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CDT Facilitator (Fixed Term)

The EPSRC will be announcing a major CDT (Centre for Doctoral Training) funding call in early 2018. The purpose of this post is to support the School's officers, and in particular the academics leading, in the preparation of applications for this key doctoral training funding call.

This is a full time position for 6-9 months duration as a secondment within the University and is graded at the equivalent of a Grade 7 - Academic Related Post. Key parts of the role are described in more detail below.


Support the preparation and drafting of applications.

Gather information, undertake research and data preparation to support the applications.

Support the identification and collaboration with industrial sponsors requirements.

Support the School's academic lead in determining the set of applications to be submitted.

Strategic support for the University's response to the call by working in collaboration with colleagues in other Schools/Departments (in particular the School of Technology) including liaison with other departments and with others such as the Research Operations Office and Schools Finance Officers as necessary to ensure the timely and accurate submission of the CDT proposals and associated preparations for the new doctoral programmes.

Post award:

Manage the establishment of consistent monitoring arrangements for areas such as: student admissions, student progression, course set up and arrangements required to meet the conditions of the grant award.

Act as a point of contact for CDTs within the School.

Lead reporting requirements within the School by supporting development of mechanisms to collect data and co-ordinate responses across the School for submission to the University CDT Management Committee.

Undertake projects to support all the CDTs:

For example: helping devise a common procedure / policy on student transfers between Departments and CDTs.

Applicants will need to be a Science graduate in a field relevant to the School of the Physical Sciences and have a good understanding of Research Council grant or doctoral training grant application management. Strong written communication skills are important to enable the post holder to deliver a logical and consistent narrative to a range of audiences including academics/potential PIs. The capacity to deal with a range of people at all levels will be important, including the ability to motivate and engage them.

Strong general IT skills will be needed including experience in using costing tools such as X5. The ability to self-organise, problem solve and efficiently prioritise work to meet strict deadlines are essential. Project management experience is beneficial.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application.

Should you require any further information regarding this vacancy or you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Kusam Leal 01223 (7)46773, email:

The closing date is midnight on 28 January 2018 and the interviews will be held during the week commencing 5 February 2018.

Please quote reference LA14444 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Further information

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