Deputy Director Research Leadership

Darwin, Australia
19 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
21 May 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Develop new research initiatives and drive existing research programs
  • Tropical Darwin based role

Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) is one of Australia’s leading medical research institutes dedicated to finding enduring solutions to health problems that matter. Menzies’ focus is upon improving the health and wellbeing of people throughout Australia and across the region with particular emphasis upon the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Affiliated with Charles Darwin University and with research divisions including: Child Health; Centre for Child Development and Education; Global and Tropical Health; and Well being and Preventable Chronic Diseases; Menzies is globally renowned for its research into tropical life-threatening illnesses.

The Deputy Director Research Leadership (DDRL) will support and enhance existing research programs and develop new research initiatives aligned with Menzies’ Strategic Plan, Menzies 2021.  The DDRL will contribute to the strategic development of research and education policies and procedures and plan and review research performance to ensure effective leadership and collaboration. The DDRL’s success will be measured upon their ability to foster an environment where academic staff, including doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers,can achieve excellence, are successful in winning grants, and have opportunities for career advancement. It is expected that the DDRL will continue to undertake high-quality research of an international standing, supervise higher degree students and research fellows, and remain active in scholarship and publication.

This outstanding opportunity will suit a PhD qualified research leader with a proven reputation in a relevant field of health research aligned with one or more of Menzies’ core research strengths, and a track record in securing competitive research funding.The DDRL will need outstanding conceptual and strategic thinking skills; a proven capacity to provide leadership within a strategic framework; and the ability to communicate effectively across various educational, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds; including working in partnership with Indigenous communities. In order to effectively negotiate academic development matters with executive management, external bodies and individuals, claims upon this appointment will be supported by sound collaborative capabilities and interpersonal skills.

For a confidential discussion and to receive further details, please contact Paul Hillat Odgers Berndtson Executive Search, on +61 407 766 756 or email

Application should reach Odgers Berndtson no later than COB Monday 21 May 2018.