Australian High Commission
New Delhi
India, Bhutan

Vacancy: Senior Adviser (Science and Innovation)

                                                                                     Vacancy: Senior Adviser (Science and Innovation)

Office Circular No 34/2017

Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

The Australian High Commission, New Delhi, is seeking applications for the position of Senior Adviser (Science and Innovation) at the Australian High Commission, New Delhi. This position reports to Counsellor, Industry, Innovation and Science.

Applicants are advised to read the Position Description below prior to addressing the selection criteria. Applicants must address each of the selection criteria. Applications that do not specifically address the selection criteria will not be considered. Further information on selection criteria is available on our website

Subject to the successful completion of up to a six month probationary period, satisfactory medical check and background verification the successful applicant will be offered an eighteen month period of employment, inclusive of the probation period. The contract may be extended subject to agreement between the employer and employee.

The commencing salary will be determined based on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate. The package will include annual leave, limited medical reimbursements, Diwali bonus, provident fund provisions and gratuity provisions when service length is sufficient. The starting salary offered will be INR 160, 392 per month. Australian High Commission staff work a 5-day week.

The Australian High Commission is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to workplace diversity. This is a core element of the Australian High Commissions (AHC), New Delhi’s personnel policies and programs. Clear objectives, mutual respect, good communication and team work are the characteristics of workplace diversity in action.

Enquiries about the position should be directed to


Applicants must submit to the HR Manager by Monday 15 January 2018 the following documents in Microsoft Word format with subject header ‘Application for Senior Adviser (Science and Innovation)’ to:

(1) A font size 12 typed statement addressing each of the selection criteria (no longer than 2 pages in total).

(2) A curriculum vitae detailing your contact details, work experience, academic qualifications and the names and contact details of two professional referees.

Applications not meeting these criteria will not be considered. No late applications will be accepted and only short listed candidates will be contacted.


Position Description – Senior Advisor (Science and Innovation) December 2017


Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

Position number



Senior Advisor (Science and Innovation)




Industry, Innovation and Science

Reports to (title)

Counsellor, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science


About the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

It has never been a more exciting time to join the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. The Department has a vision to enable growth and productivity for globally competitive industries. To help realise this vision, the Department has four key objectives: supporting science and commercialisation, growing business investment and improving business capability and streamlining regulation.

The department’s premier innovation and science initiative with India is the Australia- India Strategic Research Fund – our largest bilateral program to support engagement between Australian and Indian researchers and industry.

In 2014 the Department launched the National Innovation and Science Agenda which has a strong global innovation linkages component. Australia has a strong bilateral relationship with India, particularly on innovation and science.

Industry incorporates a number of science agencies within its organisational frameworks and that of the broader portfolio. It hosts the Office of Australia’s Chief Scientist, and acts as the primary coordinator of science policy issues across government portfolios. Industry consolidates the Australian Government’s efforts to drive economic growth, productivity and competitiveness by bringing together industry, resources, science and skills.

About the Position

The position will report to the Counsellor (Industry, Innovation and Science),

The key responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:

  •  Provide high level analysis, briefing and advice to senior High Commission staff on innovation, science and technology-related matters;
  •  Liaising with key partner departments in the Government of India on the delivery of the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund;

Position Description – Senior Advisor (Science and Innovation) December 2017

  •  Monitoring, analysing and reporting on developments in India’s science and innovation sector to senior officials at the Australian High Commission and the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science in Canberra;
  •  Representing the Australian High Commission and the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science at high level meetings, conferences and other events as required;
  •  Coordinating visits by Australian delegations to India and Indian delegations to Australia, including visits by ministers, senior officials and researchers;
  •  Providing input and assistance to other departments at post on issues and projects relevant to the innovation, science and technology sector;
  •  Maintaining files and databases and performing other administrative duties to support the team.


1. Completion of a graduate degree required.

2. Minimum five years of progressively responsible experience in a related field, or similar position.

3. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Very strong ability to establish and maintain working-level contacts with counterparts.

4. Ability to work as part of a team, and to take initiative and work with autonomy.

Selection Criteria

Please provide a response of no more than 300 words against each selection criterion.

1. Experience in program management, planning and administration, including facilitation of meetings, visits and events.

2. Strong communication (written and verbal), interpersonal and representational skills, including building networks and working individually or as part of a team.

3. Strong research and analytical skills and demonstrated ability to use these in a policy context.

4. Experience in, or knowledge of, innovation, science and technology.