Edith Cowan University (ECU) has appointed Dr Margaret Jones as the Director of the Office of Research and Innovation.


Dr Jones has joined ECU from Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, where she was working as an Independent International Research Specialist with a range of clients including the National Research Foundation and the WA Trade Office.


In her new role Dr Jones will be responsible for strengthening ECU’s research and commercialisation profile by establishing collaborative links within Australia and internationally.


 “My goal is to enhance research capacity at ECU and this includes working within my office to establish improved grants and contract operating procedures, while being responsive to ECU researchers’ needs,” Dr Jones said.


“We will be nurturing and developing our junior researchers and future leaders; expanding our program of researcher professional development; and seeking to increase ECU’s researcher profiles locally, nationally and internationally,” said Dr Jones.


Dr Jones has an honours degree from the University of Western Australia and a PhD from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) in molecular biology.


Her professional experience includes a postdoctoral position at Monash University, followed by 10 years at Prince Henry's Institute of Medical Research as a Senior Research Fellow (including a prestigious NHMRC RD Wright Fellowship), working alongside Professor Evan Simpson.