Chief Scientist

Ref: 4521

Queensland Government

Brisbane - Flexible

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Role Managed by:

Lara Connolly

Research Associate

t: +61 (0) 2 8354 4025


Primary Practice Group: Global Non-Profit Practice

Salary & Benefits: Competitive

Closing Date: 08/03/2020

Queensland Government – Chief Scientist

The Queensland Chief Scientist plays a key role in ensuring an impactful research and development agenda for Queensland that brings together government, universities, research organisations, industry, and community. The role provides significant leadership in order to inform sound science policy; promote public understanding and engagement with science and technology; develop science investment priorities; position Queensland as a global R&D hub and a strategic contributor to the domestic R&D agenda; and stay true to the DES’s commitment to diversity and to promote the interests of First Nations people and cultures.  The role reports to the Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Science, and the Arts, and provides strategic advice to the Premier, Ministers and departments across the Queensland Government.

This is an outstanding opportunity to provide leadership in order to continue to strengthen Queensland’s contribution to and reputation in science and technology development while driving initiatives with genuine social impact. The successful candidate will be an inspirational leader with experience of complex organisations. They will also be a distinguished scientist, with strong credibility in the scientific and innovation community and deep understanding of contemporary science and technology trends as they apply to Queensland’s R&D capability. They will prove a compelling and diplomatic communicator, able to inspire and engage with a range of stakeholders across science, research, industry, government and community, as well as a keen and agile problem-solver able to navigate complex policy matters. Their leadership behaviors will be impeccable and reflective of DES’ strong values orientation and commitment to diversity.

Enquiries to be directed at or on +61 (2) 8354 4000.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon 8th March 2020


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