Work At HIE

The Hawkesbury Institute has quickly grown to over fifty researchers and staff and over sixty students, a phenomenal growth rate that reflects our goals of attracting the best researchers in fields of plant and soil physiology, ecosystems and ecophysiology, animal and insect research and related disciplines.

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Director Of Research

The Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment (HIE) is a designated research institute within Western Sydney University. HIE conducts fundamental and applied research in a range of areas that include ecology, physiology, genetics, and climate change biology. In the space of just a few years, the Institute has rapidly become a leading centre of research excellence in ecosystem function and environmental responses to changing climates.

The institute has a strong reputation for delivering research outcomes of the highest quality. With a unique suite of world-class research facilities, the Institute collaborates with a range of Australian and international institutions. The HIE is dedicated to excellence in research and comprises more than 70 academic and support staff working in pleasant natural surroundings on the Hawkesbury campus of Western Sydney University. The Institute also has a large cohort of postgraduate research students and visiting scientists. The Institute’s three research themes are: Soil Biology and Genomics; Plants, Animals and Interactions; and Ecosystem Function and Integration ( and it is expected that the successful appointee will have a vibrant research program which fits within one or more of these themes.

The Office of the Director of Research is located on the Hawkesbury campus.

The Director of Research will increase the institute's research strength by supporting coordinated, cross disciplinary programs of research to generate knowledge and align understanding about the influence of environmental change on terrestrial ecosystems. The Director of Research will have responsibility for managing the institute's research themes and supporting a strong research training program.

Please refer to the candidate brief & position description for further information.

The University is being assisted by the search firm UniRecruit. For specific enquiries about the role please contact:

Ian Pike Mobile: 0408 445 472

Full details are listed here inclusding the Candidate Pack and Position Description.

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