Contracts Officer

at University of Melbourne

About Research, Innovation & Commercialisation

RIC is a specialist team dedicated to enabling the University's research and enterprise mission working closely with our academics, professional colleagues, industry partners, funding agencies and government agencies. We have a passion to see our academics and their collaboration partners succeed, achieve research excellence and translate their discoveries into real-world innovation and impact. RIC operates University-wide across all ten Faculties and Chancellery. At a high level our capabilities include:

  • Strategic relationship development with Industry partners, including Innovation Precincts

  • Business development, research marketing and communications, intellectual property management and technology transfer mechanisms in partnership with the investment community

  • Proposal funding submission and post-award support including contracts and research accounting from a wide range of funders. Specialized services for larger schemes such as MRFF, ARC and NHMRC Centers, ITRPs and CRCs and international programs.

  • Research ethics, integrity, governance and quality

  • Research infrastructure asset management

  • Training and development programs for academic and professional staff

We aspire to service excellence every single day and creating an innovative, positive culture where feedback is valued, success is recognized and the University comes first in decision-making. We value big thinking on a global scale, attention to detail and care about our researchers' success, the personal development of our team members and ensuring RIC is a great place to work at the University.

About the role

The Contracts Officer reports to the Manager, Research Contracts and is responsible for efficiently and effectively facilitating the negotiation and execution of research and other agreements and managing contracts through to completion.

The Contracts Officer 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, University Services 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 or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and education/training

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

  • Ability to apply initiative, judgment and problem-solving skills, particularly to issues in commercial contracting

  • Strong capacity to function as part of a team, including supporting other team members on a project-by-project basis

  • 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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The University is a vibrant campus. We have well-established clubs and networks giving the opportunity to engage and collaborate with other staff around the University. We strive to create an environment where staff and students promote culturally inclusive behaviour and activities, ensure cultural differences are heard and explored, and actively seek to learn from other cultures.

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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