First listed on: 13 January 2024

Director, Energy Transitions Network 

  • Be part of an organisation with a meaningful purpose and impact
  • Collaborate with highly awarded, world-class colleagues
  • Partner with people educating future generations & solving the world's problems
  • Based at St Lucia location

About UQ
As part of the UQ community, you'll have the opportunity to work alongside the brightest minds, who have joined us from all over the world.

Everyone here has a role to play. As a member of our professional staff cohort, you will be actively involved in working towards our vision of a better world. By supporting the academic endeavour across teaching, research, and the student life, you'll have the opportunity to contribute to activities that have a lasting impact on our community.

Join a community where excellence is at the core of our culture, contributions are valued and a range of benefits and rewards are available, such as:

  • 26 weeks paid parental leave or 14 weeks paid primary caregiver leave
  • 17% superannuation contributions
  • 17.5% annual leave loading
  • Health and wellness discounts - fitness passport access, free yearly flu vaccinations, discounted health insurance, and access to our Employee Assistance Program for staff and their immediate family
  • Cheap parking (from just $5 a day)
  • Salary packaging options

About This Opportunity
UQ's Research Networks are designed to develop a coordinated strategy to foster strong partnerships with other universities, government, industry or publicly funded research organisations and have a demonstrable focus on research directed towards societal benefit and impact. Formed by a coalition of many independent internal research groups who represent strong underlying expertise at UQ, Research Networks signify a large-scale capability that could be deployed in various combinations to address the challenges of a changing world.

The purpose of this role is to lead UQ's Energy Transition Network and position UQ as a leader in Energy Transition research and policy advice and facilitate the growth of UQ's Energy Transition related research income, scope and impact.

The Director will drive a cohesive, coordinated approach to draw together research capabilities and expertise from across UQ to focus on Energy Transition challenges and opportunities facing Queensland, Australia and the world.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Provide overall strategic leadership for Energy Transition research activities including ongoing engagement with our UQ community to coordinate research direction and align internal capabilities with external priorities.
  • Establish an internal leadership team of senior energy researchers and develop processes to (i) create high-impact research proposals and initiatives; and (ii) facilitate collaboration across UQ with various Faculties, Institutes, Research Centres and Networks.
  • Engage across UQ to identify current and future Energy Transition research needs and potential capability gaps.
  • Develop an Energy Transition multi-disciplinary research strategy to create innovative large-scale research initiatives in consultation with industry, government and community partners.

This is a full-time, fixed-term position for up to 5 years.

About You

  • Internationally recognised excellence and reputation in a relevant discipline.
  • Completion of a PhD in a relevant disciplinary area; or exceptional eminence and thought leadership in their field, evidenced by significant influence in the external sector.
  • Outstanding impact and accomplishments in their field, resulting in wide-spread recognition as an industry expert in a material part of Queensland / Australian energy sector.

In addition, the following mandatory requirements apply:

  • Background Checks: All final applicants for this position may be asked to consent to a criminal record check. Please note that people with criminal records are not automatically barred from applying for this position. Each application will be considered on its merits.


For more information about this opportunity and a copy of the full appointment booklet, please contact Lachlan Inch, Principal Advisor, Talent Acquisition; For application queries, please contact stating the job reference number (below) in the subject line.

Want to Apply?

All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Cover letter addressing the 'About You' section
  • Resume

Other Information

At UQ we know that our greatest strengths come from our diverse mix of colleagues, this is reflected in our ongoing commitment to creating an environment focused on equity, diversity and inclusion. We ensure that we are always attracting, retaining and promoting colleagues who are representative of the diversity in the broader community, whether that be gender identityLGBTQIA+cultural and/or linguisticAboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, or people with a disability. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to

If you are a current employee (including casual staff and HDR scholars) or hold an unpaid/affiliate appointment, please login to your staff Workday account and visit the internal careers board to apply for this opportunity. Please do NOT apply via the external job board.

Applications close 25/02/2024 at 11.00pm AEST (Job Reference Number - R-31813).

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