Director, Centre for Crop Science

Brisbane, Australia
30 Jul 2018
End of advertisement period
12 Sep 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) is a research institute of the University of Queensland (UQ), supported by the Queensland Government (Department of Agriculture and Fisheries).

As one of the few research-intensive universities worldwide located in a subtropical environment, UQ is a global leader in agriculture and food science research in subtropical and tropical production systems.

Agriculture-related research at UQ is consistently ranked among the best in the world.

QAAFI’s vision is to improve the productivity, competitiveness and sustainability of tropical and subtropical food, fibre and agribusiness industries.

The Centre for Crop Science conducts world-leading research targeting enhanced profitability and sustainability of cereal and legume cropping systems in tropical and sub-tropical environments.

We pursue excellence in crop science at molecular, whole plant, and production system levels. Our integrated research capabilities include crop genetics, physiology, and modelling, along with soil science and weed biology. We work closely with industry and government, and seek synergies to meet challenges in crop science at a national and international level.

The role

This high-level role presents an opportunity for an outstanding individual to lead the Centre for Crop Science and to continue to build on the existing global reputation for crop science research. The role’s primary focus is the strategic direction of the Centre and the responsibilities include research leadership, guidance and stewardship of research theme leaders and working with the Institute Director and the other Centre Directors to establish strategic directions and priorities for the Institute as well as the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

The person

We are looking for a leader who will have a passion and energy to continue to grow the Centre. You must be dedicated to excellence and leadership of the Centre, ensuring skills and capabilities evolve to keep pace with emerging knowledge needs.

You will engage effectively beyond the Centre; within QAAFI, the University and with key stakeholders nationally and internationally. Effective engagement with Government bodies and Industry is essential.

You will have an international reputation in the field of crop science and demonstrated experience in a management role. An ability to secure funding in a University environment and/or the public or private sector is essential.

The University of Queensland values diversity and inclusion.

Applications are particularly encouraged from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. For further information please contact our Australian Indigenous Employment Coordinator at:

Applications are also encouraged from women.

This role is a full-time position; however flexible working arrangements may be negotiated.


This is a full-time, fixed term appointment for 5 years at Academic level E. A competitive remuneration package will be negotiated with the successful applicant.

Position Description

Download File Centre Director Crop Science PD.pdf  


To discuss this role please contact Robert Henry on +61 7 3365 0552 or

To submit an application for this role, use the Apply button below. All applicants must supply the following documents: Cover letter, Resume and responses to Selection Criteria.

For information on completing the application process click here.

Similar jobs

Similar jobs