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					KEY SELECTION CRITERIA SUPPORT STAFF
UTS:HUMAN RESOURCES
POSITION:               Research Consultant         (Level 6)

FACULTY/UNIT:           Institute for Sustainable Futures

Skills and Attributes
 Communication skills:
   writing applications, tenders and quotations for funding
   writing and successfully submitting papers for academic and technical conferences and
     journals
   writing project reports, academic papers and/or popular articles
   developing and delivering oral presentations that are appropriate for the audience

 Computer skills:
   ability in the design and use of spreadsheets for analysis and presentation of data
   high level ability in the use of relevant software eg Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint

Knowledge
 An understanding of project management principles

 Knowledge and experience including current technical developments, legislative and regulatory
  frameworks and current best practice relating to sustainability in at least one of the following
  areas:
    Energy and climate change
    Water and sanitation
    Cities and buildings
    Corporate sustainability
    International development
    Local government
    Natural resources and ecosystems
    Resource futures
    Social dimensions of sustainability
    Transport

 Based on current needs, we are particularly interested in applicants with knowledge and
  experience in either or both:
    Energy and climate change
    Water and sanitation
  However applicants with knowledge and experience in any of the areas listed above are
  welcome to apply.

Qualifications
 A relevant degree and/or relevant work experience.

Experience required
 Experience at working both independently and with teams in exercising responsibility for
  aspects of project management, applying a range of research methods (e.g. primary data
  gathering, literature reviews, surveys, modelling) and including most of the following:
    liaising with clients, government agencies and other organisations
    collaborating with staff of varying disciplines in other organisations



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      developing, presenting and explaining research or project outcomes at internal and
       external workshops, seminars, conferences and/or meetings
      providing research, policy and technical advice



 Written By:    Carroll Graham       Signature:                           Date:

 Approved by:   Stuart White         Signature:                           Date:




Research Consultant / ISF                 January 2010                                      2
UTS POSITION DESCRIPTION
UTS:HUMAN RESOURCES

POSITION TITLE         Research Consultant (Level 6)

UNIT or FACULTY AND DIVISION Institute for Sustainable Futures, DVC(R)


POSITION PURPOSE
The Institute’s Research Consultant is accountable for conducting thorough and detailed
research, providing research project management support to other research consultants at the
Institute, participating in strategic planning for the Institute and for assisting with preparing
proposals for external funding opportunities.


DIMENSIONS
The Institute was established in 1996, is independent of any faculty and reports to the Deputy
Vice-Chancellor (Research). The Institute is actively involved in research and consultancy
projects in a number of interrelated sustainability issues. ISF works with industry and the
community as well as faculties, staff and students within UTS.

The consultancy and research work conducted by Research Consultants consists of a variety of
short and long-term projects, which may include externally funded research, consulting and
training projects, proposals and internal projects. The Research Consultant will be expected to
manage projects with up to a total fee value of approximately $30,000. As a project manager, the
Research Consultant may be expected to manage other staff.

The Research Consultant will make decisions in regard to the development and application of
methodologies and policies within the context of project management and within the project
budget.

The Research Consultant will be expected to apply UTS policies and principles of EEO and
OH&S to their work.


RELATIONSHIPS
The Research Consultant will be required to work with Institute staff and students, UTS and a wide
range of clients and other external stakeholders.

Supervision
The position reports to one of the Institute’s senior researchers. The Research Consultant may
be required to assist in supervising casual research staff and student interns.

Collaboration and Communication
The Research Consultant is expected to work closely with other staff and students at ISF as part
of a team. In addition, the Research Consultant will liaise and collaborate with outside bodies,
such as industry partners, UTS faculties and departments and Government agencies


MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES
The Research Consultant will be expected to:
 Undertake research and consultancy projects
 Provide research support to other researchers on research and consultancy projects
 With supervision, prepare proposals and manage projects to completion on time and within
   budget




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(1) RESEARCH
Research
  Carry out structured, high quality, innovative applied research projects using appropriate
     research methods including gathering and analysing data, writing literature reviews and
     modelling.
  Write project reports, papers and articles relating to the Research Consultants research field.
  Keep abreast of technical developments, legislative and regulatory changes and current best
     practice in the Research Consultant’s area of expertise.

Project Management
 Manage research projects ensuring work progresses on time and within budget.
 Be the principal point of contact for clients when appointed as Project Manager for a particular
    project.

Business Development
 Prepare applications and proposals for external funding of research projects.

(2) COMMUNICATION AND INFLUENCE
 Liase and collaborate with outside bodies, such as industry partners, UTS faculties and
    departments and Government agencies
 Develop, present and explain research outcomes at internal and external workshops,
    seminars, conferences and meetings. This may, from time to time, include lecturing at UTS
    and/or other institutions.
 Provide research, policy and technical advice to ISF staff, students and external agencies
    when required, including contributing to improvements in the situation, adding to the stocks
    and flows of knowledge, and creating transformational learning opportunities for those
    involved.

