Institute Manager (Flinders Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology)

Adelaide, Australia
Tuesday, 22 June 2021
End of advertisement period
Thursday, 8 July 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

About Flinders

Our bold vision, captured in our Strategic Plan: making a Difference: The 2025 Agenda, is to be internationally recognised as a world leader in research, an innovator in contemporary education, and the source of Australia’s most enterprising graduates.

To realise this ambition, we recently made a significant organisation change to a six College structure with a professional staff and services alignment.

We recognise the key to our success is exceptional people and we’re seeking an outstanding individual to join the team of our transformed university.

Employment Type:
Fixed Term (Fixed Term)

Position Summary
Fixed-term, part-time (0.5 FTE) available for 2 years

Compensation Grade:
Higher Education Officer Level 8

Salary Range:
$98,466 - $109,009 (FTE)

Reporting to:
Director, Research Development and Support

Under broad direction, the Institute Manager (Flinders Institute for NanoScale Science and Technology) will drive the increase in research income and associated activity in nanotechnology research for the Institute.

The role is responsible for proactively supporting the implementation of key strategies to increase the number of quality research collaborations with industry and government that will translate into impactful research. This will require skills and expertise in building productive relationships between Institute researchers and end users and in identifying and translating key opportunities for external investment for research.

In addition, the role is responsible for promoting and marketing the key research capabilities of the Institute through and other key organisational activities related to the sustainable operation of the Institute.

Key Position Responsibilities

The Institute Manager is accountable for:

  • Building productive relationships with external parties including government representatives and industry partners and identifying opportunities for research collaboration between the Institute and the parties.
  • Identifying and investigating research and partnership opportunities for the Institute and facilitating the preparation of research proposals and tender applications.
  • Facilitating the formalisation of projects and collaborative ventures with internal and external researchers and representing the Institute in consortia meetings.
  • Contributing to the development of the Institute’s strategic planning and the implementation of strategic direction and initiatives for the Institute.
  • Providing executive officer support to committees and working groups including preparing agenda papers, minutes, correspondence and follow-up action.
  • Representing the Institute including the researchers and the overall research capability, at a range of internal/external events and meetings in order to build the reputation of the Institute.
  • Facilitating and participating in meetings for representatives from external organisations to meet with Institute researchers to facilitate research opportunities, grants and proposal development.
  • Contributing to and coordinating the production of project reports and the Institute’s Annual Reports.
  • Overseeing the preparation of key marketing collateral and associated information researchers to enable the promotion of the Institute’s research capability in order to build the reputation of the Institute and the benefits of nanotechnology for industry.
  • Any other responsibilities in line with the level of the role as assigned by the Supervisor and/or the University.

Key Position Capabilities

  • Tertiary qualification with extensive experience or significant experience in a relevant science discipline (physics, chemistry, materials science, nanotechnology).
  • Experience in engaging companies and government organisations; or in engaging Universities while in industry or government organisations, especially in a research field.
  • High-level liaison and negotiation skills, and the ability to work cooperatively with a diverse range of people.
  • Highly developed administrative or organisational skills and demonstrated ability to follow through and complete designated tasks at a high level of quality and commitment.
  • High level science communication skills in written and oral forms including public speaking.
  • Experience in working as part of a large team and with multiple leaders.
  • Demonstrated ability to work at a strategic level in partnership with senior managers including the ability to work with a high level of initiative and decision­ making.
  • The ability to understand, translate and communicate research performed in the Institute to wide audience. Working knowledge of materials/advanced manufacturing or associated discipline is highly desirable.
  • Ability to facilitate and coordinate complex research grant applications, with demonstrated experience in preparing successful grant applications is highly desirable.

For application enquiries please contact: Ms Julia Parker

Information for Applicants:

You are required to provide a suitability statement of no more than three pages, addressing the key capabilities of the position as outlined above. In addition, you are required to upload your CV.

A valid National Police Certificate which is satisfactory to the University will also be required before the successful applicant can commence in this position.

We are seeking to increase the diversity to improve equal opportunity outcomes for employees, and therefore we encourage female applicants, people with a disability and/or from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders descent to apply.

Please note, late applications and applications sent via agencies will not be accepted.

Applications Close 11:59 pm:

08 Jul 2021