Impact Officer

Birkbeck, University of London - Department of Psychological Sciences

Purpose and Main Duties

The post-holder will help academic colleagues to strengthen the impact of research in the Department of Psychological Sciences (5th in REF2014 having gained 100% 4* for the impact case studies) such that it results in further economic and/or social benefit to the UK. She/he will work with academics on producing case studies for the Research Excellence Framework and developing knowledge transfer and other activities which enhance impact from the grant application stage onwards.

Providing advice on impact at all stages of the research lifecycle to staff is an important part of the role, as is responsibility for producing the web content in relation to research impact, ensuring that it is accessible to a diverse audience from a variety of backgrounds. Acting as the external contact for the department as regards impact, you will liaise with peers at outside events, whilst another important aspect of this interesting and varied position will be to develop and deliver internal workshops and training resources on impact for academic staff.

Candidate Requirements

Proven experience in higher education research administration (with specific knowledge of research techniques, processes and methodologies) is expected, as is evidence of report writing and analytical ability. Adept in the use of monitoring and evaluation procedures and able to develop policy, plans and agreed standards, you will also have a detailed understanding of the research environment, competency in the use of database and spreadsheet packages, and the ability to communicate information in a clear, concise manner. A background in Psychology would be extremely desirable.

About the Department

For further information about the Department of Psychological Sciences, please visit the following website:

Further Information

Salary: Grade 7 of the College's London Pay Scale which is £36,548 rising to £41,772 pro rata per annum.

This post is part-time, 17.5 hours per week (0.5 FTE) and open-ended. The salary quoted above will be pro-rata for this part time post and is on the College's London Pay Scale and includes a consolidated Weighting/Allowance which applies only to staff whose normal contractual place of work is in the Greater London area. The initial salary will be dependent on the skills and experience of the successful applicant. The appointment is subject to a probationary period of 6 months. Birkbeck also provides a generous defined benefit pension scheme, 31 days paid leave, flexible working arrangements and other great benefits.

The closing date for completed applications is midnight on 20 August 2017.

Interviews will be held on week commencing 28 August 2017.

For further information on this opportunity contact, Professor Michael Oaksford, email:

Birkbeck welcomes applicants from all sections of the community. The College is committed to improving the gender and cultural diversity of its workforce, holding an Athena SWAN award and membership of WISE, operating the Disability Confident and Mindful Employer schemes, is a Stonewall Diversity Champion and is working towards the Race Equality Charter Mark.

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