Deputy Director, Health & Biosecurity

Date Posted: 28 Nov 2023

Location: Melbourne, VIC, AU | Adelaide, SA, AU | Sydney, NSW, AU | Canberra, ACT, AU | Brisbane, QLD, AU | Perth, WA, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The Opportunity

  • Engage with collaboration partners, industry, government and across the business to advance world-class science delivery
  • Leverage CSIRO’s unique research and innovation capabilities to create national and global impact through critical research into human health and biosecurity threats
  • Translate science to industry impact as a key leader in Australia’s National Science Agency


The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is one of the world’s largest and most successful publicly funded research and development organisations. We are committed to outcome-focused research that will generate economic, environmental and social benefits. We maximise the impact we deliver for the Australia by focusing on solving its greatest challenges. As Australia’s national science and engineering agency our innovation and excellence places us in the top ten applied research agencies in the world. We’re the people behind Wi-Fi, soft contact lenses and the Hendra virus vaccine – and we’re Australia’s leading patent holder.


About the Health and Biosecurity Business Unit
The Health and Biosecurity (H&B) business unit is one of nine impact science business units in CSIRO, dedicated to conducting world class multidisciplinary scientific research and development that addresses the complexity and interdependencies of human, animal and environmental health and biosecurity challenges across Australia and the world, thus improving prevention, detection and responses to health and biosecurity threats. Health and Biosecurity Business Unit - CSIRO


The Role
We are looking for our next Deputy Director for this world-class Business Unit – Health and Biosecurity (H&B), to provide high level strategic leadership that ensures the H&B Business Unit remains globally scientifically competitive and impactful. Reporting to the BU Director, the Deputy Director forms a significant member of both the H&B Business Unit Leadership Team and the CSIRO Science Council and will deputise for the Business Unit Director as required. In conjunction to holding a leadership role in the establishment and delivery of the scientific vision and the direction for the Business Unit, the Deputy Director will also oversee the delivery of H&B’s Future Science Platforms (FSPs) and Missions to ensure that CSIRO remains scientifically impactful, competitive and future focussed on both a national and global scale. 


Exceptional stakeholder engagement and partnership skills will be required to create opportunities for collaboration (both internally and externally to CSIRO) on significant national science initiatives and projects (from early-stage research to commercialisation) to shape science capability that meets future science opportunities, program goals and impact pathways and that ensures optimal outcomes for Australia and the world. Monitoring long-term economic and science trends to forecast capability demand and identify medium and long-term plans for scientific infrastructure will be essential. 


About You:

To be considered for this exciting leadership role, you will be an engaging senior leader with a deep knowledge, and expertise in, the health and biosecurity research and development sector. You have exceptional interpersonal, influencing and communication skills, combined with a proven ability to form and maintain collaborative working relationships with executive stakeholders both internal and external to your organisation nationally and internationally. 

In addition, you bring:

  • Demonstrated experience working within or across multidisciplinary organisations, and an understanding of complex corporate systems and processes. 
  • Experience establishing future focussed and visionary strategies and operationalising these.
  • A proven track record leading a multidisciplinary cohort of staff; with an inspirational staff leadership style and a proven ability to empower staff while creating a collaborative and innovative culture where people thrive. 
  • Strong business acumen; a results-oriented approach and formidable financial skills.
  • A proven track record in leading collaborative change.
  • A degree in conjunction with demonstrated achievement in senior leadership roles within the health and biosecurity sectors, ideally with postgraduate qualifications. 

For more information, please view the position description.


Location:            Ideally Canberra or Melbourne, however other capital city sites may be considered where CSIRO has H&B staff
Salary:                Attractive Salary plus Motor Vehicle Allowance plus up to 15.4% super, based on experience and negotiable for the right candidate
Tenure:               Specified Term of 3 years - Full-time



Applications for this position are open to Australian, New Zealand Citizens and Australian Permanent Residents. Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.


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. 

CSIRO is committed to values-based leadership to inspire performance and unlock the potential of our people.

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!


How to Apply

Please apply on-line with a cover letter or executive summary (of no more than 2 pages long) with your CV, both of which outline your motivations for applying and your key skills and experience to enable you to meet the requirements of this role.


Applications Close

14th January 2024, 11:00pm AEST/AEDT


We encourage early applications as we reserve the right to close the advertising early if we find our desired candidate. Late applications will not be accepted.

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