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Science Communication and Engagement Manager

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Area:Office of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
Salary (FTE):Research Professional Level 09 ($110,986.34 - $117,446.89)
Work type:Full Time - Fixed Term
Location: St Lucia


TERN is an Australian Government initiative to enhance Australia’s environmental research effort, particularly in the area of changes over space and time in biodiversity, land cover and carbon and water.  TERN coordinates a nationally distributed set of instrumentation, data and information services, which collectively contribute to meeting the needs of long-term terrestrial ecosystem researchers and other users in Australia and globally of land observing systems.  The infrastructure also contributes to Australia’s role in international programs in areas such as global flux observing.  TERN was established in 2009 by a National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) grant from the Australian Government Department of Education and Training (DoET). Through a number of extensions and renewals of its grant, TERN’s project funding is currently in place until June 2022, with some post-project reporting requirements extending into 2023.

The role

The successful appointee will provide strategic and operational communication leadership for the TERN National Research Infrastructure Project. They will take responsibility for developing and updating the TERN Communication Plan and represent TERN nationally and internationally, act as an ambassador in transmitting TERN’s strategic messages, maintain key relationships, identify strategic partnerships and build collaboration opportunities for TERN.

The person

Applicants should possess a research qualification in environmental science or a related discipline. You should also have demonstrated excellent communication skills, judgement and the demonstrated ability to implement and evaluate multifaceted science communication strategies involving stakeholder engagement and consultation, issues management, media relations, community relations and government affairs. An understanding of the Australian Research Infrastructure environment would be highly desirable.

The University of Queensland values diversity and inclusion and actively encourages applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Please refer to the University’s Diversity and Inclusion webpage ( for further information and points of contact if you require additional support.  

This role is a full-time position; however flexible working arrangements may be negotiated.

The role is based at The University of Queensland St Lucia campus however travel may be required.

Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to 


This is a full-time fixed term appointment to 30 June 2022 at HEW Level 9. The remuneration package will be in the range $110,986 - $117,446 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $129,854 - $137,412 p.a.).

The University of Queensland also offers other competitive options including salary sacrificing, on campus childcare, leave packaging and discounted private health insurance as well as many other benefits.

Position Description

506933_Science Communication & Engagement Manager.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Dr Beryl Morris on +61 3346 7020 or

To submit an application for this role, use the Apply button below. All applicants must supply the following documents: Cover letter, Resume and Selection Criteria responses.

For information on completing the application process click here.

You must have valid Australian work rights to apply for this role.  Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.


Application Closing Date

25 February 2019, 11:55PM (AEST)

Applications close: E. Australia Standard Time

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