Research Projects Administrator Ref 1719

School:  University of Sussex Business School
Department: Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU)
Hours:  Full time or part time hours considered up to a maximum of 36.5 hours per week.
Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Reference: 1719
Placed on:  12 July 2019
Contract: Maternity cover, fixed term secondment opportunity for Sussex staff only
from 1 September 2019 to 31 March 2020
Salary range: starting at £25,482 and rising to £29,515 per annum
Closing date: 22 July 2019
Expected start date:  1 September 2019
Expected interview date:  31 July 2019

Job description

The Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex Business School is seeking an experienced administrator to support post-award research grant management, for a fixed term to cover the post holder’s maternity leave.

Working closely with the Principal Investigators, the SPRU Research Unit Manager, and the Research Finance Officer in the Research and Enterprise Division, the Research Projects Administrator is responsible for the day-to-day operational administrative and financial support for a wide ranging portfolio of research projects, in order to facilitate the delivery of the research and fulfilment of reporting requirements, including ensuring timesheets for all staff are completed, expenditure is planned and processed accurately, and all procedures around contracts and staff recruitments are followed through the University’s finance and HR systems.

You will need to be confident working with spreadsheets, automated administrative and finance systems, be meticulous and well-organised, able to work on your own initiative and within teams, self-managing a varied workload with competing priorities. Ideally, you will have some experience of research grant administration, and some knowledge of/interest in research in the areas of science policy.

The successful candidate will be approachable, helpful and flexible, and will have the opportunity to interact with a wide range of international academics and other colleagues and partners, within a dynamic research environment. 

This is an opportunity for an experienced administrator at the University, interested in research project management, to gain knowledge and experience in this area as a career development opportunity.

Please discuss with your line manager before applying. If you would like to discuss the position further please contact Dr Marion Clarke on

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How to apply

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