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Head of Research Support

University of Birmingham - Research Strategy and Services Division

Location: Birmingham
Salary: Full time starting salary is normally in the range £53,353 to £61,823, with potential progression once in post to £80,613
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 23rd November 2022
Closes: 5th December 2022
Job Ref: 100823

Department overview

The University of Birmingham has an exciting vision to build on the success of REF2021, by continuing to transform its research performance across outputs, income, impact, and policy influence. Central to this ambition is the Research Strategy & Services Division (RSSD), a new Professional Services department that is being established to provide a transformative and sector-leading approach to research strategy and support.

Role Summary

Three new senior roles as Head of Research Support have been created to support our exciting new Research Division – the Head of Research Support (College of Arts & Law and College of Social Sciences); Head of Research Support (Engineering & Physical Sciences and Life & Environmental Sciences) and the Head of Research Support (Medical & Dental Sciences). The post holders will support the Assistant Director (Research Strategy & Services) to deliver sector-leading services of research strategy, development, and support to researchers from a defined College, and to provide insightful and proactive support to the development of thematic research applications and partnerships that bring together researchers from multiple cross college disciplines. They will embed a culture of collaborative and devolved leadership throughout the team, that empowers all staff within the team to thrive, and will work in close partnership with the wider University Professional Services, ensuring that academics and external partners receive a consistent and high-quality service to build strong credibility across all functions.

Successful candidates will work alongside colleagues from the RSSD and the Colleges to establish and subsequently lead new research support teams that will provide support for researchers across research development, research support and facilitation, and contracts and research related agreements.

Post holders will be responsible for developing effective systems and procedures to manage this high value, highly complex contracts portfolio valued at between £170M - £200M per annum, ensuring that these are risk-based such that the service is proportionate and effective, enabling risk whilst ensuring that the University and its individual researchers are protected and making informed decisions.

To ensure that the team is recognised as a ‘trusted expert’ by the University and its partners, the role holder will embed a culture of continuous professional training and development, for all staff, and will ensure that the team and wider RSSD is well connected to external organisations such that the Division responds quickly and effectively to evolving regulatory and legal requirements, with this including internal policy developments as required.

Interviews for the role will be held in December. Informal inquires can be directed to Xavier Rodde, Craig Maskell or Steve Taylor via Tracy Shepherd: t.shepherd@bham.ac.uk

The full job description is available via the University of Birmingham careers page using the link below

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