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Research Development Manager

University of Exeter - Research Services Directorate

Location: Exeter
Salary: The starting salary will be from £35,211 on Grade F depending on qualifications and experience.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 10th July 2019
Closes: 31st July 2019
Job Ref: P68120

This new, full time post is available immediately on a permanent basis.

Summary of the role

The role is based in the Research Services Directorate, which is a key enabler to support the delivery of the University's Research and Impact Strategy, a successful next REF submission and meeting research income targets. The Directorate supports the endeavours of our academic Colleges and Departments, and our staff work closely with the research community.

The post holder will work primarily within our biosciences community (approx. 50 academic staff and 100 early career researchers), in support of research spanning all scales of biological organisation, from molecules to global ecosystems, and bridging fundamental and applied research.  They will provide expertise in relation to funders, funding opportunities and the preparation and submission of research funding applications. They will provide expert advice to academics that spans the requirements of the research project lifecycle, supporting both research development and financial elements, to ensure robust support for researchers across their research grant activities. The post-holder will bring particular expertise and understanding of the funding landscape and requirements for research in the areas of biosciences, environmental sciences and health, and will be able to evidence a background in directly supporting the costing and submission of large-scale and complex applications in these areas and knowledge across a diverse range of funding bodies (e.g. UKRI, the Wellcome Trust, the Royal Society and the Leverhulme Trust, amongst others).

You can view the Job Description and Person Specification document here.
The University of Exeter

We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 150 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019). We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, achieving a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2017.

Our research income in recent years means we’re fastest growing UK Research University and we seek to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today through this. 98% of our research is international quality (2014 Research Excellence Framework) and we encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students.

With over 22,000 students and 5,500 staff from 180 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment in which to work. We are an equal opportunity employer, a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce. 


We offer some fantastic benefits including:

- 41 days leave per year
- options for flexible working
- numerous discounts at leading retailers
- onsite gyms on all of our campus’ and a cycle to work scheme
- sector leading policies around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), paternity leave (up to six weeks full pay) and a new Fertility Treatment Policy
- stunning campus environments in Exeter and Cornwall, in the beautiful South West of England

Further information

For further information, please contact Charlotte Murphy, email

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