(3) DAY TO DAY PARTICIPATION AT ISF
 Contribute to community building in the workplace;
 Facilitate meetings from time to time;
 Provide feedback on existing and proposed ISF policies and procedures;
 Apply UTS policies and principles of EEO and EH&S.


ENVIRONMENT AND POSITION CHALLENGES
The Institute’s mission is to support and create change towards sustainable futures. To do this the
Institute has the following objectives:
  To undertake quality research
  To work with government, industry and community
  To provide research training (supervising PhD and Masters by research)
  To foster public debate
  To link with UTS faculties and divisions
  To build a sustainable workplace

The Research Consultant manages projects and contributes to research to enable the Institute to
meet its objectives. The major challenge for the Research Consultant is to be self directed and
proactive, with guidance from senior staff, and able to work in a team environment. The person
will be responsible for detailed and rigorous research work and the generation of ideas.

The Institute is required to comply with UTS policy and procedures. It is also required to operate
in a dynamic and complex commercial environment. The incumbent will need the flexibility and
creativity to meet both the requirements of the University and the needs of the Institute.




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AUTHORITY TO ACT

The Research Consultant operates within broad directions from the project managers and the line
supervisor. The Research Consultant is expected to display initiative but be able to identify when
a problem needs referral for guidance or resolution. The Research Consultant may be required to
assist in supervising casual research staff and student interns.



ORGANISATION CHART



APPROVALS

             Incumbent                  Supervisor                   Manager
             (if currently occupied)                                 (minimum level Dean/Director)
Name:                                   TBA                          Stuart White

Title:                                                               Director

Signature:

Date:




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KEY SELECTION CRITERIA SUPPORT STAFF
UTS:HUMAN RESOURCES
POSITION:               Senior Research Consultant           (Level 7)

FACULTY/UNIT:           Institute for Sustainable Futures


Skills and Attributes

 Communication skills:
   writing applications, tenders and quotations for funding
   writing and successfully submitting refereed papers for academic and technical
     conferences and journals
   writing project reports, academic papers and/or popular articles
   developing and delivering oral presentations that are appropriate for the audience

 The ability to convert project proposals with clients into funded projects

 Computer skills:
   ability in the design and use of spreadsheets for analysis and presentation of data
   high level ability in the use of relevant software eg Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint

Knowledge
 An understanding of project management principles

 Knowledge and experience including current technical developments, legislative and regulatory
  frameworks and current best practice relating to sustainability in at least one of the following
  areas:
    Energy and climate change
    Water and sanitation
    Cities and buildings
    Corporate sustainability
    International development
    Local government
    Natural resources and ecosystems
    Resource futures
    Social dimensions of sustainability
    Transport

 Based on current needs, we are particularly interested in applicants with knowledge and
  experience in either or both:
    Energy and climate change
    Water and sanitation
  However applicants with knowledge and experience in any of the areas listed above are
  welcome to apply.

Qualifications

 A relevant degree, ideally at postgraduate level, and relevant work experience..




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Experience required

 Experience at working both independently and with teams in exercising responsibility for the
  management of projects, applying a range of research methods (e.g. primary data gathering,
  literature reviews, surveys, modelling) and including most of the following:
     managing a project team to meet time and budgetary constraints;
     liaising with clients, government agencies and other organisations;
     collaborating with staff of varying disciplines in other organisations;
     developing, presenting and explaining research or project outcomes at internal and
        external workshops, seminars, conferences and/or meetings;
     providing research, policy and technical advice;
     anticipating problems in the course of a project and taking appropriate remedial action




Written By:    Carroll Graham       Signature:                          Date:


Approved by:   Stuart White         Signature:                          Date:




Research Consultant / ISF                  January 2010                                          7
UTS POSITION DESCRIPTION
UTS:HUMAN RESOURCES

POSITION TITLE         Senior Research Consultant (Level 7)

UNIT or FACULTY AND DIVISION Institute for Sustainable Futures, DVC(R)



POSITION PURPOSE
The Institute’s Senior Research Consultant is accountable for conducting thorough and detailed
research, providing research and project management support for research consultants,
participating in strategic planning for the Institute and for seeking out and preparing applications
and proposals for external funding opportunities.

DIMENSIONS
The Institute was established in 1996, is independent of any faculty and reports to the Deputy
Vice-Chancellor (Research). The Institute is actively involved in research and consultancy
projects in a number of interrelated sustainability issues. ISF works with industry and the
community as well as faculties, staff and students within UTS.

The consultancy and research work conducted by Senior Research Consultants consists of a
variety of short and long-term projects, which may include externally funded research, consulting
and training projects, proposals and internal projects. The Senior Research Consultant will be
expected to manage projects with up to a total fee value of approximately $70,000. The Senior
Research Consultant may be expected to manage other staff.

