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Research Development Officer

The University of Edinburgh - College of Science and Engineering - College Office

Location: Edinburgh
Salary: £37,099 to £44,263 per annum (A revised salary range for this grade of £39,347 to £46,974 is planned to take effect from Spring 2024) (Grade 7)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 21st February 2024
Closes: 15th March 2024
Job Ref: 9788

Full time 35 hours per week

Open ended (Permanent)

We are looking for a Research Development Officer (RDO) to support the development of one of the College of Science and Engineering’s thematic areas. These areas are:

  • AI & data science,
  • Climate & sustainability,
  • Health & life.

Each of thematic areas builds on the College’s existing disciplinary research strengths.  Our aim is to support the development of interdisciplinary research and knowledge exchange activity in each of these themes in order to further our research and find solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing society.

The RDO will be responsible for supporting the development of climate & sustainability. They will work as part of the Engagement team in the College of Science & Engineering’s College Office. The RDO will work with academics and research support staff across the College. They will also work closely with Edinburgh Earth Initiative, the University’s flagship initiative for driving forwards the University’s engagements with global climate and sustainability challenges.

This post is advertised as full-time (35 hours per week); however, we are open to considering part-time or flexible working patterns. We are also open to considering requests for hybrid working (on a non-contractual basis) that combines a mix of remote and regular on-campus working.

The Opportunity:

The post-holder will be based in the College of Science and Engineering (CSE) Engagement Team, which has responsibility for the College’s communication, marketing, public engagement and research support functions. The post-holder will work as part of that team and will also work closely with research, communication and engagement staff in the College’s Schools.

The Research Development Officer will work with academic thematic leads in ‘climate & sustainability’ to identify areas of research and knowledge exchange relevant to the theme. They will also be expected to work together with other research support staff in the team to horizon scan for new opportunities for thematic growth, deliver a programme of activity designed to further research and knowledge exchange activity in theme and work with the wider Engagement Team to ensure that our research has an impact beyond academia.

Informal enquiries are welcome and can be directed to Rachel Bowen, Head of Engagement (rachel.bowen@ed.ac.uk).

Your skills and attributes for success: 

  • Experience of working in research, research administration or a knowledge exchange role.
  • Evidence of project management and organisational skills.
  • Able to demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Proven ability to work with, and in multidisciplinary teams.
  • Experience of building networks and professional relationships across an organisation.
  • Able to horizon scan, spot opportunities and take the initiative to ensure they are acted upon.
  • Capable of taking an abstract concept or idea and turning it into a proposal. 
  • Capable of working independently, managing own workload and progressing several projects simultaneously
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