Research Governance Senior Advisor

Melbourne, Australia
UOM 8 – $110,709 – $119,829 p.a. plus 17% super
27 May 2022
End of advertisement period
19 Jun 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

Location: Parkville
Role type: Full time; Continuing
Department/School: Research, Innovation and Commercialisation
Salary: UOM 8 – $110,709 – $119,829 p.a. plus 17% super

Founded in 1853, the University of Melbourne is Australia’s #1 university and is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.

About Research, Innovation and Commercialisation (RIC)

RIC is a specialist team dedicated to enabling the University's research and innovation mission working closely with our academic and professional colleagues, industry partners, funding and government agencies. We have a passion to see our academics and their collaboration partners succeed, achieve research excellence and translate their discoveries into real-world innovation and impact.

About the Role

In this unique and exciting opportunity in an emerging area of research engagement, you will utilise your strong communication skills and expertise in providing specialist advice to support globally renowned scientists regarding international requirements for their research projects.

As part of a collaborative team, you will contribute to the University’s operational implementation of current and emerging aspects of international research engagement, such as critical technology control regimes, enhanced due diligence frameworks and relevant international regulation. Partnering with diverse stakeholder groups across the University, such as senior University Committees, Chancellery, Research Grants & Contracts and Legal & Risk , you will contribute to enabling cutting edge science and technology endeavors.

For example, you may provide advice on potential risks and strategy for an international collaboration relating to sensitive research like technology being developed on the moon.

This is an excellent growth opportunity within a field of increasing importance in the tertiary education research sector, tackling issues such as foreign interference and security considerations as they apply within the research context.

Working as part of a highly collaborative and experienced team, this role represents an opportunity to expand your expertise.

In a typical week at work, you may:

  • Provide high quality advice to a range of stakeholders for strategic and case-specific matters relating to international funding regulatory frameworks, as well as risk management, governance requirements, and Australian best practice
  • Liaise with regulators and external bodies and deliver institutional assurance that research is conducted in a robust governance framework through optimised systems for monitoring and reporting
  • develop, consult and provide briefings and presentations to senior stakeholders and Committees
  • Identify, analyse and report risk, and propose recommendations and pragmatic controls

About You

You will have a passion for supporting research, continuous improvement and innovation with a proven record of influencing and engaging others with your negotiation skills.

While experience with providing advice on legislative and regulatory frameworks within a research context is desirable, we are first and foremost looking for someone with foundational experience and transferable skills who can hit the ground running and be well positioned to develop knowledge of international regulations and expertise within this area more broadly.

With exceptional stakeholder management skills, you will further be able to translate technical and complex information to various audiences and designing and delivering effective governance programs.

Ideally, you will also have:

  • Tertiary qualifications in a relevant discipline and / or an equivalent combination of relevant professional experience and/or education and training
  • Excellent communication skills, including a demonstrated capacity to liaise and develop effective relationships with a broad range of stakeholders, and an ability to present and provide advice and briefings to large scale and diverse audiences and senior Committees
  • Ability to collaborate effectively and operate in a team-based environment with a proven ability to thrive in a changing and fast-paced environment
  • (Desirable) Knowledge of international research funding programs with specific knowledge in relation to USA and other overseas funding schemes (i.e. European and UK)

Benefits of Working with Us

In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

  • Flexible working arrangements and generous personal, parental and cultural leave
  • Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary packaging and leave loading
  • Free and subsidised health and wellbeing services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs
  • Discounts on a wide range of products and services including Myki cards and Qantas Club
  • Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families

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Be Yourself

At UoM, we value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community, and we encourage and celebrate diversity. Indigenous Australians, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages, with disabilities or culturally diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply for our roles. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with your CV and cover letter outlining your interest and experience. Please note that you are not required to provide responses against the selection criteria in the Position Description.

Please note, interviews may commence during the advertising period, please submit your applications at the earliest convenience.

Should you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact the Talent Acquisition team at

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, we are currently prioritising applications with current valid working rights in Australia and candidates who are not affected by travel restrictions. Please see the latest updates to Australia's immigration and border arrangements:

The University of Melbourne is required to comply with applicable health guidance and directions issued from the Victoria Health Minister. The University of Melbourne requires all University of Melbourne employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless an exemption order applies. All applicants therefore must meet this requirement when submitting an application.

Position Description: PD Research Governance Senior Adviser (International)_May2022.pdf

Applications close: 19 June 2022 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time

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