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Research Services Manager

University of Auckland
New Zealand
On site, no remote
Applications close:
Posted 2 weeks ago

Waipapa Taumata Rau | The University of Auckland

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading University. With over 6000 academic and professional staff supporting over 46,000 students, we are one of NZ’s largest employers.  We have eight academic faculties and 11 service divisions creating a diverse, dynamic and complex organisational culture that demands excellence.

Job Description

Te Whiwhinga mahi | The opportunity

The Research Services Manager (RSM) will assist the wider directorship across ABI, helping to support the development of appropriate strategies and operationalising initiatives. You will have oversight of the research portfolio within the Faculty/LSRI and be the key point of contact regarding this body of work.

This is a varied role where you will have the opportunity to be actively engaged within Research Services Management communities and essential communities of practice. You will work in partnership with the Function Lead for Research Services to lead the effective planning and delivery of strategic research support service operations across the Faculty/LSRI, including: advising on research development opportunities, advising on research service resource allocation and ensuring all administrative and research support services are delivered seamlessly.

In addition, the RSM will also contribute to the sourcing of potential funders and guide internal investment strategy.  

This is a full-time, 37.5 hours per week role. The salary range is $94,900 - $117,200 per annum, depending on experience and qualifications.

Please see further detail in the Position Description. 


Mō tō mātou rōpū | About the team

The Auckland Bioengineering Institute (ABI) is a cross-disciplinary Large Scale Research Institute (LSRI) at the University of Auckland. Our research deals with the application of mathematical and engineering sciences to biology and human physiology. We aim to improve understanding of physiological processes and the diagnosis and treatment of injury or disease.


He kōrero mōu | About you

You will be a big picture thinker; analytical, but able to keep in-sight the overarching strategies of ABI and is able to look at research for a strategic perspective and effectively implement desired initiatives.

Given the wide variety the role of RSM offers, you will be partnering with a range of stakeholders, so your natural ability to build relationships quickly and hold yourself in different environments will be to your strength. A proactive go-getter, you will seek opportunities to innovate and co-create, brining back new opportunities to the institute.

You’ll be interested in taking the time to understand the moving parts of the Institute and how others’ roles impact and influence the functionality of the business unit.

You will also have good people management skills to help foster an innovative, pro active, service minded team.


Nga Pūkenga Motuhake | Important Skills 

Key areas of responsibility include:

  • Strategy & Planning – Lead, develop and implement Faculty/LSRI research services strategies and plans.
  • Staff Leadership – Provide leadership and direction for professional staff in research services and encourage a culture characterised by collaboration, agility, simplicity, engagement and empowerment.
  • Operational Activities – Navigation and quality of Research Support Services, Research Development and Pre-Award Support for Researchers and Project Management (Post-Award) Support for Researchers.
  • Relationship Management – Partner with a variety of stakeholders and flourish in a highly collaborative team environment.


Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou | What we offer

The University of Auckland is New Zealand's leading University and maintains significant computational, laboratory, and analytic facilities. Auckland is frequently rated as one of the world's most liveable cities. 

The University is committed to providing an excellent working environment through the following:

  • Flexible employment practices (including working from home and flexible hours)
  • Up to 6.75% company superannuation scheme
  • A competitive salary with five weeks' annual leave

In addition, we also offer career development programs, discounted car parking, a generous parental leave allowance, childcare, and other discounts on internal and external services. 

For more information, please visit Staff Benefits.


Me pēhea te tuku tono | How to apply

Applications must be submitted online, by the closing date of 21/02/2024 to be considered. Please include your cover letter and your CV highlighting how you can meet the skills and experiences detailed above.

Please reach out to Nina Pettersson-Fox, Institute Operations Manager via [email protected] for a confidential conversation. Please note we are happy to answer your questions but we do not accept applications by email.

Additional Information


The University is committed to meeting its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi and achieving equity outcomes for staff and students in a safe, inclusive, and equitable environment.  For further information on services for Māori, Pacific, women, LGBTQIATakatāpuiMVPFAFF+, people with disabilities, parenting support, flexible work and other personal circumstances go to www.equity.auckland.ac.nz

The University is committed to providing a safe, inclusive, and equitable environment where everyone can thrive. For further information see Te Ara Tautika | the Equity Policy and visit www.equity.auckland.ac.nz