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Project Manager – Medical Research Strategic Projects (multiple positions)

Job no: 0058966, 0058967, 0058968
Location: Parkville
Role type: 
Full-time; Fixed-term for 2 years
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity
UOM 7 – $98,402 – $106,519 p.a. plus 17% super

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About The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity
Finding solutions to prevent, treat and cure infectious diseases and understanding the complexities of microbes and the immune system requires innovative approaches and concentrated effort. This is why The University of Melbourne – a world leader in education, teaching and research excellence – and The Royal Melbourne Hospital – an internationally renowned institution providing outstanding care, research and learning – have partnered to create the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity (Doherty Institute); a centre of excellence where leading scientists and clinicians collaborate to improve human health globally.

About the Role
Based within the Directorate of the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity (the Doherty Institute), the Project Manager develops, implements and supports key initiatives across the Institute, either on large projects or in the areas of basic/discovery research or public health. 

The Project Manager collaborates with activity leaders to develop the strategic goals and activities for each initiative. The Project Manager is responsible for executing the agreed activities and reporting on the outcomes to institutional leaders and other stakeholders. 

There are three positions available; one will be tied to the Cumming Global Centre for Pandemic Therapeutics (CGCPT), and the other two will be linked to Biosciences, public health and other strategic projects.

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide project management to the Institute’s key initiatives, as outlined within our Strategy Plan
  • Work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders, to foster communication, build relationships and progress each activity. 
  • Assist with identification of opportunities for co-funding and/or engagement activities to further development of activities.
  • Maintain financial, activity records and compliance reporting to partners and external parties, and contribute to the preparation and dissemination of reports to relevant parties.

About You
You will have demonstrated expertise in managing complex projects with multiple stakeholders, including management of grants or contracts, financial and budget reporting. You have excellent organisational skills, with a high level of attention to detail in relation to preparation of documentation, compliance and reporting requirements.

You will also have:

  • Master’s Degree or PhD, preferably in Public Health or Biomedical Research, or relevant professional experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated problem solving skills with the ability to deliver creative solutions.
  • A high level of self-motivation and initiative in the organisation of group activities, workshops and conferences.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop clear project plans and timelines, communicate effectively with stakeholders, and monitor project progress.

Please note: To be considered for this role you must have current valid work rights for Australia.

About the University
The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.

Benefits of Working with Us
In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

  • Flexible working arrangements, generous personal, parental and cultural leave
  • Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary packaging and leave loading
  • Free and subsidised health and wellbeing services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs
  • Discounts on a wide range of products and services including Myki cards and Qantas Club
  • Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families

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We value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and encourage and celebrate diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages, with disabilities and culturally and linguistically diverse people are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

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If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with your CV and cover letter outlining your interest and experience.  Please note that you are not required to provide responses against the selection criteria in the Position Description.

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