First listed on: 08 January 2021
Group Leader Naval Platform Survivability


Executive Level 2 (S&T Level 7)
$142,470 - $160,330 (plus super)
Fishermans Bend - VIC

The Role
The Group Leader will lead and inspire their staff to push the frontiers of science and technology, and work with the Science Technology Capability (STC) experts at a conceptual level to create new scientific insights. They will maintain awareness and demonstrate an understanding of the research methods and scientific principles related to material design for submarine and ship structures, vulnerability assessments of ship structures and systems, fire, damage control technologies and methodologies, recoverability modelling, atmosphere habitability and modelling, simulations and experimentation related to supporting an integrated ship survivability assessment capability. This STC supports the provision of advice to support Defence maritime acquisitions, sustainment and operations across the capability life cycle of the platform to ensure safer and survivable platforms.

About our Team
The Group Leader Naval Platform Survivability Group is part of the Maritime Division and is within the Maritime Platform Performance (MPP) Major Science and Technology Capability (MSTC). The research in the MSTC covers naval architectures, power and energy systems, material design, platform vulnerability and recoverability. The outcomes are to improve the operations and sustainability of the present and future Navy fleet via a good understanding of the people, platforms and systems for the life of the capability.

The Naval Platform Survivability Group leads the research and development of material design, vulnerability and recoverability modelling and technologies of surface ships and submarines for the ADF. We support Defence in expert advice, design assurance activities and the transitioning of innovative methods and solutions to Navy to ensure the present and future fleet is available, operational and with a sustained presence. We achieve this by partnering with both international and nationally organisations to remain at the cutting edge of scientific developments in the area of Naval Platform Survivability.

Our Ideal Candidate
The Group Leader will demonstrate science excellence through research to high international standards, whilst solving the most challenging and valued problems for Defence. By doing so you will lead the application of new scientific knowledge from a wide range of sources to Defence related research. They will be responsible for influencing and developing strategies, policies, priorities and operational practices in support of Defence objectives based on high level decision-making and judgement. They will provide strategic advice to senior management and stakeholders as well as leading and assuming accountability for highly complex work or sensitive projects that have strategic, political or operational significance.

The Group Leader will be accountable for enhancing Defence leading edge capability, by understanding the strategic context and responding flexibly to a rapidly evolving environment. You will manage a range of human and physical resources and exercise the associated people and financial responsibilities to achieve business objectives, optimising resource allocation. You will lead transdisciplinary teams, using an agile, outcome-focused approach to program execution.

The Group Leader will manage increasing and highly complex workloads within an integrated workforce. As a trusted collaborator, you will consult widely, share information and drive knowledge transfer with a network of stakeholders internally and externally. As an innovator, you will actively create opportunities to transition science and technology into Defence business objectives. You will be accountable to contribute towards ongoing self-improvement and professional development.

Application Closing Date: Friday 29 January, 2021

For further information, please review the job information pack, reference DSTG/05808/20 on


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