AAL is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee whose Members are all Australian universities and research organisations with a significant astronomy research capability. Its core business is to manage programmes which provide astronomers with access to national astronomy infrastructure.
AAL finances a range of research infrastructure projects from Australian Government funding and supports Australian engagement with various international observatories. The AAL Board, appointed by the Members, oversees the progress of these projects.
At the conclusion of the AAL AGM on 20 November 2019, the terms of Prof Naomi McClure-Griffiths, Prof Karl Glazebrook and Prof Chris Tinney will expire creating three vacancies on the Board. The AAL constitution requires the Members to seek a Board that collectively has experience in:
- Astronomical research broadly consistent with, ‘Australia in the era of global astronomy: The decadal plan for Australian astronomy 2016–2025’;
- Research collaboration at the national and international level;
- National research policy and priorities;
- Business administration and finance;
- Corporate governance and legal matters; and
- Strategy formulation and implementation
To complement the skills and expertise of the ongoing Directors, the AAL nominations committee is particularly interested in candidates who can demonstrate significant experience in managing (at an executive level) or overseeing (at a Board level) one or more of the following areas:
- Optical astronomy
- Radio astronomy
- HPC/Data science
- Multi-messenger/gravitational wave astronomy
- Corporate or university governance, relationship with government departments and legal matters.
In addition to the above, the majority of the Board must have conducted research in astronomy or a related field. To fulfil this final requirement, at least two of the vacancies must be filled by individuals who have conducted research in astronomy or a related field.
Note: Prof McClure-Griffiths, Prof Glazebrook and Prof Tinney are entitled to apply for re-election.
If you consider yourself well placed to contribute to the Board via your expertise and ideas, and share AAL’s vision of wanting Australian astronomy to be world leading and publicly valued, please email Astronomy Australia Ltd with a maximum two A4 page application with:
- a brief CV,
- your expertise for each of the required areas of skills and experience listed above,
- any relevant conflicts of interest.
AAL is committed to equity and diversity and encourages applications from under-represented groups. AAL also seeks engagement from across Australia and notes the current Board members are concentrated in Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney.
The deadline for applications is 7 October 2019 at 8pm AEDT. Late applications will not be accepted.
Applications will be reviewed by the Nomination Committee. This committee will make nominations to the AAL Members for consideration at the AGM.
Queries can be made to either Mr Mark McAuley, Chief Executive Officer, 03 9214 8036, or Dr Sarah Pearce, Nomination Committee Chair, 02 9372 4671.