Senior Research Development Officer Ref 8470

School/department: Research and Enterprise
Hours: Full-time or part-time hours considered up to 36.5 hours per week
Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: Permanent
Reference: 8470
Salary: Starting at £30,497 to £34,304 per annum, pro rata if part time
Placed on: 13 May 2022
Closing date: 27 May 2022.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected Interview date: To be confirmed  
Expected start date: As soon as possible

Job description

Applications are invited for this exciting, new full-time post in the Research Development team, which provides high quality advice and professional support to the University’s academic staff in their pursuit of research and knowledge exchange funding. The primary focus of this post will be the Brighton and Sussex Medical School.

The work involves:

  • Pricing and costing for applications to a wide range of research funders
  • Knowledge of funder rules and policies
  • Ensuring funding applications adhere to the policies and rules of funders
  • Ensuring applications are in line with the University’s agreed policies and procedures
  • Checking the terms of awards offered and supporting contract negotiations
  • Working to external and internal deadlines across a range of projects

You will be highly numerate and have a degree or equivalent or be qualified by experience, with good costings and contracts literacy and experience.

Keen attention to detail and good organisational abilities are essential. These skills will be combined with the interpersonal and communication skills needed to work effectively with the University’s academic staff and external organisations that fund research.  You will be able to manage and prioritise your work from multiple sources and to function both as part of a team and independently.

Please contact Deborah McGuchan ( or Desiree Villahermosa Cabellero ( 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 job description and person specification Ref 8470 [PDF 149.64KB]

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

Visa Sponsorship Queries:

This role may be eligible for sponsorship. For a job to be eligible for sponsorship it needs to be assigned an eligible SOC code & meet minimum salary requirements and be full time. Please contact so they can check if this role can be assigned to an eligible SOC code and meets the minimum salary requirements. You can also consult our Skilled Worker Visa Information page for further information

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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