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Research Development Officer

University of Birmingham - Research Strategy and Services

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £32,348 to £42,155 with potential progression once in post to £44,737
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 6th December 2022
Closes: 3rd January 2023
Job Ref: 100121

Role Summary

The Research Development Officer is responsible for the running and management of the University of Birmingham’s EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account, including overseeing post-award delivery of funded projects. The post holder will provide authoritative advice to the University and it’s Colleges on the appropriate use of the funding, and the management and delivery of impact supported through the funding. The Research Development Officer will play a pivotal part in supporting and expanding impact and engagement activity related to engineering and physical sciences research in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences and across the University. The Research Development Officer reports to the Research Development Manager (Managed Funds), working closely with the academic Chair of the EPSRC IAA Management Group and academic leads of other block grants. The successful candidate will direct IAA-related activity for other staff, as appropriate.

Main duties

  • Provide strategic and operational oversight of the EPSRC IAA including the design and organisation of various funding schemes, developing, and strengthening partnerships with stakeholders, and identifying new opportunities for collaboration to support researchers to deliver impact from their research.
  • Lead the project planning, communications, and events management for the IAA fund, working with relevant Professional Services teams.
  • Work with the Chair of the EPSRC IAA Management Group to promote funding schemes, identify new opportunities to extend impact and engagement, and support a thriving culture of research impact in engineering and physical sciences across the University.
  • Provide direct support for the development of applications to the EPSRC IAA funding schemes, working with academic and professional services as appropriate to identify and disseminate best practice with regards to impact activity.
  • Manage post-award processes related to EPSRC IAA-funded projects to ensure timely and efficient start dates, and to ensure that the required reporting information is obtained prior to closing completed projects.
  • Review and audit progress on projects and budgets to ensure efficiency and delivery on key performance indicators and milestones.
  • Working with finance colleagues to monitor the EPSRC IAA fund budget and expenditure, identifying issues as appropriate, and provide periodic financial reports and associated proposed actions to the EPSRC IAA Management Group and the University Engagement and Impact Committee.

Person Specification

  • Undergraduate degree-level or equivalent.
  • Experience of project management in a complex organisation, preferably in an academic setting.
  • Experience of developing research impact, developing research funding bids, and/or delivering post-award support with a client-focused approach.
  • An ability to work independently, and to manage time effectively, progress tasks concurrently, and work under pressure to meet deadlines in a proactive, problem-solving manner.
  • Experience of managing budgets and reporting processes, including reporting to external stakeholders.

Informal enquires to Lucy Caton, email: l.caton@bham.ac.uk

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