Chief Science Officer - EL2

Chief Science Officer  - EL2
Position Number: 20034092
Operations Branch
EL2 - $120,208 - $145,053 per annum
Ongoing, Full Time
Closing date: 5 May 2019


The Australian Government, as a signatory to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) International Convention against Doping in Sport (the Convention), implements anti-doping arrangements that’s are consistent with the principles of the World Anti-Doping Code (the Code).

The Australian Sports Anti- Doping Authoring (ASADA) is Australia’s national anti-Doping agency.

The role and functions of ASADA are set out in the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Act 2006, the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority Regulations 2006 and the National Anti-Doping scheme. ASADA is a non-corporate Commonwealth Entity under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.

ASADA works with sports, athletes, support personnel and Government entities to provide a comprehensive anti-doping program.

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) is the Australian Government body responsible for protecting the health of athletes and the integrity of Australian sport through engagement, deterrence, detection and enforcement activities aimed at minimising the risk of doping. 

Primary Purpose of the Role

The Chief Science Officer (CSO) heads up the Science team and forms a key part of the Operations Group. The Science team provide scientific advice, information and intelligence to all areas of ASADA’s operations. The team are also responsible for:

  • Liaison with World Anti-Doping Authority (WADA)-Accredited Laboratories
  • Results management of Adverse Analytical Findings and Atypical Findings
  • Athlete Biological Passport management
  • Maintenance of GlobalDRO

In conducting its work, the team works closely with other areas of ASADA, WADA, WADA accredited laboratories, Australian and International Experts and anti-doping organisations.

ASADA’s work in Science is highly regarded in the anti-doping field internationally and the position holder will have the opportunity to build on ASADA’s reputation in this area. The team also assist anti-doping organisations to build scientific capability.

The CSO is responsible for providing significant contributions to the development, implementation and maintenance of Science and Results Management capabilities within the National and International Anti-Doping programs.

In addition the occupant will be required to provide strategic leadership and operational direction to ASADA’s Science team as well as advice to the ASADA executive and personnel.

Key Duties

The duties of the Chief Science Officer will vary according to the needs of the Executive and Senior Executive as informed by the Deputy CEO Operations.

Under limited direction duties and responsibilities include:

  • Manage, coach and provide strategic leadership to the Science and Results Management section;
  • Oversee ASADA’s Science and Results management processes including ongoing development of systems and processes to ensure they are best practice within the current international anti-doping environment;
  • Providing policy advice and development/drafting/updating expert opinions on legislation and other relevant papers;
  • Provide scientific advice to support all areas of ASADA’s Operations;
  • Manage ASADA’s relationship with the Australian Sports Drug Testing Laboratory and other relevant stakeholders;
  • Develop effective working relationships with international experts to obtain insight into and influence scientific and technical matters relating to doping in sport;
  • Guide ASADA’s involvement in scientific research and oversee the incorporation of new scientific advances into ASADA’s operations;
  • As a member of the Senior Leadership Group, provide broad strategic advice to the CEO; and
  • Other duties as directed.

Key Accountabilities

  • Provide leadership and direction to Science and Results management staff
  • Accurate scientific and technical advice is provided
  • Results management policies and procedures are followed and up-to-date and any relevant Corrective Actions or Process Improvements are actioned in a timely manner
  • Best practice standards are developed and applied to all Scientific Results Management processes and procedures
  • All relevant legislation and ASADA’s health and safety policies, procedures and instructions are complied with
  • Horizon scanning results and scientific information supports the targeted testing program
  • All reasonable care is taken to protect personal health and safety and the health and safety of others
  • Endorse and encourage ‘best practice’  recordkeeping in accordance with policies, standards and guidelines issued by the National Archives of Australia

APS Capabilities

The following APS Capabilities provide the framework for every APS role:

  • Shapes Strategic Thinking
  • Achieves Results
  • Cultivates Productive Working Relationships
  • Exemplifies Personal Drive and Integrity
  • Communicates with Influence

Conflict of Interest

The public is entitled to have confidence in the integrity of their public officials, and to know that an Australian Public Service (APS) employee's personal interests do not conflict with his or her public duties.  Applicants will be required to make disclosures of any roles, associations and relationships that would create a real or perceived conflict of interest with ASADA’s role as an anti-doping regulator.

Capabilities for the role

The APS work level standards apply to all APS Employees. These behavioural indicators are structured to differentiate the work expected at that level and should be reviewed in conjunction with the roles key accountabilities.  The work level standards is available at

Selection Criteria

  1. Demonstrated knowledge or ability to quickly acquire expertise in the current international and Australian anti-doping framework and the elements that constitute the process
  2. Demonstrated knowledge and expertise in scientific matters to the relevant to the detection of doping in sport
  3. Highly developed oral and written communication skills, including the ability to develop and maintain productive working relationships.
  4. Demonstrated ability to shape strategic thinking, aligning operational activities with corporate goals.
  5. Strong leadership and people management ability.
  6. Strong liaison, interpersonal and negotiation skills, including the ability to influence change.
  7. Demonstrated personal qualities of integrity, initiative, drive and adaptability, and experience in implementing sound workplace management practices.


Please note, under section 22(8) of the Public Service Act 1999, employees must be Australian citizens to be employed in the APS unless the Agency delegate has agreed, in writing.

A Negative 1 Vetting Security Clearance (or the ability to obtain one) and the ability to obtain and maintain an appropriate clearance as required by State or Territory legislation in order to work with minors and vulnerable people.  The successful applicant may also be required to undergo a medical assessment.

ASADA staff must comply with security (physical, personnel and IT) security controls and mandatory training.

How to apply

The selection criteria reflect the knowledge, experience, core skills and personal qualities required for this position. Assessment of applicants during the selection process is based on these criteria.

Applicants are required to provide a ‘pitch’ (summary of no more than two pages) outlining your skills, knowledge, experience and achievements and why you should be considered for this vacancy. You do not need to provide a separate response to each of the criteria in your written application.

You should take into consideration the Job Overview (including any detailed position specific requirements) when drafting your response. As much as possible include specific relevant examples of your work. When you include examples, it is recommended you frame them around the following approach, commonly known as the STAR method:

  1. Describe the SITUATION or problem;
  2. Highlight the TASK you had to accomplish;
  3. Tell what ACTIONS you took to achieve the task;
  4. Show the RESULT – what you achieved and what you learned

Your application should include:

  • A two page pitch that outlines your suitability against the selection criteria;
  • ASADA Cover Sheet;
  • Current resume (no more than 2 pages)

Send applications to

Contact:  Brian McDonald, Deputy CEO Operations –