Research development

Director of Research Development job with DURHAM UNIVERSITY

Job title: Research development manager

Department: Research Development, Research and Innovation Services

To note: seven

Wage scale: £35,333 – £42,155 (per year/prorated)

Working methods: 2 positions represent 1 FTE, i.e. 35 hours/week. The remaining 2 positions are 0.5 FTE, or 17.5 hours/week, although these positions may be offered as 1 full-time position (depending on the candidates and their preferences). All positions are eligible for hybrid working.

The role and the department

Research and Innovation Services (RIS) provides advice, expert advice and practical support for all aspects of research and research-related work, including securing funding, collaborating with partners, knowledge exchange, demonstration of impact, commercialization of results, ensuring good research practice and supporting professional development.

The Research Development Team is a small unit of research funding specialists dedicated to helping academic colleagues develop their research from inception to application. Our team spans all four faculties across the breadth of traditional funding mandates and we are active in providing funder insights and working with academic colleagues to stay abreast of future trends in the funding landscape. We focus on idea formation and relationship building and work with individuals and groups to explore ideas with a view to developing them into strong research funding applications.

Durham has ambitious plans to increase our institutional research revenue and is therefore investing in these new positions to help support our academic community. We are posting 4 positions in total, including Biosciences (1FTE), Engineering (1FTE), Geography (0.5FTE) and Sociology (0.5FTE). Depending on candidate preference, we may appoint 1 FTE to cover both Geography and Sociology positions.

Reporting to the relevant Senior Director of Research Development, Research Development Managers will increase the quality and value of applications for funding at Durham University, incorporating good practice in identifying opportunities and developing accepted proposals. You will work closely with the Director of Research, Senior Research Administrator and the wider academic community of the relevant department, as well as colleagues from the Research Operations team and other units of university professional services. To succeed in this role, it will be necessary to assimilate a very broad background and quickly acquire an understanding of a wide spectrum of academic knowledge.

We believe this role presents an excellent opportunity for candidates to begin a career in research development. We welcome applications from people with strong transferable skills and experience in different careers and sectors. You may have worked in search management for a number of years and are looking for another opportunity. You may have recently completed a PhD and wish to explore an alternative career path to academia. You can work outside of higher education but have experience in proposal development and fundraising. We welcome applications from individuals who believe they meet the essential criteria below, regardless of background or experience. Training and support will be provided if the appointment is successful.