Experienced, visionary leaders in business, science and government are invited to submit expressions of interest in becoming the Australian Square Kilometre Array Project Director.
The Australian Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Project Director will be appointed by and report to the Secretary of the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education, the Australian Government Department responsible for Australia’s involvement in the international SKA project. This significant appointment will coordinate and advise on Australia’s interests in the SKA project, engage with the international SKA Organisation and community and develop frameworks for Australian participation in all phases of the SKA project.
As Australian SKA Project Director, you will provide leadership, in consultation with government, industry and the research sector, to enhance Australia’s project participation and maximise opportunities available to Australian businesses and researchers. The Australian SKA Project Director will represent Australia as Science Representative to the SKA Organisation Board.
Specifically, the Project Director is required to:
• Work with and advise Australian federal and state governments and the New Zealand Government to coordinate SKA activities
• Advise on management of radio astronomy facilities and infrastructure associated with the SKA project
• Prepare long-term strategic planning for SKA construction and operation in Australia, and Australia’s participation in the international SKA project
• Represent Australia on the SKA Organisation Board of Directors as the second director
• Liaise with Australian industry regarding their engagement in the SKA project
• Ensure the Minister and Secretary of the Department are fully advised on matters associated with Australia’s participation in the SKA project.
Key qualities of the Australian SKA Project Director include:
• Outstanding leadership within an internationally-oriented organisation or project;
• Management skills, including project management, within a world-class science organisation or related facility;
• High level qualifications in an appropriate scientific discipline;
• Expertise in, and an international reputation for, research in astronomical science or related field highly desirable.
The appointment will be from February 2013 to 30 June 2015 (with potential for renewal subject to the status of the SKA project) and is based primarily in Canberra. Frequent travel to Western Australia is anticipated along with some overseas travel. The role will require a security clearance. Non-Australian citizens may apply.
If you are interested in this position, please email an expression of interest comprising your resume, a statement (of no more than three pages) addressing your suitability for the position and contacts for two referees.
An attractive remuneration package will be negotiated with the successful applicant.
For more information about this opportunity please visit the website at www.innovation.gov.au/careers
Alternatively, inquiries can be directed to David Luchetti on (02) 6213 6068 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Expressions of interest close 11:30pm (AEDT), Thursday, 31 January 2013.
How to Apply: All applications should be lodged electronically via www.innovation.gov.au/careers