Research Development Strategist

Sydney (Suburb), New South Wales (AU)
22 Feb 2017
End of advertisement period
20 Mar 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation Office

UTS has a bold vision to be a world-leading university of technology. We are a dynamic and innovative university in central Sydney, consistently ranked the top young university in Australia. With a culturally diverse campus life and extensive international exchange and research programs, UTS prepares graduates for the workplaces of today and tomorrow.

The UTS Research & Innovation Office is recruiting for a Research Development Strategist to lead a small team focused on partnering with researchers and their collaborators to develop high quality and successful research grant, fellowship and centre proposals.

A specialist role within RIO you will specifically, be charged with improving success in ARC schemes, with a secondary focus on NHMRC and other externally competitive research centre schemes, and the development of a long term strategy for sustained growth from these funding sources.

Main duties and responsibilities include:

  • contributing to the identification and development of research funding strategies and initiatives to improve application and success rates for major funding opportunities.
  • working closely with the Research Operations and Management and Research Engagement Teams to provide advice to researchers and partners in regard to the rules and submission requirements for major funding schemes
  • actively identifying and influencing potentially successful applicants to submit high quality research grant proposals
  • actively engaging potential and existing external partners to establish relationships and secure commitments to collaborate with UTS researchers in grant applications
  • working collaboratively with the rest of RIO in all aspects of the development and implementation of strategies for improving UTS research grant performance and in the development and submission of specific research grant proposals.

To be successful in securing this role you will have:

  • extensive experience and proven capability in developing successful major research grant applications and/or successfully funded business case development;
  • dvanced understanding of the Australian Competitive Research Grant environment
  • demonstrated understanding of the rules and strategies for applying for research grants and achieving grant application success
  • knowledge and understanding of the protection and management of intellectual property arising from a university environment
  • extensive experience in developing and implementing strategic plans in relation to research and increasing funding
  • demonstrated and proven capability in increasing research funding
  • demonstrated expertise in building highly effective working relationships with Government and non-government organisations, including an ability to exercise initiative, tact and discretion in dealing with highly sensitive and confidential matters.

Specifically, the position is charged with improving success in ARC schemes, with a secondary focus on NHMRC and other externally competitive research centre schemes, and the development of a long term strategy for sustained growth from these funding sources.

Remuneration & Benefits

Base Salary Range: An attractive and competitive remuneration package will be offered.

This role attracts 17% superannuation in addition to the base salary. Employee benefits include flexible work practices, child care centres, generous parental leave and salary packaging opportunities.

This appointment will be on a 5-year fixed term full-time basis.

How to Apply

Prior to commencing your application for IRC90059, please review the Position Description and the relevant selection criteria - these can be found on our website by clicking on the apply link. You are required to address the selection criteria in your submission in a separate.

Please note that only those applications submitted via the UTS online recruitment system will be accepted.  Current UTS employees should apply through their UTS Employee Self Service function.

As you will be unable to save your application once started, please have all required documents and information available prior to commencing.

Please ensure that the file name for each document submitted includes IRC90059.

Specific enquiries or issues with your application may be directed to the UTS Recruitment Team at or on +61 (0) 2 9514 1080.

Closing Date:  Monday 20th March 2017 at 11.59pm (AEST)

We are committed to diversity and social inclusion, evidenced by our WGEA Employer of Choice citation, Wingara Indigenous Employment Strategy and the UTS Access and Inclusion Plan. We welcome applications from women (particularly for senior and non-traditional roles), Indigenous Australians, people with disability, those who identify as LGBTIQ and applicants from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

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