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Recruitment and Selection Process

Chief Platforms, Prof. Emily Hilder speaking to the 2022 NAVIGATE cohort at induction
Chief Platforms, Prof. Emily Hilder speaking to the 2022 NAVIGATE cohort at induction

Stage 1 – Application

NAVIGATE applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be an Australian citizen
  • Obtain and maintain the required security clearance
  • Have a PhD in science and technology or related field with over 5 years' experience being highly desirable
  • Applications are reviewed by at least two selection panel chairs to determine suitability for NAVIGATE


Stage 2 – Online Testing

Eligible applicants will be provided with a link to complete an online psychometric test to understand their:

  • Motivation
  • Values
  • Capabilities

Applicants will also receive an email containing a link for submission of their video interview. Applicants will demonstrate their technical experience, motivational drivers and leadership skills.


Stage 3 – Assessment DayShortlisted applicants will be invited to attend a half-day Assessment Day comprising of:

  • Panel Interview
  • Stakeholder Presentation
  • Group Activity

Selection panels conduct an initial assessment rating of each applicant as suitable or unsuitable.


Stage 4 - Referee Reports

All applicants are required to provide the contact information of two referees. It is preferable to include a current supervisor where possible or appropriate. Referee reports are used to gauge an applicant's ability and attitude in the workplace.

Applicants who are deemed suitable will have their referee's contacted.

Referees are encouraged to share the referee report with the applicant. Where this has not occurred, applicants can seek a copy of their referee report from the NAVIGATE team.


Stage 5 – Final Selection

With consideration to the aims of NAVIGATE, a pool of suitable applicants is identified for offers of employment through the program. The NAVIGATE Team will contact the successful applicants via telephone with an offer of employment which is subsequently formalised.

All unsuccessful applicants are notified and provided with the opportunity to seek feedback.


Further questions

If you have any questions regarding this opportunity, please email