First listed on: 31 May 2023

Research Partnerships Manager

  • UQ Research Office
  • Work with researchers undertaking ground-breaking programs of research
  • Generous parental leave provisions - up to 26 weeks paid leave
  • Be part of an organisation with a meaningful purpose and impact
  • Work at our vibrant and conveniently located St Lucia campus

About UQ

As part of the UQ community, you'll have the opportunity to work alongside the brightest minds, who have joined us from all over the world.

Everyone here has a role to play. As a member of our professional staff cohort, you will be actively involved in working towards our vision of a better world. By supporting the academic endeavour across teaching, research, and the student life, you'll have the opportunity to contribute to activities that have a lasting impact on our community.

Join a community where excellence is at the core of our culture, contributions are valued and a range of benefits and rewards are available, such as:

  • 26 weeks paid parental leave or 14 weeks paid primary caregiver leave
  • 17% superannuation contributions
  • 17.5% annual leave loading
  • Access to flexible working arrangements including hybrid on site/WFH options, flexible start/finish times, purchased leave, and a condensed fortnight
  • Health and wellness discounts - fitness passport access, free yearly flu vaccinations, discounted health insurance, and access to our Employee Assistance Program for staff and their immediate family
  • On campus childcare options
  • Cheap parking (from just $5 a day)
  • Salary packaging options

About This Opportunity

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a central team working with researchers undertaking ground-breaking large scale programs of research.

As the Research Partnerships Manager, you will work across a broad range of research with researchers from across the university. Working as part of a close-knit team, you will support industry engagement and business development led by the Research Partnerships Office and provide contracting and other support to the Collaborative Research Platforms.

Reporting to the Director, Research Commercial Management, you will also work with Research Partnerships Managers embedded in Faculties and Institutes and internal colleagues from the Research Grants Unit.

Some key responsibilities include:

  • Primary point of contact for high-level management of research contracts and agreements from initial negotiation to execution
  • Triage of research contracts and agreements to assess requirements for legal and administrative review, in accordance with specified criteria and guidelines
  • Provide guidance to researchers on research budget preparation, consistent with the University's Recovery of Indirect Costs from Research Funding and Consultancies policy
  • Provide signing briefs to Director Research Commercial Management regarding negotiations undertaken with external partners and researchers of contractual terms and commercial management of research contracts
  • Ensure researcher completion of schedules to agreement, and researchers' understanding of contractual milestones and other researcher obligations

This is a full-time, continuing position at the St Lucia campus.

At HEW level 8, the full-time equivalent base salary will be in the range $105,338.31 - $118,280.70, plus a generous super allowance of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be up to $123,245.82 - $138,388.42 annually.

About You

  • Postgraduate qualifications and extensive contract management experience (preferably in the tertiary education or research sectors); or an undergraduate degree, extensive contract management experience, proven management expertise and other relevant education/training.
  • Demonstrated skills in research contract administration and management at a senior level, preferably within a large, complex institution
  • Extensive knowledge of the higher education research funding environment
  • A high level of communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively under pressure and to meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated understanding of intellectual property management and knowledge transfer
  • Demonstrated experience to successfully engage with industry and other external research partners and undertake contract research negotiation

In addition, the following mandatory requirements apply:

  • Work Rights: You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment to apply. Visa sponsorship is not available for this appointment.
  • Background Checks: All final applicants for this position may be asked to consent to a criminal record check. Please note that people with criminal records are not automatically barred from applying for this position. Each application will be considered on its merits.


For more information about this opportunity, please contact Lisa Kennedy at For application queries, please contact stating the job reference number (below) in the subject line.

Want to Apply?

All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Cover letter addressing the 'About You' section
  • Resume

Please note that you will be asked to add all documents into the one upload box labelled 'resume', which is step one of the application form.

Other Information

At UQ we know that our greatest strengths come from our diverse mix of colleagues, this is reflected in our ongoing commitment to creating an environment focused on equity, diversity and inclusion. We ensure that we are always attracting, retaining and promoting colleagues who are representative of the diversity in our broader community, whether that be gender identityLGBTQIA+cultural and/or linguisticAboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, or people with a disability. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to

If you are a current employee (including casual staff and HDR scholars) or hold an unpaid/affiliate appointment, please login to your staff Workday account and visit the internal careers board to apply for this opportunity. Please do NOT apply via the external job board.

Applications close Wednesday, 7 June at 11.00pm AEST (Job Reference Number - R-26496).


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