Executive Director, Research Partnerships

  • University of Queensland
  • Brisbane, Australia
  • Oct 20, 2021
Full time Deans & Directors

Job Description


Research and Innovation at UQ

The University of Queensland (UQ) maintains a world class, comprehensive program of research, innovation, and research training. The University strives for international standards of excellence across the spectrum of research, from fundamental, curiosity driven work that builds the stock of knowledge and leads to new research questions to applied research and innovation with direct implications for industry, government, and communities. The Research and Innovation Portfolio supports the University's research community through strategic engagement with external stakeholders, funding organisations and research partners, international collaborations, grants management, research strategy, planning and performance, research infrastructure, higher degree research training and research ethics and integrity.

As a result of a recent review of the partnership function, a new role of Executive Director, Research Partnerships has been created. Reporting to the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation), this important leadership position will lead a step change in UQ's research partnership function to achieve the University's research partnership goals.

About This Opportunity

The Executive Director, Research Partnerships will be responsible for developing a strategic approach to the stewardship of UQ's research partnerships. This role will be critical in developing and overseeing the implementation of strategy and processes that develop and sustain research relationships in the interests of UQ and its partners. The Executive Director will lead major research partnership initiatives that involve industry and /or government partners ensuring that pathways to translation are attractive to potential industry partners and investors, while providing oversight and development of research collaborations, alliances, and consultancies in the interests of the University.

The key priorities for the Executive Director Research Partnerships in the initial stages are envisaged to be:

  • Consultation, development, and implementation of UQ's research partnerships and translation strategy.
  • Establishing critical across-UQ governance arrangements related to UQ's top tier strategic partners/alliances.
  • Developing a pipeline of new large scale partnerships/alliances in collaboration with Faculties and Institutes.

Our Ideal Candidate

UQ is looking for a highly experienced executive leader and deal broker who has worked at the intersection of research, relationships management and industry partnerships to join UQ's senior research and innovation leadership team.

The role requires exceptional relationship management and highly developed interpersonal skills to build and foster connections and partnerships with UQ academics, industry, and government. Relevant postgraduate qualifications and/or an equivalent combination of training and experience should be coupled with a demonstrated record of providing visionary and strategic leadership in building research partnerships and new alliances, while maximising performance, impact, and revenue in the face of scale and complexity.

If you are looking for a senior leadership role with a real opportunity to create change then we would like to hear from you.

UQ values diversity and inclusion, and actively encourages 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 recruitment@uq.edu.au.

What We Can Offer

This is a full-time, fixed term appointment for 5 years. An attractive remuneration package will be negotiated with the successful candidate. Remuneration will be subject to periodic review.

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.

Questions/Want to Apply?

To discuss this role, receive a copy of the candidate information booklet or submit an application, please contact either Janine Fitzgerald on +61 424 164 765 or jfitzgerald@robinsonfitzgerald.com.au or Kate Robinson on +61 409 769 560 or krobinson@robinsonfitzgerald.com.au quoting reference number RF0127.

Applications close 14 November 2021

Job No. R-00176

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