chief science officer

natural hazards research australia

  • key strategic leadership appointment
  • shape the Centre’s future direction
  • location open

Interested in shaping direction and contributing as an integral member of the executive leadership team of this ‘for purpose’ entity?

Natural Hazards Research Australia is being established as a world-leading research centre for natural hazard resilience and disaster risk reduction.  It will be one of Australia’s largest repositories of research data, products and applications aimed at mitigating the occurrence and impact of natural hazards. It will build on research into bushfires and natural hazards including the work of the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre and its predecessor, the Bushfire CRC.

This key leadership appointment is critical to the success of the Centre.  Working closely with the CEO, executive leadership team, end-users and research partners, the CSO will drive thought leadership and be the primary authority for the research direction of the Centre.   The role has accountability for the strategic development of research programs that meet end-user needs, quality control and reporting to the Board on the direction and progress of the research portfolio.  Location is open as the Centre has no formal head office and will operate through nodes in the states and territories.

The role will appeal to an internationally recognised research leader in emergency management, emergency response, disaster recovery, natural hazards or public policy development.  Tertiary qualified in a relevant discipline to doctorate level, you bring a strong understanding of the operations of government and private sector agencies, and considerable experience and solid track record in key aspects of the initiation, negotiation and management tracking of research programs.  Your highly developed relationship, networking and presentation skills coupled with the capacity to achieve results within a dynamic, forward-thinking organisation will guarantee success.  Sound like you?

We particularly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, culturally and linguistically diverse people, people with disability, LGBTIQ+ people, and people with family and caring responsibilities.

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Any Australian capital city
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