Research Director
University of Queensland

Research Director

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Area:Sustainable Minerals Institute
Salary (FTE):Advertised at multiple classifications
Work type:Full Time - Fixed Term
Location: St Lucia

Research Director, Cooperative Research Centre for Transformations in Mining Economies (CRC TiME)

The Cooperative Research Centre for Transformations in Mining Economies (CRC TiME) was formed in 2020 to drive transformational change in regions and communities transitioning to a prosperous and sustainable post-mine future. CRC TiME brings together a unique partnership of over 75 leading mining companies, mining equipment, technology and services (METS) companies, regional and community development organisations, governments and research partners, who are contributing their networks, time and knowledge to enable change.

Over $130 million is being spent over the next 10 years on collaborative research and development projects coordinated and led by CRC TiME. As a nationwide initiative, CRC TiME has offices on the east and west coasts, and forms part of the federal governments CRC program to support Australian industries solve critical issues, develop new technologies, products and services and compete on the world stage. The east coast office is hosted within the Sustainable Minerals Institute. The University of Queensland's Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) is a world-leading research institute integrating the expertise of technical, environmental and social specialists to deliver responsible resource development across the life of mine. SMI is dedicated to finding knowledge-based solutions to the sustainability challenges of the global minerals industry and training the next generation of industry leaders.

About This Opportunity

As the CRC TiME Research Director you will lead the development and execution of research that aims to address complex challenges underpinning mine closure and relinquishment. Your role is critical in building and fostering relationships with our key stakeholders and partners, building projects that effectively use the leading research capability from across the CRC partnership and will provide strategic advice on the prioritisation of research within a collaborative framework. Driving high quality research outcomes, the Research Director will ensure effective planning and management of long term research projects, including assessing and determining the direction and quality of the research and delivery models that enable high impact research and commercial integration.

Working closely with the west coast based team and CEO, the Research Director will provide a clear focus for research teams and project leaders in order to develop and deliver research in partnership with end users. You will have a number of direct reports located around Australia, including Program leaders and a Research Project Manager. You will work closely with the Impact and Translation Manager and Program Leaders to build and extract high impact hypotheses that will contribute to a fundamental shift in end user and research practice. The Research Director will participate as a member of the Senior Management Team and Secretary for the Research Board Committee; and be responsible for planning, managing and having oversight over research budgets and resources.

This position is located at The University of Queensland’s picturesque St Lucia campus, renowned as one of Australia’s most attractive university campuses, and located just 7km from Brisbane’s city centre. Bounded by the Brisbane River on three sides, and with outstanding public transport connections, the 114-hectare site provides a perfect work environment – you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a vibrant campus with the tradition of an established university.

Our Ideal Candidate

With a distinguished national and/or international reputation and significant research experience relevant to the CRC initiatives, you will possess a demonstrated and outstanding track record of designing and delivering significant portfolios of research. A Doctoral degree or an equivalent level of experience relevant to the centre is essential to the role.

In addition to your outstanding leadership skills and the ability to lead collaboration with research and end users, you should demonstrate extensive experience in multidisciplinary integration at the interface between research and end users. Evidence of your innate ability to independently build relationships with both researchers, government, communities and stakeholders and executive level will be integral to your success in the role.

Co-ordination of nationwide projects and relationships will require regular travel.

We value diversity and inclusion, and actively encourage applications from those who bring diversity to CRC TiME. UQ’s Diversity and Inclusion webpage contains further information if you require additional support. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to

 What We Can Offer

This is a full-time, fixed-term position for up to four (4) years at Academic level D or Academic Level E.

The full-time equivalent base salary for a Level D Research Academic will be $146,825 - $161,756 plus super of up to 17%. The total package will be between $171,785 - $189,255.

The full-time equivalent base salary for a Level E Research Academic will be $189,130 plus super of up to 17%. The total package will be up to $221,282. A competitive remuneration package may be negotiated with the successful candidate.

You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities, recreation leave loading, salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare, discounted private health insurance, cheap parking, development programs and many other benefits.

For further information, please review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018-2021.

Position Description

Download File CRC TiME Research Director_PD.pdf


To discuss this role please contact CRC TiME’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Guy Boggs at or call on +61 (0)8 9263 9805.

For application queries, please contact stating the job number in the subject line.

Want to Apply?

To submit an application for this role, use the apply button. All applicants must supply the following documents:

  • Cover letter addressing key selection criteria
  • Resume

To satisfy pre-requisite questions and ensure your application can be considered in full, all candidates must apply via the UQ Careers portal by the job closing deadline. Applications received via other channels including direct email will not be accepted.

Advertised: 22 Feb 2021

Applications close: 21 Mar 2021 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time

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