Research Support Administrator x 2 Ref: 4471

School/department: Research and Enterprise Services
Hours: Full-time and/or part-time options will be considered across the 1.6FTE.  Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need)
Contract: 6 month fixed term contract
Salary: Starting at £25,941 to £30,046 per annum
Placed on: 22 September 2020
Closing date:  06 October 2020.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date. 
Expected interview date: 14 October 2020
Expected start date: As soon as possible.

Job description 

This vacancy is only open to those currently employed by the University.

Applications are invited for two fixed term posts (totalling 1.6 FTE) in Research and Enterprise Services, which is responsible for providing professional services support for the University’s research and enterprise activities. The post holders 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 well-organised and self-motivated individuals with excellent numeracy and administrative skills to assist the Research Development team. The roles 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 holders will also assist with the preparation of internal funding communications and events, updating the team’s website, and supporting the smooth running of the team’s operational / administrative functions. 

There are three research support administrator roles in the Research Development team, typically each supporting a cluster of schools, 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 either:

Deborah McGuchan,, Senior Research Development Officer.

Tina Lehmbeck,, Senior Research Development Officer.

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

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Please note that the University of Sussex is unable to provide visa sponsorship for this position, and thus any applicant should ensure that they have the legal right to work in the UK for the period of the post. The University of Sussex requires all successful applicants to provide proof of permission to work in the UK before they commence work. Should you therefore require further information, please visit the Home Office website.

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

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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