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Chevron Harry Butler Chair in Biosecurity & Environmental Science

Murdoch University

Perth, Western Australia, Australia

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Job Posted: 04/10/2017

Job Category:

Education / Research

Job description:

Chevron Harry Butler Chair in Biosecurity & Environmental Science

School of Veterinary and Life Sciences

  • 5 year fixed term position
  • ACPRE | $175K plus 17% employer superannuation contributions
  • Salary Packaging opportunities
  • Ref: 1875A01/201864

Murdoch University and Chevron Australia are joint founding partners of the Harry Butler Institute. The Harry Butler Institute is one of the three Murdoch University institutes that bring together leading researchers from across the University to deliver world-class multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary translational research that benefits government, industry and the community. The Harry Butler Institute brings together all of the disciplines that contribute to the coexistence of business and biodiversity in order that society can create maximum value for the community whilst simultaneously safeguarding the environment.

The Role

We seek a strong and experienced leader in biosecurity and environmental science who can build a dynamic and innovative team through the role of Chevron Harry Butler Chair in Biosecurity and Environmental Science. The successful candidate will lead and coordinate education, research and technical advise through a program aimed at enhancing the coexistence of business and biodiversity, and provide intellectual leadership to attract undergraduate and postgraduate students. Specifically, the appointee will have demonstrated ability to work with industry, government, the community and other academics to teach and research biosecurity and environmental science and will have expertise and experience in one or a combination of the following areas:

  • Terrestrial Biosecurity
  • Marine Biosecurity
  • Environmental/Conservation Science focussed on coexistence of business and biodiversity

For further information about this position, please refer to the Position Description in the Information for candidate’s booklet.

Skills and Experience

The successful candidate must have:

  • Minimum of PhD tertiary qualification and at least 10 years’ experience in research relevant to biosecurity or environmental science;
  • A strong track record in publication in high impact journals, evidence of impact in field and delivery of translational research outcomes;
  • Outstanding ability to lead a world-class research team and a genuine commitment to work collaboratively with colleagues. Demonstrable experience in engaging with government, industry and the community to attract sustainable research investment;
  • Demonstrated experience in quality teaching at tertiary level.

Think Murdoch

This is a great time to join Murdoch. There are a multitude of opportunities and exciting projects that are presented by the State Government Activity Centre on our doorstep. The co-location of the New Fiona Stanley Hospital and the St John of God Hospital provide many synergies for our learning and teaching, research and community engagement.

To Apply

Murdoch University values workplace diversity, promotes inclusion, and strongly encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, women, and individuals with disability.

Applicants, who have support or access requirements, are encouraged to advise this at the time of their application, to ensure the required assistance is provided.

Please submit a cover letter, a CV and a statement addressing the selection criteria (found in the Information for Candidate booklet) via the Apply Online button below. Emailed applications will not be accepted.

Position contact: Professor Simon McKirdy, Director Harry Butler Institute on +61 8 9360 2062 or at

Closing date: 27 October 2017 (11:59pm)