Research Chair in Open Source Technologies job with UNIVERSITY OF CANBERRA


  • Driving impactful outcomes in the field of open source technologies
  • UC Level Level D or E (Research-Focused) ,Salary Range $155,453 pa – $199,463 pa 17% + Super
  • Fixed Term Opportunity full time for  5 years with possibility of extension


UC has curiosity, ambition and inclusiveness at its core. We challenge the status quo through the pursuit of excellence in teaching, learning and research. Our place-based commitment ensures that we visibly serve Canberra’s community and the surrounding region with impact on the nation. We’re proudly recognised as number one in the world for reducing inequalities (THE, 2022).

We are seeking a highly motivated and experienced individual to lead the development of a research program as part of the recently launched Open Source Institute (OpenSI) partnership between UC, NetApp and the ACT Government. NetApp is a global company specializing in supporting, developing, and managing advanced open-source technologies and we are proud to be partnering in co-funding this position. NetApp  has over 100 open-source technology engineers and specialists located on the UC Campus. In combination with around 40 academics in the School of Information Technology and Systems, this role offers an exceptional opportunity to foster an industry-led collaborative research program with UC academics under the umbrella of OpenSI.

The primary focus of this position’s research projects is collaborating to advance open-source technologies with particular emphasis on emerging capabilities such as cyber security, big-data solutions, and next-generation artificial intelligence and machine learning.

As a Research Chair in Open Sources Technologies, you will have a wide range of responsibilities in leading and shaping the research program for OpenSI. This role is at the forefront of developing and leading an innovative research program in open-source technologies. The role involves driving the program’s direction, setting research goals, and ensuring exceptional research performance.

A key responsibility associated with the role is to actively seek research funding through competitive grant schemes to support the research program of OpenSI ensuring the Institute’s sustainability and growth. In promoting collaboration between NetApp, UC and other relevant industry partners, you will be fostering relationships, inspiring, guiding, and creating opportunities for knowledge exchange and impactful outcomes in the field of open-source technologies. By assuming these responsibilities, you will have a unique opportunity to shape the future of open-source technologies research, foster collaboration between academia and industry, and make a lasting impact on the academic community.

To be considered for this position, it is a requirement to have a Doctoral level qualification relevant to software engineering or related area. Also required are a track record of internationally recognised research publications, higher degree research student supervision, demonstrated industry engagement experience and success in securing competitive grant funding.

The University offers excellent conditions and benefits such as flexible, family-friendly policies, on site gym, on site medical services, a supermarket and childcare facilities.

Connected – A Decadal Strategy 2023-2032 sets a goal to be the national sector leader in equity, diversity, inclusion and access, and the ambitious goals of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategic Plan are designed to ensure that our Indigenous students and staff flourish in a welcoming and culturally safe environment. UC encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disabilities and people from culturally diverse groups.

The University of Canberra is committed to the safety of vulnerable and young people. As such, successful applicants will be required to have a current ACT working with vulnerable people registration. For further details on how to apply please click

To be considered for this please send your CV via the apply button and no other documentations are required.

Please ensure you take the time to align your CV with the Position Description requirements. We want to understand how your skills and experience relate to the position you are applying for.

If you are initially shortlisted, you may be asked to complete an online one-way video interview. There will be a list of pre-set questions that will need to be answered within a stipulated time.

Working Rights: Applicants who wish to apply for this position should have valid working rights or eligibility to obtain a work visa for Australia.

For job specific information: please contact Janine Deakin – Executive Dean, Science & Technology – [email protected] – 02 6206 8894

Recruitment and application questions: please contact the Talent Acquisition team on 02 6206 3867 or email [email protected]

Closing Date: 11.55pm, Sunday the 1st of October 2023


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