Deputy Director, Sponsored Research

Brisbane, Australia
05 Nov 2020
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26 Nov 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time


The University of Queensland is a world class institution which ranks in the world’s top universities, as measured by several key independent rankings, including the QS World University Rankings. The University maintains a world-class, comprehensive program of research and research training. We aim for international standards of excellence across the spectrum of research, from fundamental, curiosity-driven work that builds the stock of knowledge and leads to new research questions to applied research and innovation with direct applications to industry and communities.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) is a member of the University's Senior Executive and has responsibility for enhancing the university’s performance and reputation in research and innovation, research training, and research collaboration with external stakeholders, nationally and internationally. The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) is supported by the staff in the UQ Research and Innovation portfolio.

Units within the portfolio have responsibility to support the University's research community through strategic engagement with external stakeholders, funding organisations and research partners; international collaborations; grants management; research performance data management, research infrastructure management, and research ethics and integrity. Within the UQ Research and Innovation portfolio, the Office of Sponsored Research provides administrative and strategic support in the key functional area of research grants administration.

About This Opportunity

Working within the Office of Sponsored Research (OSR), the Deputy Director will lead the management of research functions at an institutional level and disseminate high-level advice on research and research operations for Faculties/Institutes and senior managers across the University.

The Deputy Director will proactively develop processes and procedures to improve the quality of grant applications and research management services, and to improve the University’s research performance generally. The role works across internal and external agencies in order to inform and influence research agendas.

You will lead teams comprising of managers and research administration staff, providing ongoing coaching and feedback focused on achieving continuous improvement and developing a performance culture in order to achieve a responsive and efficient service for the University’s research community of teams and operational support staff.

This position is located at our picturesque St Lucia campus, renowned as one of Australia’s most attractive university campuses, and located just 7km from Brisbane’s city centre. Bounded by the Brisbane River on three sides, and with outstanding public transport connections, our 114-hectare site provides a perfect work environment – you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a vibrant campus with the tradition of an established university.

Our Ideal Candidate

As the ideal applicant you will have post-graduate qualifications and a thorough understanding of the operations of the higher education or research sectors; or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training.

You will have a thorough understanding of the national research-funding environment and the operations of the higher education sector, including research management and administration. You will have demonstrated extensive experience in administration and management at a senior level, including staff supervision, team priority setting, and strong organisational and high-level project management skills.

You will have a high level of written and analytical communication skills, including the ability to interact effectively with other senior administrative staff and to prepare briefing statements and reports, as well as being able to support research proposal development and strategic review. You will also have demonstrated ability to effectively manage and prioritise a handle a high volume of work under pressure and effectively work to deadlines.

You must have ongoing unrestricted work rights in Australia to apply for this opportunity.

We value diversity and inclusion, and actively encourage applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Our Diversity and Inclusion webpage contains further information if you require additional support. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to

What We Can Offer

This is a full-time, fixed term position for five years on a Senior Professional Contract (HEW Level 10A)

A competitive remuneration package will be negotiated with the successful applicant, inclusive of 17% superannuation.

You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities, salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare, discounted private health insurance, affordable parking, development programs and many other benefits.


To discuss this role please contact Dr Jodi Clyde-Smith, Director, Office of Sponsored Research at or 0434 602 949.

Want to Apply?

To submit an application for this role, go to and use the Apply button.All applicants must supply the following documents:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Selection Criteria responses

To satisfy pre-requisite questions and ensure your application can be considered in full, all candidates must apply via the UQ Careers portal by the job closing deadline. Applications received via other channels including direct email will not be accepted.

Applications close: 26 November 2020

Job No: 511348