Research Support Administrator Ref 6631

School/departmentResearch and Enterprise Services 
Hours: Full time or part time hours considered up to a maximum of 36.5 hours - requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need)
Contract: Fixed term – 6 months
SalaryStarting at £26,341 to £30,497 per annum, pro rata if part time
Placed on20 September 2021
Closing date07 October 2021.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date. 
Expected interview date: Week commencing 18 October 2021
Expected start dateAs soon as possible.

Job description

Applications are invited for this fixed term post in Research and Enterprise Services, which is responsible for providing professional services 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 external research and knowledge exchange funding.

We are looking for a well-organised and self-motivated individual with excellent numeracy and administrative skills to assist the Research Development team. The role will support the development of low risk projects, with a focus on costing and pricing of projects, internal approvals, submission to funders, and acceptance of awards.

The post holder will also assist with supporting the smooth running of the team’s operational / administrative functions, including setup and processing of bids in development, preparation of internal funding communications and events and updating the team’s website.

There are three research support administrator roles in the Research Development team who work closely together and provide mutual cover during periods of absence.

You should be educated as a minimum to A level standard or equivalent, and have budget / project costing experience; experience preparing bids for funding calls would be an advantage.  You must be numerate and have excellent organisational abilities.

Ideally you will have 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.

Enquiries about this post can be made with: 

Name: Tina Lehmbeck, Senior Research Development Officer: E:

Name: Deborah McGuchan, Senior Research Development Officer: E:

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 Re 6631 [PDF 158.25KB]

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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 110.00KB] 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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