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Research Grants Administrator (Fixed Term) or Secondment Opportunity

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated individual to join the Department of Psychology as a Research Grant Administrator. The Department holds around 70 active research grants which generate an annual income of over £5m per annum.

The post holder will be responsible for providing a comprehensive and efficient research management service to the Department through every stage of the grant process to ensure effective administration of all research funding activity.

The ideal candidate will be the first point of contact for all research grant related queries. For this purpose, the post holder is expected to develop a close working relationship with researchers and with the Research Operations Office to ensure smooth management of all processes, and compliance with necessary regulations.

The post holder will work very closely with the departmental finance team and the HR administrator and be line managed by the Departmental Administrator, to allow constant communication between key administrative contacts.

The ideal candidate will already have extensive administrative experience in a similar role/financial environment and experience of applying for and administrating research grants and contracts. This is a varied post which requires excellent organisational skills and attention to detail, alongside the ability to prioritise and to work under pressure to meet deadlines. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are also required, as well as a proactive approach to problem solving.

The candidate will be educated to degree level/Level 6 vocational Qualifications or have an equivalent level of practical experience. Good IT skills, including Word and Excel, emails, and use of bespoke financial or reporting systems, are also a requirement. Previous experience in a demanding environment is essential.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance. This role is also open as a 2 year secondment opportunity. Please make it clear on your application form if you are applying for the secondment.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records check) check, a health assessment and a security check.

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.

Informal enquiries are welcomed, and should be directed to Dr Jeanne Estabel(

Please note the closing time for applications is 31 January 2018. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Please quote reference PJ14471 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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