Division & Leadership
The Division of Research & Innovation provides research and research education services and infrastructure supporting the development of world-class research, both nationally and internationally, and encouraging engagement with the broader community.
Professor Anton Middelberg | Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research)
Professor Anton Middelberg is the Deputy Vice Chancellor and Vice President (Research) of The University of Adelaide. He was previously the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences.
Professor Middelberg earned his Bachelor of Engineering with First Class Honours and medals for Chemical Engineering and Engineering in 1989 from The University of Adelaide. He joined the staff as a Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer earning a PhD in 1993. After a period as a Fulbright Fellow at UC Berkeley, he joined the University of Cambridge as a tenured academic (becoming the inaugural Reader in Biological Engineering) and as Fellow and Director of Studies of Selwyn College, Cambridge. He was also appointed as a Fellow of the Cambridge-MIT Institute. In 2003 he returned to Australia as a Federation Fellow of the Australian Research Council, and then as the 2010 Queensland Premier’s Fellow. From 2014-2017 Professor Middelberg was the Pro Vice Chancellor (Research and International) and Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) at The University of Queensland.
Professor Middelberg is an internationally-recognised research and thought leader in chemical and biomolecular engineering. His research is fundamental but directed toward significant problems including in the health and advanced biomanufacturing sectors. Professor Middelberg has researched, patented and licensed new technologies in the fields of rapid vaccine scale-up, soft condensed matter and bio-nanotechnology.
The impact of Professor Middelberg’s research has been recognised by Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering and through award of the Brodie and Shedden-Uhde Medals of the Institution of Engineers. Professor Middelberg is the author of more than 200 peer-reviewed journal articles in science, engineering and health. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Chemical Engineering Science and an Associate Editor of Vaccine.
Professor Michael J. Liebelt | Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Operations)
Michael Liebelt graduated from the University of Adelaide with a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics in 1978, BE (Hons) in Electrical Engineering and Master of Engineering Science in 1982.
He was appointed Lecturer in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Adelaide in 1989, Senior Lecturer in 1996 and Associate Professor in 2006. He was the Head of the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering from 2001 until 2010 and Deputy Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering Computer and Mathematical Sciences from 2010 until 2016. He was Interim Executive Dean of the Faculty of Sciences from September 2017 to September 2018.
In 1987 Michael was a founding director of Network Communications Pty. Ltd. and served on the Board, including 2 years as Chairman, until the Company was sold in 1997. He was a Director of the Electronics Industry Association of SA from 2001 until 2006, a Member of the Governing Board of the Cooperative Research Centre for Sensor Signal and Image Processing from 2003 until 2005, Director of Spire Innovations Pty. Ltd from 2003 until 2012 and Director of Aitec Pty. Ltd. from 2004 until 2005. He is currently a member of the Management Committee of Electronics Industry Development Adelaide Inc. (EIDA). He has ben the University’s representative on member of the Council of St. Ann’s College Inc. since January 2017.
Michael’s research interests are in computer architecture, particularly asynchronous digital systems and fine grained parallel architectures for implementing artificial general intelligence, and in engineering education. He has over 70 peer-reviewed publications and has supervised or co-supervised 34 PhD and Masters students to completion in these areas.
He is Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Australia a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a Member of the Association for Computing Machinery and a Member of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education. He is also a member of the TEQSA Register of Experts, and Member of the Adelaide Education Academy.
In 2016 Michael was awarded the University’s Stephen Cole the Elder Award for Excellence in the category of Leadership, Support and Enhancement of Teaching Practice, and the Vice-Chancellor and President’s Award for Excellence in Learning and Teaching. In 2017 he was awarded an AAUT Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.
Professor Richard Hillis | Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Performance)
Richard Hillis re-joined the University of Adelaide in 2019 as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Performance), providing leadership in achieving the University's strategic goals in relation to research quality, revenue, productivity and international standing. Richard graduated BSc (Hons) in Geology from Imperial College (London) in 1985 and PhD from the University of Edinburgh in 1989. He spent 18 years at the University of Adelaide (1992-2010) where he was Mawson Professor of Geology, State of South Australia Chair of Petroleum Geology and Head of the Australian School of Petroleum.
Richard led the Australian Stress Map project (1992-2010). Its results were applied from understanding the driving forces of plate tectonics to impacts on petroleum exploration, geothermal exploration and carbon dioxide geosequestration. Richard and colleagues published a prize-winning paper in 2004 recognizing the potential for unconventional hydrocarbons in South Australia’s Cooper Basin, a concept subsequently proven by exploration. Richard has ~200 peer-reviewed publications, >5,000 citations and an h-index of 42 (April 2019). He has also undertaken ~40 oil industry consulting projects, including for Chevron, Santos and Shell and has delivered professional short courses worldwide.
