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Director, Waite Research Institute

Adelaide, Australia
Closing date
5 Oct 2023

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The University of Adelaide is widely recognised for its eminence in research, ranking in the top 90 universities globally (THE 2023, QS 2024). One of the prestigious Group of Eight research-intensive universities, we have over 4000 staff and students in our community of research. We seek to drive innovation and prosperity through the translation of research and new knowledge to enable creative solutions to the greatest challenges of our time.

Located on the University of Adelaide’s Waite Campus, which is home to the largest concentration of agrifood research capability and expertise in the southern hemisphere, the Waite Research Institute (WRI) has a longstanding international reputation for delivering innovative research outcomes forAustralian and global agriculture, food and wine industries. Our researchers excel on the world stage by bringing together their diverse expertise in plant sciences, viticulture, soils, engineering, food technology, agribusiness and social sciences. The co-location of the Adelaide node of the Australian Plant Phenomics Facility (APPF) and key industry partners and other research organisations on the Waite campus including the South Australia Research and Development Institute (SARDI), CSIRO and the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) adds to the critical mass needed to perform transformational research.

Reporting to the Pro-Vice Chancellor Research Excellence (PVCRE) in the Division of Research & Innovation, the next WRI Director will lead and implement the strategic direction and long-term vision for the University to expand its world-class research and research training programs in dryland agriculture, value-added agrifoods, biosecurity, and agribusiness. The appointee will be an inclusive leader able to influence across the University’s Faculties and Schools to create and augment collaborative research opportunities within the WRI’s remit. They will also be an outstanding advocate in agricultural innovation who is able to advance the WRI’sreputation and partnerships both nationally and beyond, particularly through representation on scientific, professional, and industry bodies as well as public engagement.

The University of Adelaide will be supported for this appointment by the executive search firm Perrett Laver. If you wish to discuss this role further in confidence, please contactMazin Almaimani on +61 2 8075 4605 or at

For more information and to submit your application please visit the Perrett Laver website at quoting reference 6633.

The deadline for applications is 11.55pm AEST,Thursday 5thOctober 2023.

The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. Female applicants, people with a disability and/or and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply.If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at time of application.

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