Professor & Director, Workforce Futures Research Centre

Sydney, Australia
$174,326 – 182,566 p.a.
16 Oct 2016
End of advertisement period
15 Nov 2016
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Macquarie is the university of pioneering minds. Globally recognised as one of Australia's leading research universities, Macquarie is a place where extraordinary new possibilities come to light. We've helped people to hear, introduced wireless internet technology to the world and broken through traditional boundaries by appointing Australia's first female vice-chancellor.

At Macquarie you'll join a vibrant community of diverse perspectives, all working towards a brighter future for our communities and our planet. Surrounded by beautiful parkland campus, our students and staff are free to explore and discover, supported by facilities including a high-tech library, private teaching hospital, gym and pools, childcare facilities, a campus train station and the newly expanded Macquarie Centre shopping complex next door.

The Role

Macquarie University is seeking to appoint a Professor with an outstanding research track record as Director of the Faculty of Business and Economics Centre for Workforce Futures. The Centre's mission is to undertake cross-disciplinary, problem and solution-focused research on existing and emerging issues relating to the future of work, the workforce and workplaces that of interest to national and international scholarly communities and industry, governments, the not-for-profit sector. Since 2011, the Centre has undertaken externally funded applied research on workforce demographics and workforce planning capacity, employment regulation, employee well-being, productivity, workplace safety and governance and the impact of climate change and technological change on jobs, work and skills.

The Centre collaborates with staff from the Faculty's Departments of Marketing and Management; Economics; Applied Finance and Actuarial Studies; and Accounting and Corporate Governance and also with the Faculty's International Governance and Performance Research Centre. It has also has close associations with and members from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management, and the Arts Faculty's Departments of Modern History, Politics and International Relations; Philosophy; and Sociology and Law School. It has attracted leading international scholars as visitors and has collaborated with external organisations on externally funded projects.

Applicants for the position will be required to have excellent publications in the field of workforce and workplace related studies, a track record of Higher Degree Research supervision and completions and of obtaining funding from government and industry for major research projects.

Applicants will have had extensive experience in working with local and international scholars, and industry partners on research projects. The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate a commitment to research excellence and innovation, to engagement with industry across all sectors and to progress the knowledge leadership mission of the University.

Essential Selection Criteria

  • Excellent academic and professional qualifications
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Evidence of research leadership, collaboration and engagement with external stakeholders
  • Strong skills in project and financial management
  • Excellent research track record, including high quality publications and experience in attracting grant funding from the Australian Research Council or equivalent, government and industry
  • Evidence of research impact in scholarship and government/industry policy
  • Research experience in current workforce issues including projects relating to the organization and reorganization of work; skills, skill recognition and skill shortages; labour market trends; and supply chains, employment relations and management.
  • Ability to represent and promote the Centre at the highest levels of industry, government and universities

 Desirable Selection Criteria

  •  Previous experience with university research centre/s

Salary Package: From $174,326 – 182,566 p.a. (Level E), plus 17% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading

Appointment Type: Full-time, 5 year fixed term

Enquiries: Enquiries should be addressed to the Associate Dean (Research), Professor Lucy Taksa, at

Further information about Centre for Workforce Futures can be found at

Applications Close: Tuesday 15 November 2016 at 11:55pm