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Research Funding Associate

King's College London - Research Management & Innovation - Pre-Award

Location: London
Salary: £43,205 to £50,585 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 28th November 2023
Closes: 4th January 2024
Job Ref: 080045
 

Job description

We are looking for a Research Funding Associate to join the King’s Pre-Award Team. The postholder will be part of a dynamic and flexible structure in the Pre-Award office at King’s and the post holder will: 

  • provide efficient and effective pre-award service for members of King’s College London staff who are engaged in research. 
  • have delegated authority and responsibility within certain limitations to prepare and submit official costs on behalf of the College.  
  • approve research applications.  
  • accept grants awarded. 
  • negotiate contractual conditions and contribute towards the formulation of policy on research matter and also develop (or continue to develop) their own expertise in research funding. 

The Strand based Campus team is supporting the faculties of Arts & Humanities, Business, Law, Natural, Mathematical & Engineering Sciences and Social Science & Public Policy.  

This role will have primary responsibility for supporting Natural, Mathematical & Engineering Sciences working closely with their current Research Funding Associate and when required support the other faculties falling under the remit of the Strand Campus.  

There will be an expectation to also support the rest of the Pre-Award team when necessary (such as during busy periods and due to sickness, annual leave) - with research costing/application/contract support - as needed. 

King’s has a hybrid working policy and the post will primarily be based at the Strand Campus, however flexibility is required to be at any Campus where needed. Flexibility with regards to location of work will therefore be required. 

Candidates should have experience of supporting grant applications, preferably in a university environment. Experience of advising on project budgets is desirable but not essential. This role will be subject to developments and adaptations according to institutional needs. Resilience and capacity to adapt in constant changing environment is an essential part of the role.

Applicants also require excellent organisational, communication, negotiation and literacy skills, proven decision-making ability and be able to work well under pressure, both individually and as part of a team. 

Skills, knowledge, and experience

Essential criteria

  • Relevant work experience in research funding administration
  • Ability to analyse and present information with a focus on specific requirements of funding schemes
  • Knowledge of research funding landscape in the UK and/or internationally Knowledge of grants and funders requirements
  • Understanding of the UK and European university environment
  • Able to produce highly accurate financial budgets in line with funder guidelines
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with a wide range of people in a positive and helpful manner whilst being capable of firmly maintaining university policies
  • Proven organisational and administrative skills
  • Demonstrably high levels of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Ability to work well under pressure, prioritise and meet deadlines in the face of constantly shifting priorities and pressures
  • Good analytical and practical problem solving skills
  • Diplomacy and tact when dealing with different stakeholders and problems, even in most difficult circumstances

Desirable criteria

  • Degree or equivalent professional qualification or equivalent experience
  • Direct experience handling the pre-award aspects of research funding mechanisms in a university
  • Able to advise and assist academic colleagues with the application process
  • Knowledge of full economic costing methodology, and practical, sound numeracy skills
  • Data entry and data compliance in external systems and using external software
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