Existing Applicant Login

Job alert

Work type





Specialist, Research Contracts

Apply now Job no: 546957
Work type: Full-time
Location: Flexible, Geelong - Waurn Ponds, Melbourne - Burwood
Categories: Management, Administration, Research

  • Flexible location
  • Full-time and continuing
  • HEW 8 $114,231 - $130,786 + 17% Superannuation (pro rata, part time)


Why work with us?

At Deakin you will have access to benefits such as a variety of leave options including generous parental leave and the ability to purchase additional leave; flexible working arrangements to help manage your work-life balance; ongoing learning and development opportunities to grow your career; an inclusive and supportive culture and environment to work in, both online and on campus.

The Specialist, Research Contracts is responsible for supporting and co-ordinating the formation, negotiation and execution of contracts with other universities, funding organisations, industry partners, government departments, health networks, research institutes and other relevant stakeholders. The role will be responsible for ensuring efficient processes, communication and documentation throughout the contract lifecycle.


As a Specialist, you will work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to:

  • Coordinate research funding contract management, including; drafting variations, novation, data collection, reporting of activities, and compliance monitoring to ensure the contractual requirements are met, and handle contractual matters which arise during contracts’ life to build and protect the University’s reputation with external funding bodies.
  • Establish and maintain positive relationship with funding, awarding and collaborating bodies to ensure efficient management of successful applications.
  • Project manage the review, drafting and execution of contracts, including high-value, multi-party agreements to ensure timely completion.
  • Prepare recommendations on risk management and compliance regarding Deakin’s policies, procedures, and requirements to enable informed decisions on the execution of competitive and commercial contracts
  • Review, edit, and negotiate a range of competitive and commercial research agreements ensuring the contractual terms and conditions are compliant with University policies, processes, and requirements
  • Coordinate the flow of contracts from initiation to execution, tracking their progress and ensuring contracts progress smoothly through the approval process and timelines are met.


To be successful, you’ll have:

  • Qualifications in Law or Business or progress towards these qualifications and extensive relevant experience; or
  • An equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in commercial principles relating to contracts including risk analysis and project costing within a university or other research organisation.
  • Established track record in providing strategic advice on contracts to researchers, including IP management, publication and the distribution of risk and liability.
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills and demonstrable performance in a role requiring a high level of attention to detail.


Here's how to apply: 

Please submit your updated resume and a short cover letter outlining your skills and experience.

For a confidential discussion regarding this role, please contact Ciara Boyd (Executive Director, Research Funding Services) on ciara.boyd@deakin.edu.au For a copy of the position description, please see below:

Download File Specialist, Research Contracts HEW 8.pdf

Applications for this position close on 21st of July at 11.55pm.


Are You Ready?

Deakin is a Victorian university with a global impact. We are an agile, dynamic, and innovative university committed to making a positive impact through our excellence in education, research and innovation and the contributions we make to the wider community.

We understand that our reputation has been built on the dedication and expertise of our staff and we offer a dynamic and diverse working environment with opportunities to grow and develop careers. We believe that a progressive, thriving culture will ensure that people choose to come, and stay at Deakin and contribute to our ongoing success.

We value diversity and aim to build an inclusive environment that champions, embraces and respects differences. We support and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and people of all abilities, cultures, sexual orientation, and genders.

Advertised: AUS Eastern Standard Time

Back to search results Apply now Refer a friend