Senior Research Contracts Advisor

Swinburne University of Technology

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HEW 7: $87,170 $93,999 + 17% superannuation
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Full time, ongoing position at our Hawthorn campus
Come join Swinburne as our new Senior Research Contracts Advisor, providing legal advice and support to the research community to facilitate high quality research.

About the Job
Reporting to the Senior Research Contracts Manager, as our new Senior Research Contracts Advisor you will be responsible for providing legal advice and support to the research community to facilitate high quality research. You will offer legal advice on a range of research contract functions including, structuring of research activities and arrangements, selection of templates, reviewing internal and external contracts, drafting clauses and letters of agreement, negotiations and execution of contracts.

You will also be responsible for assisting researchers and other professional staff to understand Swinburne’s contractual obligations and ensuring Swinburne’s best interests are represented. Aspects if this will require the development and delivery of educational material for those undertaking research contracts.

In particular, you will work with researchers and other key stakeholders in a flexible approach that accommodates a wide range of skill levels and experience in research contracts. You will work independently on small to medium size research contracts and assist the Senior Research Contracts Manager with more complex, larger contracts involving multiple parties. In addition, you will be responsible for the associated contract administration and contribute to its continuous improvement.

About Swinburne University of Technology
Swinburne is a multi-sector university of science, technology and innovation with more than 54,000 students and 5,000 staff globally. We offer postgraduate, undergraduate, vocational education and online education to provide students with a variety of work-relevant pathways. Our mission is to be a world-class university, creating economic and social impact through science, technology and innovation. We aim to deliver future-ready learners, research with impact and innovative enterprise.

About Researh & Development
Help drive real change with our Research and Development function. Swinburne University of Technology has an ambitious goal of growth in research performance and impact, as set out in our 2025 Strategic Plan – to become an internationally renowned institute in digital research, a digital disruptor and an accelerator of innovation.

About you
To be successful in the role, you will have:
• An undergraduate degree in law with experience in legal contracts
• Sound knowledge and experience in contract and commercial law.
• Well developed interpersonal skills with an ability to deal with a wide variety of people, to identify needs and to impart knowledge in a professional manner.
• Excellent organisational skills including the ability to prioritise to meet deadlines without compromising close attention to detail and accuracy.

A full list of selection criteria is available within the position description.

• Flexible working arrangements
• Participate in regular staff and management development programs
• Private health insurance discounts
• Salary package your car parking, superannuation and vehicle lease plans.

To find out more about the extensive range of benefits offered to Swinburne employees please visit Employee Benefits

How to apply and further information
Please submit your application by clicking on the ‘Apply’ link, and submit a resume, cover letter and a response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the position description. For further information about this position, contact Kim Wark, (Manager Research Funding, Contracts and Operations) via

Should you require further support for an interview due to special needs or consideration, please contact our Diversity Consultant, Dr Walter Robles, on For support or queries related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment, please contact
If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Recruitment team on

Agency enquiries will not be accepted for this position.

Swinburne is a large and culturally diverse organisation. We are proud to be recognised by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency as an Employer of Choice for women for 10 years in a row and of key initiatives such as our Pride@Swinburne Strategic Action Plan and our Reconciliation Action Plan. Equity and diversity are integral to our 2025 vision to be a world class university creating social and economic impact through science, technology and innovation.

Applications close at 5pm on Tuesday 3rd March 2020.

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