Research Contracts Officer

Sunshine Coast, Australia
02 Oct 2020
End of advertisement period
22 Oct 2020
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Law
Contract Type
Full Time

Salary Level: Classification Level 8 (Salary range A$99,385 to A$112,557 gross per annum plus up to 17% employer superannuation contributions)
Appointment: Full-time, ongoing
Location: USC Sunshine Coast

The University

The University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) is one of Australia’s fastest-growing universities. Our research brings some of the brightest minds from around the world to live and work in our communities. From climate change adaptation to regional healthcare, bioenergy to young driver safety, we work to solve problems that directly impact our regions.

The Office of Research provides research services and works towards achieving USC’s research plan that aims to establish the university as an international research leader in targeted fields of endeavour, so as to position the university for a ranking in the Times Higher Education World Ranking Top 150 Universities under 50 Years of Age.

The Role

The Research Contracts Officer will support the Manager, Research Funding in the provision of a range of legal advice and due diligence in the management of University business, reputational and legal risk through the management of research contracts.

Primary objectives of the position are:

  • Management of all aspects of USC research contracts, including drafting, evaluation, negotiation and execution.
  • Undertake due diligence by identifying, minimising and removing potential risks to ensure that contract conditions are not detrimental to USC and comply with USC policy and external legislation.
  • Liaise and collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to ensure that all research contracts are compliant with approved funding applications, funding rules and stakeholder requirements.
  • Advise on a range of general legal issues as well as commercial and contractual arrangements, intellectual property and related compliance and policy issues.

The Benefits

USC offers a range of flexible work options and leave options including paid parental leave and purchased leave, combined with a focus on health and wellbeing including access to an Employee Assistance Program, free flu vaccinations and discounted gym and pool membership. USC is committed to creating a work environment that values diversity and facilitates equitable access and full participation through a number of diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Selection Criteria

To be considered for this role, you will have:

  • A law degree, a current practicing certificate and extensive experience and expertise in drafting, negotiating, advising on contracts within a university, commercial or government environment or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and education/training.
  • Demonstrate core values by acting in the best interest of your employer and with the standards of conduct required for members of the legal profession; display service excellence by striving to deliver beyond expectations and taking ownership of the delivery; value working collaboratively, connecting with people and building relationships in your workplace.
  • A good working knowledge of contract law, and commercial contracting (with prior experience in commercial law, government, and intellectual property being desirable). 
  • A sound knowledge of legislative and governance frameworks in a university environment; and a demonstrated ability to interpret legislation, policies and procedures and apply within the workplace.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to apply initiative, judgment and problem-solving skills, particularly to issues in commercial contracting.
  • Ability to engage in a range of approaches to generate solutions, seeking organisational input and advice to apply innovative solutions.
  • Well-developed skills in time management, setting priorities, planning and organising own work and that of others in order to meet deadlines.
  • Strong capacity to function as part of a team, including supporting other team members on a project-by-project basis and to be able to develop close working relationship with relevant stakeholders, including with external legal service providers.
  • Commitment to the provision of quality service, with demonstrated ability to provide user friendly, responsive client service.
  • High level of digital literacy.

Contact for Further Information

Michelle Searle
Director, Office of Research
Telephone: + 61 7 5459 4797


Visit our website at to view the position description for full position details and to apply. Applicants must provide a current CV and a statement that addresses each of the selection criteria contained within the position description.

Closing Date: Midnight, Thursday 22 October 2020

Job opening ID: 20106