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Director - Menzies Institute for Medical Research

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Work type: Full time
Location: Hobart
Categories: Balanced Research/Teaching


Your New Role

Operating at a senior executive level, the Director plays a pivotal role in leading and managing activities in the Menzies Institute for Medical Research and realising its mission through alignment with the College of Health and Medicine’s strategic framework. Working closely and in partnership with the Advisory Board and the Executive Dean of the College, the Director will drive the development, implementation, and evaluation of strategic and operational plans that enhance performance of the Institute. To ensure ongoing success, leading and developing sustainable and transformative partnerships and collaboration locally, nationally and internationally will be the key to success in this career defining role.

Working effectively with governments, medical research institutes, health and medical employers, community interest groups and other external entities will enable the institute to meet its strategic objectives. Focusing on maximising funding, the Director will drive the development and implementation of strategies and programs to improve individual research and academic performance across all levels, with a particular focus on mentoring and supporting early and mid-career researchers.


What you’ll need to succeed

As an outstanding and highly experienced strategic leader, you will bring to the role demonstrated success in translating a strategic vision in to outstanding tangible outcomes. A deep understanding of issues surrounding medical research at local, national and international levels and capability to take a leading role in policy development and debates will enable you to effectively drive outcomes. As a highly effective and influential communicator at all levels, you will demonstrate capacity to forge and maintain effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders across local, national and international communities.

An accomplished record in building and leading teams to meet key performance indicators in research, learning and teaching, and/or practice and business sustainability in related domains is essential in this role. Exceptional management capability, including a record of success in developing operational plans, setting budgets, and managing finances will ensure financial sustainability is maintained. Managing and developing staff and workforce planning in an academic environment, together with a comprehensive understanding of the Australian university sector, its role in research, learning and teaching will be the key to your success.


What’s on offer

The University of Tasmania is building a vision of a place-based University with a mission to enhance the intellectual, economic, social and cultural future of Tasmania, and from Tasmania, contribute to the world in areas of distinctive advantage. The University recognises that achieving this vision is dependent on the people we employ as well as creating a people-centred University that is values-based, relational, diverse, and development-focused.

The Menzies Institute for Medical Research, in the College of Health and Medicine, is one of Australia’s leading health and medical research institutes and is recognised worldwide for its research impact and excellence. The Institute undertakes internationally significant medical research leading to better health outcomes for Tasmania, and the world.

On offer is a full-time 5-year fixed term contract with a competitive remuneration package including 17% superannuation and assistance with relocation, if required. This is a career-defining role with staff benefits and discounts for health, fitness, accommodation, and banking to name a few.

We are dedicated to attracting, retaining and developing our people and are committed to inclusive principles. We celebrate the range of diverse assets that gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, age and life course bring. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community.


How to apply

If this role is of interest, we look forward to hearing from you. Please provide your up-to-date resume and a cover letter outlining your motivation for the role and how your skills and experience aligns. For a confidential discussion please contact Leani Viljoen (Associate Director People and Wellbeing, College of Health and Medicine) on 03 6226 1312 or email

Applications close 11:55pm 26th June 2022

Download File Brochure - Director, Menzies Instiute for Medical Research.pdf

Download File Position Description - Director, Menzies Institute for Medical Research.pdf

COVID-19 Update:

The University of Tasmania recognises that this is critical for the workforce at the University to protect the safety of our workforce and vulnerable Tasmanians.

Applicants for this role must be prepared to provide evidence of COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment.

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