University of Queensland

University of Queensland

Director, Australian Centre for Water and Environmental Biotechnology


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  • Australian Centre for Water and Environmental Biotechnology

  • Join a university ranked in the world's top 50

  • Multidisciplinary centre and research portfolio

  • Based at our St Lucia campus

  • About UQ

    What started as Queensland's first university in 1909, with just three faculties and 83 students, has grown into university ranked in the world's top 50 that is renowned for being a leader in teaching and research.

    When you join the University of Queensland, you're joining a community that actively strives toward creating change right across the world every day. From science and sustainability to health and humanities, our researchers are finding solutions to the world's biggest challenges. Our award-winning teachers are recognised for empowering our students to thrive as innovative thinkers and grow into the leaders of tomorrow.

    Even after 100 years of history and excellence, we haven't forgotten that UQ was founded by – and for – the people of Queensland. In 2022, we launched the Queensland commitment as part of our belief that education and opportunity should be available for all Queenslanders by breaking down personal, financial and geographical barriers. It's this commitment that re-emphasises that UQ is a place for everybody: no matter who you are, where you're from, or what challenges you've faced, you can pursue your ambitions at UQ.

    About This Opportunity

    The Australian Centre for Water and Environmental Biotechnology (ACWEB) is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in innovative water technology and management. Our research portfolio consists of six research themes that are achieving sustainable outcomes for the water industry, protecting our water resources and critical infrastructure. We're also actively connected with industry, not only through involvements in domestic and industrial water recycling and wastewater projects, but also being dedicated to the continuing education of water professionals.

    We're now seeking an internationally recognised leader to join us as our next Director and lead the forward direction of the Centre. In addition to developing and implementing a strategic vision, you'll also be responsible for the overall governance of the Centre and its operations, including research, postgraduate teaching, staff development, and financial and infrastructure management.

    We know the broader water industry and its subsequent economies are facing challenges moving forward. We're therefore after a dynamic and visionary leader who understands the broader industry, not just the academic world, to ensure the centre is focused on projects with genuine impact to the community. More local to UQ, you will also encourage not only interdisciplinary collaborations, but also continue the Centre's participation in Institution- wide projects and initiatives.

    As Centre Director, you will be expected to foster an inclusive and collegial culture, cultivating and empowering high-performance as well as forging productive, collaborative partnerships that deliver strategic value. Therefore, more than anything, you'll be an inspirational and consultative leader with a genuine focus on creating a diverse community where everyone can thrive.

    Want to Apply?

    If you'd like to have a confidential discussion or would like to obtain the full information pack, please contact Caylee-Jade Eve (Principal Advisor, Talent Acquisition) via [email protected]. As part of the internal UQ community, we're genuinely committed to finding an exceptional leader we'll continue to work with longer-term, so we'll ensure we also support you throughout the recruitment process.

    When you're ready to submit an application, we ask that you please create a profile via our careers website and upload the following documents:

  • Resume

  • Cover letter providing a highlight of your experience and key achievements

  • A brief vision statement relating to the purpose and/or expectations of the role

  • Other Information

    At UQ we know that our greatest strengths come from our diverse mix of colleagues, this is reflected in our ongoing commitment to creating an environment focused on equity, diversity and inclusion. We ensure that we are always attracting, retaining and promoting colleagues who are representative of the diversity in our broader community, whether that be gender identity, LGBTQIA+, cultural and/or linguistic, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, or people with a disability. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to [email protected]

    Relocating from interstate or overseas? We'll support you with the visa sponsorship process and a relocation support package. You can find out more about life in Australia's Sunshine State here.

    Applications close 10th of October 2023 at 11.00pm AEST (R-29702). Please note that interviews have been tentatively scheduled for the 30th October, 2023.

    Job details


    Director, Australian Centre for Water and Environmental Biotechnology


    University of Queensland




    September 13, 2023

    Application deadline

    October 20, 2023

    Job type



    Agricultural Science,Geosciences,Physics,Social Science

    About the employer

    The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia’s leading research and teaching institutions. UQ strive for excellence through the creation, preservation, transfer and application of knowledge. For more than a century, this university has educated and worked with outstanding people to deliver knowledge leadership for a better world.

    Since it was founded in Brisbane in 1909, UQ has provided exceptional study experiences, research excellence and collaborative partnerships, coupled with an unforgettable lifestyle and stunning climate, to deliver knowledge leadership for a better world. With 3 campuses and more than 40 teaching and research sites, UQ is the perfect place to teach, research and study. Take advantage of the extensive UQ features including the largest research library in Queensland, hundreds of quality study spaces, several museums, a theatre, 11 college residences, and magnificent sporting facilities, such as swimming pools, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, sports fields, Olympic-standard running tracks, and gymnasiums.

    Our high-quality range of around 390 undergraduate and postgraduate programs is one of the most comprehensive in Australia, providing students with the latest and most advanced disciplinary knowledge and industry placements informed by UQ’s world-leading research. UQ’s 6 faculties, 8 globally recognised research institutes and 100+ research centres attract an interdisciplinary community of more than 2,000 scientists, social scientists and engineers, who continue UQ’s tradition of research leadership.

    As you enjoy Queensland’s stunning campuses and climate, you can also make the most of the University’s proximity to many natural wonders – including beautiful beaches, lush rainforests, outback deserts, the Great Barrier Reef, as well as the largest sand island in the world – and visit stunning tourist attractions within an hour’s drive, such as the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, Byron Bay, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and the world-famous ‘Australia Zoo’. Within Australia, Brisbane is renowned as a friendly and affordable city, with plenty of dining and entertainment attractions, and was ranked by The Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2019 Global Liveability Index as the world’s 18th most liveable city, achieving a perfect score for education and healthcare.

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