Director - Factory of the Future

Boroondara, Australia
12 Aug 2017
End of advertisement period
05 Sep 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

About the Factory of the Future and the role

Swinburne University of Technology is on an exciting growth trajectory, which has at its heart a focus on research impact, translation and innovation to create value for our partners in industry, government and the community. Swinburne’s Factory of the Future is a core component of this future. More than just a design, research, manufacturing or teaching space, it provides industry and organisations with state-of-the-art facilities to explore conceptual ideas for manufacturing next generation products.

The Director, Swinburne Factory of the Future will provide leadership for the Swinburne Factory of the Future and facilitate engagement with industry, research, education, training and other appropriate professional activities involving staff across the University. You will also provide excellent academic leadership in research, consulting, industry partnerships, and professional activities and mentor junior academic colleagues. In collaboration with external and internal stakeholders, you appointee will provide strategic and operational support to the Swinburne Innovation Precinct and to the Manufacturing Futures Institute.

As our Director, you will contribute to innovation and R&D activities by coordinating a multi-disciplinary team of researchers, analysts, and engineers and be responsible for the delivery of high impact innovative solutions. You will direct all operations of the Factory of the Future and be responsible for the successful outcomes of this facility.

About you

To be successful in the role, you will have:

  • An earned doctoral qualification in advanced manufacturing and in particular in areas of industrial automation and/or robotics.
  • Outstanding internationally recognised track record of research and consultancy as evidenced by an extensive range of high impact industry projects in advanced manufacturing, high quality publications; a consistent history of obtaining competitive research grants and other relevant outcomes in the designated field.
  • Demonstrated ability to foster collaborative research outcomes among colleagues in a multi-disciplinary and multi-campus setting.

A full list of the selection criteria is available within the position description

What we offer

The diverse culture within Swinburne is a source of strength. We are proud to be recognised by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality 2016 and of key initiatives such as our Pride@Swinburne Strategic Action Plan and our Reconciliation Action Plan which are integral components of our 2025 vision to be world class university creating social and economic impact through science, technology and innovation.

To find out more about the extensive benefits offered to Swinburne employees please visit:

As we are a Child Safe Organisation, all appointments are subject to a valid Working with Children’s Check, therefore it will be a mandatory requirement to have and maintain a current Working with Children Check.

Please do not email or send paper applications, all applications must be submitted online.

For further information about the position, please contact Aleksandar Subic (Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Development) on 03 9214 5223).

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Recruitment team on +61 3 9214 8600 (option 2).

Position number: 32049

Applications close at 5pm on Tuesday 5th September 2017

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