Researcher Development Officer (Maternity cover, part time) Ref 586

Research & Enterprise Services - Doctoral School

Maternity cover, part time (0.8 FTE)
Salary range: starting at £31,656 and rising to £37,768 per annum
Closing date for applications: 24 February 2016
Expected start date: 11 April 2016


This is an exciting opportunity for someone with vision and imagination to enhance the skills training offered to doctoral researchers at the University of Sussex.

The overall aim of the post is to support the University in preparing doctoral students for careers in academia and other sectors.  The main responsibility is to plan and manage the University’s baseline provision of generic and transferrable skills training. The post will manage a budget of ~£75k to deliver this agenda. You will also play a key role in contributing to the University’s broader research careers provision.

The post requires considerable organisation and interpersonal skills.  In addition to the Assistant Director of the Doctoral School (line manager) and immediate team, the post will work closely with the Director of the Doctoral School, Directors of Doctoral Training Centres/Partnerships/Grants, Directors of Doctoral Studies and the Head of Research Student Administration (Academic Registry). The post-holder will liaise with and provide advice to a wide range of individuals and bodies across the University, including institutional leaders/managers, academic faculty, research students and professional services staff.  The post will be expected to liaise with and build strong relationships with partner higher education institutions (both nationally and on occasion internationally)  and government, industry, charitable or other organisations collaborating with the University on generic and transferrable skills training. The work will involve keeping abreast of University and national developments, and acting as an advisor to students and staff on such matters. 

Ref 586 Further particulars including person specification [PDF 170.60KB]

Essential information

Terms and conditions

Administrative Staff and Other related faculty SUMMARY [DOC 37.00KB]


Application form - non-academic post [DOC 183.00KB]

Please send completed application form by email to:

When emailing your application please use the following format in the 'subject' line: post reference number / post title / your name. If you are applying for more than one post advertised by the University, please send a separate email and application form for each post. Please attach your completed application form and any other documents directly to the email rather than using a web-based upload / weblink service (e.g. SkyDrive) otherwise we may not receive your application due to incompatibility with our email software.

Or post to: Human Resources Division, Sussex House, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH.

Applications should be received by midnight on the closing date.