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Director, Research Infrastructure

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Area:Office of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
Salary (FTE):By Negotiation
Work type:Full Time - Fixed Term
Location: St Lucia, Brisbane

Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)

Director, Research Infrastructure

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) is a member of the University’s Senior Executive and has responsibility for enhancing the University’s performance and reputation in research, research training, and research collaboration with external stakeholders, nationally and internationally. This includes the strategic management of research at an institutional level; development of research policy; management of research strategic initiatives, and development of research collaborations in Australia and overseas.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) also interacts closely with Executive Deans and Institute Directors who have operational responsibility for research development within the University’s Faculties and Institutes respectively, and chairs the University Research Committee, a committee of the Academic Board that promotes and supports research and research training within the University.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) is supported by the staff in the UQ Research portfolio. Units within the portfolio have responsibility to support the University’s research community through strategic engagement with external stakeholders, funding organisations and research partners; international collaborations; grants management; research performance data management; research higher degree management; and research ethics and integrity.

About This Opportunity

Every day, the University of Queensland's research infrastructure powers incredible research by our world-class researchers. 

As the Director, Research Infrastructure you will be responsible to lead the operational oversight and business development associated with the identification, development, maintenance and access to critical research infrastructure at UQ.  This position makes significant contributions to the implementation of strategic imperatives to ensure the University is well placed to take advantage of opportunities within Queensland and nationally. 

You will have operational oversight of all of UQ’s central research platforms (CRPs) contributing to the strategic leadership and specialist advice to the senior executive and to the 11 CRP Directors to ensure the provision of start-of-the-art research infrastructure and amplifying UQ’s investment in its own facilities.  Working closely with the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research Infrastructure), you will contribute significantly to the implementation of organisation-wide strategies to maximise investment and research opportunities. 

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.

Our Ideal Candidate

As the Ideal candidate, you will have experience in senior leadership roles including leading and managing teams, professional development of staff and change management skills, specifically the implementation of new software systems as well as hold a relevant Research Higher Degree and/or post-graduate business administration qualification or equivalent combination of education, training and experience within a tertiary education or research environment.

Extensive knowledge and understanding of the operations of major research infrastructure within a higher education context, together with high-level project management experience with a demonstrated ability to plan, oversee and manage large projects is a key requirement of the role.

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

What We Can Offer

The Director, Research Infrastructure will be offered a full-time, fixed-term position for five years at HEW Level 10. A competitive remuneration package will be negotiated with the successful candidate including 17% superannuation.

You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities, recreation leave loading (of 17.5%), salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare, discounted private health insurance, affordable parking, development programs and many other benefits.

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

Recruitment Booklet

Download File DirectorResearchInfrastructure_RecruitmentBooklet.pdf


If you have any questions about the position, please contact Professor Joe Shapter on (07) 344 31165 or by email at

For questions on the application process, please contact

Want to Apply?

To submit an application for this role, use the APPLY NOW button below. 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 UQJobs portal by the job closing deadline. Applications received via other channels including direct email will not be accepted.

Applications close: E. Australia Standard Time

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