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Director, Scientific Services

Telethon Kids Institute

The Opportunity 

Here at Telethon Kids Institute we bring together the best minds and pursue the most promising science. We have a passion to see our researchers and their collaboration partners succeed, achieve research excellence, and translate their discoveries into real-world innovation and impact.

This is a fantastic opportunity for an innovative, strategic thinker to lead the scientific services portfolio across the Institute, providing strategic direction to ensure sustainable research platforms and success across competitive research streams. Your new portfolio will include: Research Platforms (Bioinformatics, Bioresources, Genomics WA, and Laboratory Management), Data Strategy, Research Development (grant, fellowships, external funding opportunities) and potentially Commercialisation.

This is a fast-paced role where you will build strong and trusted relationships internally and externally, ensuring your teams provide a high level of service excellence to enable and empower our researchers, across the research life cycle, to undertake world-class research with minimal roadblocks.  As a service delivery focused individual, you will be flexible and able to challenge yourself and your teams in order to achieve high quality results aligned with the goals of the Institute.

Conveniently located in the Perth Children’s Hospital, this full-time opportunity and relocation opportunities available for negotiation. 

About You

As our new Director, you will work closely with the Executive Director, to support the development and direction of scientific initiatives, both internally and externally to support the Institute’s vision and mission. The key to your success will be your demonstrated experience in the following:

  • Excellent negotiation and presentation skills combined with outstanding oral, written and interpersonal skills communicating complex concepts.
  • Demonstrated exceptional leadership and management skills with the ability to work collaboratively, support other team members grow their skills and positively advocate for change.
  • Experience identifying key funding opportunities and developing high quality submissions that support strategic objectives.
  • Experience as an active health researcher and research leader with an established track record of research excellence. (There is the potential to undertake a part-time program of research, by negotiation).
  • PhD or equivalent.

Medical Research industry experience is not essential but would be an advantage. 

Our Culture

Our aim is to create a workplace where people are respected and encouraged to fulfil their potential. We encourage a workforce that is innovative, eager to acquire knowledge and enhance skills; we embrace all employee differences and foster a culture that supports diversity and inclusion. 

We value our people and offer a generous range of benefits to support you to maintain a healthy work/life balance. These include:

  • Salary packaging benefits of up to $15,899 (increases your take home pay!)
  • Extra annual leave, including over the Christmas period
  • Health and Wellbeing program, Flourish and a great social club
  • Flexible working conditions and a great paid parental leave scheme
  • Excellent training and development opportunities, including in-house training and access to LinkedIn Learning
  • A range of discounts available across a diverse portfolio of financial, healthcare, travel and other services.

How to Apply

If you think that this is the right role and an exciting new challenge for you, please click on 'Apply Now' to navigate to our Career Site to view the Job Description and applicant pack and submit your application. You will need your CV and a cover letter to apply. Your cover letter (no more than 3 pages) should specifically address your skills and experience as they relate to the qualities outlined in the “About You” section above.

Applications will only be accepted through our career portal.  If you are experiencing technical difficulties with our online portal, please direct your query to recruitment@telethonkids.org.au.

For further information about this position please contact: Mitch Hartman, Chief of Staff. Email: mitch.hartman@telethonkids.org.au using the subject line: Director, Scientific Services enquiry via EthicalJobs.

Telethon Kids reserve the right to hire prior to the closing date. The successful candidate will be asked to provide a satisfactory National Police Check and Proof of working rights in Australia prior to commencement. 

The Telethon Kids Institute is committed to being champions of gender equity, diversity and inclusivity. We actively encourage applications from people of all ages, nationalities, abilities and cultures – including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the LGBTQI+ community and people living with disability. 

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