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IMNIS National Program Manager


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Job Listing Date
13 Nov 2019
$80,000 - $85,000 package. Salary packaging avail.
Work Type
Science & Technology, Other


The Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) is a Learned Academy operating as an independent, non-political and expert think tank that helps Australians understand and use technology to solve complex problems.

We bring together Australia's experts in applied science, technology and engineering to provide impartial, practical and evidence-based advice on how to achieve sustainable solutions and advance prosperity.

The Academy is a Fellowship organisation, comprising men and women elected on the basis of their expertise and experience. There are currently almost 900 Fellows, drawn from academia, industry, government and research organisations. They include Chief Scientists, CEOs, Vice-Chancellors and heads of research institutes.

Fellows contribute to the Academy's mission of applying science, technology and engineering to solve the big issues facing our nation in a fast-changing world.

The Industry Mentoring Network in STEM (IMNIS) is a flagship national initiative of the Academy that links PhD students and postdoctoral fellows with senior level industry leaders in a one year mentoring program.

IMNIS will raise awareness of the value of engagement and collaboration between industry and academia whether mentees pursue a career in research/academia or in industry. Either career outcome will contribute positively to Australia's need to enhance innovation to boost productivity and prosperity.


The overarching requirement of the IMNIS National Program Manager is to work with the IMNIS Executive Director to manage and deliver the IMNIS program at a national level, with the ultimate goal of ensuring significant numbers of STEM PhD students and postdoctoral fellows (mentees) have the chance to obtain an industry mentor. This will require extensive planning and collaboration with Universities, Industry, and funding bodies.

The IMNIS National Program Manager will work as part of the IMNIS team and report to the IMNIS Executive Director. The position will have the overall responsibility of managing the IMNIS Programs Australia-wide. This will include working with Universities and Research Organisations across Australia, and experienced professionals in STEM-related industry sectors. Interstate travel and out-of-office-hours work will be required (e.g. hosting events).


The Responsibilities of the IMNIS National Program Manager will include:

  • Manage the successful delivery of the IMNIS programs Australia wide, including a series of events during the 12 month programs
  • Manage the pilot IMNIS programs in line with the Growth Centre priorities (e.g. Pilot of the Queensland Regional Program)
  • Network and engage broadly across industry sectors to identify high calibre industry professionals to mentor PhD students and postdoctoral fellows
  • Work with the Coordinators at member organisations in the selection of mentees, manage contracts of engagement and invoicing
  • Manage online and digital resources for the IMNIS programs and communicate the impact and outcomes of the program broadly
  • Provide regular updates (written and oral) to the IMNIS Executive Director and to the Academy leadership as requested
  • The position will require supervision of IMNIS staff and liaison with Academy staff



1. Strong representational and interpersonal skills, including the ability to network and communicate (written, oral, online) effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders (academia, research, industry, government) at a senior level.

2. Demonstrated skills in the successful delivery of complex projects and events involving multiple stakeholders and interests.

3. Experience or knowledge of research, training and early career development pathways across the STEM academic and industry sectors.

5. Demonstrated capacity to work independently as well as part of a team.

6. Experience in the production of high quality reports, submissions and papers to tight deadlines.

7. Energy and drive to make things happen with a passion to expand the skills and opportunities of post-graduate students and early career researchers.

8. A postgraduate degree or equivalent in a STEM discipline.


Proven commitment to inclusion and belonging, and a good understanding of the issues around diversity and equality of opportunity.

The application form will include these questions:
  • Which of the following statements best describes your right to work in Australia?
  • How much notice are you required to give your current employer?
  • What's your highest level of education?
  • Are you willing to relocate for this role?
  • How many years of project management experience do you have?

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