PhD Innovators Program Manager

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Melbourne, VICTORIA
Deadline: 11 Jun 2024

Job no: 0062651
Location: Parkville
Role type: 
Full-time; Continuing

Department: Research, Innovation and Commercialisation
UOM 8 – $119,742 - $129,607 p.a. plus 17% super

  • Manage the University of Melbourne's newest innovation program - do you enjoy entrepreneurial challenges?  
  • Opportunity to develop leadership, program management skills and leadership with the innovative ecosystem 
  • Work with bright minds and foster a culture of innovation!  

About the Role
As the Melbourne Entrepreneurial Centre - PhD Innovators Program Manager you will manage expanding the Melbourne Entrepreneurial Centre - PhD Innovators Program, which creates and grows an entrepreneurial mindset among the PhD student body equipping them with the knowledge and tools to pursue entrepreneurial pathways with their research, develop highly transferable entrepreneurial skill sets and nurture their involvement in University of Melbourne Innovation Ecosystem.  

You will be responsible for the operational outcomes, evaluation and measurement of the PhD Innovators Program and delivering a high quality, engaging and scalable experience. This position requires an enthusiastic and dynamic individual with an exceptional operational and project management skills. As Program Manager you will create and deliver consistent, and high-quality training and contribute to the program development for all teams and participants.  

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Leading the end-to-end delivery of the PhD Innovators Program and related activities such as Selection, Onboarding, Program Delivery, Office hours, Project Matching, Post Program Data reporting 
  • Managing mentor engagement of the program including tracking mentor involvement, developing reports for mentors to PhD 
  • Facilitating and delivering workshops, prepare toolkits, and online resources for participants to use to improve their learning outcomes 
  • Managing participant selection process including tracking applicants, project selection and relevant reporting of metrics 

Who we are looking for
You will have excellent judgement, the ability to anticipate needs and be able to identify and manage dependencies across a portfolio of work. Your high level operational and project management skills with demonstrated ability to manage competing deadlines will be vital to the role. 

You will have excellent attention to detail, analytical and problem-solving skills as well as an understanding of the key elements of the process of forming a new business and technology start-ups. Your will possess strong written and verbal communication skills, with demonstrated capacity to prepare high quality presentations, reports and documentation. You will be able to liaise and work effectively with a range of internal and external stakeholders to achieve successful outcomes.  

You will also have:

  • A relevant degree or substantial relevant work experience in the research innovation, entrepreneurship, startup or investment sector or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training
  • A proven track record supporting researchers, research, and the innovation ecosystem towards commercial and impact outcomes
  • Strong experience in coaching a broad-range of participants or startup founders

For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements please refer to the attached PD.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. This role requires current valid work rights for Australia.

Your new team – Research, Innovation and Commercialisation
Research, Innovation and Commercialisation (RIC) is the central facilitator of research funding in the University, taking advantage of the full diversity of research funding opportunities. The Melbourne Entrepreneurial Centre (MEC) sits within RIC. MEC is passionate about enriching the culture of entrepreneurship within the University of Melbourne and creating the entrepreneurial leaders of the future. Our aim is to offer students, alumni, academics, industry and the general public opportunities to engage with and move innovation forward to create real world impact. Further information about MEC is available at

What we offer you!
In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services, and discounts on graduate courses. For more information check out our benefits page!

The University of Melbourne
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We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require reasonable adjustments, please contact the employee listed on the first page of the Position Description found below, with an email containing your name and contact details for a confidential discussion. Please ensure your email is titled "Reasonable Adjustments Request".

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants
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Join Us!
If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents: 

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter outlining your interest and experience

Please note that you are not required to respond to the selection criteria in the Position Description.

If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Ivanka Yan via email at [email protected] , ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject. Please do not share your application to this email address.

If you have any particular questions regarding the job please follow the contact details listed on the Position Description.

Applications close: 11 June 2024 11:55 PM Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)

Please note that in the event of sourcing a suitable candidate, the closing date for applications may be brought forward, and the job vacancy may be closed. Therefore, we encourage interested individuals to submit their applications promptly.


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