Contracts Officer

at University of Melbourne

About Research, Innovation and Commercialisation

Research, Innovation and Commercialisation (RIC) is the central facilitator of research funding in the University, taking advantage of the full diversity of research funding opportunities.

RIC provides services in four overlapping core areas that are delivered in an integrated manner to researchers and research partners. Major Initiatives, Contracts and Grants (MICG) is one of these core areas that supports the submission of grant proposals to a wide range of funders. It offers specialised support for large grants and supports Chancellery in managing and running internally funded research grants. In addition, MICG helps negotiate and sign contracts for research for both grants and non-grants, sets up research projects in our research management and financial systems and submits non-financial reports to funders on behalf of our researchers.

About the role

As Contracts Officer, you will report to the Manager, Research Contracts and will be responsible for efficiently and effectively facilitating the negotiation and execution of research and other agreements and managing contracts through to completion.

You must be able to cultivate productive and collaborative working relationships within the Research Contracts team and with other RIC staff to enable seamless progression of research transactions, and with relevant stakeholders in Chancellery, the Chief Operating Officer Portfolio and Academic Divisions.

About you

You will have:

  • A law degree and/or demonstrated experience and expertise in drafting, negotiating, advising on contracts within a commercial or government environment

  • A good working knowledge of contract law, and commercial contracting with prior experience in commercial law, government, and intellectual property;

  • Demonstrated understanding of key risk issues associated with research and commercial contracts and the ability to identify, understand, and clearly articulate the implications of contract terms and risk;

  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain positive relationships with people at all levels of the organisation;

  • Proven ability to thrive in a changing and fast paced environment


  • Maximise your benefits through our Salary Packaging scheme

  • Flexible family friendly policies, providing generous leave and working conditions

  • The opportunity to work in a culturally rich environment

  • A substantial discount to eligible staff and their immediate families in undertaking further studies at the University of Melbourne

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How to apply

Your application submitted should include a CV along with your responses against the selection criteria found in the Position Description for the role.

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