University of Oxford

University of Oxford

Research Contract Specialist

United Kingdom

Closing in 6 days

Research Contract Specialist

Research Services, 5 Worcester Street, Oxford, OX1 2BX

The University of Oxford is a stimulating work environment, which enjoys an international reputation as a world-class centre of excellence. Our research plays a key role in tackling many global challenges, from reducing our carbon emissions to developing vaccines during a pandemic.

Research Services works in partnership with the University of Oxford's researchers and their departments. The Research Contracts Specialist role is to review, draft and negotiate research related agreements, along with providing advice on contractual issues associated with research and its outputs. Research Contracts Specialists are also expected to develop good personal relationships with our researchers and departments across the University as well as with funding bodies and research collaborators.

We are looking to appoint enthusiastic and motivated Research Contracts Specialists to join the Research Funding and Contracts team based in our offices at 5 Worcester Street, Oxford.

What We Offer

As an employer, we genuinely care about our employees' wellbeing and this is reflected in the range of benefits that we offer including:

• An excellent contributory pension scheme

• 38 days annual leave

• A comprehensive range of childcare services

• Family leave schemes

• Cycle loan scheme

• Discounted bus travel and Season Ticket travel loans

• Membership to a variety of social and sports clubs

This role also offers the opportunity for hybrid working

About the Role

Research Services is a rapidly growing area of the University and this position provides a good entry point for those seeking a career in University administration. There is ample opportunity for specialist and on-the-job training.

About You

You will be educated to degree level, be well-organised, enjoy finding solutions to potentially complex issues, and be able to work and communicate effectively under pressure in this challenging but rewarding role. Ideally you will have a scientific background or administrative experience in higher education or a charity-based environment, and an interest or experience in contractual and organisational matters.

Application Process

Applications for this vacancy should be made online and you will be required to upload a CV, supporting statement and the contact details of two referees. For an informal discussion about the roles please contact Carly Banner ([email protected]).

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Monday 4 March 2024.

Interviews will take place on 14 and 15 March and will be online via Teams.

Contact Person : Meraj Huda Vacancy ID : 171029 Contact Phone : Closing Date & Time : 04-Mar-2024 12:00 Pay Scale : STANDARD GRADE 7 Contact Email : [email protected] Salary (£) : 32332 - 38205

Job details


Research Contract Specialist


University of Oxford


United Kingdom


February 09, 2024

Application deadline

March 04, 2024

Job type



Medicine,Social Science

About the employer

The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and is actually so ancient that its founding date is unknown – though it is thought that teaching took place there as early as the 11th century. It’s located in and around the medieval city center of Oxford, dubbed “the dreaming city of spires” by the 19th century poet Matthew Arnold, and comprises 44 colleges and halls as well as the largest library system in the UK. 

There are 22,000 students at Oxford in total, around half of whom are undergraduates, while 40 per cent are international students. A quarter of the city of Oxford’s residents are students, giving the city the youngest population in the UK. 

The University of Oxford does not have a main campus, its buildings and facilities instead being scattered around the medieval city center. Its colleges each have a distinctive character and traditions often dating back centuries. Colleges are self-governing institutions to which students usually apply directly. There are four academic divisions within Oxford University: Humanities, Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences; Medical Sciences; and Social Sciences. The university’s particular strength is the sciences, and it is ranked number one in the world for medicine.

Oxford is a youthful and cosmopolitan city with plenty to see and do. There are dozens of historic and iconic buildings, including the Bodleian Libraries, Ashmolean Museum, Sheldonian Theatre, the cathedral, and the colleges themselves.  Students can choose to spend their time studying or avail themselves of the many extracurricular activities available. There’s a strong musical life at Oxford, with clubs and societies spanning all genres, from jazz, through to classical and folk. Oxford is also ranked highly for sport, with its top rowers taking part every year in the world-famous boat race with the University of Cambridge on the River Thames. Drama lovers are also well catered for, with one of the largest and most vibrant university drama scenes in the country.

Oxford has an alumni network of over 250,000 individuals, including more than 120 Olympic medalists, 26 Nobel Prize winners, seven poets laureate, and over 30 modern world leaders (including Bill Clinton, Aung San Suu Kyi, Indira Ghandi and 26 UK Prime Ministers). 

It has a friendly rivalry with Cambridge for the title of best university in the UK and is regularly ranked as being one of the top three universities in the world. Notable Oxford thinkers and scientists include Tim Berners-Lee, Stephen Hawking and Richard Dawkins.

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