UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY Research Support Officer Job

  • Full-time, 12-month term position supporting research development and research support administration
  • Contribute to the development of research grant applications and the administration of research programs
  • HEO 6 – from $89,759 + 17% superannuation

About the Opportunity

the Research Support Officer provides administrative services and operational support to the Manager, Researcher Support and Development to enable research activity and the development of the School’s research capacity and profile. This includes implementing initiatives that support the School’s strategic research priorities, using expert advice, helping researchers identify and develop competitive grant applications, and supporting researchers and d other support staff in post-award grant management. The role administers the school’s internal grants and programs throughout their life cycle, provides advice and support on the development and interpretation of guidelines, and ensures that staff and affiliates are aware of the different programs and programs available. Maintains and provides guidance on continuous improvement of all relevant processes and procedures and is responsible for maintaining all records relating to the work area.

Your main responsibilities will be to:

  • provide expert advice and development support for external research funding applications (particularly ARC programs) and coordinate and provide administrative and financial services and support for internal grant applications and programs and ongoing reporting for the work area
  • coordinate post-grant research project mobilization processes
  • support the strategic orientation of the research undertaken by the School
  • coordinate and provide general administrative services and support for key stakeholder relations, research events, conferences and workshops

About you

The University values ​​courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned with these values ​​and are looking for a Research Support Officer who has:

  • the ability to work both independently and as part of a team, using initiative and good judgment to resolve issues that may arise in the course of normal day-to-day work
  • excellent time and workload management skills with a demonstrated ability to prioritize effectively, manage multiple tasks, meet deadlines and achieve required results
  • Effective and tactful communication skills (both verbal and written) along with strong problem-solving skills and the ability to exercise initiative and exercise good judgment, as well as the ability to prioritize workload work during busy periods
  • demonstrated ability to interpret and implement policies and procedures and establish and review business processes
  • numeracy skills and experience controlling income/expenses for budget reconciliation/tracking and managing bill payments and purchases
  • excellent computer skills including Microsoft Office, databases, Excel and web software
  • work experience in a research-intensive environment
  • administrative experience in a tertiary organisation, working knowledge of academic institutions, structures and the higher education sector.

Closing Date

11:59 p.m., Sunday, March 13, 2022

Sponsorship/work rights for Australia

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. For a continuing position, you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or an Australian permanent resident.

Pre-employment checks

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of any required pre-employment or background checks on terms satisfactory to the University. Likewise, your continued employment is conditional on your satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary action, including the termination of your employment.

EEO declaration

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of diverse cultural and linguistic origins; equity target groups, including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent are encouraged.

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