OceanX: APAC Head of Science Partnerships

  • Blue Economy and Recruitment Consultancy S.L
  • Singapore
  • 19/06/2024
Office work Blue economy Environmental education Management and consultancy Marine policy

Job Description

APAC Head of Science Partnerships, Dalio Family Office Singapore

Dalio Family Office Overview:

The Dalio Family Office (DFO) supports Barbara and Ray Dalio and their family in their ventures, investments, and philanthropic efforts under Dalio Philanthropies, which includes OceanX, Dalio Education, Endless Network, and the Beijing Dalio Foundation. The core of the DFO’s culture is built around meaningful work and meaningful relationships and the family’s commitment to giving back. The office is headquartered in Westport, CT with satellite offices in New York City, Singapore, and Abu Dhabi. This position will be based in our Singapore office.


Position Summary:

The Dalio Family Office (DFO) seeks a Science Partnerships for the Asia Pacific (APac) region, based in Singapore, to lead our outreach with scientific and university partners in the Asia Pacific region.  The APac Science Lead will lead scientific and technical discussions, vet proposals and cultivate scientific and university relationships in the region.   

One of the DFO’s leading philanthropies operates the world’s preeminent oceanographic research vessel, the OceanXplorer.  The OceanXplorer is a floating research, media, and education platform, built to help OceanX deliver on its mission.  Equipped with next-generation technology, the vessel empowers scientists and storytellers to bring back the ocean’s mysteries for the world to explore and serves as a floating university to introduce the next generation of ocean leaders to potential career paths.  The vessel is equipped with 2 Triton 3300 manned submersibles (1000M rated), 2 Remote Operated Vehicles (6000M rated), a helicopter, state of the art labs, next gen eDNA sequencing equipment and full acoustic mapping capabilities.

The position will engage with various executives across the Dalio portfolio of organizations and help manage scientific and technical activities outside the US (with a focus on SE Asia). The position will require flexible working hours (for meetings with the US) and some amount of regional travel (e.g., Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand).


Position Location: 



Role Responsibilities:

  • Lead scientific conversations with university and science partners in SE Asia
  • Establish and cultivate relationships with government representatives, key oceanographers, scientific partners, and other decision-makers
  • Review and vet scientific proposals and coordinate with science partners in the region for mission-related and educational projects
  • Architect good decisions on how to allocate resources for scientific missions, and helps plan SE Asia activities and projects
  • Work with the executive team to create and build-out menu of scientific offerings
  • Lead scientific and technical discussions at ocean convenings, events and other client and partner functions
  • Continuously communicate and sync-up with internal science and technical teams and executives
  • Keep abreast of interests and activities of governments, science NGOs and other partners in the ocean and climate space


The ideal candidate will possess the following professional qualifications:

  • 15+ years of experience in the sciences, with relationships at universities, governments, and NGOs
  • Science PhD or comparable degree in the ocean, climate, biological sciences or equivalent
  • Considerable experience with business engagement and relationship development activities with the scientific community, governments, educational institutions and other organizations, preferably in Southeast Asia
  • Experience in leading and directing teams and complex projects
  • Significant technical nous and comfort with advanced technology solutions
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills
  • Based in Singapore, but with some amount of travel, mostly in SE Asia (e.g., Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand) and the US


The ideal candidate will possess the following knowledge, skills, attributes, and values:

  • Highly independent, self-starter
  • Ability to think strategically and conceptually
  • Comfortable with ambiguity, and the ability to shape partnerships in a variety of ways, navigating that ambiguity
  • Data-driven
  • Determined, resourceful, practical, and strong work ethic
  • Low ego and team-player
  • Maintains super high standards and is results-oriented
  • Operates with high level of discretion and ethics


Compensation and Benefits: 

Compensation for the role includes a competitive salary, and an excellent benefits package, including a comprehensive employer paid medical plan and CPF.

Please note that we do not provide immigration sponsorship for this position.

At the DFO, we believe our biggest asset is our people. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer, hiring and developing individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences to add to our collaborative culture. The DFO treats all candidates and employees with respect and does not discriminate in our recruiting, hiring, and promoting processes and general treatment during employment, including on the basis of actual or perceived race, creed, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, alienage or national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

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Non academic career