Major Research Initiatives Officer, Research Portfolio, Academic Division Job in Brisbane QLD at Queensland University of Technology –

The Major Research Initiatives Officer has a

significant role in supporting the development

and management of applications for large

programmatic research initiatives for centres

and assists with QUT’s engagement with

established centres, ensuring project funding

opportunities through these centres are


This position reports to the Director, Major

Research Initiatives for supervision, workload

management and for Performance Planning

and Review (PPR).

Key responsibilities include:

  • Support QUT teams preparing centre

applications or participating in externally led


  • Provide support to the Director and

Business Managers for applications for

Cooperative Research Centres, ARC

Centres of Excellence and Industrial

Transformation Training Centres/Research


  • Manage other centre schemes, and on a

case by case basis, other centre initiatives

o Provide advice to bid teams, including

advice on scheme requirements, QUT

capabilities, business case, IP, and

governance; and

o Review applications and provide

feedback in accordance with scheme


  • Assist QUT engagement with established

centres, ensuring that project funding

opportunities are realised including:
o Raise awareness of project funding

opportunities in the QUT community;

o Manage project funding calls from

centres and review project proposals;

o Facilitate standard project agreements

for successful proposals;

o Manage the relationship with the

management team at allocated centres;


o Provide advice regarding variations to

centre arrangements and facilitate and

manage the related contractual matters

(with legal support).

  • Support research infrastructure bids and

the establishment of internal centres on a

case by case basis, including providing

advice on budget, business case

development, governance arrangements

and QUT capabilities.

  • Provide information and training sessions

to the QUT research community.

  • Support QUT reporting requirements,

including preparation of an annual report to

QUT Council.

  • Contribute to a collaborative and open

team culture that is client-focussed and


  • Contribute to a process improvement and

innovative culture to consistently and

continually review and improve processes

to establish best practice.

  • Compliance with health and safety

policies, procedures, hazard reporting and

safe work practices.

To ensure job flexibility the successful

appointee may be required to:

  • perform any other duties as nominated by

the University consistent with the relevant

classification descriptors detailed in the

Enterprise Agreement. Staff undertaking

any new duties will receive training;

  • participate in job rotation or multiskilling in

consultation with their supervisor;

Type of appointment

This appointment will be offered on an

ongoing, full-time basis.


Kelvin Grove campus.

Selection Criteria

1. Education and training equivalent to a

postgraduate qualification or progress

towards postgraduate qualifications, or a

combination of education and/or training

and relevant experience.

2. Demonstrated experience supporting

researchers and research teams in the

development of funding opportunities and

the preparation of funding applications,

including the preparation of business


3. Demonstrated knowledge of contractual

issues relevant to research agreements,

including intellectual property, and

demonstrated experience in reviewing and

negotiating agreements.

4. Demonstrated high level verbal and

interpersonal communication skills,

including the ability to effectively consult

and negotiate with internal and external

clients from all organisational levels on a

range of sensitive and confidential issues

in a professional and confident manner,

including the ability to negotiate

contractual arrangements (with legal


5. Demonstrable knowledge of the current

research funding environment, national

policies and funding issues relating to

research grants and contracts


6. Demonstrated ability to interpret large and

complex policy documents.

7. Experience in the development of policies

and procedures on matters relating to

major research initiatives external research


8. Evidence of well-developed digital literacy

skills and a demonstrable knowledge and

understanding of relational databases,

including their effective integration into a

complex, multi-faceted working


Remuneration and Benefits

The classification for this position is Higher

Education Worker Level 8 (HEW8) which has

an annual remuneration range of $114,686 to

$129,990 pa. Which is inclusive of an annual

salary range of $97,738 to $110,781 pa and

17% superannuation.

In July 2020 QUT staff voted in favour of a

variation to its Enterprise Agreements. The

variations were approved by the Fair Work

Commission in August 2020.

The variation impacts leave loading (for new

staff no loading will be paid or accrued during

the period the variation is in effect), salary

increases (the salary increase which was due

to occur in the first full pay period of December

2020 was deferred until the first full pay period

of December 2021, however it has been

brought forward by the Vice-Chancellor to be

paid in June 2021) and superannuation

(superannuation will be paid to staff as though

the salary increase which would have been

paid in December 2020 has taken effect and,

subject to the rules of the superannuation fund,

a defined benefit member will continue to make

contributions in alignment with the contributions

made by the University). A link to the variation

is here.

Beyond personal and professional fulfilment, a

career at QUT brings a broad range of tangible

benefits. With competitive remuneration

including superannuation, the University offers

real and generous benefits.

QUT is a high quality and flexible organisation

that is proud of its excellent employment

conditions which include but are not limited to:

  • Reduced working year scheme
  • Parental leave provisions
  • Study support encompassing leave and

financial assistance

  • Comprehensive professional development
  • Salary Packaging

Further benefits can be found at the Life at

QUT page.

Information for applicants

The position is open to applicants who have

ongoing full-time work rights in Australia. In

support of our strategic priority of Indigenous

Australian success, Aboriginal Australians and

Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged

to apply.

For further information about the position,

please contact Scott Mitchell, Director, Major

Research Initiatives, on (07) 3138 9319; or for

further information about working at QUT

contact Human Resources on (07) 3138


Candidates who are interested in the position

are encouraged to apply even though they

may feel they are not strong on individual

selection criteria.

In assessing merit, the panel will take into

consideration “performance or achievement

relative to opportunity”. We recognise that

many staff today have a range of personal

circumstances, and career histories that

challenge traditional ideas of a staff

member. This may mean, for example,

prioritising the quality of achievement rather

than the quantity, as considerations of part-

time employment, career interruptions and

significant periods of leave are taken into

account when assessing performance or


How to Apply

For further information and to apply, please

visit www.qut.edu.au/careers for reference

number 21863.

When applying for this position we encourage

you to upload your response to the selection


Applications close 8 August 2021

About the Company

Company: Queensland University of Technology –

Company Location:  Brisbane QLD

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