Head of Research IT and Support Ref 1978

School/department: IT Services
Hours: full time or part time hours considered up to a maximum of 1 FTE. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: permanent 
Reference: 1978 
Salary: starting at £51,034 and rising to £66,537 per annum, pay dependent on experience
Placed on: 28 August 2019 
Closing date: 7 October 2019.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date. 
Expected interview date: TBC
Expected start date: TBC.


Job description

The University of Sussex has set out a bold and ambitious strategy to revitalise its IT services and Digital environment. To help us achieve this, we are seeking a talented technical leader to drive the revitalisation of the Research IT Support team.  

We are a community of ~18,000 students and over 2,100 staff, of whom about half are academic. Over 75% of research activity at Sussex is categorised as world leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*) in terms of originality, significance and rigour.  Our beautiful green campus is situated on the edges of the South Downs National Park and within easy reach of the vibrant city of Brighton and Hove.

Building on the University’s radical heritage and as part of our Sussex 2025 Strategic Framework, IT Services is developing a roadmap for investment across its service portfolio, embracing new technologies and fostering a culture of innovation.  Working with the Deputy Director the Head of Research IT and Support will be responsible for leading the strategic development and operation of a suite of specialist technology and expert services that support the University’s multidisciplinary research mission.  Particular areas of focus will include appropriate exploitation of Cloud platforms and the establishment of a Research Software Engineering (RSE) capability.  

As well as providing the management and leadership to ensure successful day-to-day operations and excellence in service delivery, the Head of Research IT and Support will be highly visible outside IT Services. The ability to forge relationships with researchers, engage with colleagues from peer Professional Services departments and foster collaborations with other research institutions will be key.   

The successful candidate will demonstrate a ‘can do’ approach, leadership and entrepreneurial flair as well as specialist knowledge of the key challenges and opportunities in the research IT and technology domain. 

For an informal conversation about this role, please contact Clare Gryce, Deputy IT Director (Operations and Research) on 01273 876847 or at c.gryce@sussex.ac.uk

 The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

Download job description and person specification Ref 1978 [PDF 172.74KB]


How to apply

Download our professional services application form [DOC 183.00KB] and personal details and equal opportunities form [DOC 162.50KB] and fill in all sections.

You must email your completed application, and personal details and equal opportunities form, to itsrecruitment@sussex.ac.uk

You should attach your application form and all documents to the email (don't use a web-based upload/weblink service) and use the format job reference number / job title / your name in the subject line.

You can also send your application by post to Human Resources Division, Sussex House, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH.

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