Research Manager

  • The Research Manager is responsible for the overall coordination, management and development of comprehensive, lively and scholarly research forum within MAAS.
  • Ongoing employment with flexible working conditions.
  • Salary package up to $128,750 Package includes salary ($105, 409 – 116, 157) employer’s contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading.

A catalyst for creative expression and curious minds.

Uniquely placed to demonstrate how science and design impact Australia and the world, the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) is Australia’s leading museum for excellence and innovation in applied arts and sciences. The MAAS collection holds over 500,000 objects, showcasing the best of Australian ingenuity and innovation. MAAS operates three NSW venues, the Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo, Sydney Observatory in Millers Point, and the Museums Discovery Centre in Castle Hill. MAAS is also planning for a New Museum in Parramatta, due to open in 2022.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for a talented individual to join the Museum and support the workforce as we embark on building a world-class museum that promotes a more culturally diverse, innovative society.

As Research Manager you are a member of the Curatorial Team, you will build the Museum’s links with individual scholars, authors, researchers, academic institutions and funding bodies to support MAAS as the leading museum of applied arts and sciences. Working collaboratively with teams across MAAS you will develop a research strategy to meet MAAS’ strategic and business objectives, set the direction and overall long and short term priorities for research initiatives, including participation in the Australian Research Council and linkage projects as well as generating new ideas for research initiatives and academic collaborations and partnerships.

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To be eligible to apply for this role you must meet these requirements:


Relevant tertiary qualification, preferably at post graduate level combined with a proven record of scholarly achievement


  • Excellent record of research and scholarship in areas associated with multi-disciplinary collections
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; IT literate, analytical and decision making skills; project management and strategic planning skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively consult, contribute to a multidisciplinary team environment and collaborate to achieve goals according to shared expectations and agreed deliverables.
  • Demonstrated experience in initiating, managing and delivering research programs and publication projects engaging diverse audiences with MAAS themes, disciplines and collections.


The successful candidate is required to undergo a National Police Records Check

Your application must include

Cover Letter – No more than two A4 pages. Must include short statements in response to the two targeted questions below.

Resume – No more than three A4 pages.  Must be up to date with current employment, and clearly details your skills and experience as relevant to this role. Must include referee contacts. We will not contact referees without your consent.

Question 1: Provide an outline of your experience in developing and delivering inter-disciplinary research projects and strategies.

Question 2: Describe a situation in which you were successful in leading collaboration across teams and/or project partners.

Your cover letter and resume will need to be submitted as PDF attachments on your candidate file application on Taleo/Jobs NSW.

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The Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences welcomes applications from Indigenous Australians, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds and people with a disability.  If you have individual requirements that need to be accommodated in order to participate in the selection process and join thearul Museum, please indicate this in your application.