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Research Development Officer (Medical and Dental Sciences)

University of Birmingham - Research Strategy and Services Division

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £33,348 to £43,155 per annum, with potential progression once in post to £45,737 (Grade 7)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 28th November 2023
Closes: 7th January 2024
Job Ref: 55665

Salary:

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £33,348 to £43,155, with potential progression once in post to £45,737 (Grade 7)

Role Summary

The Research Development Officer (RDO) sits within the Research Support Team and provides support to researchers in the Institutes of Inflammation and Ageing (IIA), Immunology and Immunotherapy (III), and Microbiology and Infection (IMI), across all elements of pre-award research support including proactive research development and partnership building in support of research proposals.

Reporting to the Research Support Manager (IIA, III, IMI), and working as part of a team of seven, the Research Development Officer supports researchers to develop and secure external research grants via the provision of specialist practitioner support at every stage of the pre-award and contracting process.

Required Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications, Experience

  • Educated to Degree level (or equivalent qualifications) plus significant relevant practical experience - where no equivalent qualification is held substantial practical relevant experience and expertise in a series of progressively more demanding roles will be required.
  • Evidence of literacy and numeracy, with the ability to write clearly for a variety of audiences, and to produce and analyse source material, information and data.
  • Knowledge of the UK research funding ecosystem, key research funders and an understanding of their processes.
  • Detailed knowledge and experience of providing research support across research grants and/or contracts, ideally in a Higher Education setting
  • Experience of successfully leading/coordinating the development of research grants and/or research contracts, including a proven knowledge and skills to successfully enhance the quality of applications through critical review.
  • Skills or experience of effectively identifying and assessing risk and proposing suitable mitigating steps.
  • Experience of developing/negotiating budgets and/or contracts terms.
  • Experience and professional judgement to help to identify and implement improvements in service quality and efficiencies, delivering high quality customer service across own service area and beyond.
  • Experience of successfully engaging, and collaborating, with internal and external stakeholders to build teams, deliver key outcomes or resolve challenges across a wide range of activities.
  • Excellent analytical skills with an ability to analyse complex qualitative and quantitative information and present conclusions clearly and concisely to senior audiences, internal and external.
  • Excellent communication skills - oral, presentational and written, with the ability to influence and negotiate effectively with a range of internal and external stakeholders in order to convey policies or decisions, and to influence decisions.
  • Proficient IT skills, including the MS Office suite and corporate systems such as WorkTribe. Confident and able to quickly learn new IT skills and software packages as required.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with proven experience of working successfully as part of a team including engaging with peers and staff, within an academic, public sector or commercial research environment.

Please attach your CV to your application.

For informal enquiries, contact Sam Hickman s.j.hickman@bham.ac.uk.

To download the full job description and details of this position and submit an electronic application online please click on the 'Apply' button above or visit our careers website.

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