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Project Officer

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Work type: Continuing (Contingent Funded)
Location: Canberra / ACT
Categories: Professional

Classification: ANU Officer 6/7

Classification: ANU Officer Grade 6/7
Salary package: $ 86,960 - $100,098 plus 17% superannuation
Terms: Full-time, Continuing Contingent Funded appointment until end of 2024

  • Join a leading international research institution specializing in strategy and defence
  • Be a part of Australia’s #1 university
  • Enjoy generous benefits, including 17% superannuation

About Us

The ANU College of Asia & the Pacific (CAP) leads intellectual engagement with the Asia-Pacific region through research, teaching and contributions to public debate, and seeks to set the international standard for scholarship concerning the region. The College hosts the largest number of regional experts and specialist academic programs in the English-speaking world, and plays a vital role in informing public policy and Australia's intellectual engagement with the societies, cultures and economies of Asia and the Pacific.

CAP is the centre of excellence for understanding human development and organisation in Asia and the Pacific, and addressing the cultural, economic, environmental, political and societal dimensions of global challenges.

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The Strategic and Defence Studies Centre (SDSC) is Australia’s largest body of scholars dedicated to research and education relating to the use of armed force in its political context. Within the broad field of Strategic Studies, SDSC’s activities are concentrated in three multi-disciplinary clusters: Australian defence and strategic policy; military studies; and Asia-Pacific security. SDSC convenes four major educational programs at undergraduate and graduate level, and includes a vibrant community of PhD scholars. The Centre is one of four departments in the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, a world-leading centre for research, education, and policy analysis on international and Asia Pacific politics, security, diplomacy, and strategic affairs. The Bell School is part of the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific.

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The Opportunity

SDSC is seeking to appoint a Project Officer (ANU Officer Grade 6/7) to the Strategic Policy History Project.  The project will produce two publicly available volumes of commentary on the content and development of major Australian Defence Strategic Guidance documents (White Papers) since 1976, and entails extensive archival research as well as interviews on the development of strategic policy guidance in Australia. 

The Project Officer will provide efficient and effective provision of general administrative and logistical support to the project team, and work closely with stakeholders in the Department of Defence.  They will be experienced in providing high level advice and assistance on project management, development of research databases, budgets and stakeholder engagement. 

Our Ideal Candidate

Successful candidates will have a demonstrated relevant experience in an administrative role in a complex environment, and high level stakeholder engagement and communication skills.  Experience in a finance, research support or project coordination role, as well as experience in the public service, will be highly regarded. 

The position is located in Canberra with commencement in April 2023, and the successful candidate must be able to commence within a reasonable timeframe after that. Applicants must be Australian citizens and prepared to undergo a security vetting process. Continued employment may be conditional on obtaining and maintaining a security clearance. 


To enquire about these opportunities, please contact Professor Stephan Frühling, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, ANU. E:  

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How to apply

In order to apply for this role please make sure that you upload the following documents:

  1. A statement addressing the selection criteria (consult the attached Position Description - please ensure you address the selection criteria of the position you wish to apply for).
  2. A current curriculum vitae (CV) which includes the names and contact details of at least three referees (preferably including a current or previous supervisor). If your CV does not include referees you can complete these online when prompted in the application form.

Applications which do not address the selection criteria may not be considered for the position.

Please note: The successful candidate will be required to undergo a background check during the recruitment process.  An offer of employment is conditional on satisfactory results. 

Applicants must be Australian citizens and prepared to undergo a security vetting process. Continued employment may be conditional on obtaining and maintaining a security clearance. 

Position Description & Selection Criteria

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