Associate Director, MRFF Initiatives

Melbourne, Australia
19 Sep 2019
End of advertisement period
13 Oct 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Work type: Continuing
Location: Parkville
Division/Faculty: Chief Operating Officer (COO) Portfolio
Department/School: Research Innovation and Commercialisation
Role & Superannuation rate: Professional - Full time - 17% super

About Research, Innovation and Commercialisation

Research, Innovation and Commercialisation (RIC) is the central facilitator of research funding at the University of Melbourne, taking advantage of the full diversity of research funding opportunities.

RIC provides services in four core areas, all of which overlap and are delivered in an integrated manner to researchers and research partners.  Research and Enterprise Development forms one of the core areas and supports the successful delivery of large, mission-focused complex, non-competitive grants and the new Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) schemes, interdisciplinary research and enterprise initiatives involving multiple parties such as industry, granting bodies, advocacy groups and government. Major current focus areas are the new MRFF scheme, Melbourne Connect precinct development (and subsequent precinct developments) and developing a clear front-door canvasing new top-down industry partner relationships. The team also provides support for Chancellery-lead strategic initiatives.

About the role

This is a unique and ground-breaking opportunity to work closely with the Director to provide leadership across all Faculties of the University regarding a strategic approach to maximising funding from the Medical Research Future Fund. This includes contribution to the development of the overall strategy jointly with the Director and senior University leadership, development of a pipeline of major initiatives aligned to MRFF funding opportunities, and overall growth in MRFF revenue.

The key focus of this role is to identify and drive major cross-faculty and cross-organisational, strategic initiatives that are aligned to MRFF funding opportunities. The Associate Director MRFF Initiatives will spear-head innovative ways of working with both new and existing partner organisations in the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct and Melbourne Academic Centre for Health, as well as government, industry and community organisations aligned to the major MRFF program areas. The Associate Director, MRFF Initiatives will seek to build the capabilities of academics in collaborative, translational and outcome-directed research, in line with the goals of the MRFF scheme.

The Associate Director MRFF Initiatives will represent the University in discussions on all RIC services (for example, grants, major initiatives, contracts, commercialization and industry partnerships), engaging specialists from across the University as required.

About you

Together with an undergraduate science, medical, biomedical, or other technical discipline degree (PhD and/or MBA highly-desirable,) you must possess strong commercial acumen and extensive experience in business development, government engagement or senior commercial roles across a range of relevant industry sectors, which could include, healthcare and hospitals, life sciences, data & digital, medtech, advanced manufacturing or government.

To excel in this role, ideally you will be a ‘go getter’, with a capacity to look out for future opportunities, using these insights to inspire action; assertive, and hungry to build new things and land major opportunities; ambitious in your desire to change the world for the better; have strong commercial acumen; energise those around you; be happy at the interface of disciplines and organisations; a natural communicator, and a great team player.


In return, this role offers multiple benefits in a large and prestigious organisation, such as a Salary Packaging scheme, flexible family friendly policies, providing generous leave and working conditions and a substantial discount to eligible staff and their immediate families in undertaking further studies at the University of Melbourne, just to name a few.

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On offer is a generous salary, an annual leave loading allowance and the choice of 17% superannuation.


The University is a vibrant campus. We have well-established clubs and networks giving the opportunity to engage and collaborate with other staff around the University. We strive to create an environment where staff and students promote culturally inclusive behaviour and activities, ensure cultural differences are heard and explored, and actively seek to learn from other cultures.

How to apply

Your application submitted should include a CV along with your responses against the selection criteria found in the Position Description for the role.

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Position Description


Applications close: 13 Oct 2019 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

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