Future Fuels CRC is recruiting: Program Coordinator – Social Science and Education Programs

June 1, 2021

Future Fuels CRC is recruiting! Reporting to the Research & Innovation Manager, the Program Coordinator manages a portfolio of industry-led research projects into social, safety, policy and regulatory contexts within which future fuels infrastructure operates.

You will ensure the research program addresses how best to engage with the community to support good decision-making associated with future fuel infrastructure projects, and you will oversee the delivery of research outputs that will sustain the world-class best practice safety and reliability performance of the Australian gas sector as it decarbonises.

The role will also work closely with the Program Leaders and provide key support for Future Fuels CRC’s Education and Training Program which aims to build the capacity of the future fuels sector.

The role is evenly split between coordinating Future Fuels CRC’s social science research program and its education / training activities.

Occasional domestic travel will be required.

Location: The job is based either in Wollongong (NSW) or Melbourne (VIC)

Term: 3-year contract

Key Responsibilities 

  • Facilitate the development of new research project proposals and other funding application documents.
  • Project manage a portfolio of research and education projects and other externally funded activities against contracted milestones, budgets, time and quality measures.
  • Identify, develop and execute contract research and consultancy activities for Future Fuels CRC.
  • Support special initiatives of Future Fuels CRC in line with its strategic plan as directed.
  • Advise on future fuels / energy policy and regulatory matters.
  • Actively support and engage in Future Fuels CRC education and training activities.
  • Drive and support nominated research utilisation activities to enhance the impact of research and education.
  • Develop, implement and update of research systems, policies and procedures.
  • Provide logistical support and technical/scientific advice to the project teams, working groups and steering committees.
  • Develop and implement public and industry education and training programs.
  • Manage the review, approval, and release of Future Fuels CRC research reports and other (external) publications.
  • With the Communications & Engagement Manager develop targeted materials, including newsletter copy, web content, and research summaries.
  • Prepare progress reports for Future Fuels CRC Board and its Committees, as well as external industry and government stakeholders.
  • Attend and present at industry conferences, research seminars / webinars, and other relevant events to the participants in Future Fuels CRC.

Support collaboration and built linkages between Future Fuels CRC participants and external stakeholders domestically, as well as internationally.

Skills and Experience 

  • Tertiary qualification in social science, policy studies, education management, or equivalent.
  • Knowledge of the energy industry and pathways for decarbonisation.
  • Experience working in industry preferable
  • Skilled and knowledgeable in (research) project management practices.
  • Highly skilled in report writing.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Australian research landscape, with a particular focus on applied science and industry research.
  • Comfortable in providing high level strategic research management advice to senior researchers and managing complex stakeholder relationships.

Experienced in implementing, managing, and improving operational processes, policies and plans.

About the Future Fuels CRC

Future Fuels Cooperative Research Centre is the industry focussed Research, Development & Demonstration (RD&D) partnership enabling the decarbonisation of Australia’s energy networks.

We work with our partners in a collaborative and connected research community embracing industry, academia and government to:

  • Focus on the future of a crucial sector of the Australian energy economy.
  • Deliver the full potential of low-carbon fuels in the energy supply mix.
  • Find safe and reliable solutions to repurpose existing infrastructure and develop new infrastructure to transport future fuels.
  • Inform coordinated national policy and regulation associated with low carbon fuels.
  • Protect and extend the reliability and safe operative life of energy infrastructure.
  • Enable the structures, protocols, and linkages to maximise the value of global low carbon fuel developments for Australia.

Future Fuels CRC has offices in Melbourne, Victoria and Wollongong, NSW.

The Future Fuels CRC supports flexible working arrangements

How to Apply

Please apply via our Seek advert.


Dr Klaas van Alphen, Future Fuels CRC Research & Innovation Manager,