First listed on: 08 June 2023

Director - Science, Impact & Policy


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  • Fantastic leadership role with an organisation delivering vital scientific research
  • Competitive flexible working policy
  • Relocation and immigration assistance will be provided to the successful candidate where required.


CSIRO is Australia’s National Science Agency and one of the world’s largest and most successful research and development (R&D) organisations. We have improved the lives of many around the world through our R&D including WiFi, the Hendra Virus Vaccine, Aerogard and the Total Wellbeing Diet. With over 50 locations across Australia and internationally, CSIRO solves the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology to deliver economic, environmental and social benefits for Australia in a global context.

About SIP

At the heart of CSIRO's pursuit of excellence lies the Science Impact and Policy (SIP) business unit. Collaborating closely with scientists and engineers throughout the organisation and externally, this unit serves as an advocate for the quality of CSIRO's research endeavours and ensures that ethical responsibilities are upheld. Within this unit, teams oversee critical research funding programs, provide invaluable direction to CSIRO's Science Council, monitor and report on the health of our scientific pursuits, manage animal and human ethics procedures and committees, deliver the esteemed CSIRO Industry PhD program, and cultivate strategic partnerships with scientific institutions and universities. Moreover, the Science Impact and Policy business unit supports the Trustee of the Science and Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF) in administering its pivotal programs.

The Role

The role of Director, CSIRO Science Impact and Policy presents an exceptional opportunity to contribute to CSIRO's profound impact on industry, society, and the environment. As the ideal candidate, you will possess an extensive background in scientific research and development, empowering you to support the organisation in upholding the highest standards of scientific excellence and integrity. A visionary leader, you will bring a wealth of experience in managing portfolios of projects and people within the realm of research and development. You will also bring exceptional problem-solving skills, interpersonal skills and governance acumen.

As the Director of CSIRO Science Impact and Policy, you will lead teams, foster collaboration, and champion innovation, all in pursuit of scientific research and development that remains unrivaled in excellence, integrity, impartiality, and independence.

Location: The preferred locations for this role include Clayton, Melbourne; Eveleigh, Sydney; Black Mountain, Canberra, however other locations may be considered
Salary:  Attractive Salary Package, based on experience
Tenure: Specified Term of 3 years - Full-time

Access the PD here

To view the position description, please copy and paste this link into your browser: Impact and Policy/KF - CSIRO Director SIP Information for Applicants.pdf 

Or to discuss the role in more detail, please reach out to Courtnay Atwell at


Applications are open to all candidates. Visa sponsorship will be provided if required. The successful applicant will be required to undertake an Australian Government Security Clearance and an Australian 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

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

CSIRO is committed to values-based leadership to inspire performance and unlock the potential of our people.

CSIRO is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people involved in our activities and programs, whether we are undertaking research, engaging with the public or nurturing future scientists in person or online. Source – CSIRO Child Safe policy 2023

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

How to Apply

CSIRO are being supported in its search for the next Director, SIP by the the executive search firm Korn Ferry. For further information or to register your interest or to apply, applicants should contact Courtenay Atwell at

Applications Close

Monday 17th July (Australian Eastern Standard Time)

We encourage early applications as we reserve the right to close the advertising early if we find our desired candidate.

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