Richard and colleagues established JRS Petroleum Research in 2001 to apply stress data to petroleum exploration. JRS grew to a company employing 10 FTEs at the time of its 2011 sale to Ikon Science. Richard was also involved in geothermal exploration, providing technical basis for the ASX IPO (Initial Public Offering) of Petratherm and acting as non-executive director (2004-2014). Richard and colleagues founded, and were non-executive directors of, KCL Resources in 2010. KCL obtained a Spanish potash asset and backdoor listed on the ASX via Highfield Resources which has a market capitalisation of ~$200M (April 2019). Richard is a non-executive director of AuScope (an NCRIS company).
From 2010-2018 Richard was CEO of the Deep Exploration Technologies Cooperative Research Centre (DET CRC) which developed transformational technologies for mineral exploration. DET CRC’s coiled tubing drilling technology received the CRC ‘Excellence in Innovation’ Award (2018) and has been licensed by Barrick Gold, the world’s largest gold mining company. Richard also initiated the successful $218M MinEx CRC Bid.
Richard is a Fellow of ATSE (Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering) and of the Geological Society of Australia. He was awarded the Geological Society of Australia’s Webb Medal for leadership in the earth sciences (2014) and South Australian Scientist of the Year (2018).
Professor Bruce Northcote ǀ Chief Security Officer
Professor Bruce Northcote is Chief Security Officer (CSO) within the Division of Research & Innovation at the University of Adelaide. The role of the CSO is to ensure the University complies with essential regulatory requirements and best practice in relation to defence, national security, the Foreign Interference Transparency Scheme Act and University Foreign Interference Taskforce Guidelines.
Professor Northcote is also CEO of TelAri Analytics. His Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics, specialising in queueing network theory, was undertaken at the Teletraffic Research Centre (TRC), of which he is a former Director.
Following completion of his postgraduate studies and a short post-doctoral role at the TRC, Professor Northcote spent nearly 6 years working in the US telecommunications industry as a system architect, pre-sales consulting engineer, performance test engineer and primary company representative on international telecommunications standardisation bodies such as ANSI-T1S1, the IETF, ATM Forum and ITU. Many of his technical contributions to those bodies have been incorporated into international standards that govern how telecommunications devices and networks operate today.
After returning to Australia and prior to joining the University of Adelaide in 2002, Professor Northcote was a consultant for BSN Consulting Pty Ltd and Telic Australia Pty Ltd, working on projects for customers ranging from Vodafone Australia, Telstra, Telcordia (USA), Viridien (USA), and the Victorian Department of Justice. He has published over 20 refereed journal and conference papers, is a senior member of IEEE and was an accredited ATM Forum Ambassador for several years.
Between August 2018 and December 2019, he served as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Engagement) within the Division of Research & Innovation, responsible for providing leadership in relation to industry engagement and commercial partnerships.
- Recruit and retain outstanding researchers.
- Attract an increased cohort of talented higher degree by research students and ensure they successfully complete their research programs.
- Develop and enhance high quality research facilities.
- Encourage an appetite for addressing the big research challenges.
- Support an ethos of innovation, engagement, and translation.
- Encourage research and the associated production of research outputs at the highest international standard.
- Enter into mutually beneficial partnerships with high quality research organisations.
- Maintain responsive, strategic and supportive research management.
- Achieve the research targets set out in the University Strategic Plan.
Office of DVC&VP(R)
The Office of the DVC&VP(R) provides direct support for the DVC&VP(R), and oversight of the implementation of the Research and Research Training aspects of the University Strategic Plan and manages the Research Budget.
Strategic Research Team
The Strategic Research Team provides support for prioritised major funding initiatives in order to deliver an increase in the scale and diversity of external research funding and awards for the University. The team is responsive to opportunities as they arise, in addition to supporting the development of a continuous pipeline of funding opportunities that aligns to University priorities and plans.
The Research Services provides pre- and post- award services to the University's research community in relation to external competitive research grants and postdoctoral fellowships.
They support research compliance related activities including Human Research Ethics, Animal Ethics, Gene Technology regulation (Institutional Biosafety Committee) and Quarantine; Oversees the Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC) research publications data collection on behalf of the University; Provides administrative support for the University Research Committee and; Provides advice on relevant University research policies.
Adelaide Graduate Centre
The Adelaide Graduate Centre (AGC) is responsible for the management and administration of research education at the University of Adelaide.
It is the starting point for prospective research students, providing information about the process of admission and scholarship application and enrolment, and the support centre for current research students in their management of candidature, providing the tools to assist in planning and managing their research education.
The AGC operates under the leadership of the Dean of Graduate Studies, who also convenes the Research Education and Development Committee (REDC).
Adelaide Microscopy is a centrally located facility and consulting service offering a broad range of the most technologically advanced instrumentation for microscopy and microanalysis to universities, research institutions and industry.
Our expert staff - among the best in their field - have many years of accumulated knowledge in microscopy and experience in the biological and materials sciences, and understand the need for accurate analysis and application of the most suitable technique to solve the most demanding problems.
Laboratory Animal Services