First listed on: 25 March 2019

Deputy Director - AAHL

  • Apply your expertise in Emerging Animal Diseases.
  • Lead the Research, Diagnostic and Operational functions of one of the world's largest microbiologically secure facilities.
  • Join CSIRO's Australian Animal Health Laboratory.

The Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL), is one of the world’s largest microbiologically secure facilities. Owned and operated by CSIRO on behalf of the nation, AAHL helps to protect Australia’s livestock and aquatic industries, as well as its people. Providing access to AAHL’s world-class research infrastructure and high-quality capability contributes to solutions which address many national and global challenges.

AAHL is seeking to recruit a Deputy Director to support the Research, Diagnostic and Operational functions of AAHL.  In combination with the AAHL leadership team, the Deputy Director will provide high level input into the development and execution of a compelling strategy to maximise impact for the sector.  This position will suit a motivated and rounded leader with a strong Veterinary background in Emerging Animal Diseases, who has the ability to provide leadership to the AAHL Business Unit, and support to the Director - AAHL.  To be successful you will require substantial experience managing a complex laboratory facility and a track record in related research and organisational leadership.

In this key role you will focus on providing high level advice to staff and other senior managers, and also to members of the Executive or Business Unit Leaders.  At AAHL, this also includes providing advice to Facility users to ensure facility access processes are followed to support safe and effective access. This is a senior role that facilitates the strategic development of organisational capability, provides leadership and scientific support to AAHL’s national and international engagements and collaborations, and ensures the AAHL National Facility operation is effectively and efficiently supporting science and research in a high biological containment laboratory as a key element of Australia’s biosecurity infrastructure.  As the Deputy Director you will maintain AAHL’s international designations as OIE, FAO and WHO reference laboratories and collaborating centers. You will also provide animal health and biosecurity advice to DAWR, Animal Health Australia (AHA), and other national, State and Territory authorities.

To be appointable to this position you must be able to meet AAHL’s Microbiological Security and Security Clearance requirements.

For more information comprehensive please view the Position Description

Location:      Geelong, VIC
Tenure:          Indefinite
Salary:           $160K - $201K + up to 15.4% superannuation
Reference:    61026

To be successful you will need:

  • A veterinary degree registrable with Veterinary Boards in Australia or registration by examination with an Australian Veterinary Board,
  • A PhD qualification in a relevant scientific discipline (e.g., biological, microbiological, bio-medical, agricultural or veterinary science), or other relevant higher degree, and significant relevant experience at senior executive level.
  • Substantial experience in the management of a complex laboratory facility, including the inter-related issues of bio-risk management, compliance with regulatory requirements and meeting national expectations in terms of the contribution of the laboratory to disease preparedness and response.
  • A strong history of establishing and working effectively in teams, and a record of leadership which encourages new ideas, builds trust and provides support for the development of emerging skills, including influencing staff in observing corporate and professional standards, acting as trusted advisers, fostering effective client relationships, and ensuring alignment between client needs and CSIRO’s research objectives applicable to livestock industries, human health and the community.
  • A broad understanding of the importance and impact of disease in production agriculture, and of the importance of effective diagnosis and control of exotic disease to global trade in animals, animal products, human health and the environment.
  • Proven high-level liaison and negotiation skills and sensitivity to the diverse political and national pressures operating in the field of exotic disease control, trade and/or One Health.
Special Requirements:
To be eligible for this position you must be willing and able to:
  • Adhere to CSIRO AAHL microbiological security requirements, other Australian Security requirements applicable to the position and HSE policies.
  • Be vaccinated against influenza, rabies, hepatitis B, Japanese encephalitis or other agents as specified if required for the role performed.

For more information please view the Position Description

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Flexible Working Arrangements

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Applications Close

29 April 2019

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