In brief: Australian Research Council looks to consolidate research management

Existing research management system to be re-developed and will integrate with other applications, jobs available

The Australian Research Council (ARC) is looking to consolidate its existing applications into a single Java-based research management system (RMS), according to agency documents.

The ARC has issued five tenders for two Java/J2EE developers, a database developer, Java application architect and a release coordinator. All five positions will be available on 12-month contracts, with an optional extension for a further year.

Each position is tasked with dealing with separate applications managed by the council, including a management information system, research management application and grant management system. One contractor, the release coordinator, would be tasked with organising the re-development of these applications so that they exist on a consolidated platform and integrate with one another.

Skills required by the five contractors include Java development experience, as well as knowledge of web-based technologies and SQL Server database administration.

A spokesperson for the ARC confirmed that all five contractors would be working on the consolidated RMS, but said that the tendered workers would be supporting an existing process.

Where most government agencies typically tender whole firms to complete a specific project within a set amount of time, the ARC has been known to directly contract workers instead through tenders as well as recruitment agencies.

The required skills add to those already heavily desired by both the public and private sectors in the Canberra area.

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