Research development

Director of Research Development (FHMRI) position at FLINDERS UNIVERSITY

About Flinders

Our bold vision, reflected in our Strategic Plan: Make a Difference: Agenda 2025, is to be internationally recognized as a global research leader, an innovator in contemporary education, and the source of the most enterprising graduates from Australia.

To achieve this ambition, we recently made a significant organizational change to a six-college structure with professional alignment of staff and services.

We recognize that the key to our success is exceptional people and we are looking for an exceptional individual to join our transformed university team.

Type of employment:

Position Summary

Next | Full time

Pay level:
Higher Education Officer Level 8

Wage scale:
$102,143 – 113,079 per year

Pertaining to:
head of institute,
Flinders Medical and Health Research Institute (FHMRI)

Under general direction, the Research Development Manager is responsible for the development and management of large-scale and strategic collaborative research funding applications, including opportunities with commercial and external academic partners to increase scale and diversity of external research funding for Flinders University, Flinders Health and Medical Research Institute and the College of Medicine and Public Health.

The Research Development Manager will work closely with the FHMRI leadership team and members of the Research Development and Support team to support strategic initiatives and identify opportunities for government, industry to non-profit and industrial relations in South Australia and interstate, to generate contract, commercial and grant funding. The Director of Research Development will manage a small team of research development and support staff.

Main responsibilities of the position

The Research Development Manager is responsible for:

  • Represent the Institute and its research capacity at a range of internal and external engagements in order to promote and build the reputation of the Institute and assist in the creation of new opportunities.
  • Identify and explore new initiatives and funding opportunities for the FHMRI and facilitate the preparation of proposals.
  • Identify opportunities to leverage and increase industry and government investments through appropriate funding programs.
  • Support the development of grant offers from the earliest stages, including scoping of interests, ideas and partners, and proactively communicate with external partners and funding stakeholders to deliver offers.
  • Build and sustain relationships with key partners, potential partners and funding stakeholders.
  • Participate in strategic planning sessions and provide evidence-based strategic advice to the FHMRI leadership team on opportunities for research growth and improved research performance.
  • Provide high-level grant development services, including strategic opportunity assessment, coordination of major offers, grant writing assistance, project management, review and feedback, and coordination internal and external peer reviews.
  • Manage the Research Development and Support (RDS) staff integrated into FHMRI and facilitate their delivery of excellent research support services aligned with University, FHMRI, and College of Medicine and Public Health priorities (CMPH).
  • Liaise with other members of the RDS team and the Governance, Legal and Risk team to ensure efficient and timely progress of bids, tenders and contracts.
  • Contribute and coordinate the production of reports.
  • Provide high-level administrative support and guidance to ensure FHMRI/CMPH meets internal and external reporting requirements.
  • Any other responsibilities corresponding to the level of the role assigned by the supervisor, the director of the institute and/or the university.

Capabilities of the key position

  • Progress towards postgraduate qualifications and extensive relevant experience or an equivalent combination of experience and/or relevant education and/or training.
  • Demonstrated ability to think and plan strategically.
  • Highly developed liaison skills with the ability to identify project opportunities through interactions with a range of potential clients/collaborators including industry bodies, external research groups and government agencies.
  • Ability to facilitate and coordinate the writing of complex research grant applications and to attract research grants.
  • Extensive experience in analyzing, interpreting and presenting complex data and developing business cases supported by clear evidence.
  • Demonstrated initiative, highly developed organizational skills and ability to provide advice to researchers and key decision makers in an effective and timely manner.
  • Demonstrated high-level written and oral communication skills, including the ability to communicate complex concepts to a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability and ability to build a high performing team in a complex environment.
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of people and in a team environment.
  • Practical experience in the application of intellectual property, insurance and risk principles.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and promote research capabilities to external audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and grow a small team of research development and support staff.

Prescribed conditions of employment

  • Flinders University has introduced a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy which requires all new staff to be current on their COVID-19 vaccinations, subject to medical exemptions and limited exemptions.

How to register

  • Please review the main job abilities of the job description and submit a statement of suitability of no more than 3 pages that meets the criteria. Applications without a declaration of suitability may not be considered. For more information, please see our How to Apply page.
  • For more information regarding this position, please contact: Dr Rebecca Keough

Information for applicants:

A valid National Police Certificate satisfactory to the University will also be required before the successful candidate can commence the position.

We seek to increase diversity to improve equal opportunity for employees, and therefore encourage applications from women, persons with disabilities and/or of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent to apply.

Please note that late applications and applications sent through agencies will not be accepted.

Closing of applications at 11:59 p.m.:

October 19, 2022