Research Development Officer

Sydney, Australia
15 Oct 2020
End of advertisement period
01 Nov 2020
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Opportunity to offer support and operational advice to researchers and key stakeholders
  • Located on the Darlington Campus at the Faculty of Engineering
  • Full-time, continuing remuneration package of $113K - $123K p.a., including leave loading and a generous employer’s contribution to superannuation

About the opportunity 

The University of Sydney is welcoming applications for a Research Development Officer to support the research activities of the Faculty by leading the research support activities for specific assigned Schools within the Faculty to effectively provide for the operational requirements of research active staff, provide planning to support growth, and focus on building and achieving best practice standards. Coordinate activities that grow and develop the research performance of the work area and enhance the Faculty’s research profile within and outside the University. Play an active role in implementing Faculty strategies and initiatives designed to foster excellence and innovation in research, improve research performance and research culture, improve the researcher experience, and support the attraction of outstanding researchers to the Faculty. Providesupport to senior management in analysis and planning. The team provides support for pre-award grant management, researcher professional development, HDR students and process improvement.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Research Development Officer who has:

  • a tertiary qualification with relevant research support experience; or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and training
  • the ability to work both independently and as part of a team, taking initiative and exercising sound judgement in resolving matters that may arise as part of normal daily work
  • excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills with sound negotiating and conflict resolution skills and a demonstrated level of tact and discretion in dealing with day to day operational matters
  • a client focused mentality with the ability to build partnerships between the research team and the schools leadership teams
  • extensive experience in developing and working on research projects, including expertise in using research protocols, experimental design and grant applications
  • excellent time and workload management skills with demonstrated ability to prioritise effectively, manage multiple tasks, meet deadlines and achieve required outcomes
  • extensive knowledge of University policies and procedures and administrative processes within a tertiary environment
  • excellent computer skills including Microsoft Office, Excel, Teams, research administration software (e.g. IRMA, PURE, etc), and newsletter creation (Outfit, EmmaHQ, Campaign Monitor etc).

About us

The Faculty of Engineering consists of an Academic Services Directorate comprising of Education support and Research support. The Faculty has seven Schools (Civil Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Electrical and Information Engineering, Computer Sciences, Project Management and Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering) undertaking world standard research and offering bachelors programs and coursework and research postgraduate degrees.

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 8,100 academic and non-academic staff who support over 73,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the position description available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number 1134/0920C to apply.

Closing date: 11:30pm, Sunday 1 November 2020

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

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The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.

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