Manager, Major Research Initiatives

Perth (Suburb), Western Australia (AU)
$119,390 - $126,335 p.a. plus 17% superannuation
03 Feb 2023
End of advertisement period
19 Feb 2023
Contract Type
Full Time

Office of Research

  • This is an exciting opportunity to lead a team that will drive the development of large research bids and research initiatives within the Office of Research
  • Level 9, full-time and ongoing appointment
  • Base salary range: Level 9 $119,390 - $126,335 p.a. plus 17% superannuation

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world and a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research intensive universities. With a strong research track record, vibrant campus and working environments, supported by the freedom to innovate and inspire, there is no better time to join Western Australia’s top university.

About the team

The Office of Research provides professional and expert support services to facilitate research excellence and knowledge transfer at the University. It is also at the forefront in executing the University’s research strategy. The Major Research Initiatives team sits within the Research Enterprise office to respond to strategic research opportunities.

About the opportunity

In this position, you will have a significant role in managing a team that solicits external research funding from major initiatives. You will also provide key strategic planning and direction and have a role in establishing, developing and influencing, policies, procedures and processes to ensure the efficient functioning of the area. You will have team of Senior Advisers (Major Research Initiatives) who you will supervise while working closely with the Deputy Director (Research Enterprise).

About you 

With exceptional leadership skills, and experience managing large complex projects, you will actively work with researchers and key stakeholders of the University to expand and diversify the research income base of the University.

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:

  • A relevant degree qualification or equivalent competency in a science, technology, engineering mathematics or HASS discipline
  • Substantial and extensive management experience relating to researchers across all disciplines and in providing advice to staff at all levels
  • Experience working with relevant industry and/or government bodies
  • Leadership experience with an ability to work as part of a distributed team, and effectively motivate and influence a team to achieve goals
  • Comprehensive knowledge and demonstrated expertise in research funding, including Australian Government expectations around innovation and research outcomes and the National Innovation and Science Agenda
  • Knowledge and demonstrated expertise in relevant higher education policies, including current issues associated with research, including the National Innovation and Science Agenda

About your application

Full details of the position's responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description.

The content of your Resume and Cover Letter should demonstrate how you meet the selection criteria.

Closing date: 11:55 PM AWST on Sunday, 19 February 2023

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Vicky Johnstone at

This position is only open to applicants with relevant rights to work in Australia.

Application Details: Please apply online via the Apply Now button.

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity

UWA is committed to a diverse workforce and an equitable and inclusive workplace.  We celebrate difference and believe diversity is fundamental to achieving our goals as a globally recognised Top 100 educational and research institution.  We are committed to creating a safe work environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, the LGBTIQA+ community and people living with disability.

  • We have a globally competitive, gender neutral parental leave policy with 26 weeks paid leave after 12 months service and 36 weeks after 5 years.
  • We have on-campus childcare facilities for child 6 weeks to kindy.
  • We facilitate flexible working, with part-time and job-sharing arrangements considered.
  • We have an ongoing partnership with Pride in Diversity and were recently awarded a Bronze Employer status for LGBTIQA+ inclusion.
  • We have Athena SWAN Bronze accreditation and actively work to improve gender equity. 

Should you have any queries relating to your application, please contact the individual named in the advertisement. Alternatively, contact the Talent team at with details of your query. To enable a quick response, please include the 6-digit job reference number and a member of the team will respond to your enquiry.