Research Contracts Officer

Updated: 4 months ago
Location: Bedford Park, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Job Type: FullTime

Position Details

  • Continuing | Full-Time

  • Higher Education Officer Level 6 | $82,923 - $88,414 p.a.

  • Location: Bedford Park

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About Research Development and Support

RDS works with Flinders researchers, Colleges, Centres and Institutes, other portfolios, and external stakeholders to proactively support our research. Our teams underpin Flinders’ research evolving from ideas through to impact. RDS is part of the Portfolio of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and provides excellence in all facets of research management and promoting Flinders’ research.

About the Role

Under general to broad direction, the Research Contracts Officer is responsible for supporting the Flinders University research community to provide research contract administration and management services to Flinders University researchers.

Working as a member of the RDS team the Research Contracts Officer will work closely with stakeholders to administer and process research contracts and agreements for externally sponsored projects, funded/unfunded, and providing expertise, customer service and timely advice.

More specifically, in this role you will:

  • Review, prepare and negotiate the terms and conditions of research related agreements with industry, government, and other research institutions.

  • Provide advice to researchers on contractual obligations, special conditions or restrictions, or programmatic and other deliverables required by specific funding schemes.

  • Work closely with the Senior Research Contracts Officers and other members of the RDS team to identify, define and resolve issues related to sponsored project contracting activities in accordance with government or other funding bodies, institutional policies, and regulations.

  • Utilise and maintain systems and procedures related to the processing of contracts and agreements and proactively contributing to the development of internal processes and service delivery standards in relation to research contracts.

To learn more about Key Position Responsibilities, please view the Position Description.

About You

To be successful in this role you will have completed tertiary qualifications and have subsequent relevant experience OR have significant experience in research contract administration.  You are someone who thrives in a changing and fast paced environment, and have a clear focus on customer service, quality and the ability to work with a broad range of stakeholders.

You will also:

  • Be curious, resilient, and apply your problem-solving and analytical skills to a complex environment.

  • Anticipate potential risks and proactively take steps to overcome them, whilst acknowledging the complexity of the Australian research environment.

  • Have contemporary knowledge of compliance requirements for major grant funding schemes including ARC and NHMRC

  • Be passionate about supporting research, continuous improvement and innovation.

Life at Flinders

We're transforming and investing in people and facilities to create contemporary, stimulating, and satisfying learning and work environments that reflect our core values of excellence, innovation, courage, and integrity. Flinders is refocusing its strategic priorities with the aim of elevating its performance to be a top ten Australian university, and amongst the top 1% in the world.

Reaching beyond the limits of buildings, borders, and backgrounds, ours is an inclusive culture that believes absolutely in equality and opportunity for all. We don't just accommodate differences; we embrace and celebrate them. So, why work at Flinders?

  • 17% Superannuation + salary packaging options

  • Flexible working arrangements

  • Wide range of professional development activities and services

  • We embrace diversity and promote equity and inclusion for all students and staff

  • Vibrant campus life and amenities including on campus health care servicesgym  and childcare centre (Bedford Park, South Australia).

Prescribed Conditions for Employment

  • A valid National Police Certificate which is satisfactory to the University will also be required before the successful applicant can commence in this position.

  • Please note that you may be required to provide evidence that you are up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations, in line with the Flinders University COVID-19 Vaccination Policy  

How to Apply and Information

  • You are required to submit Suitability Statement of no more than 3 pages, addressing the Key Position Capabilities of the position description.

  • For more information regarding this position, please contact Daniela Tyson.

Please note, late applications and applications sent via agencies will not be accepted.


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Applications to be submitted before 10.00pm:

24 May 2023

At Flinders we embrace and celebrate diversity and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and people of all ages, ethnicities, abilities, sexual orientations, and gender identities.

Flinders. Fearless.

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