First listed on: 13 April 2017

Director, Centre for Southern Hemisphere Ocean Research

  • Provide scientific leadership for the Centre for Southern Hemisphere Oceans Research
  • Build collaborations between Centre partners and researchers
  • Provide vision for high-impact, innovative scientific research.

The Position

The Centre for Southern Hemisphere Oceans Research (CSHOR) is a long-term research collaboration between Qingdao National Laboratory for Marine Science and Technology (QNLM) in China and CSIRO’s Oceans and Atmosphere. QNLM and CSIRO have entered into a five year Agreement together with CSHOR Australian partners, the University of New South Wales and University of Tasmania. The goal of CSHOR is to improve our understanding of how the southern hemisphere oceans influence global and regional climate, including the climate of Australia and China.

Through the CSHOR Steering Committee, CSIRO and QNLM are seeking an outstanding researcher, with an international reputation in climate system science (ideally in ocean and/or atmospheric research), to lead this new collaboration and direct the research of the Centre.  Working with the Research Leadership Team, the Centre Director will provide scientific leadership for the Centre’s Annual Research Program, including the development of a portfolio of world-class research that significantly advances the science and meets the goals of the Centre.  the Centre Director will have primary accountability for the Centre’s research delivery and performance.

CSHOR is an exciting new opportunity for CSIRO’s Climate Science Centre and QNLM, as it will enhance the research quality and impact of both. Given this, applicants will need to demonstrate the attributes and qualifications as described in the selection criteria at interview.

Location: Hobart, TAS is preferred
Salary: AUD $152K - AUD $191K plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 5 years (full-time or part-time 0.5)
Reference: 36742

To be successful you will need:

  • An international reputation as an outstanding researcher in a relevant Earth System Science domain such as climate, atmospheric or ocean science. This will include a PhD and at least five years’ postdoctoral research experience,
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to use complex negotiation and influencing strategies, and the capacity to identify and influence critical stakeholders.
  • An outstanding record of quality publications as primary author in high impact, peer reviewed journals.
  • Demonstrated ability to create and manage strategic alliances.
  • Experience in successfully leading large and complex research projects.
  • Successful track record in project/program management and delivery, including: governance; budgets and resource allocation; risk management; strategic and operational planning; monitoring and evaluation; and delivery against milestones.
  • Deep commitment to the CSHOR goals – especially advancing our knowledge of Southern Hemisphere ocean processes and building the collaboration between QNLM and the Australian research partners (CSIRO Climate Science Centre, UNSW and U.Tas).
  • Strong credibility within the CSHOR research community, and the broader CSIRO and QNLM agencies.

Who we are: The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

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How to Apply:  Please provide enough information relevant to the selection criteria for this position to enable the selection panel to determine your suitability.  Upload one document containing your CV/resume and cover letter. 

Before you apply please view the full position description and selection criteria here:  Position Details Document

Applications Close:  11:59pm AEST, 3 May 2017

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