Hub Regional Research Coordinator

Cairns, Australia
27 Feb 2018
End of advertisement period
22 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Short Description

Work closely with Researchers to perform co-ordination and facilitation role to ensure that Hub research activities in the region are productive, efficient and integrated.

  • Part time – 18.125 hours per week, fixed term contract to December 2020
  • Influential position in a World-class research institute
  • Be part of building a brighter future for life in the tropics world-wide

We now have an exciting opportunity for a Northern Hub Regional Research Coordinator at The Cairns Institute at James Cook University (JCU).  A part time, fixed term contract this position is located in the Gulf of Carpentaria/Cape York region for a period of up to three years ending 31 December 2020, where you can enjoy a tropical lifestyle whilst still achieving your career goals.

Your Role

Reporting to the Director of The Cairns Institute, this key position includes research coordination, communication with stakeholders, organisation of workshops and meetings, and promotion of Hub outputs to partners and research users. Working closely with researchers and the knowledge brokering & communications team from the National Environmental Science Program (NESP) Northern Australia Environmental Resources Hub you will ensure that Hub research activities in the region are productive, efficient and integrated.

Key duties

  • Provide advice and assistance to NESP Northern Hub researchers and staff concerning research planning, on-country activity and meetings and other relevant regional resources and activities;
  • Work with the Hub to produce relevant communication products and undertake activities to communicate NESP Northern Hub activity in the Gulf of Carpentaria/Cape York region;
  • In consultation with Hub researchers, assist with organising meetings and field visits, including logistics, facilitation, pre-meeting briefings, and face to face follow-up where needed;

About You

A key influencer, you will enjoy developing close working relationships with a variety of stakeholders, including research leaders, traditional owners, industry, government and the community to support innovative and commercially astute research partnerships.

You will also have

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work collaboratively and negotiate with a diverse range of stakeholders;
  • Good understanding of key research users and stakeholder groups in the Gulf of Carpentaria/Cape York region;
  • Deep knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, customary law and institutions;
  • Well-developed organisational and time management skills with the ability to apply sound judgement, manage competing deadlines and achieve targets

About The Cairns Institute

The Cairns Institute is equivalent to a directorate within the Division of Research and Innovation and was established for advanced studies in the social sciences and humanities. It adds a vital human, social and cultural dimension to other internationally renowned JCU research centres. The Cairns Institute gives concrete expression to the University’s aim to become one of the world’s leading research universities in the tropics. As a repository of regional knowledge and research capacity, it is perfectly positioned to make a significant contribution to the development of a sustainable quality of life for tropical communities. The Institute is dedicated to providing innovative, solution-oriented research with local, national and global tropical application.


A defining feature of JCU is its tropical location and its research excellence in disciplines of particular relevance to the tropics. 

  • Ranked in the top 2 percent of the world's tertiary institutions;
  • Our unique location enables students to study in a diverse physical environment unparalleled by any university in the world;
  • Conduct nationally significant and internationally recognised research;
  • World class teaching and research facilities

Culture & Benefits

JCU offers a culturally diverse working environment with opportunities for professional and personal growth as well as diverse career opportunities.  JCU prides itself on being dedicated to teaching, learning and research that is not only of high quality, but also delivers practical benefits to the peoples and industries of the region.

  • Generous superannuation scheme with up to 17% employer contributions
  • five weeks annual recreation leave
  • flexible working arrangements
  • attractive options for salary packaging.
  • Relocation assistance maybe may be offered to the successful candidate at contract negotiation stage.

How to Apply

If you are an established professional looking to influence our future, please apply today at

Vacancy reference number: 16315

Applications close: 22 March 2018