Research Project Coordinator

Melbourne, Australia
16 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
23 Apr 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • We are driven to find innovative research solutions to real world problems
  • Academic Level A, $67,015 - $90,250 plus 17% super
  • 0.6 – 1.0 EFT (negotiable), two-year contract, Hawthorn & Parkville locations

About Swinburne

Swinburne University of Technology has a long, proud history of educating and training students for over 100 years. Swinburne focuses on providing high-quality, career-oriented education with strong links to industry and the community. Swinburne currently has over 54,000 students.

Swinburne’s emphasis is on high quality, engaged teaching and research in science, technology, business, design and innovation – teaching and research that makes a difference in the lives of individuals and contributes to national economic and social objectives. 

Swinburne is a progressive university that aims to increase Australia’s capacity in science, technology and innovation as the drivers of modern, internationalised economies and workplaces. Our university is focused on high-impact global research, high-quality teaching and active engagement with both industry and the community.

About the job

The position is a 0.6 to 1.0 EFT (negotiable), two-year contract, with potential for extension, and is within the Iverson Health Research Institute and under Swinburne Research. The position will primarily support the medication adherence program, which is a collaboration between Swinburne University and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, as well as other research projects within the team.

The appointee will have experience in healthcare and/or health psychology or another relevant discipline, and in funding proposal and ethics application development. The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in digital healthcare and the ability to work across disciplines (e.g., IT, design and development, healthcare departments such as pharmacy/nursing and patient consumers) to achieve common goals. The appointee will have exceptional project management, writing and administration skills and work well as part of a team to achieve common goals. Ideally, a person who has prior experience working with healthcare funding bodies and hospital research and ethics departments would be advantageous. 

The position will have the following principal roles:

  1. coordinating the development of m-health tools, including a medication adherence app, online training package and other tools relevant to the program goals;
  2. coordinating the development and submission of research funding proposals;
  3. coordination and submission of research ethics applications
  4. assist with the supervision and mentorship of the undergraduate placement research assistant;
  5. assist with manuscript drafting and submission, and
  6. assist with team building and development activities.

This position would suit someone who is passionate about a career in research project management. It requires a person with strong coordination skills, who appreciates the importance of planning to ensure project timelines and submission dates are adhered to. 

The appointee will have the confidence to take charge of tasks and ensure clear communication with key stakeholders to obtain required team and collaborator input. The appointee will have excellent written and verbal communications skills and will be expected to function as a member of an interdisciplinary team in order to help the the Iverson Health Innovation Research Institute and Department of Behavioural Science in Cancer at Peter Mac to achieve their objectives. 

Skills and experience

To be successful in this role you will need to demonstrate the following:

  • Undergraduate qualifications in health psychology or another related healthcare services degree.
  • Substantial knowledge about the process of funding grant and ethics application submission within health psychology and the healthcare system 
  • Demonstrated experience in literature searching and drafting peer reviewed articles within health psychology/behavioural sciences, with a particular focus on translational research 
  • Demonstrated expertise in coordinating research projects

A full list of the selection criteria is available within the position description


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Further information, contacts and support

The diverse culture within Swinburne is a source of strength. We have an inclusive working environment with employees from a variety of backgrounds. We acknowledge that diversity in the university workforce increases the effectiveness of teams and our capacity for innovation. We welcome applications from Indigenous people, workers of all ages, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

We are proud to be recognised by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality 2016 and of key initiatives such as our Pride@Swinburne Strategic Action Plan and our Reconciliation Action Plan which are integral components of our 2025 vision to be world class university creating social and economic impact through science, technology and innovation. Swinburne has also received the Victorian “High Commendation” Multicultural Excellence Award (Business Category).

To start an application click on 'apply' at the bottom of this page and submit a resume, cover letter and response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the Position Description.

Swinburne University of Technology is a Child Safe Organisation and as part of this commitment, we require all employees to have a current Working with Children’s Check.

All appointments are subject to a valid Working with Children’s Check, therefore it will be a mandatory requirement to have and maintain a current Working with Children Check.

Please do not email or send paper applications, all applications must be submitted online.

For further information about the position, please contact Lisa Grech on 0410 947 444 or 

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Recruitment team on +61 3 9214 8600 (option 2).

Should you require further support for an interview due to special needs or consideration, please contact our Diversity Consultant, Dr. Walter Robles, on, or our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Officer, Sherrin Trautmann on 

Position number: TBC

Applications close at 5 pm, Monday 23 April 2018.