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Chief Scientist

Job Title: Chief Scientist
Job Type: Permanent
Location: Tasmania, Australia
Industry: Public Sector
Reference: BBBH27638_1605763387
Job Published 19th November 2020

The Australian Antarctic Division (AAD), within the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, is responsible for Australia's presence and activities in the Australian Antarctic Territory and the Southern Ocean. The AAD based in Tasmania leads Australia's Antarctic Program to deliver Australia's national interests and vision for future engagement in Antarctica as set out in the Australian Antarctic Strategy and 20 Year Action Plan.

The AAD is currently going through a significant transformation program, with several major projects that present many opportunities for innovation in science delivery and application. The projects include the new icebreaker, RSV Nuyina, a new Antarctic traverse capability to deliver the Million Year Ice Core project, and activities to support year-round aviation access to Antarctica.

The Chief Scientist leads, coordinates and implements Australia's Antarctic Science Program, and the achievement of the Australian Antarctic Science Strategic Plan. This Executive level role also leads the engagement with the national and international Antarctic science community on behalf of the Department.

As a member of the AAD Executive, the role is part of the strategic decision-making team responsible for delivering a transformational agenda to progress Australia's Antarctic Program. The Chief Scientist is also General Manager of the Science Branch, responsible for the strategic and operational management, leading a large high performing team to advance and deliver science that informs the development of sound environmental policy.

At a time of unprecedented focus and spending on Australia's presence in Antarctica, we are seeking a strategic leader who can effectively engage stakeholders in a compelling vision for how Australia's Antarctic Science program can support Australia's strategic interests. You will have strong credibility in the leadership of complex multidisciplinary science programs, and we encourage applications from talented executives with relevant experience in the private, NGO and public sectors.

The AAD is committed to inclusion and diversity in research or other programs, and an unwavering commitment to increase participation in science from people from diverse backgrounds and progress an agenda to support the development of new generations of Women in STEM.

Candidate information:

Please click here to download a copy of the candidate information pack. For more information please email AAD@derwentsearch.com.au or call Andrew McEncroe or Kate Bromley at Derwent on 02 9091 3282, reference #27638.

To apply:

Please provide a cover letter highlighting your suitability for the role and a resume by the due date.

Applications close Sunday, 29 November 2020.