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Director - Research Operations

Northumbria University

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Salary: Competitive
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 24th November 2023
Closes: 12th January 2024
Job Ref: 1991
 

About the role

This role will lead on Northumbria University’s ambitious plans for external research grant funding, implementing mechanisms to improve the amount of externally funded research supported in the university, development of a rewarding and compelling research culture and ensuring efficient and compliant delivery of funded projects.

The post holder will be expected to drive collaborative working across Northumbria University and with external partners to promote the development and delivery of new initiatives and leverage investment to the University. The postholder will actively influence organisational and partner strategies ensuring alignment of external and internal foci and supporting the prioritisation of opportunities. 

As a member of the RIS Executive Team the post holder will support the Executive Director to lead and manage the service. Further information is available in the job description.  

About the team

Based at Northumbria's City Campus, the Director of Research Operations will support the Executive Director to lead and manage the Research and Innovation Service and have direct responsibility for research development, delivery and policy. 

Research and Innovation Services (RIS) provides dedicated, specialist support to Northumbria’s research community throughout the research grant lifecycle to help sustain Northumbria’s position as a research-intensive modern university. 

Support includes sourcing potential funding; aiding proposal development; providing guidance through the authorisation process; monitoring project spend; and assisting production of the final report.

RIS designs and administers research-related training programmes for staff, offers support for the commercialisation of research, co-ordinates the University’s ethical procedures and works with senior colleagues to ensure the delivery of coherent research-based policy and strategy.

The Service also supports the University’s Research Excellence Framework (REF) submission and co-ordinates ways in which the benefits and impact of Northumbria's research are shared with the wider public.

RIS provides professional support for strategy, policy and academic delivery of research and innovation; through a combination of central and Faculty-aligned provision, it supports senior, academic colleagues and post-graduate research students.

About you

To be successful in the role you will have extensive knowledge of the UK Higher Education environment, including national policy for research and knowledge exchange and the associated funding landscape. You will have practical experience of research operations and the implementation of funding strategies as well as a knowledge of research culture and REF approaches.

Further information is available in the person specification.

If you would like an informal discussion about the role, please contact Jenny Taylor, Executive Director of Research and Innovation Services, at jenny2.taylor@northumbria.ac.uk. 

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