Researcher Developer - Life Sciences

University of Cambridge - Human Resources Division

Applications are invited for the post of Researcher Developer (Life Sciences) based within the Researcher Development Programme (RDP) which is part of the University's Academic Practice Group (

This is an opportunity for an outgoing, committed and ambitious individual to take on leadership responsibilities for both the strategic development and operational delivery of skills training within both the multidisciplinary University-wide portfolio and as a specialist working with the Graduate School of Life Sciences (GSLS).

You will be involved, both individually and as a team member, in the continued development, evaluation and improvement of existing initiatives, workshops and resources including both face-to-face and online options. You will have opportunities to focus on your existing areas of strength and expertise as well as exploring new areas, often in collaboration with other experts.

Your skills in strategic thinking, negotiation and productivity will be essential as you become involved in University-level projects, representing and promoting researcher development within the academic community. You will also head up the GSLS Core Skills Training Programme, an ambitious project to provide foundational skills for 500 new graduate students a year.

A background in the Life Sciences is essential and a PhD or equivalent experience will be a significant advantage. You might be experienced in this field or looking to transition out of academia into a new area of work. You should have personal experience of the benefits of researcher development and have worked on the design, delivery and evaluation of training activities, preferably within a higher education environment.

The role is busy and varied and will require you to be an excellent communicator, be productive working individually and as part of a team, supervise some team members and manage multiple projects including prioritization and budget control.

This role is an amazing opportunity to challenge yourself in using your academic research background and a passion for training to make a real difference to the progress of graduate students.

This role would be considered at 0.8 FTE.

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 Wednesday 3rd November 2017 and interviews are expected to be held on 16th November. If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Dr Meg Tait (, Head of the Academic Practice Group.

Please quote reference AH13408 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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