Research Management Officer

Randwick, Australia
09 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
25 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
  • One of Australia’s leading research & teaching universities
  • Vibrant campus life with a strong sense of community & inclusion
  • Enjoy a career that makes a difference by collaborating & learning from the best

At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.

The Faculty of Engineering at UNSW is a national and international leader in engineering research and education and is the University’s premier research Faculty. It is the largest Engineering Faculty in Australia, graduating the largest number of engineers and with the largest research expenditure. Through excellence in fundamental and applied research the Faculty aims to be placed in the top 20 internationally by 2025.

The Faculty aims to be recognised as a world leading innovation hub with long-lasting impacts on both quality of life and economic prosperity in Australia and internationally. The Faculty places high priority on research that is targeted to developing solutions to major societal and global challenges and is recognised as the preferred partner for effective interdisciplinary engagement with industry, government and other universities.

About the role

  • $91K - $99K plus 17% superannuation and leave loading
  • Continuing
  • Full-time (35 hours per week)

The Research Management Officer is a relatively new position which plays a key role in the Faculty of Engineering’s evolving local research support function. The position supports the Faculty’s strategic goal of continually improving the calibre and quantity of high-quality Engineering research performed, and the profile and impact of that research.

The Research Management Officer works in a small team to enable and enhance research activities across the nine Schools in the Faculty.

The position has operational and strategic responsibilities in multiple aspects of research management, including:

  • Developing funding opportunities & enabling strong grant submissions
  • Enhancing collaboration
  • Communicating and promoting research
  • Researcher skills & culture development
  • Business improvement projects
  • Relevant data analysis and reporting

To achieve goals in these areas, the position has a range of ongoing and project-based duties, including identifying new projects and areas where value can be added.

Each Research Management Officer is assigned a small number of Schools in the Faculty to lead school-based activities and act as the primary team contact point. The four Research Management Officers also work as a team and collaborate with other University stakeholders on initiatives that benefit the entire Faculty.

The successful applicant will become a local expert, building strong relationships with researchers and a thorough understanding of research activities and culture in assigned Schools, to ensure unique local challenges and opportunities are optimally addressed. The position will also work to strengthen important partnerships between the Faculty and other units of the University, helping to coordinate and continuously improve the variety of professional services underpinning research, so that the Faculty is well-placed to achieve its ambitious research goals.

About the successful applicant

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • relevant tertiary qualifications and research management experience, or equivalent
  • understanding of the research funding environment
  • the ability to work closely with researchers in a range of Engineering disciplines to achieve results
  • a proven ability to develop and implement operational plans with little supervision, with project management experience and the ability to achieve objectives, meet competing deadlines and report on outcomes
  • excellent communication and stakeholder management skills and the proven ability to collaborate with a wide range of academic and professional stakeholders
  • strong numeracy and analytical skills and attention to detail, with the ability to provide reporting, analysis and advice on research income and outputs data and contribute to resolving finance issues
  • the ability to think innovatively, design and improve working processes, and take a pro-active, hands-on approach to problem solving
  • strong computing capabilities

You should systematically address the selection criteria listed within the position description in your application. Please apply online - applications will not be accepted if sent to the contact listed.


Rohan Willard, Faculty Research Manager


T: (61 2) 9385 1262

Applications Close: Sunday 25 March 2018