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Research Administrator

Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

Who Are We?

At MCRI we share a powerful vision: to re-imagine the future of child health. We are the home to many life-changing scientific discoveries. We believe that no question is too impossible to try and answer. We are renowned for our cutting-edge focus on early interventions, improved diagnoses, prevention and development of potential cures. Our success is founded on a philosophy of collaboration through a multidisciplinary approach to solving the toughest questions in child health. MCRI is a proud member of the Australian Network on Disability. We are committed to creating a positive working environment which values all backgrounds and experiences. We strive to foster an inclusive culture that is underpinned by equal opportunity for all and a culture based on respect, consideration and dignity.

Your Opportunity:

The Research Administrator will provide administrative, operational support to the Intergenerational Health research group. The position will assist in expanding the reach, impact and quality of the group’s research by working to support the Group Leader and administrative functioning of the research group.

Your responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Working collaboratively with the Group Leader to support strategic functions, collaborative research activity, and liaison with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Working collaboratively with the Group Leader and Intergenerational Health group members to support research functions for the group, including:
    • coordination of group meetings and action item follow-up.
    • high level assistance with processes and systems to facilitate high quality grant submissions and ethics applications.
    • assistance with financial management of research projects, including purchasing, payment of invoices, travel arrangements, reimbursement of expenses for members of the group, and reconciliation of accounts with the institute’s financial reporting system.
    • maintaining an electronic filing system for HR files and assisting with review and submission of casual staff timesheets.
    • co-ordination of workshops, seminars, and other group and project events.
    • support for the collaborative team environment and functions of the group, including induction of new staff and students.
    • assistance with paper submissions, and the Intergenerational Health group’s research output collection, research reporting, and systems for compliance with conditions of ethics approval.
    • assistance with group’s internal and external communication strategies to engage and inform staff, students and external stakeholders of key research and innovation objectives, activities, initiatives and outputs.
    • Coordination of domestic and international travel arrangements.
  • Building strong relationships with researchers within the Intergenerational Health group and a sound understanding of their research focus and activity in order to support efficient administrative systems and knowledge translation activities.
  • Managing short term projects, including assisting with preparation and submission of grant applications. to support the Group Leader to prioritise strategic objectives and outcomes.
  • Contributing to research culture and life of the Intergenerational Health group and Population Health Theme through attendance at meetings, MCRI seminars and events.
  • Generating creative solutions to new and existing problems by demonstrating initiative relative to the position.

Selection Criteria


  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including an ability to work with a wide range of individuals from different.
  • backgrounds and cultures.
  • Experience working in public health and/or health services research.
  • Demonstrated personal qualities of teamwork, and commitment to collaborative work practices.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Sound problem-solving skills.
  • A high level of accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Experience in project management.
  • Experience providing administrative and operational support for projects and project teams.
  • Experience processing accounts and maintaining accurate financial records.
  • Exceptional planning and time management skills including the ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, and meet both varied and fixed deadlines.
  • High level skills using Microsoft Office, including MS Word, Outlook and Excel.
  • Proficiency in EndNote reference library software.
  • Working with Children & National Police Clearance.


  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of social determinants of health and factors promoting cycles of intergenerational trauma, family violence and social inequity.
  • Experience working with Aboriginal health and/or refugee and migrant health.
  • Knowledge in REDCap web-based electronic data capture system.

What’s in it for you:

  • 2 Year Contract (Possible Extension).
  • Attractive Salary $77,305 per annum (pro rata if Part Time). + Super (with Salary Packaging).
  • Part Time (30.4 hours per week).
  • Flexible Working Options Available.
  • Ongoing Career Development and Training.
  • Paid Parental Leave Scheme.
  • Health and Wellbeing Program and an Employee Assistance Program.

Apply Now!!

Download the position description. Any specific questions not answered in the position description should be directed to Prof Stephanie Brown stephanie.brown@mcri.edu.au using the subject line: Research Administrator enquiry via EthicalJobs.

If you believe you have what we're after please click 'Apply Now' to proceed with your application. In one document please place your:

  • Cover Letter
  • Response to Key Selection Criteria
  • Resume

If you experience technical difficulties when submitting your application, please contact recruitment@mcri.edu.au quoting Position Reference.

On occasions where we receive a large number of applications, we may close the advert ahead of the publicised closing date. We would therefore advise that you submit your completed application as soon as possible.

All applicants please be aware that in line with the Victorian Chief Health Officer’s Directions, all MCRI and VCGS workers must have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination by no later than 29 October 2021 and be fully vaccinated by no later than 26 November 2021, unless a medical exception applies. Applicants will be required to provide their Australian Government COVID-19 Digital Immunisation Certificate/s as part of our pre-employment requirements.

We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, all members of the LGBTQI community and people with disability.

Should you require any specific support or adjustments please talk to us and we will be happy to accommodate.

All appointments are made subject to a satisfactory Police Check and a Working with Children check is compulsory.

Please note, applications will only be considered when submitted via the MCRI website which can be accessed via the Apply Now button.

Thank you for your interest in this role. We look forward to receiving your application.

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