First listed on: 06 June 2019

Diagnostic, Surveillance and Response (DSR) Research Director - AAHL

  • Apply your leadership, veterinary and bio-risk management expertise.
  • Provide direction and leadership for a portfolio of projects focused on animal health and biosecurity.
  • The Australian Animal Health Laboratory - protecting Australia from emerging infectious disease threats
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 appoint an AAHL Research Director - AAHL to lead the Diagnostic Surveillance and Response (DSR) Program of AAHL. The program consists of approximately 100 staff with the core function to deliver to Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR). The program also has a portfolio of projects focused on animal health and biosecurity, and fee-for-service testing to enable import/export of animals and biological products. CSIRO is looking for a motivated and rounded leader with strong veterinary expertise and customer focus to provide leadership to the DSR Program.  In combination with the AAHL leadership team, you will provide high level input into the development and execution of a compelling strategy to maximise impact for the sector. 
As the DSR Research Director, you will support the AAHL Directorate to maintain AAHL’s international designations as OIE, FAO and WHO reference laboratories and collaborating centres and will provide animal health and biosecurity advice to DAWR, Animal Health Australia (AHA), and other national, State and Territory authorities.

As the successful candidate, you will also be accountable for driving operations within the DSR Program with a strong focus on HSE (Health, Safety and Environment) culture and performance, work-force planning including staff development and succession, project delivery and financial performance.
Location:      Geelong, Vic
Tenure:         Specified term of 3 years
Salary:          Attractive salary package is negotiable.
Reference:   62036

To be successful you will need
  • The ability to meet AAHL Security Assessment and Microbiological security requirements.
  • A veterinary degree registrable with the Veterinary Board of the State of Victoria in Australia.
  • An established reputation and credibility in the relevant science domain with evidence of effective world-class science leadership including experience in the management of a group/program within complex laboratory facility, including the inter-related issues of bio-risk management, compliance with regulatory requirements and meeting national expectations for disease preparedness and response.
  • Demonstrated ability to attract, retain, empower and develop world class talent and to promote wellbeing and foster creativity in multidisciplinary teams of approximately 100 staff to provide solutions applicable to livestock industries, human health and the community.
  • Evidence of strong engagement skills and strategic relationship management that grows new science opportunities and supports commercial outcomes whilst having sensitivity to the diverse political and national pressures operating in the field of exotic disease control, trade and/or One Health.
For more information please view the Position Description
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We’re working hard to recruit diverse people and ensure all our people feel supported to do their best work and empowered to let their ideas flourish.  D&I Strategy
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We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work.  Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you. Balance
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Applications Close
9 July 2019

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