Macquarie University

Macquarie University

Graduate Research Liaison Coordinator




Salary Package: From $104,726 - $113,545 per annum (HEW 7), plus 17% employer's superannuation. • Appointment Type: Full-time, Continuing • Location: Macquarie University, Wallumattagal Campus, Dharug land, North Ryde


As a trusted business partner, the Liaison Coordinator function provides advice and support to the Associate Dean, Research Training and Performance, faculty staff, and GRA colleagues on a wide range of areas, including: developing strategies to enhance recruitment, identifying research training and development needs, coordinating external partnership activity, implementing initiatives to improve the candidate experience, and triaging and managing complex cases and appeals.

About Us

The GRA is a central office providing leadership, support, and administration for Higher Degree Research (HDR) candidates, supervisors, departments and faculties, and will develop and coordinate structured graduate research training programs to support progressive academic and professional skills development in line with models from leading universities around the world. Staff within the GRA will work in partnership with faculties to support our graduate researchers through their candidature. The vision is to deliver an exceptional research training experience building from the basic training delivered through our unique Master of Research program to more advanced research training as part of the Doctor of Philosophy.

A key objective of the GRA is to develop distinctive, connected and career- focused graduate research programs, which meet individual researcher needs and support employability. We will be enhancing opportunities for internships and innovative industry linked graduate research programs and growing our international partnerships with leading universities worldwide to support joint PhDs and international experiences for graduate researchers.

Macquarie is a university engaged with the real and often complex problems and opportunities that define our lives. Celebrating its 60th year in 2024, it was established as a bold experiment in higher education and designed to break from educational traditions to work in tandem with industry. Institutionally we strive for the extraordinary by challenging convention and embracing different views. Our pioneering culture has encouraged and inspired students, staff and collaborators to break free from conventional thinking, and to actively shape the complex issues that define the future of humanity.

We rank amongst the top employers in the Australian Workplace Employers Index, having recently earned a five-star rating in the QS World Rankings with the highest rating for employability. Take a look at the staff benefits on offer.

To Apply

To apply, please provide your resume, cover letter outlining your suitability and motivation for the role and your responses to the selection criteria below

Selection Criteria

  • A degree or progress towards a degree with significant relevant experience, or extensive experience and management expertise in the student administration field, or a combination of relevant experience and/or education and/or training in a field of University administration.

  • Highly developed interpersonal and relationship management skills in order to liaise, consult, negotiate and influence a wide range of people at all levels within the organisation.

  • Demonstrated effectiveness in promoting a client-focused approach to the delivery and management of services.

  • Demonstrated project management skills with an ability to manage competing priorities and deliver high quality outcomes in a complex environment with multiple stakeholders.

  • Ability to think strategically and to use initiative and apply new ways of thinking to identify and solve problems.

  • Understanding of the current national and international research training landscape and the higher education sector.

  • Excellent computing and presentation skills including a sound working knowledge of Microsoft Suite of programs

  • For further information about this position, please contact: Dr Louise Dwyer, Operations Director (Graduate Research), [email protected]

    For general recruitment enquiries please contact: Bill Egarchos, Human Rsources Officer, [email protected]

    Application Close Date: Friday, 17th May 2024 11:59pm

    If you're already part of the Macquarie Group (MQ University, U@MQ, MQ Health, MGSM), you'll need to apply through your employee Workday account. To apply for this job: Login to Workday and go to the Careers App > Find Jobs.

    Applications Close:

    17/05/2024 11:59 PM

    Diversity and Inclusion

    Innovation and ingenuity thrive at Macquarie University when diversity, equity and inclusion take centre stage. At the University, we embrace a culture where diversity of background, experience and perspective are fundamental to our success.

    We do not discriminate on gender identity, age, culture, disability, sexuality, Indigeneity, family and caring responsibilities or religion. See our journey towards leadership in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education.

    Flexible Work

    At Macquarie, we believe by providing flexibility in when, where and how work is done, we can support our staff to manage their personal commitments, while optimising their work performance and contributions to the University. See how we lead in flexible work to enable an outcome focused and inclusive workplace. To learn more about our culture and hiring process, explore our Candidate Resource Hub.

    Job details


    Graduate Research Liaison Coordinator


    Macquarie University




    May 03, 2024

    Application deadline

    May 17, 2024

    Job type



    Business and Economics,Education

    About the employer

    Established in 1964, Macquarie University is a public university located in the suburbs of Macquarie Park in Sydney, Australia. The establishment of the university marked a bold step towards transforming the otherwise traditional education system that was prevalent in Australia. The institution offers several facilities and services to students and is ranked among the leading universities globally.
    The university has a total student enrolment of 40,209 students of which 27,795 students belong to full-time programs and 12,414 belong to part-time programs. The university saw a total of 8,641 international admissions and 31,568 domestic student enrollments for the last academic year (2019-20).

    A vibrant hub for students, researchers, and teachers, all work towards pursuing a common goal of a brighter future. Macquarie University has been ranked among the top 1% of universities in the world by QS World University Rankings, 2020. Considered one of the top universities in Australia, the university has been on the ninth position for Australia for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings, 2020), producing graduates that are among the most sought after professionals in the world.

    Spanning across 126 acres of land, the university provides an extensive range of courses for students to choose from. The Faculty of Business, The Faculty of Education, The Faculty of Engineering, The Faculty of Law, The Faculty of Science, The Faculty of Medicine and Health, The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, The Faculty of Information Technologies, The Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, The Faculty of Media, Communications and Performing Arts, The Faculty of Psychology and Cognitive Science and The Faculty of Security, Intelligence and Criminology offer various courses and research degrees for both undergraduate as well as graduate studies.

    The university has several accommodation options for its students to choose from. Students can select their hall of residence according to their preferences and would not face any inconvenience during their stay in the city. Amenities at Macquarie University campus include a Bookshop, Counselling Services, Cafes, Medical Clinic, Pharmacy, and a Private Hospital along with other facilities. The university is situated at a prime location and has the availability of most resources, students would require around its premises.

    The University also offers excellent sports facilities to students which are considered to be one of the greatest in the country. The Sports and Aquatic Centre located at the university has swimming pools, health clubs, basketball and squash courts, and even a martial arts area for students to indulge in.

    To promote global higher education, Macquarie University awards scholarships to the tune of $6 million. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit, diversity, leadership capabilities, financial hardship, and/or key achievements such as sports and voluntary experience. The university has one of the most substantial scholarship programs in Australia, providing several opportunities each year to international students to undertake studies at the university.

    Ranked among the safest cities in the world, Sydney is an ideal study destination for students from all across the world. The university takes the safety of its students very seriously and has security personnel posted within the campus walls.

    Some of the notable alumni of Macquarie University are Chris Lilley - Australian comedian, Rob Oakeshott - Member of the Australian House of Representatives, Tania Mihailuk - Member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, Adam Hills - Australian comedian, Murray Cook - Australian musician, Greg Page - Australian singer, Lauren Jackson - Australian basketball player and Anthony Field - Australian musician among many others.

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