Current Vacancies


Research Program Manager - Fisheries

The position is responsible for managing a portfolio of fisheries research and development projects commissioned by ACIAR.  The projects are typically partnerships between research institutions in Australia and agencies within ACIAR’s partner countries in the Indo-Pacific.  We are seeking an experienced senior research leader who can further develop a substantial research program, while also contributing to ACIAR corporately by contributing to 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 Fisheries 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, but also interact directly with the Chief Executive Officer on a regular basis.  A detailed position description is available to download at the bottom of this page.

ClassificationEL2RPM3, non-ongoing 5 year specified task

Salary:  $153,776 - $172,880, plus 15.4% super

Contact:  Prof Andrew Campbell, 02 62170520 or email:

Applications:  Applications should be emailed to the HR Manager: by the closing date in a one Word or PDF formatted document.

Applications should include the ACIAR Personal Particulars form, a two page ‘sales pitch’ detailing how your skills and experience meet the requirements of the role and a CV.

Closing Date: Sunday (midnight) 20 August 2017

Information for applicants

It is in your interest to read the requirements for the application process – this could mean writing a ‘sales pitch’ or submitting ‘statements of claims’ against the selection criteria. Selection criteria are standards that measure a candidates abilities, skills and knowledge and are contained within the duty statement or job description.

Both the selection criteria and duty statement outline the minimum requirements necessary to do a job and are collectively called the selection documentation. These documents can be downloaded from this site along with other information to guide you in developing your application.

If your application does not address the requirements you may not get an interview as this is the basis for shortlisting applicants.

Please download the ‘Candidate information pack’ (see below) and the ‘Personal particulars form’ in Word for further information.

Please attach all application documents in one email to our Recruitment Officer.

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Conditions of employment

APS and ACIAR’s Enterprise Agreement conditions of employment apply. Enterprise Agreement 2015-2018

It is ACIAR’s policy to engage successful applicants at the bottom of the salary range unless the candidate can substantiate a case for an above-base salary to be offered. Discussion of commencing salary must be done at the time of interview.

Temporary Employment Register

ACIAR has a temporary employment register for administrative/secretarial positions. There are very few short-term opportunities for professional/technical positions. Register for temporary employment here

Acknowledgement of applications

We do not acknowledge applications as a general rule but we would like to thank you for your interest in ACIAR.

Due to the high number of applications received by ACIAR, the Committee are unable to provide individual feedback to those candidates not selected for interview. The agency’s selection processes are governed by the requirements of the Public Service Act 1999. Candidates are judged individually against the relevant selection criteria as well as comparatively against other candidates for the position. The selection committee (usually three members) will determine applicants’ comparative merit for the position based on their application, performance at interview and comments from referees.

ACIAR’s recruitment process adheres to the APS values, ASPC recruitment and selection guidelines and all relevant legislation.

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Finding ACIAR

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