Research Development Officer (Fixed term) Ref 588

Research and Enterprise Services

Full time, fixed term for 2 years
Salary range: starting at £31,656, and rising to £37,394 per annum
Closing date for applications: 22 February 2016
Interviews week commencing: 14 March 2016
Expected start date: ASAP


Applications are invited for this full-time post in Research and Enterprise Services, which is responsible for providing professional services and support for the University’s research and enterprise activities, including the commercial exploitation of the University’s intellectual property.

The post-holder will be based in the Research Development team which provides advice and professional support to the University's academic staff in their pursuit of research and knowledge exchange funding (including consultancy activity). This fixed-term post will support the School of Business, Management, and Economics (which includes the Science Policy Research Unit). The work involves advising on the development of bids, checking bids against the requirements of potential funders, the costing and pricing of projects, checking the terms of awards offered, supporting contract negotiations, and advising on funding opportunities, and on the policies and rules of funders. You will be one of two Research Development Officers supporting the School, and together you will be expected to work closely with the School to support the delivery of their  research plans.

You should have a degree or equivalent or be qualified by experience, and have experience preparing bids for funding including project costing experience. You must be highly numerate and have excellent organisational abilities, a knowledge of the research funding environment in which universities work, and the interpersonal and communications skills needed to work effectively with the University's academic staff and with external organisations that fund research. The role will occasionally involve travel (with overnight stays) to events and project meetings.

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

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