Research projects

Job as Manager of Major Research Projects and Awards at SWINBURNE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

  • Key role for University Strategy 2025 to deliver research with impact
  • Permanent full-time position at Hawthorn with hybrid/flexible work arrangements
  • Attractive HEW 8 salary plus 17% superannuation with benefits

About the role

Swinburne University has an ambitious goal of growing research performance and impact, as set out in the University Strategy 2025 to deliver research with impact. Under this programme, the University has a key objective to undertake quality and impactful research supported by sustainable research funding. The person responsible for major research projects and grants is an integral part of this work programme.

The Major Research Projects and Fellowships Manager will ensure the effective delivery of project management and operations support for a defined portfolio of high value, complex and reputationally significant multi-party research fellowships. This portfolio includes ARC Centers of Excellence, ARC Industrial Transformation Program, Australian Government funded projects including the Modern Manufacturing Initiative, Cooperative Research Centres, State Government projects such as Breakthrough Victoria and other strategically important industrial projects and consortia.

In this role, you will provide personalized project management advice, direction and support for the set-up, monitoring, reporting and post-award administration of major research projects. You will also be expected to provide expert advice and recommendations for related business decision making.

Reporting to the Director, Research Contracts and Grants Management of Swinburne Research Services, the position requires significant initiative, an ability to solve complex problems and strong relationship management skills.

About you

To be suitable for this position, you will have:

  • Substantial experience in managing complex programs or research, including design, implementation and management budgets, timelines, workflows, reporting and evaluation frameworks.
  • Highly developed planning and organizational skills with experience in setting priorities, allocating resources and meeting deadlines.
  • Highly developed analytical and conceptual skills, including the provision of strategic advice, reporting and advice
  • Relationship management and consultation skills, including the ability to influence and negotiate with a variety of stakeholders.


  • Postgraduate degrees and extensive relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education and training.
  • Preferably, qualification(s) in project management.

About Swinburne University of Technology

Swinburne Horizon 2025 builds on our understanding of future challenges. With this new strategic plan, we choose to make Swinburne the prototype of a new and different university – one that is truly technology, innovation and entrepreneurship driven, and proud of it. We are committed to a differentiated university offer in terms of teaching and research, so that:

  • Every Swinburne learner gains work experience
  • Every Swinburne graduate gets a job
  • Each Swinburne partner receives a technology solution
  • Swinburne is the prototype of global best practice

Achieving our 2025 moon shots depends on our ability to work collectively, always, like One Swinburne.

To apply

Please submit your CV and cover letter, the latter should be up to two pages, outlining your skills, knowledge and experience against the selection criteria.

For further information on this role, please contact Dr Dora Horvath (Head, Research Contracts and Grants Management) at [email protected] To review the job description; please click apply or click it at the bottom of the ad.

Please note: Appointment to this position is subject to passing a child labor check.

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact Swinburne’s Talent Acquisition team at [email protected]

Closing of applications: Sunday July 31, 2022 at 5 p.m.

Swinburne offers flexible work options, time off and parental/caregiver policies to support work-life balance.

Diversity and Inclusion

Swinburne is a large, culturally diverse organization and we pride ourselves on our commitment to equity and inclusion through key initiatives. For more information on all of our initiatives, visit our Equity and Diversity website

We welcome and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

We are committed to making the recruitment process fair and equitable for all of our applicants. If you have specific accessibility or support needs, please contact Maree Norden, Diversity and Inclusion Manager at [email protected]

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

We welcome and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

For any support please contact our Indigenous Employment Coordinator at [email protected] or for more information on our Indigenous Strategies please follow the link to our RAP Reconciliation Action Plan

Vaccination requirements

All Swinburne workers should be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they have an approved medical exemption to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. All applicants must therefore be able to comply with this requirement.

We are a Circle Back 2022 employer – we are committed to responding to every candidate.