Jonathan has research experience in emergency medicine, coal-seam gas, and the higher education industry. Jonathan also maintains a fractional appointment as a Research Manager at the Emergency Medicine Foundation. This role includes grant administration and research advancement activities.

Jonathan's doctoral research presented the success factors of the University of Queensland's strategy to develop large-scale research infrastructure and backgrounds three decades of State and Federal research and innovation policy. Jonathan's research, published in the Cambridge Journal of Economics, highlights important lessons for research advancement in a federal research system.

Jonathan's experience as a sessional academic in innovation and technology builds on empirical research, corporate work experience, and an MBA completed in 2004. Jonathan has undertaken a variety of lecturing and teaching roles, as well as presentations in government and academic settings.

Prior to his academic career, Jonathan worked in senior positions with Gaba Corporation- a Japanese education company. His roles included corporate training, recruitment, and quality management. This experience demonstrates Jonathan's business knowledge and capacity to manage and lead in diverse workplaces.