Research development

Research Development Officer job at KINGS COLLEGE LONDON

The Health Research Development Team supports revenue-generating research activities across KCL’s four health faculties. Academic staff in health faculties have multiple collaborations with colleagues from other faculties, which requires collaborative work with professional services and academic colleagues across the university. Our team is focused on supporting faculties to implement KCL’s health research strategy. Our work is extremely varied and ranges from supporting the implementation of the organization’s major strategic priorities to supporting people seeking their first research grant. We help cluster leads, departments, schools, and faculties develop their grant acquisition plans, provide insight into funder priorities and processes, and support the development of grant proposals, concept to writing, including preparing for interviews.

Health Research Development is a core team that works closely with scientists and research support teams from each faculty. In this new role, reporting to the Director of Research Development (Health), you will help us prioritize our efforts where they are needed most, managing processes that actively support the planning and coordination of our work with priorities. of our customers. You will ensure that we effectively deliver training, resources and engagement with research funders. And you will have a hands-on role in providing support for grant development and providing internal research funding streams.

This role provides an excellent entry point to a career in research development. To thrive in this role, you will bring a strong foundation in a relevant research area with a good understanding of how health research funding works. You will be solution-oriented, with an organized and adaptable approach and able to grasp complex concepts quickly. And you will bring the motivation and personal qualities to engage with senior academic staff and professional services colleagues to understand their goals and challenges and help them meet them. In return, we provide an unbeatable learning environment, with opportunities to develop your career in a collaborative and highly valued team.

This position will be offered on a permanent contract.

This is a full time position

Main responsibilities

  • Planning, coordination and reporting: in collaboration with the director of research development (health).
  • Support the planning, coordination and delivery of health faculty research development services
  • Help in producing user-friendly management reporting data
  • Maintaining and continually reviewing research development information and training resources, including our intranet pages, online candidate bank, and other online job resources
  • Work with colleagues in the Arts and Sciences Research Office to share learnings across research development activities across the department, streamline processes and ensure a consistent customer experience for KCL scholars
  • Internal Research Funding: Working with Research Development Managers to manage the application and award processes for internal research funding streams provided by Health Research Development

  • External research funding: collaboration with research development managers, pre-awards, and faculty colleagues.

  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of health research funding opportunities
  • Manage internal triage processes for external research grant competitions
  • Support the development of cross-faculty offerings, including coordination of workshops, preparation of submissions and peer review
  • Support the refinement and development of the grant application process, including contributing to the organization, creation, and delivery of training for academics and local/departmental research support staff
  • Organize research development workshops and visits from research funders.
  • Provide ad-hoc support for health-related projects for the Director of Research (Health), Director of Research Strategy and Development, VP of Research, or others as required

  • Perform desk research to present information and develop ideas for research development projects


Essential criteria

  1. Graduate degree or equivalent experience in a field relevant to health sciences
  2. Good understanding of the health research funding landscape
  3. Experience in research administration, preferably in an academic research support environment or in a research funding organization
  4. Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work with staff at all levels, inside and outside the organization, with confidence and ease
  5. Excellent written and oral communication skills
  6. Excellent qualitative and quantitative analysis, with high levels of accuracy and attention to detail
  7. Experience planning and implementing projects
  8. Experience in managing procedural and process changes
  9. Experience managing and prioritizing a varied workload with competing priorities
  10. Confident to make independent decisions and know when to escalate
  11. Proactive approach and ability to quickly understand complex situations and provide creative solutions to problems
  12. A high level of tact, discretion and ability to keep information confidential

Desirable criteria

  1. PhD or equivalent research experience in a field relevant to the health sciences
  2. Experience with the scientific peer review process
  3. Experience managing web content in a content management system

More information

The interview and assessments for this position should come in handy in the week beginning July 25th.