Director, Research and Innovation

Company:University of Canterbury

Location:New Zealand / Christchurch

Discipline:Research and Innovation

Employment Type:Permanent Full-time


Director, Research and Innovation

Research and Innovation - Te Rōpū Rangahau

Ignite a meaningful career in driving strategic growth of UC's research portfolio!

  • Leadership role
  • Drive strategic direction, performance, and impact of UC's research
  • Top ranking University in New Zealand

What You Will Do

Reporting to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation), you will be a highly motivated individual with extensive research knowledge and experience, a thought-leader with strong executive management experience to develop and implement research initiatives aligned to UC's strategic vision. Leading a large and diverse team, you will contribute to all aspects of planning, policy, performance and operational support for research and innovation activities.

Who You Are

The successful candidate will have extensive experience in a leadership role and understanding of growing a portfolio of high-quality university research, and the importance of demonstrating its impact. You will be confident with systems of research and innovation in New Zealand, including issues facing the tertiary education sector, to be able to pre-empt and prepare for potential strategic themes and areas of changing national and international importance.

The ideal candidate will have a PhD (desirable), or at least ten-year's experience in research management and have:

  • extensive knowledge of research funding landscapes, and process of building research collaborations and delivery of research
  • experience in competitive research proposal development across a spectrum of Government and industry sources
  • able to demonstrate strong people leadership and vision
  • an enterprising strategic perspective and ability to be a 'considered disruptor', committed to making a difference
  • skills in innovation and knowledge of transfer and commercialisation, including deal and contract negotiation
  • a genuine commitment to work collaboratively with colleagues to foster equity and diversity and to meet the obligations of the Treaty of Waitangi
  • exceptional communication strategies to enhance relationships between various stakeholder groups.

Who Are Your Team

The Research and Innovation team are a professional service team who passionately and proactively contribute to the growth and development of UC's research portfolio so as to enhance UC's reputation of undertaking excellent and impactful research. The role of Research and Innovation is to provide end-to-end services which facilitate and support all stages of research and innovation, including enhancing and promoting the economic, environmental and societal impact of UC's research, and commercialisation. This new Director role will provide strategic leadership to this critical service team to grow the size, impact, and reputation of UC's research portfolio.

For more information about our team, please visit us @ Research and Innovation

Why UC

Tangata Tū, Tangata Ora - Engaged, Empowered, Making a Difference.

The University of Canterbury is committed to making a difference through its research both locally and internationally, by undertaking excellent and impactful research. UC will increasingly support transdisciplinary research to address important issues facing New Zealand, the Pacific, and internationally. Similarly, UC is committed to grow and nurture postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows to undertake high-quality research that makes a difference in the world. Further, UC is committed to improving its national and international research reputation.

For information about the range of fantastic benefits that UC offers including flexible work practices, study opportunities and generous superannuation and leave provisions, please visit us:

The University of Canterbury is an Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO) employer and we encourage diversity in our staffing profile. The University of Canterbury actively seeks to meet its obligation under the Treaty of Waitangi - Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

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The closing date for this position is: Sunday, 4th October 2020 (midnight, NZ time)

How You Apply

Applications for this position must be submitted on our careers website and should include a cover letter and resume. Please note, we do not accept applications by email, however we are happy to answer your queries in relation to the application process, please forward these to

Currently, due to COVID-19 restrictions you must have New Zealand or Australian Citizenship/Permanent Residency or a valid visa that allows you to work in New Zealand to be considered for this role.

Please Note

In response to COVID-19 the New Zealand Government has imposed a travel ban and are currently only allowing New Zealand Residents, Citizens and visa holders meeting a strict exception policy to enter the country, all of whom must currently enter Government approved isolation/quarantine for two weeks upon arrival.

It is uncertain when these border restrictions will change, and this may impact the degree to which an off-shore candidate will be available to commence in a new position in Christchurch. It is our expectation that the new appointee for this position would be physically present in Christchurch, in a reasonable timeframe to commence employment. To see how this might affect your application and for more information and updates on the border restrictions visit the Immigration New Zealand website or the New Zealand Government's official Covid-19 website.

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