Research Development Manager Ref 9153

School/department: Research and Enterprise Division
Hours: Full time. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: fixed term for 12 months (in the first instance, secondment cover)
Reference: 9153
Salary: starting at £35,333 to £42,155 per annum
Placed on: 20 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: As soon as possible

Job description

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.

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 post will support the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences.

The work involves:

  • Promoting and supporting funding opportunities and applications
  • Advising on the policies and rules of funders
  • Supporting and advising on bid development and award acceptance, including complex budgets, to a wide range of funders
  • Checking the terms of awards offered and supporting contract negotiations
  • Supporting Schools in the development and implementation of their research and knowledge exchange strategy
  • Where required, managing direct line reports and working collaboratively with colleagues to deliver a high-quality professional service

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 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 Desiree Villahermosa-Caballero / Deborah McGuchan (Senior Research Development Managers); / for informal enquiries.

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 the full job description and person specification (reference number 9153) (PDF 122KB)

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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