Principal, Research Program Manager, Plastics & Human Health
The Minderoo Foundation
Minderoo Foundation is a modern philanthropic organisation. We take on tough, persistent issues with the potential to drive massive change. We incubate ideas and accelerate impact. We push the limits of what is believed possible.
Minderoo Foundation is independent, forward thinking and seeks effective, scalable solutions. We are proudly Australian, and one of Asia’s largest philanthropies.
Minderoo’s Oceans, of which Plastics is a part, Focus Area’s, aim is to return the ocean to a healthy state, free from pollution and safeguarded for future generations. While Oceans’ work focuses primarily in the Indo-Pacific region and we may also look at neighbouring regions (e.g. Eastern Pacific Ocean and Southern Ocean), harms to from plastic are global and require global solutions.
Alongside our peers and partners, we will advocate to scale promising practices and enact systems and policy change with a focus on:
• Stopping the harm that plastic causes to people and planet
• Sustainable economies
• Protecting and restoring ocean ecosystems
About the Opportunity
This critical role is required to be based in Perth, Western Australia, but engaging with global stakeholders. Reporting to the Head of Plastics & Human Health where you will actively contribute to, and drive impact in the high-performing Plastic and Human Health (PHH) team.
This is a newly created role, which offers the opportunity to make a meaningful difference to protect and eliminate harm to human health during plastic production, use and waste management. You will use your expertise to drive global policy change across the plastic life cycle.
PHH is a team of ten staff, who examine exposure to plastics, including chemicals, micro- and nanoplastics, across the life cycle of production, use and disposal, and the harms to human health.
The successful candidate will support the Head of Plastics & Human Health in the strategic development, quality assurance and impact delivery for key-stone research bodies of work, both for literature reviews and for externally funded research projects.
Our theory of change is to 1) synthesise existing published evidence, 2) create new evidence by developing cutting-edge infrastructure and techniques to evaluate health impacts from before birth to old age and 3) collaborate with leading experts with the capacity to influence public health and policy through governments and intergovernmental organisations such as the United Nations. Findings are published in high quality peer-reviewed scientific journals as well as in audited publicly available reports.
Liaison and collaboration with a broad range of stakeholders including, international bodies, external research institutes and universities, government and industry organisations.
To be successful you will have subject matter expert in this area, and have experience collaborating with world-class national and international scientists and clinicians. You will offer:
§ Extensive and demonstrable experience in medical research and its governance and administration, improving outcomes and driving impact in this area.
§ Postgraduate qualifications in science (PhD) and / or medicine essential. Expertise in chemical exposure and/or epidemiology would be highly regarded.
§ High level of commitment and proven ability to problem-solve complex social, economic and or environmental problems and influence change.
§ Significant experience in the delivery of complex, multi-stakeholder programs involving government, industry, academia, and other stakeholders.
§ Scientific writing skills demonstrated through peer-reviewed publications.
§ Capacity to anticipate risks, identify their long-term implications, assess the situation, and prioritise efforts to mitigate those risks.
§ Ability to be permanently located in Perth, Western Australia.
Please attach your resume and a cover letter explaining why you’re interested in this opportunity, and highlighting your relevant experience.
Applications close: Wednesday 31st January 2024
Please note we reserve the right to close applications early should a suitable candidate be identified.
Minderoo Foundation uses a hybrid work model. Minderoo Foundation embraces Equal Opportunity and promotes diversity. We actively encourage Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders, people of all backgrounds, ages, sexual orientation, and those with Disability to apply.