University Research Engagement Officer, Digital Finance CRC


POSITION DESCRIPTION        University Research Engagement Officer, Digital Finance CRC

Position Title:                          Research Officer

Location:                                 Sydney

Employment Type:                  Part-Time (2-3 days/week)

Reports To:                             Chief Scientist



The Digital Finance CRC (DFCRC) is a 10-year research program funded by the Co-operative Research Centre program run by the Department of Science, Industry, Energy and Research.  Our mission is to bring together a unique group of stakeholders in fintech, industry, research and regulation to develop and harness the huge opportunities that arise from the next transformation of financial markets – the universal digitisation of all assets so they can be traded and exchanged directly and in real-time between any individual or organisation.

Our program is centred around four strategic priority areas. Firstly, the creation of dynamic instantaneous registries to facilitate the real-time irrevocable settlement of digital assets. Secondly, advancing the digitisation of real-world assets into digital securities. Third, building the next generation of technology and finance analytics to support distributed trading of digital assets. Finally combining the legal, regulatory and technology for algorithmically enforceable rules and regulation, and the technology for real-time monitoring and enforcement. We regard this program of work as critical in positioning Australia as a global leader in the digital economy and creating positive economic and social impact for our community.

To achieve this ambition, we are attracting the very best academic and professional staff to play leadership roles in our organisation.

Core to our program is applied, industry relevant research, undertaken by PhD students directly with DFCRC industry partners and partner universities.

Collaboration in research is promoted by DFCRC through regular events (conferences, seminars) on all our research topics which are open to all DFCRC researchers and participants. We are also looking to actively promote our research activities and results to our stakeholders and beyond.


The DFCRC membership includes six universities, where collaboration occurs in a number of ways:

  • We run an industrial PhD program, where students are placed with industry partners, with research supervision is provided by universities.
  • We are getting ready to launch a specialist MBA program, which is in itself a collaboration between several of our university partners.
  • Our collaborative projects with industry all involve participation of university researchers.
  • We run a ‘seed project’ process on an ongoing basis, aimed at identifying and supporting university researchers who want to participate in DFCRC work.
  • Our management team are largely seconded from universities.

The DFCRC research program spans several disciplines – namely Finance, Computer Science, and Law.

We need a dedicated and experienced team member to coordinate engagement with universities, and in particular university research offices.

We are looking for a candidate who is willing to play an active part in the management team, be the face of the DFCRC to the research offices of university partners, and directly participate in relevant activities including research planning/tracking, reporting, internal and external communications.

As such, this is an ‘on-site’ position with DFCRC in its Sydney office. Some work from home is acceptable, as are flexible work hours. But it is important that the position forms a direct part of the CRC team, with full exposure to all its activities.

The ideal candidate has solid experience working in the university research environment, ideally in a central or faculty research office, and a strong interest in building a successful independent, applied research environment in a collaborative setting. Additional industry experience is of strong benefit, as well as some exposure to or personal interest in our research topics, and in particular in impact-oriented research.


Regularly communicate with the research offices/ divisions of all DFCRC partner universities, and regularly update, distribute, and discuss our university partner engagement report with them.

Provide input (university perspective) to all our external communication and engagement events.

Organise an annual engagement event with DVC-Rs and other key stakeholders of partner universities.

Participate in internal management work related to project definition, selection, progress reporting, and help extract relevant information for university updates.

Work with university partners to problem-solve issues if/ when they arise.

Support the development of impact case studies/ stories that explain the nature of applied research projects, its outcomes, impacts and value created.


Chief Scientist


Research offices of all partner universities, namely:

  • Curtin University
  • Macquarie University
  • University of WA
  • University of Wollongong
  • UNSW
  • UTS


Skills and capabilities

  • Experience in university research management, specifically research offices.
  • Interest and experience in applied and industry relevant research, with a focus on research impact.
  • Experience in or with CRCs.
  • Experience in working with industry and on industry projects, in particular in the Finance domain.
  • Good communicator and team player.
  • Excellent computing skills, including in the Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Proven ability to work with limited supervision, with a flexible self-motivated approach.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Numerical / data literacy and analytical skills
  • Proven ability to build relationships and positive rapport with a range of stakeholders.
  • Experience in university research management including knowledge of university policies and procedures.


  • Experience in the administration and management of funded projects including report writing.
  • Data visualisation skills.




  • Perform duties at a skill level which assumes and requires knowledge or training equivalent to:
    • A Degree with at least 4 years subsequent relevant experience; or
    • Extensive experience and management expertise in technical or administrative fields; or
    • an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training.


Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via email following the guidelines provided below:

  • Email Subject: Application for University Engagement Coordinator – [Your Full Name]
  • Attachments: Please attach a current copy of your resume/CV
  • Email Body: Use this space to briefly introduce yourself, your relevant experiences, and how you see yourself fulfilling the role’s requirements.
  • Availability: Kindly mention your earliest possible start date.
  • Additional Steps: Selected candidates will be invited to an in-person interview as part of the selection process.
  • Contact: Please send all application materials to For any immediate queries, you can contact Sonia on 0408187330