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Research Development Positions (Fixed Term)

The University of Cambridge is one of the world's top research establishments. Fundamental to its continued success in world-leading research and in securing funding (over £500m last year) is the role of the University's Research Office. We are a team of over 110 people and are the central administrative hub for research activities at the University.

We are significantly investing in our support for research development. We have a number of challenging, interesting and rewarding roles available within our new Research Development Teams. We are looking for proactive individuals, with excellent communication and negotiating skills, who will co-ordinate pre-award support across the University. As part of the Research Operations Office, the teams will be the principal source of advice and support for researchers including identifying opportunities for funding, developing and improving proposals in close partnership with researchers, and costing and coordinating proposal submissions. In addition, as part of the Research Development Team, you will identify opportunities to innovate these processes and to co-ordinate development activities that add value to the research development process.

We are currently recruiting for:

Research Development Managers, Grade 8 (Salary £36,261-£48,677) for the following School facing teams:Biological Sciences, Clinical School,Technology

Research Development Facilitators, Grade 7 (Salary £30,395 - £39,609) for the following School facing teams:Arts Humanities and Humanities and Social Sciences, Physical Sciences, Biological Sciences,Technology

We are looking for individuals with solid experience of research support, preferably in a University setting, and ideally with research experience in a cognate discipline to work within our School facing teams. The roles will be focused around the University's six Schools and constituent faculties and departments to take the initiative in supporting the strategic priorities of a School.

Schools of Arts Humanities and Humanities and Social Sciences (; School of Biological Sciences ( School of Clinical Medicine ( School of Physical Sciences ( School of Technology (

Further information on the Schools and their departments can be found here:

As part of your application please describe how your background and experience aligns with and will support the needs of one or more of the Schools. Please also highlight within your application which role it is you are applying for.

To succeed in this role you will have excellent leadership, financial and interpersonal skills including the ability to liaise credibly with academic colleagues and researchers and external contacts. Diplomacy and tact are essential along with an ability to independently organise and prioritise you and your team's workload.

This is an excellent opportunity to join the University of Cambridge Research Office at an exciting time.

Selection roles will take place over two stages, initially by assessment centre followed by a panel interview alongside representatives from Schools/Departments.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3yrs in the first instance.

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.

Closing Date for Applications is 13th March 2019. Assessment Centre: W/C 18th March, Interview:TBA

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact

Please quote reference EW17993 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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