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Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Liaison Officer

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Area:Office of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
Salary (FTE):Professional Level 05 ($64,597.80 - $72,348.94)
Work type:Full Time - Continuing
Location: St Lucia, Gatton, Other

The University of Queensland (UQ) has supported over 15,000 students in their academic pursuit to attain a higher degree by research (HDR). With over 2,000 research experts and a reputation world-wide as an elite research institution, UQ provides research candidates with every advantage.

More than 4,400 students are currently undertaking a higher degree by research at UQ under the support and guidance of the UQ Graduate School. The Graduate School has academic responsibility for managing admissions, providing research scholarships, supporting students during their candidature, and facilitating the examination of theses. The Graduate School coordinates year-round skills training, supports infrastructure and research facilities, and provides opportunities to accelerate career development for HDR candidates.

The role

The HDR Liaison Officer (HLO) is a member of a HDR Service team who provides support and acts as a key contact point for HDR candidates and Post Graduate Coordinators (PGCs). As trusted service partners, this role assists the PGCs to proactively monitor candidate progress, supports the application process and coordinates opportunities for HDR development and engagement. The delivery of client-focused solutions, the establishment of productive partnerships, and continuously improving services and achieving outcomes and results are all key focuses of this role.

The person

Applicants should possess a relevant undergraduate degree and/or work experience or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training; as well as a demonstrable background in high level service provision. Good at exercising initiative and judgement, applicants will also have high level technological literacy and readily embrace new systems and technology. Strong interpersonal, communication and organisational skills are essential. Higher Education sector experience and a familiarity with research training and development will be highly regarded.

The University of Queensland values diversity and inclusion and actively encourages applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Please refer to the University's Diversity and Inclusion webpage ( for further information and points of contact if you require additional support.  

This role is a full-time position; however flexible working arrangements may be negotiated.

Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to the contact person listed in the job advertisement.


This is a full-time, continuing appointment at HEW Level 5. The remuneration package will be in the range $64,597.80 - $72,348.94 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $75,579.43 - $84,648.26 p.a.).


The majority of the roles will be based at the St Lucia Campus, however a small number of positions will be based in other locations; such as the Gatton Campus.

Position Description

HDR Liaison Officer_Position Description.pdf


To discuss this role please contact Belinda Bern, Director, UQ Graduate School on +61 7 3346 0506 or

Important Information

To submit an application for this role, use the Apply button below. All applicants must supply the following documents:

  • Covering Letter (Statement of Claim)* - Maximum of two (2) A4 typed pages; and
  • Curriculum Vitae / Resume^

*Your covering letter should clearly address the Abbreviated Selection Criteria included below; i.e. you do not need to address all of the Selection Criteria included within the Position Description.

The Abbreviated Selection Criteria to address for this role are:

  1. Describe what exceptional service means to you. Provide an example/s that demonstrate/s you have provided exceptional service previously.
  2. Give an example of when you have had competing priorities and have demonstrated good prioritisation and time management skills.
  3. Provide two (2) examples of when you have had to demonstrate strong communication and interpersonal skills.

^Please ensure your CV / Resume includes the details of two (2) professional referees. One of whom should ideally be your current supervisor/manager. Ideally, a professional referee is someone:

  • whom you have reported to (direct supervisor/manager or manager once removed) within the last 18-24 months;
  • who can provide detailed feedback on your work performance; and/or
  • whom you have asked to be a referee for you.

 Closing date: Monday, 19 March 2018.

Applications close: E. Australia Standard Time

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