Current Vacancies

Assistant Managers, Several Positions

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Employment type: Ongoing
Location: Canberra
Categories: Executive Level 1

About the Division

The Science and Commercialisation Policy Division of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science supports the development of strong scientific capability, business innovation and commercialisation of new ideas as critical requirements for productivity and economic growth. It works to set Australia’s innovation, science, research and intellectual property policy agenda, including development of initiatives relating to commercialisation, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) capability, international engagement and collaboration within the national innovation system. The division supports the Chief Scientist, the Commonwealth Science Council and Innovation and Science Australia. 

The division also designs and facilitates sustainable governance and funding arrangements for major scientific functions and infrastructure, including coordination of engagement with the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope project.  

About the teams

The following branches and sections have current vacancies.

The Science Policy Team works on policy issues within and key enablers of Australia’s science system. The section is responsible for the national policy framework for science and cross-government coordination of science policy. It contributes to the operation of the Government’s science advisory and coordination mechanisms, including providing strategic support for the Commonwealth Science Council. It is responsible for the National Science and Research Priorities, and provides policy advice in strategic science areas including marine, polar and space science. It leads on science engagement policy, including implementing science engagement programs and the Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship program. It also undertakes analysis and provides advice on science and research data and a range of science- and research-related issues.

The Australian SKA Office is responsible for managing Australia’s participation in the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope project.  The Office: advises the Government on Australia’s involvement in the project; coordinates preparations to co-host the SKA; leads Australia’s involvement in the development of governance, policy and funding arrangements for the project and assists Australian scientists, institutions and businesses to participate in design, technology development, construction and operations work.

The Astronomy and Research Infrastructure team contributes to advancing the Australian Government science agenda by executing several high profile projects. The successful applicant will work to implement the Government's 2017-18 Optical Astronomy measure as part of a small team. The work will include supporting representatives to fulfil the commitments of Australia’s European Southern Observatory strategic partnership, transitioning operations of the Anglo-Australian Telescope (AAT) from the Commonwealth to a research sector led consortium, ensuring development of a revitalised national optical astronomy instrumentation capability, and working to repeal legislation.

Our ideal candidates

Our ideal candidates will be driven individuals with broad experience in project and stakeholder management and policy development and implementation.  They will also have highly developed interpersonal and written communication skills.   

The successful candidates must be able to work in a dynamic and changing environment, and have superior negotiation and collaborative skills to work with external stakeholders and across government.

What you will do

Key duties include undertaking analysis and providing high-level policy advice on domestic and international science issues; meeting with a wide range of stakeholders and progressing the division’s work supporting strong scientific capability, business innovation and commercialisation of new ideas.  

Candidates must also have the ability to coordinate meetings, conduct secretariat functions and represent the department at key events.

 To be considered for the roles you will have:

  • excellent organisational skills and the ability to deliver quality outcomes within tight timeframes 
  • a strong ability to think strategically, show judgement and provide policy advice to senior staff
  • the ability to process, articulate and write about complex information clearly and succinctly
  • highly developed interpersonal skills with the ability to engage with various stakeholders
  • the ability to work collaboratively with other teams within the project and external stakeholders. 

These positions may include a moderate amount of travel.


To be eligible for employment in the APS and the department, applicants must be Australian Citizens.

Security Clearance

The position requires a Baseline security clearance. The successful applicants will be required to obtain and maintain a clearance at this level.


This recruitment process is being used to fill current ongoing Executive Level 1 positions. A merit pool may be established to fill future ongoing Executive Level 1 vacancies should they become available within 12 months from the date advertised.

How to apply

You are required to complete your application online. Aligning your responses with the above job description, provide:

  1. an explanation of how your skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to this role (limit your response to between 300 and 500 words)
  2. tell us about three (3) professional achievements within the last 5 years that you are proud of (limit your total response to between 300 and 500 words)

You are also required to provide your current CV with your application. (CVs must be in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format)

Contact information

For more information regarding this opportunity, please contact: Michael Bryson on (02) 6276 1120 or

Learn more about the department

The department’s Enterprise Agreement and policies provide for a flexible working environment to assist staff balance their work and home life.  Staff and managers work together to balance the operating needs of the work unit with the needs of the individual.  Options may include part time working arrangements, working from home or other arrangements as agreed by all parties.

The department is committed to a workplace culture that builds respect, fosters inclusiveness, promotes diversity, embraces the unique skills and qualities of all our employees and is committed to attracting, recruiting and retaining people with disability.

Select the links on the left-hand side of the page for more useful information about a career with the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

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