University of Queensland

University of Queensland

Principal Project Officer


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  • Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN)

  • This is a full-time fixed-term position for up to two years with salary in the range $94,754.55 - $103,180.96, plus a generous super allowance of up to 17%.

  • Bring your excellent research software, agile project management and interpersonal skills to work within our multi-disciplinary team solving innovative data science challenges.

  • Exciting opportunity to make an impact on earth and environmental research infrastructure at a national and international level.

  • Based at our Long Pocket campus

  • About This Opportunity

    The Principal Project Officer is responsible for;

  • Coordinating and/or supervising the delivery of end-to-end projects of varying size, scale and complexity to ensure the successful delivery of project-specific outcomes.

  • A range of activities across the relevant phase of project delivery, including gathering requirements, coordinating project plans, implementing project monitoring and evaluation mechanisms, and ensuring project outcomes are delivered on time and within budget.

  • Working in an agile environment to coordinate multiple projects to meet stakeholders' needs.

  • Key responsibilities will include:

    Project Coordination:

  • Coordinate various project life-cycle phases under broad direction, including requirement gathering, planning, monitoring, and evaluation.

  • Develop and implement project plans, ensuring compliance with agreed methodologies and timeframes.

  • Work in an agile environment for project delivery, including requirement gathering, writing user stories, acceptance criteria and running related meetings.

  • Provide project management advice, control project-related issues, risks, and changes, and evaluate project phases for alignment with key deliverables.

  • Utilize project management tools like Jira, Confluence, and Trello, and perform project-specific research and reporting in an Agile Environment.

  • Project Administration and Communication:

  • Develop project documentation and materials such as project plans, scoping documents, reporting templates, and communication materials.

  • Coordinate reporting requirements for internal stakeholders and regulatory bodies and develop communication and education products like communication plans and user manuals.

  • Stakeholder Engagement:

  • Coordinate engagement activities, events, and education sessions related to the project.

  • Build effective relationships with project clients and stakeholders, both internal and external, including platforms like TERN observing.

  • About You


  • Hold a relevant tertiary qualification and demonstrate experience in project management.

  • Experience in similar scale and scope projects with knowledge of leading methodologies.

  • Proven ability in planning, prioritizing, and resolving issues with sound judgment.

  • Effective communication and relationship-building skills with stakeholders.

  • Strong time management skills.

  • Experience using Jira, Confluence, and Trello, or a proven ability to adapt quickly to new technologies, would be advantageous.

  • Possession of qualifications and certifications in project methodologies such as PMBOK, PRINCE2, or Agile.

  • Desirable

  • Previous experience in managing and/or coordinating research software engineering projects.

  • Subject matter expertise in earth and environmental science and relevant certifications.

  • You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment and may be required to complete background checks including, criminal history and education checks.

    About UQ

    As part of the UQ community, you'll have the opportunity to work alongside the brightest minds, who have joined us from all over the world.

    Everyone here has a role to play. As a member of our professional staff cohort, you will be actively involved in working towards our vision of a better world. By supporting the academic endeavour across teaching, research, and the student life, you'll have the opportunity to contribute to activities that have a lasting impact on our community.

    Join a community where excellence is at the core of our culture, contributions are valued and a range of benefits and rewards are available, such as:

  • 26 weeks paid parental leave or 14 weeks paid primary caregiver leave.

  • 17% superannuation contributions.

  • 17.5% annual leave loading.

  • Access to flexible working arrangements including hybrid working options, flexible start/finish times, purchased leave, and a condensed fortnight.

  • Health and wellness discounts – fitness passport access, free yearly flu vaccinations, discounted health insurance, and access to our Employee Assistance Program for staff and their immediate family.

  • Salary packaging options.

  • Want to Apply?

    All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Cover letter addressing the ‘About You' section.

  • Resume

  • For more information about this opportunity, please contact Siddeswara at [email protected]. For application queries, please contact [email protected] stating the job reference number (below) in the subject line.

    Applications close Tuesday, 27 February 2024 at 11.00pm AEST (Job Reference Number - R-34628). Please note that interviews have been tentatively scheduled for the week starting 4 March 2024

    At UQ, our strength lies in our diverse colleagues. We're dedicated to equity, diversity, and inclusion , fostering an environment that mirrors our wider community. We're committed to attracting, retaining, and promoting diverse talent. Reach out [email protected] for accessibility support or adjustments.

    If you are a current employee (including casual staff and HDR scholars) or hold an unpaid/affiliate appointment, please login to your staff Workday account and visit the internal careers board to apply for this opportunity. Please do NOT apply via the external job board.

    Job details


    Principal Project Officer


    University of Queensland




    February 13, 2024

    Application deadline

    February 27, 2024

    Job type



    Agricultural Science,Computer Science,Engineering,Geosciences,Physics

    About the employer

    The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia’s leading research and teaching institutions. UQ strive for excellence through the creation, preservation, transfer and application of knowledge. For more than a century, this university has educated and worked with outstanding people to deliver knowledge leadership for a better world.

    Since it was founded in Brisbane in 1909, UQ has provided exceptional study experiences, research excellence and collaborative partnerships, coupled with an unforgettable lifestyle and stunning climate, to deliver knowledge leadership for a better world. With 3 campuses and more than 40 teaching and research sites, UQ is the perfect place to teach, research and study. Take advantage of the extensive UQ features including the largest research library in Queensland, hundreds of quality study spaces, several museums, a theatre, 11 college residences, and magnificent sporting facilities, such as swimming pools, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, sports fields, Olympic-standard running tracks, and gymnasiums.

    Our high-quality range of around 390 undergraduate and postgraduate programs is one of the most comprehensive in Australia, providing students with the latest and most advanced disciplinary knowledge and industry placements informed by UQ’s world-leading research. UQ’s 6 faculties, 8 globally recognised research institutes and 100+ research centres attract an interdisciplinary community of more than 2,000 scientists, social scientists and engineers, who continue UQ’s tradition of research leadership.

    As you enjoy Queensland’s stunning campuses and climate, you can also make the most of the University’s proximity to many natural wonders – including beautiful beaches, lush rainforests, outback deserts, the Great Barrier Reef, as well as the largest sand island in the world – and visit stunning tourist attractions within an hour’s drive, such as the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, Byron Bay, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and the world-famous ‘Australia Zoo’. Within Australia, Brisbane is renowned as a friendly and affordable city, with plenty of dining and entertainment attractions, and was ranked by The Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2019 Global Liveability Index as the world’s 18th most liveable city, achieving a perfect score for education and healthcare.

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