation of technology in a physical sciences field
  • Leading and developing a team
  • Deal making experience, ideally in either licensing technology or spinning out a company
  • Stakeholder engagement in a large, complex environment

For instructions on how to apply, please refer to “How to apply for Monash Jobs”.


To discuss the role in more detail, please reach out to Helena Fern, Director, Commercialisation Strategy +61 447 458 604

Position Description

Head of Commercialisation – Physical Sciences

Closing Date

Monday 3 April 2023, 11:55 pm AEDT

Supporting a diverse workforce


Change has been the driving force of Monash University’s growth and success for more than 60 years as we have strived to make a positive difference in the world, and it’s the foundation of our future as we redefine what it means to be a university.

Our Impact 2030 strategic plan charts the path for how we will actively contribute to addressing three key global challenges of the age – climate change, geopolitical security and thriving communities – through excellent research and education for the benefit of national and global communities.

We transform students into global citizens by providing an excellent and contemporary learning experience across our four Australian campuses, and our campuses in Malaysia and Indonesia. We have a major presence in India and China, and a significant centre and research foundation in Italy, and offer rich educational experiences including the Global Immersion Guarantee, which enable graduates to stand out in the employment market.

We harness the research and expertise of our global network of talent and campuses to produce tangible, real-world solutions and applications at the Monash Technology Precinct, where our ethos of change catalyses collaboration between researchers, infrastructure and industry, and drives innovation through commercial opportunities that deliver positive impact to human lives.

In our short history, we have skyrocketed through global university rankings and established ourselves consistently among the world's best tertiary institutions. We rank in the world’s top-50 universities in the QS World University Rankings 2024, QS Sustainability Rankings 2024, Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings 2023 and US News and World Report (USNWR) Best Global Universities Rankings 2022-23.

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