The Senior Research Consultant will make decisions in regard to the development and application
of methodologies and policies within the context of project management.

The Senior Research Consultant will be expected to apply UTS policies and principles of EEO
and OH&S to their work.

RELATIONSHIPS
The Senior Research Consultant will be required to work with Institute staff and students, UTS and
a wide range of clients and other external stakeholders.

Supervision
The position reports to one of the Institute’s senior researchers and is expected to work closely
with other staff and students at ISF as part of a team. The Senior Research Consultant may be
the Project Manager responsible for a team of Research Consultants working on a project.
Casual research staff and student interns may also report to the Senior Research Consultant.

Collaboration and Communication
The Senior Research Consultant is expected to work closely with other staff and students at ISF
as part of a team. In addition, the Senior Research Consultant will liaise and collaborate with
outside bodies, such as industry partners, UTS faculties and departments and Government
agencies

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES
The Senior Research Consultant will be expected to:
    Manage research and consultancy projects
    Generate income from external sources to fund research activities
    Assist and advise other researchers on the management and technical aspects of research
      and consultancy projects.




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(1) RESEARCH
Research
 Carry out structured, high quality, innovative applied research projects, using well reasoned
    research methods to gather and analyse data, write literature reviews, model and synthesise
    outcomes and implications.
 Write projects reports, refereed and unrefereed papers and articles relating to the Senior
    Research Consultant’s research field.
 Keep abreast of technical developments, legislative and regulatory changes and current best
    practice in the Senior Research Consultant’s area of expertise.

Project Management
 Manage research projects ensuring work progresses on time and within budget and that the
   work is of a satisfactory depth and quality.
 Supervise project team members, negotiate contracts and liaise with clients to secure
   research projects.
 Be the principal point of contact for clients when appointed as Project Manager for a particular
   project.
 Select, engage, brief and manage subcontractors on projects when necessary.

Business Development
 Identify and prepare applications and proposals for external funding for research projects,
   filtering and prioritising funding opportunities in conjunction with ISF’s senior researchers, with
   respect to their strategic importance to ISF.

(2) COMMUNICATION AND INFLUENCE
 Liase and collaborate with outside bodies, such as industry partners, UTS faculties and
    departments and Government agencies
 Develop, present and explain research outcomes at internal and external workshops,
    seminars, conferences and meetings. This may, from time to time, include lecturing at UTS
    and/or other institutions.
 Provide research, policy and technical advice to ISF staff, students and external agencies
    when required, including contributing to improvements in the situation, adding to the stocks
    and flows of knowledge, and creating transformational learning opportunities for those
    involved.

(3) DAY TO DAY PARTICIPATION AT ISF
 Take a leadership role at ISF; facilitate meetings and contribute to community building in the
    workplace.
 Recommend and implement policy and procedural initiatives to improve the ability of ISF to
    meet its objectives.
 Train and assist other researchers in project management and appropriate research
    methodologies.
 Assist in the strategic planning of the long-term research direction for ISF.
 Apply UTS policies and principles of EEO and EH&S.

ENVIRONMENT AND POSITION CHALLENGES
The Institute’s mission is to support and create change towards sustainable futures. To do this the
Institute has the following objectives:
  To undertake quality research
  To work with government, industry and community
  To provide research training (supervising PhD and Masters by research)
  To foster public debate
  To link with UTS faculties and divisions
  To build a sustainable workplace




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The Senior Research Consultant manages projects and contributes to research to enable the
Institute to meet its objectives. A major challenge for the Senior Research Consultant is to be self
directed, yet able to work in a team environment. The person will be responsible for detailed and
rigorous research work, for generating ideas and will have sophisticated problem solving abilities.

The Senior Research Consultant will be required to develop and maintain a broad network within
the research community and industry, monitor developments in their field of expertise and
communicate these developments to other Institute staff and students. The Senior Research
consultant will need to be able to promote the latest thinking and best practice in their field, whilst
performing the range of other tasks required of the position.

The Institute is required to comply with UTS policy and procedures. It is also required to operate
in a dynamic and complex commercial environment. The incumbent will need the flexibility and
creativity to meet both the requirements of the University and the needs of the Institute.

AUTHORITY TO ACT

The Senior Research Consultant requires minimal supervision within broad directions from the
Project Director and line supervisor. The Senior Research Consultant will exercise sound
judgement, and an ability to prioritise tasks. The Senior Research Consultant may be the Project
Manager responsible for a team of Research Consultants and Research Assistants working on a
project. Budget and resource decisions will be required in consultation with the Project Director.


ORGANISATION CHART



APPROVALS

             Incumbent                   Supervisor                      Manager
             (if currently occupied)                                     (minimum level Dean/Director)
Name:

Title:

Signature:

Date:




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