Director, Centre for Natural Gas

Brisbane, Australia
The total FTE package will start from $232,479 per annum.
15 Mar 2023
End of advertisement period
08 May 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Centre for Natural Gas at The University of Queensland
  • Lead a recognised Centre of Excellence for research and pioneer for science-led discussion for the Queensland and Australian gas sectors
  • Drive impact in Energy Transition to achieve lower carbon energy futures.
  • Full time, five year position based at St Lucia, Brisbane
  • Applications close Monday 8 May at 11:00 pm AEST (R-23176)

About This Opportunity  

As Director you will lead the Centre for Natural Gas in its core mission, to provide a recognised centre of excellence for research and policy advice for the Queensland and Australian gas sectors. You will help the University drive positive impact across the Energy Transition during transformation to lower carbon energy futures.

For more than a decade, the Centre for Natural Gas has been recognised as a leading voice of independent scientific research into all aspects of Australia’s onshore gas industry. It conducts real-world research focussed on optimising Australia’s natural gas industry in terms of environmental performance, social performance, and optimisation of cost of operation and supply. The Centre’s capability across these areas is driven by in-house expertise as well as research partners from across The University of Queensland and other institutions.

As Director, you will be responsible for overall strategic leadership and research direction of the Centre, enhancing the profile of the Centre nationally and internationally through diverse external partnerships.  You will lead the Centre in being a pioneer for science-led discussion with industry, governing bodies and other stakeholders in the sector and further its reputation as a respected source of independent and credible scientific information.

For more information, please view the appointment booklet linked below.   

About You

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the following. Please note as the Centre is multi-disciplinary, this role is not discipline specific.

  • Postgraduate qualifications ideally including a PhD in one of many gas-sector relevant areas (ranging from geological and engineering sciences to social science, economics or policy).
  • Extensive and broad industry experience either as an industry-focussed academic, or working directly within the sector in technical and managerial roles, or as a government regulator in the sector.
  • A recognised and respected player in the Australian gas sector and a demonstrated capacity to develop collaborations and alliances with other organisations internal and external to UQ.
  • Demonstrated capability to form, manage and lead a diverse group of people, fostering a cooperative team environment, supporting multiple disciplines and creating the required culture and vision.
  • Experience with responding to government and capability to comprehend and influence policy.
  • Strong leadership skills, including strategy development and implementation and business improvement.

Position Booklet


What We Can Offer  

This is a full-time, fixed term appointment for 5 years at Academic Level E. 

An attractive remuneration package will be negotiated with the successful candidate. Terms and conditions of employment, such as strategic start-up packages, will also be negotiated with the successful candidate.

The full-time equivalent base salary will start from $198,700 plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will start from $232,479 per annum.

The University will meet all reasonable removal and establishment expenses. In the case of an interstate or international appointee, an accommodation allowance may be available for a limited period. Details will be negotiated as part of the contract of employment.  

For further information about UQ’s benefits, please visit Why Work at UQ and review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018 - 2021.


To discuss this role please contact Professor Aleksandar Rakic, Acting Executive Dean, EAIT.

For application queries, please contact Teagan Couper, Principal Advisor at stating the job reference number in the subject line.

Want to Apply?

All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered: 

  • Cover letter addressing the ‘About You’ section  
  • Resume  

Please note that you will be asked to add all documents into the one upload box labelled ‘resume’, which is step one of the application form. 

To satisfy pre-requisite questions and ensure your application can be considered in full, all candidates must apply via the UQ Careers portal by the job closing deadline or will not be accepted.  

Other Information  

Work Rights: Visa sponsorship may be available for this appointment. 

Background Checks:All final applicants for this position may be asked to consent to a criminal record check. Please note that people with criminal records are not automatically barred from applying for this position. Each application will be considered on its merits.  

We value diversity and inclusion, and actively encourage applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Our Diversity and Inclusion webpage contains further information if you require additional support. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to  

If you are a current employee of the University, or hold an unpaid or affiliate appointment with the University, please login to your staff Workday account and visit the internal careers board to apply for this opportunity. Please do NOT apply via the external job board. 

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