Research Services

This full-time post is available from immediately on a permanent basis.

Summary of the role

The University of Exeter has grown its research activity significantly over the last few years and, since joining the Russell Group of research-intensive universities in 2012, has made a step change in its research income and earnings performance, research quality, numbers of research students and knowledge transfer activities.

The Research Services Directorate is a key enabler to the delivery of the University’s Research and Impact Strategy, a successful next REF submission and meeting research income targets, by:

  • supporting the full research project lifecycle from inception to impact; ensuring local delivery of support to academics from horizon scanning through research development, bidding and contracting, research project management & delivery (including financial post-award management) to post-project development and reporting.
  • providing joint strategic, policy and planning support to the University and its Colleges to build and sustain an excellent research environment for our academics.
  • delivering a ‘shared support service’ to three Directorates (Research Services; Innovation, Impact and Business (IIB); and the Doctoral College) for strategy, policy, planning, information, systems, training and operations, maximizing efficiencies and providing a coordinated engagement with other units, specifically the Colleges.
  • This role is within the Research Development and Management pillar of the Research Services Directorate, which provides local delivery of support to academics across the full research project lifecycle from horizon scanning, research development, bidding and contracting, research project management & delivery (including financial post-award management) to post-project development and reporting, bringing together discipline–focused resources with funder-focused expertise. Research Development & Management and some Research Finance staff are managed and organised in seven clusters, either around a particular group of funders (Health; Bio-environment; Physical sciences and technology; Social sciences; Humanities; European/International) or for Cornwall research services.

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    The University of Exeter

    We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 150 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019). We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, achieving a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2017.

    Our research income in recent years means we’re the fastest growing UK Research University with some of the world’s most influential scientists, and we seek to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today through this. 98% of our research is of international quality (2014 Research Excellence Framework). We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students. Exeter is one of only a few UK cities to have been designated as a UNESCO Creative City. In 2019, Devon was voted as having the best quality of life of anywhere in England and Wales, making it a popular choice for both work and study.

    Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity at Exeter

    With over 27,000 students and 6,400 staff from 180 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment in which to work. We are an equal opportunity employer, a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution. Since 2019, the university has also signed an Armed Forces Covenant, demonstrating the University’s commitment to supporting the Armed Forces community. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.

    Benefits

    We offer some fantastic benefits including:

  • 41 days leave per year
  • options for flexible working
  • numerous discounts at leading retailers
  • onsite gyms on all of our campus’ and a cycle to work scheme
  • sector leading policies around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), paternity leave (up to six weeks full pay) and a new Fertility Treatment Policy
  • stunning campus environments in Exeter and Cornwall, in the beautiful South West of England
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