Administrator, Research Support

Sydney, Australia
Oct 03, 2019
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Oct 20, 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.

UNSW is currently implementing a ten-year strategy to 2025 and our ambition for the next decade is nothing less than to establish UNSW as Australia’s global university. We aspire to this in the belief that a great university, which is a global leader in discovery, innovation, impact, education and thought leadership, can make an enormous difference to the lives of people in Australia and around the world.

About UNSW Law

Ranked 14th in the world, UNSW Law is Australia’s leader in progressive and rigorous legal education and research. Inspired by principles of justice, UNSW Law through its teaching, research and community outreach, promotes a holistic understanding of law and its role in society.

UNSW Law includes more than 110 academics, many of whom are leaders in their areas of research interest. Our research is organised around a range of centres and disciplinary clusters. The Faculty’s research ranges from traditional doctrinal study to interdisciplinary, empirical and theoretical work. A common theme is the engagement with law outside the University, through policy and law reform and collaboration with practitioners of all kinds. UNSW Law is supported by 60 professional and technical staff who provide management and support in teaching, research, finance and student administration.

About the role

  • $74,338 - $84,116 plus 17% superannuation and leave loading
  • Full-time (35 hour week)
  • Continuing position

Reporting into the Research Manager, the Administrator provides research and project support to ensure the delivery of key strategic and operational research goals for the Faculty. You will contribute to the maintenance of research relationships and supports the delivery of research policy and strategy.

The Administrator may be required to work with other relevant University work areas including, Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor Research, Research Strategy Office, Grants Management Office and other Faculties as well as research bodies internal and external to the University.

Specific responsibilities for this role include: 

  • Support the Research Manager and contribute to Faculty research databases and report on the Faculty’s research performance, internal and external grants as well as other relevant metrics as required
  • With the Research Manager, implement Faculty guidelines, processes and procedures that align the Faculty with the external policy environment to support the research activities of the Faculty
  • With the Research Manager, maintain effective and efficient systems and processes relating to the administration of Faculty internal grant, fellowship and research support schemes
  • Support the Research Manager, Faculty and its researchers (individually and collectively) with the delivery of projects, submission of reports, completion of grant applications for external and internal funding schemes, as well as other initiatives and programs
  • Assist the Research Manager in administering the Faculty research budget, e.g., reviewing funding budgets, making recommendations to the Manager for budget and expenditure approval in compliance with relevant policies and procedures, preparing budgets under the guidance of the Manager.
  • Support Faculty relationships with key research bodies internal and external to the University as required, and ensure that collaborative working relationships are maintained
  • Support the Research Manager to provide reporting and analysis on the Faculty’s research resources and environment and space management
  • Support the Research Manager and Faculty in coordinating and organising research meetings and seminars, including taking minutes
  • Support the Research Manager by providing information, advice and assistance as required
  • Cooperate with all health and safety policies and procedures of the university and take all reasonable care to ensure that your actions or omissions do not impact on the health and safety of yourself or others.

Specific requirements include:

  • A relevant degree with experience in administration or similar role or equivalent competence gained through another combination of education, training and experience
  • Demonstrated understanding of research context, administrative procedures of grants and applications, research policies and regulations, research budget, and internal funding schemes administration would be well regarded
  • Strong organisational skills with proven ability to deal with multiple tasks, attention to detail, establish priorities and meet deadlines. 
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills with the ability to liaise with a range of stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to work well within a team and under the direction of the supervisor
  • Self-directed and proactive, with a demonstrated ability to work effectively with minimum supervision
  • Strong computer literacy with excellent skills in Microsoft Office applications, databases, data analysis software and project management tools
  • Proven ability to use tact and discretion in dealing with confidential matters
  • Knowledge of health and safety responsibilities and commitment to attending relevant health and safety training.

Please address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application. Please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed.


Hayley Randall

Talent Acquisition Consultant

T: 02 9385 0962

Applications close: 11:30 pm, Sunday 20th October 2019

UNSW aspires to be the exemplar Australian university and employer of choice for people from diverse backgrounds. UNSW aims to ensure equality in recruitment, development, retention and promotion of staff, and that no-one is disadvantaged on the basis of their gender, cultural background, disability, sexual orientation or identity. We encourage everyone who meets the selection criteria to apply.

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