Research Development Manager Ref 8596

School/department: Research and Enterprise / Research Development
Hours: Full time. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: Permanent 
Reference: 8596
Salary: starting at £35,333 to £42,155 per annum, pro rata if part time
Placed on: 28 October 2022
Closing date: 25 November 2022. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected Interview date: early December 2022
Expected start date: To be confirmed

Job description

Applications are invited for this exciting, new, 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.

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.  The focus of this role is to support research-led business engagement, primarily for the STEM schools.  This post will work closely with colleagues in the growing Innovation and Business Partnerships team to help deliver the knowledge exchange targets of the Sussex 2025 strategy plan.

The work involves:

  • Working collaboratively with colleagues, particularly Innovation and Business Partnerships, to deliver a high-quality professional service
  •  Advising on the policies and rules of internal and external environment to ensure compliance  
  •  Promoting and supporting funding opportunities and applications
  •  Supporting and advising on bid development, award acceptance, including complex budgets and contracts, for a wide range of funders
  •  Managing direct line reports.

You will 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 innovation and 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.

Please contact Deborah McGuchan ( / Desiree Villahermosa Caballero (, Senior Research Development Managers, for informal enquiries.

You may be interested in the following vacancies for similar posts Ref 9395 and Ref 9153

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

You can find out more about our values and our EDI Strategy,  Inclusive Sussex, on our webpages.

Download job description and person specification Ref 8596 [PDF 123.79KB]

The University requires that work undertaken for the University is performed from the UK. 

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How to apply

Download our professional services application form - Dec 2020 [DOC 203.00KB] and Personal Details and Equal Opportunities Form [DOC 119.50KB] and fill in all sections.

You must email your completed application, and personal details and equal opportunities form, to

You should attach your application form and all documents to the email in PDF format (we are unable to accept applications as or .pages) 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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