The Research Program Manager position is responsible for commissioning and managing, on behalf of ACIAR, a coherent portfolio of forestry research-for-development projects, closely aligned with the priorities of Australia’s official development assistance program and contributing to ACIAR’s strategy and thematic priorities. Projects typically involve partnerships that link the innovation systems in Australia and ACIAR’s partner countries in the Indo-Pacific region, bringing together partners in universities, public research and development agencies, and the private sector.  We are seeking an experienced senior research leader who can further develop a substantial research program, while also contributing to ACIAR’s broader research portfolio management including peer review of ACIAR projects in other programs, contribution to scientific submissions and reviews, and membership of internal committees. 

The position of Research Program Manager (RPM) is pivotal in ACIAR’s distinctive partnership brokering model of research investment in developing countries.  Individual RPMs deliver scientific leadership within their own research program and disciplinary strength, and they also work collectively across programs and across the portfolio as a whole to ensure technical excellence, procedural rigour and to capture opportunities for cross-program synergies. The Forestry RPM, as with other RPMs, is expected to mentor graduates and early career research officers and contribute to ACIAR’s research outreach and capacity building activities.  The appointee will work in a small team supported by a Program Support Officer (PSO).  All RPMs are accountable to ACIAR’s Executive through the Chief Scientist and interact directly with the Chief Executive Officer on a regular basis. Further details on the position can be found at the bottom of the page, please refer to the Position Profile.

Classification:  EL2RPM3 non-ongoing 5 year task

Salary:  $156,852 - $176,338, plus 15.4% super

Contact Officer:  Dr Daniel Walker: Ph 0262170561 or email

Applications:  Should be emailed in one attachment (please do not send multiple attachments) in Word or PDF format to the HR Manager, by the closing date.  Applications should include a Personal Particulars form, a two page ‘sales pitch’ detailing how your skills and experience meet the requirements of the role and a CV with contact details of two professional referees.

Closing Date: Sunday  13 May 2018

Eligibility:  You must be an Australian Citizen and be able to obtain and maintain a Negative Vetting 1 security clearance.