First listed on: 02 April 2024

Unique opportunity to shape the future of research infrastructure at one of Australia's leading universities. 

  • Top 100 university with an ambitious strategy including academic excellence, social engagement and global impact
  • Professor or Associate Professor appointment (Level D or E)
  • 5 year fixed term contract 

The Opportunity

The Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre (MWAC) is recognised as a leading centre nationally that delivers a comprehensive suite of core research facilities. It has a strong culture of collaboration with its research stakeholders. Major stakeholders are in Science, Engineering and Medicine, with support provided to all Faculties as well as external users. Recently MWAC has undergone significant expansion, notably in adding new facilities to support health and biomedical research. Further immediate growth is in the pipeline, including in support of the Randwick Health and Innovation Precinct, with new facilities and services coming online in 2024. 

Reporting to Pro Vice-Chancellor Research Infrastructure, Grainne Moran,you will lead MWAC through its next developmental phase. Overall responsibilities include:

  • Develop and execute the strategic vision for MWAC in alignment with UNSW's strategic priorities
  • Lead a team of dedicated facility Directors and support staff to deliver short- and long-term plans for MWAC
  • Cultivate partnerships with internal and external stakeholders to secure funding and enhance research infrastructure.
  • Collaborate across the organisation to support the research aspirations of our stakeholders
  • Oversee the planning and implementation of initiatives to support the Randwick Health and Innovation Precinct. 

The Organisation

UNSW isn’t like other places you’ve worked. Yes, we’re a large organisation with a diverse and talented community; a community doing extraordinary things. But what makes us different isn’t only what we do, it’s how we do it. Together, we are driven to be thoughtful, practical, and purposeful in all we do. Taking this combined approach is what makes our work matter. It’s the reason we’re Australia’s number one university for impact and among the nation’s Top 20 employers.

 Benefits and Culture: 

UNSW offer a competitive salary and access to benefits including:

  • Hybrid/Flexible working
  • Additional 3 days of leave over the Christmas Period
  • Access to learning and career development
  • Progressive HR practices
  • Discounts and entitlements  
  • Affordable on-campus parking 

About the successful applicant

You have a PhD a PhD in a Science/Engineering/Medical Sciences discipline relevant to MWAC's mission as well as: -

  • Proven track record in leading strategic research infrastructure programs
  • Experience in securing funding from government agencies, industry partners, and other sources
  • Strong leadership skills with the ability to inspire and lead a diverse team
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills for effective stakeholder engagement.
  • Commitment to fostering a collaborative and inclusive research environment.

 To Apply: If leading the future development of world-class research facilities in a G08 university is of interest to you, please submit your CV, Cover Letter and your Response to Skills and Experience required (see the Position Description) via the APPLY button. 


Shiree Thomas, Talent Acquisition Consultant:

Grainne Moran, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research Infrastructure:

Applications close:  11.55pm, Tuesday 30th April 2024

 UNSW is committed to equity diversity and inclusion. Applications from women, people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, those living with disabilities, members of the LGBTIQ+ community; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged. UNSW provides workplace adjustments for people with disability, and access to flexible work options for eligible staff. 

The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment. 

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