First listed on: 02 March 2023

Senior Project Officer, Next Generation Graduates Program


Acknowledgement of Country

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The Opportunity

  • Join CSIRO - Australia's National Science and Innovation Agency!
  • Flexible work arrangements! Mix of home and office.
  • Collaborative, flexible, innovative workplace that values you and your career development

The Next Generation Graduates Program will fund national scholarships to attract and train the next generation of artificial intelligence and emerging technology specialists. Through the Program, the Australian Government aims to address top-end talent shortages under two streams – Artificial Intelligence and Emerging Technologies. The Program will work with universities and industry to co-fund scholarships for Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) Levels 8 (Honours) to 10 (Doctoral) using a work-integrated learning approach. Students will participate in industry-led research projects and/or placements to build job-ready skills and provide short-term access to high-end talent for business in addition to completing a formal qualification relevant to AI. Data61 will deliver the Program, in partnership with universities and industry partners.

The Senior Project Officer will be responsible for the development of the Program’s internal and external stakeholder relationship management, administration and KPI reporting.

Your duties will include:

  • Undertake end to end administrative processes with respect to student enrolment, admission/onboarding, coursework and engagement activities, milestone and examination processes, in collaboration with university partners, and develop relevant processes and procedures.
  • Manage financial aspects of the Program, including provision of scholarship funding to universities.
  • Develop and execute coursework components of the Program, in consultation with key staff.
  • Manage, work with and store sensitive and confidential information, including but not limited to personal and/or financial information
  • Liaise with stakeholders (including industry and university partners) to determine their needs, tailoring solutions to potentially conflicting requirements, taking personal responsibility for client satisfaction, and correcting problems promptly and in a constructive manner.
  • Under limited direction, use technical expertise to develop and lead a range of activities/functions relating to the Program, including coursework and engagement activities.

Location: Brisbane, QLD
Salary: AU$105,806 to AU$114,500plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years
Reference: 91286

To be considered you will need:

  • A relevant qualification (e.g. degree, postgraduate degree) or successful relevant experience proactively leading a dynamic, fast-paced office and providing high-level administrative management 
  • Experience in delivering cohort and industry based HDR programs.
  • Strong communication skills appropriate for a diverse cohort; the ability to clearly convey information and ideas in written and verbal form; and proactively establish and maintain effective interpersonal relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Proven ability to investigate complex problems by utilising sound judgement to identify and consider potential implications of a range of available alternative solutions
  • Demonstrated ability to deal with ambiguity and adapt to changing circumstances and new responsibilities. Ability to quickly adapt to technological, structural, and procedural changes whilst maintaining professionalism and flexibility.

For full details about this role please view the Position Description


Applications for this position are open to Australian/New Zealand Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents or you must either hold, or be able to obtain, a valid working visa for the duration of the specified term. Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

CSIRO is committed to values-based leadership to inspire performance and unlock the potential of our people.

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

29th March 2023, 11:00pm AEST/AEDT

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