Director, Institute for Molecular Bioscience

  • The University of Queensland
  • Brisbane QLD, Australia
  • Jul 12, 2021
Full time Biology/Biotechnology/Life Sciences

Job Description


The University of Queensland’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience is Australia’s leading biosciences research institute. Established in 2000, the Institute is home to over 420 staff and is ranked in the top 20 globally for life sciences research. It pursues a multidisciplinary approach to solving some of the world’s most serious challenges in the fields of health, disease and sustainable solutions for cities, fuels and foods. For more information, please visit

About This Opportunity

The Director will develop the strategic vision and lead the Institute to the next level of performance by maintaining a strong focus on research excellence, impact, translation, and commercialisation. Working with the Institute leadership team, the Director will set the research direction of the Institute taking account of the global and emerging problems of our time, building upon its existing strengths in multidisciplinary discovery-led research of societal relevance. 

This position is located at our 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, our 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.


What We Can Offer

This is a full-time, fixed term position for up to five years. A remuneration package will be negotiated with the successful applicant, including superannuation of up to 17%.

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.

Position Description



Preferred and Required Qualifications

Our Ideal Candidate

The Director should possess a demonstrated track record of leadership at scale and be capable of leading the Institute to the next level of performance by maintaining a strong focus on research excellence, impact, translation and commercialisation. They will be expected to further raise the profile of the Institute by building national and international linkages and partnerships and ensuring financial sustainability. The successful candidate should have an established, independent research program in an area that aligns with current research within the Institute.

Visa sponsorship may be available for this appointment. Please note that all final applicants for this position may be asked to consent to a criminal record check. Please note that people with criminal records are not automatically barred from applying for this position. Each application will be considered on its merits.

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

Application Details

Want to Apply?

For a confidential discussion, contact Bill Kett or Tanu Mehta at Heidrick & Struggles on +61 3 9012 3043. To obtain an information pack or to apply, please email by Friday 13 August 2021.


Applications close: 13 August 2021

Job No: 514874


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Application Deadline

Applications close: 13 August 2021