First listed on: 15 June 2022

Program Leader, Immune Resilience Future Science Platform


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The Opportunity

  • Lead the Future Science Platform to advance the immune resilience of humans and animals  
  • Continue the ACDP’s important work in advancing vaccines for emerging pathogens
  • Senior leadership role in Australia's national scientific and technology research organisation

The Program Leader - Immune Resilience Future Science Platform (IR-FSP) will be an impact driven, entrepreneurial and a collaborative science leader who actively develops and manages an exciting portfolio of science across several application domains and across CSIRO.

The Immune Resilience FSP aims to build CSIRO’s capability at the cutting edge of immune-based technologies, positioning CSIRO to achieve real-world impact.  A key objective is to exploit the fundamental understanding of the immune system to develop and test novel strategies to  build resilience against pathogens and parasites across the animal to human continuum.

Designed as an interconnected platform, we strive to synergise core capabilities and technologies to tackle far reaching goals such as:

  • Innovative vaccines resulting from a better understanding of the developing immune system, allowing us to modulate early and long-term protection in newborns, or in ovo.
  • Immune-engineering in animals to enable immune resilience to changing environments.
  • Algorithm-based reading of immune systems to develop biomarker-based diagnostics. 

As a member of the ACDP Leadership Team, the Leader of the Immune Resilience FSP will set the vision, strategy and lead a program of research to develop future science capability aligned with the strategies of contributing CSIRO business units.  

Reporting to the ACDP’s Deputy Director, the Leader will manage three science leads and be responsible for overseeing a team of nine postdoctoral fellows who are located across various sites and business units. This is a senior role that will generate impact through facilitating the strategic development of organisational capability in partnership with industry, government, and the Australian and international innovation system. 

Your duties will include:

Location: Preference for Geelong, VIC; other locations will be considered 
Salary: $169k to $212k (pro-rata for part-time) + up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 4 years
Reference: 82602

To be considered you will need:


Under CSIRO policy only those who meet all essential criteria can be appointed. 

  • A doctorate (or an equivalent combination of qualifications and research experience) in a relevant field within animal, veterinary or human health sciences, combined with experience and understanding in a field relevant to immunology. 
  • Established reputation, credibility, record of innovation and creativity underpinned by science excellence, in a relevant science area. 
  • Evidence of successful initiation, and leadership of scientific research in a field of relevance to the FSP’s science domains. 
  • Demonstrated ability to empower and develop world class talent and to promote wellbeing and foster creativity in, and across, multidisciplinary, regionally dispersed teams. 
  • Demonstrated track record of strong engagement skills and strategic relationship management that grows new research partnerships and opportunities for future outcomes. 
  • Experience in the implementation and development of strategically aligned research activities with demonstrated knowledge/understanding of scientific and logistical challenges  


  • Working understanding of the CSIRO Future Science Platform model and a good understanding of CSIRO strategy, research models and operations. 

For full details about this role please view the Position Description. 


Applications for this position are open to Australian Citizens, New Zealand Citizens, and Australian Permanent Residents. International candidates who can hold a valid working permit for the duration of the appointment, as well as meeting security clearance requirements, are also eligible to apply. 

Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements. Please see the position description for further details. 

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

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

30 July 2022, 11:00pm AEST/AEDT

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