Research Strategy Manager, Research Evaluation and Impact

University of Cambridge - Academic Division

The University of Cambridge is seeking an enthusiastic and motivated individual to lead its central research evaluation and impact team. Working closely with Pro-Vice Chancellors, Heads of School and senior administrative staff, the successful candidate will play a key role in delivering the University's ambitions in research, including management of our submission to the Research Excellence Framework.

The University is recognised as one of the world's leading research-intensive academic institutions.  The Cambridge Research Office, of which the Research Strategy Office is part, provides strategic and operational support to the University's research activities, working closely with the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research (PVC(R)).  This post has lead responsibility within the Research Office for two key strands of the University research strategy; research evaluation and research impact.  The post holder will work closely with the Head of the University Research Office, the PVC(R), Academic Secretary and other senior academic and administrative staff on development and delivery of the University's policy and operational approach in these key areas.

The status of the University of Cambridge as a world leading research institution is demonstrated by its unique reputation and is reflected by its leading position in international league tables. The University's reputation is further demonstrated by its outstanding performance in the last three HEFCE Research Assessment Exercises and the REF in 2013 when Cambridge has been judged to be at or close to top.  As the lead and principal manager of the central research evaluation and impact team, the post holder will be responsible for advising the General Board and senior staff on policy and procedural matters which could affect the University's approach to REF.  In addition, the role-holder will be personally responsible for a number of important areas within the preparations for the forthcoming and future REF exercises, for example the implementation of the IT solutions required to underpin preparation of the REF return.

The post holder will coordinate the University's activities to support the delivery of research impact in order to meet the University's own objectives and the requirements of the Research Councils, HEFCE/UKRI and others, specifically but not exclusively in the context of future REF compliance.  He/she will work in partnership with a staff and organisations across the University, including Heads of Schools, to identify opportunities to develop and coordinate activities to maximise the impact of the University's research.

The post holder will be responsible for the management of the central team supporting the central coordination of research evaluation and research impact, including those staff recruited specifically to assist in the REF. He/she will be a member of the University Research Office management team and will contribute to the development of the activities of the Office as a whole. 

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

The closing date for applications is 20 December and interviews will be held in early January 2017.  If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact

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