Research Support Administrator

University of Cambridge - Department of Engineering

The role-holder will report directly to the Director of Strategy and Operations joining a team which provides expert analysis, guidance and procedural support to enable the Department's research investigators to build relationships with sponsors, win funding, achieve impact and report their achievements. The research portfolio comprises 500 active grants with a total contract value of approximately GBP200 million, generating income of GBP45 million per year.

The role-holder will:

  • Deliver business analysis to guide research funding strategy and planning
  • Establish and support relationships and networks with sponsors, academics, administrators and other institutions
  • Manage enquiries and calls for proposals
  • Provide expert guidance on how to win research funding and optimise knowledge transfer and impact
  • Develop and manage robust processes for ensuring compliance with research policies, rules and reporting requirements
  • Identify and secure opportunities for winning funding for research support

A degree in an engineering, science or technical discipline or equivalent experience that enables a technical case for engineering research to be understood is essential. You also need to have experience of working in industry/business or winning research funding in academia. You need to be adept at analysis, communication and process management with relevant experience. running management processes and drafting documents. The ability to work independently and an advanced level of knowledge in IT are also required in this role.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

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.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 23 January 2018. If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact the HR Office on 01223 332615 or by email on

Please quote reference NM13914 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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