Research Development Officer

The Royal Veterinary College, University of London - Research Support Office

Interview Date:   To be confirmed

The Research Office wishes to recruit an enthusiastic research development professional with experience of supporting academic staff in the biomedical, biological and/or veterinary sciences. The appointee will assist the College’s efforts to win longer, larger research grants in strategic challenge areas identified by government, charities and/or industry, and of interest to the RVC. This will include: grants from Innovate UK under the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund and Ernest Rutherford Fund; and from the Research Councils (Research England) under the Global Challenges Research Fund.

The post-holder will work alongside Research Office colleagues, notably the Director of Research Administration, placing particular emphasis on nurturing the College’s relationships with funders and allied bodies. They will also seek to improve the College’s engagement with local initiatives such as the London Knowledge Quarter (KQ) and the London International Development Centre (LIDC). The appointee will be based in central London but expected to spend a significant portion of their time meeting with funders and other strategic partners to identify their priorities, secure grants and/or build consortia. They will need to develop a good understanding of the College’s research priorities and the capabilities of its academic researchers, to be able to market these effectively.

 The post-holder will possess excellent writing skills and be experienced in research bid development in a university research office or similar setting. They will have practical experience of using electronic systems such as Je-S, and of assisting academic staff in the completion of complex application forms, often involving multiple partners.

In fulfilling their duties and responsibilities, the post-holder will be guided and supported by the Director of Research Administration, Deputy Head of Research Administration and other colleagues within the Research Office. Training will be offered as necessary, and the appointee will be encouraged to develop strong links with research development colleagues across London and nationally, as part of their continuing professional development.

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact: Dr Ray Kent, Director of Research Administration, RVC (T: 020 7468 1206, E: rkent@rvc.ac.uk)

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