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Thank you for your interest in employment at the Singapore campus of James Cook University.

We take exceptional pride in recruiting and developing outstanding individuals who share our vision to be the leading Australian provider of higher education in Asia. At the Singapore campus of James Cook University, we believe in the importance of providing a great place for our employees to grow and develop professionally. We have a culture that values mutual respect, integrity, creativity and teamwork.

Join us as we continue our development as a vibrant, multicultural and excellent organisation in education and research.

Associate Director, Research and Enterprise

Job no: 492531
Work type: Permanent Full Time
Location: Singapore

The Associate Director Research and Enterprise is a key role within the Singapore campus of James Cook University (JCUS) and our Tropical Futures Institute focused on building new research related activities and increased awareness of JCU’s contribution and expertise relevant to the Singapore R&D ecosystem. The role will promote JCU’s research and specialist expertise, establish and support external linkages, identify partnership and funding opportunities, and match appropriate resources to formalise and facilitate delivery of research projects and initiatives – drawing on expertise from JCUS, the Tropical Futures Institute and across all campuses of JCU. The position will be based at JCU’s Singapore campus, and will operate as a virtual member of the JCUConnect team in Australia to share best practice, business intelligence and common resources.


Reporting to the Director, Marketing the position holder will:

  • Develop and maintain knowledge of research expertise and capabilities of staff across JCU Singapore, the Tropical Futures Institute and JCU Australia
  • Develop knowledge of, and communicate, industry and community sectoral and national strategies and research requirements to support the development of JCU's research direction and priorities, and expand JCU's networks and spheres of influence with potential partners
  • Understand the R&D landscape and opportunities, in particular those relevant to the Singaporean context
  • Develop and deliver in conjunction with the Dean of Research and Associate Director External Relations, a plan for increasing the number and value of research-based partnerships
  • Develop, and support partnerships between industry and JCU researchers by connecting opportunities with appropriate sources of funding and formalise these partnerships by supporting the negotiation and development of formal contracts
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with partner and funding agencies
  • Identify and contribute to JCU research process improvements which lead to improved client service, including reducing barriers to research, partnering and the subsequent growth of research-related income.
  • In conjunction with JCU Connect participate in a team-based approach to identifying, evaluating, and maximising the value of research-based partnerships
  • Provide advice and guidance to researchers regarding JCU policies and processes, contractual obligations, grant processes and competitive applications and assist with targeting funding and collaborative opportunities to JCU researchers.
  • Develop and deliver high quality written reports and verbal presentations to a range of audiences in relation to research partnerships and business opportunities.
  • Collaboration with the marketing team to promote JCU research externally and internally
  • Engaging high calibre researchers for external talks
  • Work with JCU researchers in Singapore to identify, protect and exploit intellectual assets.
  • Identify opportunities in the region for local exploitation of JCUA intellectual property. With the large international business community in Singapore, there may be an opportunity to find licensees for Australian owned technologies

Key Selection Criteria:

  • Postgraduate qualification in a relevant discipline, and proven management expertise, or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education and/or training
  • Demonstrated highly developed analytical skills leading to the development and implementation of successful policies and plans; and knowledge of due diligence processes and the identification and management of areas of risk.
  • Demonstrated high level communication skills, both written and oral, and an ability to work collaboratively and independently with both internal and external stakeholders
  • Demonstrated track record of building trust-based, client-focussed relationships and delivering high quality results in business development or sales environments.
  • Demonstrated experience in successfully engaging with industry partners through appropriate negotiations leading to income generation.
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver results in an environment of ambiguity while managing multiple initiatives across a complex organisation.
  • Senior leadership experience in a research-led organisation with at least 6 years relevant experience
  • Proven ability to develop, formalise, and manage research-based relationships to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Track record in management of financial and human resources.
  • Knowledge of Singapore Government Ministries and Officials with experience of partnership development with government agencies and academic institutions
  • Legal knowledge and intellectual property management experience
  • Experience of research dissemination event management
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Mature and diplomatic with a high level of organisational skills
  • An eye for detailed work
  • Pleasant personality


Advertised: Singapore Standard Time
Applications close: Singapore Standard Time

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