CoSS Research Support Partner

University of Birmingham - Finance Office

The University of Birmingham is making important things happen and academics across our College of Social Sciences are at the forefront of this. From our Institute for Research into Superdiversity and Migration, our Jubilee Centre for Character & Virtues Education to our Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business, the College continues to develop and grow and the University is investing in excellent talent across academic and professional services to support the delivery of our Strategy 2020. 

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for an experienced Research Manager to lead a team of five research development professionals supporting the College of Social Sciences in further developing and growing its research portfolio through the winning of successful research grants. The post of Research Development Team Lead plays a key partner role in the delivery of the research support dedicated to the College of Social Sciences and in the wider infrastructure for research support across the University of Birmingham led by Research Support Services.

As one of five College Research Development Team Leads, you will report to the Head of Strategic Research Development in Research Support Services and be part of a vibrant community of research support professionals both in the College, as part of a larger Research and Knowledge Transfer Team, and across the University. You and your team will be physically based in the College, ensuring a balance between local delivery to the academics in the College and integration with the wider research support ecosystem across the University.

Educated with at least an honours degree and perhaps also holding a PhD in a discipline related to the College’s core areas of academic activity, it is expected that the successful applicant will have a proven track record in supporting the development of internationally excellent research, preferably in a higher education setting, with demonstrable knowledge and understanding of the strategic issues impacting higher education and the research and knowledge transfer environment within the UK. You will also have a proven track record in contributing to winning large bids and a commitment to the delivery of exceptional customer service. The post calls for a highly self-motivated research development professional who will lead a team to support the delivery of ambitious targets for research funding capture in the College.

Whilst the post is offered full-time on a permanent basis, applications for part-time working down to 0.8FTE may be considered. 

These are exciting times for the College, the University and the UK. Would you like to be part of a team supporting research that matters?

For informal discussions about the post please contact Dr Steve Taylor on or David Evans (

To download the details of this position and submit an electronic application online please click on the Apply Online button below, please quote Job Ref 31169 in all enquiries.

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