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Join the AIFST Team as a Communications Officer!

Are you a tech-savvy wordsmith with a passion for food science in the digital age?

Do you thrive on creating engaging content that captivates audiences across various online platforms?

If so, we have the perfect opportunity for you!  Come join our small but enthusiastic team.

Role Overview:

As our Communications Officer, you'll be at the forefront of shaping our presence.

The role is part time (2 days per week) working from home.

The main purpose of the role is to build and maintain AIFST’s communication program to engage with members, stakeholders and the broader agrifood industry to showcase the importance of food science and the role of AIFST.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Member and stakeholder engagement
  • Content creation
  • Website maintenance and administration
  • Social media management
  • Analytics, and
  • Collaborate with internal stakeholders.

How to Apply:

If you're ready to take your communication skills to the next level and contribute to a purpose-driven organization, we want to hear from you!

Send your resume, cover letter, and portfolio (if applicable) to

Applications close at 5.00pm (AEDT) on 12 February 2024.

For further information please contact Fiona Fleming at

AIFST is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

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Director, Business Development and Commercialisation - FaBa, QLD

Are you FaBA’s next Director, Business Development and Commercialisation?

  • Are you excited to see the commercialisation of university research increase with industry?
  • Do you have a passion for converting food and beverage technologies into commercial solutions for the industry?
  • Are you looking to thrive in a collaborative, dynamic team environment?

About the Food and Beverage Accelerator (FaBA) Initiative

The University of Queensland (UQ) led Food and Beverage Accelerator (FaBA) is a $160 million initiative supported by a $50 million Trailblazer grant from the Australian Government over four years, backed by industry and innovation partners, along with Queensland University of Technology (QUT), the University of Southern Queensland (UniSQ), CSIRO and the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. The universities, industry partners and research collaborators will invest $110 million funding in the project to boost growth and innovation in the sector. The initiative aims to contribute to doubling the value of Australia’s food and beverage manufacturing sector by 2030, through a focus on new ingredients, creating innovative foods and beverages, and skills for the sector (KPIs for FaBA).

UniQuest is the commercialisation company of The University of Queensland and is leading the commercialisation activities for the initiative.

The Director, Business Development and Commercialisation - FaBA, will build new effective business relationships and commercialisation opportunities with industry and university partners leading to short, medium and long-term objectives aligned with FaBA strategy and KPIs.

This position is part of the FaBA Executive Team and will support the building of a broader ecosystem of industry engagement and workforce development associated with the food and beverage sector across Australia, catalysed by FaBA.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Support FaBA to deliver against the KPIs for growth and innovation through partnerships with industry, government and universities.
  • Structure, negotiate and close partnering agreement with industry plus post-contract client management, to maximise value and enhance the reputation of FaBA.
  • Find and close opportunities for licencing and the formation of new start-ups to support FaBA and Australis’s broader food and beverage ecosystem.
  • Oversee the development, maintenance and management of the FaBA commercial opportunities pipeline from target identification, investment potential assessment, admission to the FaBA Alliance, and effective proposal and project development by researchers.
  • Collaborate and build relationships with FaBA, industry, research partners and university academic and professional staff to ensure that project and contractual matters are managed consistently in line with FaBA objectives.
  • Lead and support the Business Development and Commercialisation team to deliver successful outcomes for FaBA.

About You

As the ideal candidate you will have experience of industry engagement and deal-making – whether that is research partnership, IP licensing or for a start-up company – from within a university and/or research-intensive environment.

You will have advanced skills in managing and influencing multi-stakeholder complex projects and ideally networks and technical experience in or related to the food and beverage industry.

The successful candidate will be driven to work collaboratively with others to see technologies and capabilities translated into products for consumers and industry, and be able to work in a fast paced and dynamic environment, navigating complexity with a client centric approach.

This is a rare opportunity to join Australia’s leading university commercialisation company, in a leading role to support the FaBA initiative to grow the food and beverage industry.

This is a fixed term contract for up to three years and the role is based at UniQuest’s offices on The University of Queensland’s St Lucia campus, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

For a copy of the Position Description please visit our website.

Please send your CV and covering letter (essential), total of no more than 4 pages combined, to

Applications close COB Thursday 22 February 2024

The Company

UniQuest is the commercialisation company of The University of Queensland (UQ). We partner with researchers to create impact through the commercialisation of UQ’s intellectual property (IP). Since 1984, UniQuest has facilitated more than 125 start-up companies built on UQ IP - a milestone unsurpassed by any other Australian university. These companies have gone on to raise more than A$950 million to take UQ technologies to market. UniQuest manages the Queensland Emory Drug Discovery Initiative (QEDDI) - a world-class small molecule drug discovery and development group dedicated to translating biomedical research into drug candidates for partnering. UniQuest’s track record includes the blockbuster HPV vaccine Gardasil┬« and start-up companies Spinifex Pharmaceuticals and Inflazome, which were acquired in two of the highest value university start-up exits in Australian history. Products containing UQ IP licensed by UniQuest have generated gross product sales of more than A$50 billion to-date, significantly contributing to global impact.


Associate Professor (level D) in Human Nutrition. The University of Melbourne

Job no: 0060691
Location: Parkville; Melbourne, Australia
Role type: 
Full-time; Continuing (tenure-track position)
School: Agriculture, Food and Ecosystem Sciences
Level D – $169,094 - $186,288 p.a. plus 17% super

  • Lead teaching and research in human nutrition, overseeing academic programs and subject streams in relevant degrees.
  • Build strong relationships with industry, external research partners, and local communities to promote the adoption of innovative technologies for enhancing nutritional benefits in food systems.
  • Salary packaging, subsidised health and wellbeing services, fitness and cultural clubs, Myki discounts, and a 25% discount on graduate courses to our staff and their immediate families!

About the Role
The Associate Professor in Human Nutrition will provide leadership and foster excellence in teaching and research in human nutrition, spanning from food and sensory sciences to nutritional physiology, biochemistry, and health. The position will play an important role in the academic leadership of the undergraduate and postgraduate courses and subject streams, particularly within the Bachelor of Science (major in Human Nutrition) and Master of Food Science degree. As an Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne, the incumbent will have a growing recognition as an eminent authority nationally and internationally in their field of research.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Undertake internationally competitive independent and/or team-based research, resulting in publications in high impact journals.
  • Contribute to and publish academic papers and other scholarly outputs to a high academic standard in accordance with the research expectations of the University of Melbourne
  • Actively participate in research seminars and conferences to disseminate research findings in their area of expertise as opportunities arise.
  • Take a leading role during in the development, preparation and submission of research proposal submissions to internal or external funding bodies as relevant.
  • Actively contribute to teaching, training, scientific mentoring and supervision of students
  • Undertake probationary and performance management processes, ensuring you have regular conversations with your staff and are providing positive and constructive feedback to enhance staff and team performance.
  • Contribute to and present quality research to the public to elevate public awareness of educational and scientific developments and promote critical enquiry and public debate within the community where appropriate.

Who We Are Looking For
You will possess a demonstrated ability to design and conduct high-quality research in human nutrition, coupled with excellent organisational skills to meet deadlines and ensure timely project completion.

You will also have:

  • A PhD in human nutrition or a related discipline
  • An established track record of high-quality publications in leading international journals, relative to career opportunity in the area of human nutrition
  • An outstanding track record in obtaining external research funding from national competitive research bodies and other sources, including industry government grants and directing research programs.
  • Demonstrated track record of developing and delivering teaching programs at undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • An established track record of attracting and supervising postgraduate and higher degree students to completion.

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