Senior Research Support Officer

Adelaide, Australia
11 Jan 2021
End of advertisement period
27 Jan 2021
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Full Time

About Flinders

Our bold vision, captured in our Strategic Plan: making a Difference: The 2025 Agenda, is to be internationally recognised as a world leader in research, an innovator in contemporary education, and the source of Australia’s most enterprising graduates.

To realise this ambition, we recently made a significant organisation change to a six College structure with a professional staff and services alignment.

We recognise the key to our success is exceptional people and we’re seeking an outstanding individual to join the team of our transformed university.

Employment Type:


Position Summary

Continuing, full-time

Compensation Grade:
Higher Education Officer Level 7

Salary Range:
$86,821 - $96,107 pa

Organisational Unit:
Research Development and Support (RDS)

Reporting to:
Manager, Flinders Health and Medical Research Institute (FHMRI)

Under broad direction, the Senior Research Support Officer will work within the Colleges to provide the key research development services in support of a College’s research themes and sections.

The position will provide administrative support relating to the planning, development, and project management of the College’s research activities to enhance capabilities and reputation in research.

Key Position Responsibilities

The Senior Research Support Officer is accountable for:

  • Representing the University and its research capability at a range of internal and external engagements to promote and build the reputation of the University and assisting in the generation of new opportunities.
  • Participating in strategic planning sessions and assisting the strategic direction for the College/Institute.
  • Investigating funding opportunities and providing representation in meetings to develop partnerships and improving collaborations.
  • Contributing to and coordinating the production of project reports and annual reports to meet University and contractual obligations.
  • Providing research support to staff by:
  • Identifying research opportunities and facilitating the involvement of College staff in grants, proposals, and new opportunities; and
  • Linking staff with external visitors to provide opportunities for collaborative research.
  • Coordinating the research administration and community engagement functions including:
  • Monitoring quality assurance of research data;
  • Providing advice regarding policies and procedures; and
  • Providing assistance to academic staff with the preparation of research publications and reviewing and updating relevant publications.
  • Providing timely and relevant advice and information to the FHMRI Executive team, Director, RDS and DVCR.
  • Providing executive support to research related committees including the preparation of agenda, minutes, correspondence reports and taking follow-up action.
  • Providing high-level administration support and advice to ensure the College meets the requirements of the Federal Government’s Excellence in Research for Australia initiative by:
  • Coordinating and facilitating preparation including representation on committees and working parties; and
  • Developing and overseeing data management.
  • Assisting with University performance measures through oversight and verification of publications and grant data collections.
  • Developing and implementing promotional material and communication to promote research both internal and external.
  • Any other responsibilities in line with the level of the position as assigned by the Supervisor and/or the University.

Key Position Capabilities

  • A relevant degree and experience or an equivalent combination of experience and/or education and/or training.
  • Ability to assist the Director and senior researchers to establish and develop collaborative partnerships across disciplines.
  • Significant experience in project management or business development especially in the research field.
  • Ability to facilitate and coordinate the writing of complex research grant applications to attract research grant funding.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including presentation skills.
  • Well-developed liaison and negotiation skills, and the ability to work cooperatively with a diverse range of people.
  • Proficiency in the use of MS Office suite of software, databases and management information systems.
  • Competency in data analysis.

For application enquiries please contact: Miss Sally Wheldrake

Pursuant to Child Safety (Prohibited Persons) Act 2016 (SA) this position has been deemed prescribed. It is an inherent requirement of the position that the successful candidate maintains current Working With Children Check which is satisfactory to the University.

Information for Applicants: You are required to provide a suitability statement of no more than three pages, addressing the key capabilities of the position as outlined above. In addition, you are required to upload your CV.

A valid National Police Certificate which is satisfactory to the University will also be required before the successful applicant can commence in this position.

We are seeking to increase the diversity to improve equal opportunity outcomes for employees, and therefore we encourage female applicants, people with a disability and/or from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders descent to apply.

Please note, late applications and applications sent via agencies will not be accepted.

Applications Close 11:59pm:

27 Jan 2021