Research Officer, Melbourne School of Engineering

Melbourne, Australia
Monday, 25 November 2019
End of advertisement period
Sunday, 8 December 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Remuneration Ranges:
UOM5 - $71,816 - $82,488 p.a
UOM6 - $83,301 - $90,170 p.a

About University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, holding the number 1 spot in Australia and number 32 in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2017-2018). We are globally engaged, comprehensive, research-intensive and committed to respond to the major social, economic and environmental challenges of our time and we’re empowered to build a better world for us all to live in.

About Melbourne School of Engineering (MSE)

Our MSE story is one of hard work, great people and smart thinking, all driven by a passion to meet our School’s needs and have it at the heart of every decision we make. We are a multidisciplinary School organised into three key areas; Computing and Information Systems (CIS), Chemical and Biomedical Engineering (CBE) and Electrical, Mechanical and Infrastructure Engineering (EMI). As we embark on our 10-year strategy MSE 2025, we aim to be placed amongst the world’s best Schools by 2025.

Our strategy is supported by many business functions including our dedicated MSE Research Team, who help keep our University moving along to meet its future goals and pushing boundaries.

The Opportunity

We do exceptional research here at MSE. Our Researchers are solving some of our world’s biggest challenges and need grant funding to continue to progress. This is where you come in, we need you to drive research support activities that will enhance the impact and competitiveness of our research proposals. Your work will ultimately lead to better funding outcomes for MSE and have a direct impact on achieving our schools research growth goals.

Your next role

As the Research Officer in this 12-month Fixed term opportunity, you will be a trusted advisor to our Researchers. You are their go-to person with all things Research grant management. We’re constantly refining our work to provide better results, so you need to be enthusiastic about research and stay connected to the research community, partnering across the university and with external partners and fostering an environment where our research is part of a wider university effort.

Your Profile

To be successful in this role, you will have excellent organisation skills and a focus on new ideas and continuous improvement. You will enjoy editing and drafting and display a critical eye for detail. You like to build relationships and partner with others to help them do their best work offering new solutions to focus on getting the best from our Researchers.

What you’ll be doing

  • Providing expert support in MSE major grant programs (ARC/NHMRC/international and Philanthropic Schemes).
  • Acting as an advisor on these grants and advising on researcher queries.
  • Support the development and delivery of workshops that aim to share ways to improve the quality of proposals.
  • Be the point of contact for advice on grant budgets.
  • Advise on the evaluation of proposals and rejoinders against the grant criteria.


  • Reviewing MSE research performance to inform the continuous improvement of research support services.

If you’re curious, motivated and ready to leap into a career like no other, we’re ready to open our doors to you.

How to apply

Apply online by submitting a Cover Letter outlining your motivation to apply for this role along with your resume.

With your application please provide a response to three of the selection criteria.

Please provide a response to two criteria of your choice which you feel are your areas of strength and one response to which you feel you could improve or develop your skills in.

For information to assist you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria, please visit

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The Melbourne School of Engineering is strongly committed to supporting diversity and flexibility in the workplace. Applications for part-time or other flexible working arrangements will be welcomed and will be fully considered subject to meeting the inherent requirements of the position.

The Melbourne School of Engineering strongly encourages applications from Indigenous Australians in response to its Indigenous Employment Plan 2016-18.

Applications close: 08 Dec 2019 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time