Research Development Officer

Sippy Downs, Sunshine Coast, Australia
A$72,637 to A$78,605 gross per annum
21 Nov 2016
End of advertisement period
04 Dec 2016
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Under the direction of the Team Leader, Research Development, the Research Development Officer (RDO) is responsible for:

Research development: providing strategic advice and support to researchers in the identification of external funding opportunities, and all facets of research development and research management. The RDO assists with the planning and staging of professional development programs for the research community.

Submission of external funding applications: coordination of major aspects of external grant submissions, including facilitating quality assurance, interpretation of funding policy and pre-submission compliance review. The RDO will establish timelines for the submission of applications, provide technical quality and strategic feedback to applicants, provide administrative support and coordinate the submission of applications.

Research contract review and negotiation: negotiate research contracts and agreements with external funding agencies and subcontractors liaising where appropriate with researchers, University outsourced legal providers, and relevant service divisions.

  1. Provide strategic, accurate, up-to-date and timely advice to the Team Leader, Research Development about all aspects of the administration of funded research.
  2. Coordinate bid rounds and research development campaigns, including facilitating quality assurance, interpretation of funding policy, providing technical, quality and strategic feedback, and undertaking pre-submission compliance review. Ensure effective communication within the University about funding opportunities, including the establishment of timelines for all major grants rounds.
  3. Identify and support the development of proposals for funding opportunities from alternative funding sources and contracted research, including the establishment of relationships with clients and funding agencies.
  4. Provide expert advice, mentoring and support to applicants and prospective applicants for research funding, including identifying and mitigating risks and contributing to the provision of effective staff development programs and activities related to all aspects of grantsmanship.
  5. Contribute to the implementation of initiatives and service improvements to bring about constructive change in research governance and/or services, so as to augment the building of research capacity and capability
  6. Develop, negotiate and maintain contracts for externally-funded research, including variations in consultation with researchers, relevant service divisions and University outsourced legal providers as required.
  7. Contribute to the commercialisation of University research by facilitating early discussions with relevant parties, undertaking initial patent searches, and providing advice to researchers.
  8. Develop and maintain central records for all funded research, including internal research grants. Maintain appropriate electronic records and associated databases.
  9. Assist with the collection of data for the purposes of performance reporting.
  10. Other duties as directed by the Team Leader, Research Development and Director, Office of Research.

Applicants need to demonstrate:

  1. A postgraduate qualification in a relevant field or a combination of relevant experience, education and/or training.
  2. Strong interpersonal and relationship management skills including the ability to:
    • Negotiate, influence and engage effectively with a broad range of internal and external stakeholders
    • Collaborate and work effectively within a team
    • Capacity to exercise sound judgement, take initiative and solve problems in a complex and fast-paced work environment
  3. Strong communication and organisational skills including:
    • The ability to control and coordinate multiple complex projects
    • Well-developed writing and editing skills, including the ability to write/review coherent and persuasive proposals
    • Advanced computer literacy and proficiency in the use of the Microsoft Office suite, web-based applications, network tools and a fundraising database
  4. Experience in contract management including the development, negotiation, monitoring and reporting on contracts.


  • Successful experience in funded research administration in a higher education institution
  • Experience in the preparation and submission of applications for external research funding.
  • Experience in identifying and promoting research opportunities in a university or other relevant organisations.