CSIRO seeking a leader for Food, Health and Life Science industries

Posted by AFN Staff Writers on 22nd January 2013

CSIRO, one of Australia’s premier applied science research organisations, is seeking a replacement for the role of Group Executive Food, Health and Life Science Industries.

The successful applicant will take over the role of retiring Dr Alastair Robertson, who has been in the role since 2010 and working at the CSIRO since 2003.

The new Group Executive Food, Health and Life Science Industries is required to “make a difference in agri-business and health.”

Australia’s CSIRO is a statutory agency that has responsibilities to respond to demand for science-based solutions to global challenges such as food security, increasing agricultural productivity in a sustainable way, disease prevention, biosecurity, and the development of sustainable sources of energy and materials.

The Group Executive will report directly to the Chief Executive and is responsible for the overall leadership, management and performance of the units within the Food, Health and Life Science Industries Group. The Group has 1200 staff and an annual budget of $385 million. It serves large and vital sectors of the Australian economy, including the agri-food industry and the human health sector.

The successful applicant will be required to have an international reputation in relevant areas of research, and the ability to work effectively at a senior leadership level. The Group Executive will also require the ability to manage productive relationships with research, commercial, government and community stakeholders nationally and internationally.

The Group Executive for Food, Health and Life Science Industries will be responsible for overseeing the following areas of the CSIRO:

– Plant Industry

-Animal, Food and Health Sciences

– Food Futures

-Preventative Health

-Sustainable Agriculture


Located in Sydney or Canberra, those interested are encouraged to apply through the CSIRO website here.