Deputy Director (External Engagement) University of Queensland, Queensland Brain Institute Australia

Deputy Director (External Engagement)

Job no:505656

Area:Queensland Brain Institute

Salary (FTE):By Negotiation

Work type:Full Time - Fixed Term

Location: St Lucia

Queensland Brain Institute

The Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) works to understand the development, organisation and function of the brain. We aim to understand the neural circuits in the brain, how their function results in behavioural outcomes, and how dysfunction of these circuits leads to disorders such as dementia, Parkinson’s disease and schizophrenia. We aim to (1) Develop novel therapeutic approaches to treat disorders of neural function and (2) Use our understanding of brain function to improve learning in classrooms and in the workplace.


Established in 2003, QBI is housed on the St Lucia campus of UQ. It is home to more than 450 staff and students, including 41 group leaders.


Over the past decade QBI has become known as one of the world’s leading neuroscience research institutes. It played a key role in contributing to UQ attaining the highest possible score of 5 for neuroscience, in both the 2010, 2012, and 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) reviews, one of only two universities in Australia to achieve this.


Information about the Institute may be accessed on the Institute’s web site at


The role
Your overall responsibility will be to execute the strategic direction of the Institute in collaboration with the QBI Director and with support of the QBI Management Team. Performing a broad range of responsibilities the primary focus of the position is to engage with external stakeholders and provide continuous strategic development for enhancement of collaborative and new ventures. The primary purpose of this role is to develop a business strategy for the Institute to achieve financial sustainability through engaging with the University, business, industry, government and philanthropy, maximise resources to sustain the Institute’s researchers, and increase research performance.


The person
Applicants should possess a postgraduate qualification in commerce, management, administration and/or a qualification in a relevant area. You should have a demonstrated ability to establish effective relationships and to represent and promote organisational units like the Institute at a university and wider community level, including industry, government and professional bodies. You will be a strong leader who is able to work in a complex organisational environment and contribute to the strategic planning, implementation and policy formulation. Extensive experience in a management, engagement and/or strategic role in a must.


The University of Queensland values diversity and inclusion.


This role is a full-time position; however flexible working arrangements may be negotiated.


This is a full-time, fixed term appointment for 2 year with possible extension and the remuneration package will be negotiated with the successful candidate.


Position Description
Download File QBI - Deputy Director (External Engagement).pdf


To discuss this role please contact Pankaj Sah, Director, Queensland Brain Institute on 3346 6311 or email


To submit an application for this role, use the Apply button below. All applicants must supply the following documents: Cover letter, Resume and Selection Criteria responses.


For information on completing the application process click here.


Application Closing Date
13th January 2019


Advertised: 18 Dec 2018

Applications close: 13 Jan 2019 (11:55 PM) E. Australia Standard Time

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