FutureLab Director and Woodside Chair
Monash University, FutureLab

FutureLab Director and Woodside Chair


Job No.: 601957

Location: Clayton campus

Employment Type: Full-time

Duration: 5-year Fixed-term appointment 

Remuneration: A competitive remuneration package will apply 

  • Lead an ambitious agenda

  • Help to solve global challenges

International, excellent, enterprising and inclusive, Monash is Australia’s largest university – with 70,000 students from more than 170 countries. Through excellent research and education, Monash will discover, teach and collaborate with partners to meet the global challenges of the age in service of national and international communities. A member of Australia’s prestigious Group of Eight research intensive universities, Monash has a well-established reputation for innovation through research collaboration and engagement with industry, and the strongest international competitive research funding record of any Australian university.


Woodside Energy is the pioneer of the LNG industry in Australia and the largest Australian natural gas provider, with a global portfolio and a reputation for world-class capabilities as an integrated up-stream energy supplier of oil and gas. Woodside is taking the industry to new frontiers by adopting and developing innovations that build on its strengths yet challenge thinking. Working sustainably is a core value embedded at every level of the company and, in 2018, the Dow Jones Sustainability Index ranked Woodside in the top 7% of companies in its sector.


Woodside and Monash have joined forces to develop a state-of-the-art ‘living laboratory’ and long-term research partnership to support Australia’s low-carbon energy transition. Woodside is contributing $16.5 million to the construction of the Woodside Building for Technology and Design, located in the Monash Technology Precinct, which houses Australia’s largest concentration of research institutions and leading engineering companies. Woodside and Monash will also jointly invest more than $40 million into the ongoing research partnership over the next seven years.



FutureLab is a community of exceptional thinkers and innovators that work together to facilitate collaborative research and innovation through a range of activities, drawing out new ways of thinking, connecting experts with blue-sky thinkers, creating new knowledge through research, and driving technology breakthroughs. Monash is part of the FutureLab network, one of three based in Australian universities; a transformational hub for technological innovation, focussing on integrating rapid prototyping, advanced materials and information technology across all operations.


The role

The University and Woodside are seeking a FutureLab Director and Woodside Chair to lead this exciting partnership. The role will be responsible for ensuring the success of FutureLab through leading research that delivers innovative solutions to global energy challenges. The FutureLab Director and Woodside Chair will be responsible for building FutureLab’s brand and reputation by developing and broadening high-level strategic partnerships and networks, managing collaborative relationships with Woodside Energy, securing external funding, and positioning FutureLab to lead a national and international research agenda.  The role requires a demonstrated track record of research, innovation and collaboration working with, or in partnership with, industry.


The FutureLab Director and Woodside Chair will be responsible for academic leadership of the FutureLab, growing the R&D agenda, leading engagement activities, delivering projects with Woodside stakeholders, and driving a strong culture of collaboration and rapid innovation that builds FutureLab into a hub for new research themes and projects. The successful applicant will have a record of outstanding scholarly activity and be researching in one of the following areas: structural materials, 3D printing, materials durability, materials informatics, data and optimization, and will hold a doctoral qualification.  


The University is keen to achieve greater gender balance in its academic leadership profile and applications from suitably qualified women are particularly encouraged.


At Monash University, we are committed to being a Child Safe organisation. Some positions at the University will require the incumbent to hold a valid Working with Children Check.


Position Description

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For confidential enquiries and to obtain a copy of the Candidate Information Booklet, please contact:

Australia, NZ, and Asia: Brenda Gibbons at brenda@carolwatson.com.au

North America: Kim Lew at kim.lew@carolwatson.com.au

UK, Ireland and Europe: Sean Gillen at sean@carolwatson.com.au

Applications to Debbie Dickinson at debbie@carolwatson.com.au


Closing Date:

Sunday 26 January 2020 however early applications are encouraged. 

Please note: Monash University will be closed from 21 December 2019 until 1 January 2020 inclusive.

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