Research and Innovation Manager

Perth (Suburb), Western Australia (AU)
$105,043.00 – $124,301.00 p.a. (pro rata) plus 17% superannuation
21 Mar 2023
End of advertisement period
17 Apr 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School of Engineering

  • Level B, full-time appointment on a fixed term basis for 3 years
  • Base salary range: $105,043.00 – $124,301.00 p.a. (pro rata) plus 17% superannuation
  • Increased gender diversity is a key priority for the School Engineering. Women are particularly encouraged to apply

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

TechWorks is an exciting new collaboration between Woodside and The University of Western Australia. TechWorks consists of a professional space and designated laboratory within UWA’s Engineering Civil and Mechanical Building that is designed to promote innovation and engagement through research, prototyping and testing activities that will drive improved production, maintenance and operations outcomes.

The School of Engineering has an established and dedicated team of teaching and research academics providing undergraduate and post-graduate programmes across multiple engineering disciplines, including biomedical, civil, environmental, mining, chemical, mechanical, electrical and electronic and automation and robotics. Research in the School also spans a wide range of engineering disciplines, with groups often comprising multi- and trans-disciplinary researchers who work with industry to produce outcomes with impact.

The School of Engineering is driving an initiative to improve diversity, equity and inclusion amongst its academic staff; increased gender diversity amongst staff and students is a key priority for the School, therefore, women are particularly encouraged to apply.

About the opportunity

In the newly created role of Research and Innovation Manager you will contribute to the development of the long-term vision and strategy for TechWorks and lead the implementation of this vision. You will act as one of the primary conduits between Woodside personnel and UWA academics, bridging the language gap between academia and industry. While this position will be required to work across all the activities in Techworks, there is a particular focus on supporting the metal 3D printing program.

You will work closely with and collaborate with the TechWorks team in developing and analysing research, reporting on data, and presenting research findings. You will also be expected to teach 1 unit per year and supervise final year project students.

In addition, you will manage and support the delivery of the portfolio of research and development projects, ensuring alignment between Woodside goals and university priorities. The role will also involve the identification and development of opportunities for new R&I projects that fit within the Woodside Technology strategy as well as UWA’s research focus.

About You

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:

  • PhD or an equivalent in relevant field (e.g materials engineering, physical metallurgy, corrosion)
  • Knowledge of additive manufacturing of metals, especially with respect to powder bed fusion.
  • Good understanding to the materials science of metals including microstructural and mechanical property characterisation.
  • High level interpersonal skills and proven ability to establish strong collaborative working relationships and to develop and maintain professional links within TechWorks
  • Ability to teach and supervise at an under-graduate and/or post-graduate level
  • Track record of engagement with research and development divisions of industry partners and delivery of high quality research outputs. 
  • Ability to plan, manage the use of research funds, organise and achieve work targets, sometimes in demanding circumstances

About your application

Full details of the position's responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description: Research and Innovation Manager 513931.pdf

You are required to address the selection criteria in your submission in a separate document. For information to assist you with compiling statements to answer the selection criteria, please visit Addressing the selection criteria

Closing date: 11:55 PM AWST on Monday, 17 April 2023

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Tim Sercombe at

This position is open to international applicants.

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 children aged 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.