Centre of Excellence Chief Operating Officer, Quantum Biotechnology

Brisbane, Australia
16 Mar 2023
End of advertisement period
23 Apr 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

About This Opportunity 

The Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence (COE) in Quantum Biotechnology (QUBIC) is a nationally funded research Centre within the School of Mathematics and Physics. The Centre will begin operating in 2023 and is administered by The University of Queensland (UQ) and has nodes at the University of Melbourne (UoM), the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), the University of Wollongong (UoW) and Flinders University (FLD). QUBIC has 12 industry and governmental partners and are partnered with 14 leading international Universities. The membership of our advisory bodies includes two Nobel Laureates and Australia’s past Chief Scientist.

At QUBIC we seek to develop quantum technologies that go far beyond what is possible today, from portable brain imagers to super-fast single protein sensors, and to use them to unravel key problems including how enzymes catalyse reactions and how higher brain function emerges from networks of neurons.

QUBIC is seeking to appoint a CoE Chief Operating Officer (CoE COO), known locally as Deputy Director, Strategy and Operations as an integral member of the senior leadership team to lead the Centre’s national operations. The role will be responsible for high-level strategic, operational and performance planning to enable the Centre to achieve its ambitious research goals and objective and to create broad impact through its training, outreach, equity and translation programs. 

As the CoE COO you will manage a focused team with responsibility for the smooth administrative operations of the Centre and provide virtual leadership to local node administrators at UoM, UTS, UoW and FLD. You will work closely with the Centre’s national executive team and liaise with Centre node leaders, chief investigators, partner investigators, associate investigators, research fellows, postgraduate students, partners and other stakeholders including large and small businesses, government agencies, funding bodies and community partners.

This role is subject to The University’s Code of Conduct.  

About You  

We are seeking an individual with demonstrated exceptional leadership and management skills that will enable the Centre to further develop and realise a vision built on partner engaged and high-impact research.

The successful applicant will have a postgraduate qualification, or equivalent education or training, in a relevant discipline in conjunction with extensive experience in leadership and management in the university, government, not for profit or industry sectors.

Extensive knowledge of issues affecting research funding in Australia especially in relation to government, industry and philanthropic funding sources, is highly regarded. As well as extensive experience in strategic planning, operations and resource management, finance and budget administration, and corporate governance within a complex organisation.

Position Booklet


What We Can Offer 

This is a full-time, fixed-term position for five years. This is a HEW10 position, with a competitive remuneration package to be negotiated with the successful candidate.

You will also be able to take advantage of flexible working arrangements, salary sacrificing options, discounted private health insurance, secure parking, discounted veterinary access, development programs and many other benefits.

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 Warwick Bowen.

For application queries, please contact Teagan Couper, Principal Advisor at recruitment@uq.edu.au 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 in the above linked Position Booklet
  • 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.

Other Information 

Work Rights: You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment to apply. 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. 

At UQ we know that our greatest strengths come from our diverse mix of colleagues, this is reflected in our ongoing commitment to creating an environment focused on equity, diversity and inclusion.  We ensure that we are always attracting, retaining and promoting colleagues who are representative of the diversity in our broader community, whether that be gender identityLGBTQIA+cultural and/or linguisticAboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, or people with a disability. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to recruitment@uq.edu.au 

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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