Lancaster University

Lancaster University

Research Development Officer

United Kingdom

Closing in 10 days

Research Development Officer

Research Services Location: Bailrigg Salary: £38,205 to £44,263 pro rata (part time, until 16 June 2025) Closing Date: Monday 04 March 2024 Interview Date: Wednesday 20 March 2024 Reference: 0103-24

We are recruiting a Research Development Officer to be based within Research Services and working with the Faculty of Science and Technology. This is a very exciting opportunity for a candidate looking for a rewarding and challenging role, who can bring relevant administrative experience and skills to the job. This post is providing maternity cover and offered on a part-time basis (24 hours per week) from mid June 2024 for 12 months initially, but may be extended up to 14 months in total. Suitable applicants interested in applying for the post on a secondment basis will be considered.

You will be an organised administrator and a responsive team player with excellent communication skills. You will have previously worked in either a university, preferably in a Research Office, or in a similar research environment and will ideally have experience of research management and the research funding landscape. You will ideally have demonstrable skills in working with academics and professional staff to provide integrated support to develop research proposals, keeping abreast of research funding opportunities, communicating this to the research community, and maintaining an overview of the University's research expertise.

Working as part of a wider team supporting research development, this post holder will need to work flexibly across a number of different activities. You will have the ability to quickly establish strong links with key academic staff, colleagues in Research Services and more widely within Professional Services to build networks across the University. This will require you to work effectively as part of dynamic teams that can operate successfully in a complex and changing environment in order to multi-task and to meet deadlines and service standards.

You must have financial awareness and a good understanding of the key elements of costing and pricing. You must be well-organised and possess the ability to work effectively under pressure with poise and professionalism. A postgraduate qualification in a relevant discipline would be an advantage but is not essential.

The team is using a hybrid working arrangement, dividing their time between working on campus and home.

For an informal discussion about this opportunity please contact Claire O'Donnell ([email protected] or Sarah Greenbank [email protected])

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Research Services

The Research Services is part of Lancaster University's Research and Enterprise Services Division and plays a key role in helping the University achieve our strategic goals by providing expert advice, guidance and administrative support to the University's research community in the development of bids for externally funded research. The Research Services teams provide a range of research development and support activities including proposal development and preparation, advice on funders, costing and pricing, impact, ethics and post-award grant administration.

As a truly global and inclusive university, it is no surprise that Lancaster University is committed to creating an environment where everyone can thrive and fulfil their potential. Students from over one hundred countries make up our diverse campus and over half of our students come from outside the UK. Lancaster is an open and welcoming community that values equality and diversity. Our promotion of global values ensures Lancaster is a welcoming environment for all students and staff.

We are proactive in engagement with our staff to help us understand the lived experiences of our university community and to understand how we are doing in creating a fairer and more inclusive University. Our multi-faith Chaplaincy Centre is a welcoming place for people of all faiths and none. It includes facilities for the Baha'i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islam and Jewish faiths and also a Muslim Prayer Room.

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    Research Development Officer


    Lancaster University


    United Kingdom


    February 04, 2024

    Application deadline

    March 04, 2024

    Job type



    Business and Economics,Education

    About the employer

    Established in 1964 by the Royal Charter, Lancaster University is amongst the leading research-intensive universities in the UK. It is among the only 6 collegiate universities in the country and has collaborations with NHS, GCHQ, LEP, CEH, EA, Sunway University, and UFLA, Brazil. Initially, the university was based at St. Leonard's Gate. The campus was moved to Bailrigg in South Lancaster in 1968. The university formerly had four colleges namely Cartmel, County, Lonsdale, and Bowland. Grizedale, Fylde, Furness, Pendle, and Graduate colleges were set up after 1990. Currently, it has 9 colleges that offer a total of 18 research programs.

    The Lancaster University campus occupies a beautiful 560-acre parkland site at Bailrigg, just three miles from Lancaster city center. The Bailrigg campus is home to Lancaster Arts, bringing together our own theatre, art gallery, and concert series. The Nuffield Theatre is one of the largest professional studio theatres in Europe. It hosts public performances of theatre, contemporary dance and live art from some of the best-known and respected companies from the UK and abroad. Each of the 9 colleges has its private residence blocks, administration staff, halls, bars, and Wi-Fi enabled common areas. There are two banks, a bakery, an ice-cream parlor, general stores and supermarkets, a beauty salon, and a post office on the university campus. Lancaster also has Chaplaincy Centre which houses prayer rooms with facilities for different faiths such as Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Islam, and Baha'i. Lancaster University provides university bus services making it convenient for the students and employees to commute. Further, the M6 motorway is only a five minutes' drive from the campus. It takes 10 minutes to drive to the West Coast Main Line that connects the city to London, Scotland, and Manchester.

    The academic structure of the university consists of undergraduate degree programs, postgraduate courses, research, and doctoral level programs. The acclaimed staff of the university guides the students into international level research centered on humanities, business subjects, natural sciences, modern languages, social sciences, and technology. Presently, the university has over 13,000 full-time students enrolled for first and higher degrees. There are 3,027 employees on the university campus including 1,323 faculty members.

    Lancaster University has over 148,000 alumni in more than 180 countries. The university has a notable list of alumni who have gained recognition in their respective disciplines. Emily Fleeshman is a Hollywood actress, famous for her role of Nikki in popular TV show Still Open All Hours. Also, she is the founder of an acting school named ‘The Actors' Lab’ based in Salford. Satnam Rana is a news presenter on BBC. Some other noble laureates of the university are Roger Ashton-Griffiths (actor), Andrew Brooke Miller (Novelist), Catherine Jane Smith (a member of British Labour Party), Lucy Jane Briers (actor), Andy Serkis (actor and director), Bruce Sewell (former counsel of Apple).

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