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Research Development Manager, Minimising Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Mission

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Science & biotechnology
5,001-10,000 employees
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The Opportunity

  • Use your expert negotiation skills and broad understanding of research collaboration to identify and secure collaborative opportunities for the AMR Mission
  • Engage broadly across CSIRO and the health ecosystem to advance the AMR Mission
  • Flexible work arrangements! Mix of home and office

CSIRO is Australia’s National Science Agency and is one of the world’s largest and most successful publicly funded research and development organisations that delivers world-class science and outcome-focused research that generates economic, environmental, and social benefits for Australia in a global context. We have improved the lives of many around the world through our research and developments including WiFi, the Hendra Virus Vaccine, Polymer Banknotes, extended wear contact lenses, Aerogard and the Total Wellbeing Diet.

CSIRO’s Missions Program is focused on solving the six great challenges we face as a nation – our health and wellbeing, our food security and quality, our national security, the resilience of our environment, the sustainability of our energy and resources, and the future of our industries. Through these Missions we use science to amplify Australia’s global advantages and strengths. The aim of the Minimising Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Mission is to halt the rising death rate and economic burden of antimicrobial resistance in Australia, by 2030. The Mission will achieve its objective by working with its government co-creators and research partners to transform and grow an ecosystem that will secure the future of antimicrobials as an integral part of our health system and accelerate the development and uptake of AMR solutions. The Mission aims to ensure AMR prevention, management, and response moves from a primarily policy-driven government initiative to a long-term, sustainable business model backed by public and private investment, driving growth and innovation across sectors.

As a Research Development Manager (RDM) within the Minimising AMR Mission, you will play a leading role in securing and managing research collaborative projects for the Mission and CSIRO. You will use your negotiation skills and broad scientific understanding to identify, develop, and secure opportunities for the Mission and CSIRO with external research partners. You will coordinate Mission projects from concept to contract including oversight of funding applications and project delivery, thus establishing long-term trusted relationships with external organisations. The role provides an interface within CSIRO to business development, growth, and commercialisation functions.The RDMs will have a research background, demonstrable project management experience, and a track record of leading science projects from concept to contract and delivery. The role also requires external industry/government engagement knowledge and an ability to engage with internal CSIRO networks to facilitate strategic and external project opportunities.

There are two RDM positions available within the Minimising AMR Mission.

Your duties will include:

  • Actively engage with external partners, the mission work package and project leads to initiate, grow and extend applied research projects that align with the mission’s objectives.
  • Manage project resources including securing, allocating and monitoring budget to achieve outcomes, and oversee and successfully deliver projects, working closely with the project teams.
  • Monitor relevant government/university/industry funding opportunities.
  • Identify and support external grant funding proposals for new and existing projects.
  • Contribute to the development of and utilise Mission networks to assist in building new research collaborations and support, strengthen and deepen existing collaborations.
  • Demonstrate exceptional people management and interpersonal skills, including ability to manage a broad set of relationships within and external to the organisation to ensure motivated, high-performance teams.
  • Work collaboratively as part of the Minimising AMR Mission team to manage client and internal CSIRO stakeholder relationships, including to agree project plans, budgets and contractual terms leading to secured contracts.
  • Work with BD lead to establish project handover point to attract industry funding and continued commercial development.

Location: Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide, and Melbourne preferred. Other locations may be considered where CSIRO has a site
Salary: AU$121k – AU$142k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years
Reference: 93112

To be considered you will need:

  1. A PhD, and/or an equivalent combination of relevant practical, managerial, or commercial qualifications and significant relevant industry experience, demonstrating a depth of science understanding either from a research or industry perspective.
  2. Exceptional oral and written communication, interpersonal, negotiation and representational skills, including experience working across diverse teams and large organisations.
  3. Proven project/program management skills, including planning, budgeting, governance, reporting and monitoring.
  4. Strong decision-making and problem-solving skills with the ability to pivot and adapt approach based on changing circumstances and needs.
  5. Demonstrated ability to build and maintain strong professional and collaborative working relationships across a wide range of disciplines at all levels of the organisation and externally, proactively seek and influence multiple key stakeholders, within a complex environment, to achieve a successful outcome.
  6. Demonstrated ability to proactively identify, build and manage cross-organisational strategic programs to support delivery of impact objectives and meet current and future goals aligned to CSIRO’s Corporate Plan.
  7. Proven ability to deliver results in an environment of high ambiguity and support multiple initiatives across a large complex organisation.
  8. Experience in AMR-related research and/or industry R&D in Australia and globally is desirable.

For full details about this role please view the Position Description


Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens, and Australian Permanent Residents. Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work.

Diversity and Inclusion

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How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

11 June 2023, 11:00pm AEST/AEDT