First listed on: 24 August 2021

Research Director Human Health


The Opportunity

  • Lead CSIRO’s newly formed Human Health Research Program
  • Create national & global impact through critical research into human health threats
  • Truly flexible and collaborative workplace. Find the right balance for you!

Following a strategic review, CSIRO is seeking to appoint a Research Director to lead the newly formed Human Health Research Program. This research program will expand our national and global impact by delivering R&D that drives a shift toward improved preparedness against human health threats, and enhanced quality of life for all Australians across their lifespan. The program’s critical focus areas are:

  • R&D to increase biothreat preparedness and resilience to emerging infectious diseases;
  • Innovation, validation, and clinical integration associated with novel human diagnostic tools; and
  • Development and validation of precision solutions that enable proactive health management.

The Research Director will lead a team of approximately 90 multi-disciplinary scientists and operational staff who are located across multiple sites. Reporting to the Health & Biosecurity (H&B) Business Unit Director, the Research Director will form part of the H&B Leadership Team and be accountable for the delivery of specific elements of the Business Unit’s overall impact, science and financial objectives, as well as the ongoing development of its strategy.

Demonstrated strong links with relevant industry partners across the health sector, government agencies, universities and health and medical research institutes is key to the success of this role, as is business/commercial acumen and an extensive and relevant track record in translation and commercialisation of health sector R&D. The Research Director must be a strategic and collaborative leader with significant change management experience and demonstrated commitment to progressing inclusion and promoting diversity.

Your duties will include:

  • Identify new opportunities and markets for commercialising health sector R&D;
  • Build strategic relationships with relevant domestic and international stakeholders across the health ecosystem;
  • Leadership that drives a high-performance R&D culture of science excellence, creativity, innovation and translation;
  • Promote and maintain internal and external collaborations;
  • Build long term science capability to support the delivery of the Program’s research and impact, including forecasting demand, monitoring science trends and stakeholder needs;
  • Effectively develop and lead change initiatives for the Program and the Business Unit;
  • Inspire staff and sustain and nurture awareness of the Health & Biosecurity business unit’s vision, science quality and impact in the broader Australian community;
  • Attract, develop and retain world class talent which meet current and future needs - in the short and longer term.

Location: Adelaide (SA), Sydney (NSW), Geelong or Melbourne (Vic), although other capital cities will be considered.
Salary: An attractive senior salary package will be offered to the successful candidate.
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years
Reference: CHBHH21

To be considered you will need:

  • A doctorate and/or equivalent research experience in medical diagnostics/technologies; infectious diseases and pandemic preparedness; or human health,
  • Significant experience leading  a strategic project portfolio, from emerging science opportunities to health and medical technology translation and commercialisation.
  • Evidence of strong industry and government engagement in the health sector and ability to develop/strengthen relationships to grown high impact opportunities.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of health, medical technology trends, and pandemic preparedness.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and engage productive teams, manage performance, undertake strategic planning, drive and implement change to operationalise the strategic vision for staff.
  • Demonstrated experience developing and implementing inter- or intra- organisational strategic collaborations that address national and international challenges in the health and biosecurity domains.
  • Demonstrated track record in leading a complex, multi-site business including managing financial and physical resources and creating a safe and healthy workplace.

For full details about this role please review the Position Description


To be eligible to work in CSIRO you must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or either hold, or be able to obtain, a valid working visa.

The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent. Additional integrity checks may be required for specific roles which require security clearance for working with children, Australian Government cybersecurity requirements or other identified security roles.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

How to Apply

Candidates are requested to provide the following:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover Letter – outlining the motivation and relevant capabilities and experience you could bring to this role.  This document should not be longer than two pages.
  • Contact details for three Referees – Referees will only be contacted after prior consultation with the candidate. It is the candidate's responsibility to ensure that their referees are willing to provide reports when contacted by CSIRO.
  • Date of commencement – An indication of the earliest date on which the candidate could commence in the position.

For further information about the role please contact Terri Ward at



Applications Close

20 Sept 2021, 11:00pm AEST/AEDT

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