Executive Director, Australian Plant Phenomics Facility

Job no: 499234
Work type: Fixed term - Full-time
Location: Adelaide
Categories: Management

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The Australian Plant Phenomics Facility (APPF), is a Commonwealth funded national collaborative research infrastructure facility with nodes at the University of Adelaide, CSIRO and the Australian National University. The APPF provides open access to state-of-the-art plant phenotyping technologies and expertise to enable academic and commercial plant scientists, from Australia and around the world, to address complex problems in plant and agricultural science. Research innovation supported by APPF infrastructure is leading to the development of new and improved crops, healthier food and more sustainable agricultural practices in the face of declining arable land and the challenges of climate variation.


The coming decade provides great opportunities to further enhance Australia’s plant phenomics capability. A coordinated approach is required to support this phenomics expansion, drive innovation, and maximise the value to end-users of the facility’s big data through effective stewardship and advanced analysis and interpretation.

Supporting the Advisory Board in the development of a five-year strategy, the new Executive Director will capitalise on these opportunities and lead the Facility in implementing its strategy. The Executive Director must be a distinguished leader and an exceptional communicator, able to promote national consultation and knowledge exchange amongst various stakeholders to ensure Australia continues to be a serious international contender and attractive collaborative partner in the relatively new, but rapidly developing field of plant phenomics.

Person Requirements

This is not a R&D role but rather a high-level strategic, leadership and business management role of a world-leading research and science facility. The key to this role is leadership, vision, communication and the ability to engage with stakeholders and clients. To be successful you will need:

  • Quality background in ‘science to delivery’ and sound understanding of the Australian research and innovation sector.
  • Demonstrated ability to attract co-investment and to drive and meet growth targets.
  • Well-developed business acumen and ability to influence policy development and decision-making.
  • An understanding of, or demonstrated capacity to quickly develop an understanding of, Australian plant and agricultural science and related industry.

Remuneration & Location

A highly attractive remuneration package is on offer to attract the right person for this crucial role, including salary, superannuation, computer and phone. The role is ideally based in Adelaide but could also be based in Canberra.

To Apply

To learn more about this critical position and receive a candidate booklet, please contact Dr Ray Johnson, Senior Agribusiness Consultant and Managing Director, Agricultural Appointments by phone 0419012841 or email ray@agri.com.au


Closing date: 10 February 2019

The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply.



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