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Searching for Australia's next Chief Scientist

5 June 2015

The Australian Government has begun the process to select Australia’s next Chief Scientist, to build on the outstanding work of Professor Ian Chubb AC, whose tenure concludes at the end of the year.

Minister for Industry and Science Ian Macfarlane said choosing the best candidate was an extremely important process, given the integral role science plays in Australia’s future prosperity and economic competitiveness.

“The Australian Government places the highest priority on science,” Mr Macfarlane said.

“We have put science at the centre of industry policy as it is integral to supporting Australia’s future growth and prosperity.

“We have announced national Science and Research Priorities of food, soil and water, transport, cybersecurity, energy, resources, advanced manufacturing, environmental change and health to ensure our high performing science, research and innovation system delivers maximum benefit.

“This year, the Government will also develop a national science strategy including a strategy for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).”

Mr Macfarlane said the successful applicant would have a substantial scientific track record and reputation, be a passionate and effective communicator across disciplines and have significant policy advisory experience.

“The Chief Scientist reports to the Prime Minister through the Commonwealth Science Council, provides independent advice to the Government and works across all levels of government and agencies with science responsibilities on science, research, technology and innovation matters,” Mr Macfarlane said.

“The Chief Scientist will also help focus national thinking on science across the states and territories and advocate for Australian science internationally.”

The Government has contracted Odgers Berndtson Australia to conduct a national and international search to find a replacement.

Further information about the selection process is available on a confidential basis by contacting Julie Steiner, Managing Director at Odgers Berndtson Australia (02 9460 4505 or ChiefScientistAustralia@odgersberndtson.com).

Applications close at 5:00pm, Australian Eastern Standard Time on Friday 17 July 2015.

Media Contact: Mr Macfarlane's Office 02 6277 7070