Research Grants Administrator (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - Department of Public Health and Primary Care

The Department of Public Health and Primary Care has an expanding research grant portfolio totalling £60m, funded by a variety of sponsors including the UK Medical Research Council (MRC), the Wellcome Trust, the British Heart Foundation (BHF), Cancer Research UK (CRUK, the UK National Institute of Health Research, the European Commission, industrial partners and several other sources.  It comprises of more than 350 members of staff and students.

The post holder will play a crucial role in helping the department to achieve excellence in research and to maximise research income through the provision of high level support services.  This includes supporting academics in the research proposal process, by providing advice on funding schemes and procedures and by costing and submitting applications using X5 in collaboration with the Principal Investigator.  The post holder is also responsible for supporting academics in the management of research grants during the entire project lifecycle, including project accounting reporting and audits.

They will coordinate the management of grants held by more than 20 senior academics.  The post holder is responsible to the Departmental Finance Coordinator and may be requested to support any group or PI in the department.  The post holder will lead on research coordination and research administration for the Primary Care Unit (PCU), which currently holds £20m worth of grants and constitutes more than 130 staff and students and will advise the PCU PIs on all aspects of grant management including the PCU Head of Unit.

A suitable candidate will be educated to at least A level to include GCSE English and Mathematics or have equivalent qualifications or have equivalent experience.  Accounting training to the level of AAT or equivalent is desirable.  Candidates should have excellent IT skills and familiarity with the use of Microsoft Office.  They should have administrative or finance experience ideally in an academic setting.  They should have the ability to communicate clearly and effectively at all levels and with different kinds of people.   They should have excellent written communication skills and be organised to manage conflicting deadlines.

The funds for these posts are available until 31 March 2020

Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Strangeways Research Laboratory, Worts Causeway, Cambridge CB1 8RN (approximately 2 miles south of the city centre)

Informal enquiries can be made to Emma Marron,

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.

Closing date: 25th March 2018

Interview Date: TBC

Please ensure that you outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role on the online application form.

Please include details of your referees, including e-mail address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Please quote reference RH14368 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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