The main focus of your role will be to work with academic researchers, professional colleagues and senior management at the University (including the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research, Innovation and Enterprise) to support the development of excellent research bids, funding proposals and business cases for external funding of research and innovation projects. You will work with the Senior Bid Developers to support large scale funding from mainstream UK sources such as UK Research & Innovation (particularly Innovate UK) and other public sector sources and major charities (as a non-exclusive list). Your activities will be fully aligned with Cardiff University’s The Way Forward 2018-23 strategy, especially the Research and Innovation sub-strategies. Your work will directly support the achievement of the University’s Key Performance Indicator (KPI) to achieve annual research income of £200M.
The role will be based within the Research Development team in Research and Innovation Services and you will provide critical, underpinning operational support to ensure that Cardiff’s research community is fully engaged with opportunities arising from the rapidly evolving research funding landscape. You will provide support for professional, responsive bid writing for a range of interdisciplinary science areas (for example, Data Science & Artificial Intelligence, Precision Medicine, Advanced Manufacturing & Materials, Sustainable Energy, Climate Science and the Creative Economy) working collaboratively with academics at Cardiff University, businesses, public sector and regional partners. You will be employed as a member of the Research Development team and your work location will be flexible in order to liaise with and support relevant members of academic staff.
The expectation is that the post holder will predominantly be based at Cardiff University, however, there will be a requirement to undertake UK travel.
This is a full-time, open-ended post.
Salary: £33,797 - £40,322 per annum (Grade 6)
Previous applicants need not apply.
Date advert posted: Wednesday, 18 December 2019
Closing date: Friday, 31 January 2020
Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.
Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world. In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.
Provide professional advice and guidance on the writing of research bids and business cases for internal and external customers, using knowledge of the requirements of funders, judgement and creativity, as well as expected long-term delivery outcomes, to suggest the most appropriate course of action where appropriate, and ensuring complex and conceptual issues are clearly understood;
Investigate and analyse specific issues with respect to research support and relationship activities creating recommendation reports and summaries, developing presentations and supporting academics / professional staff as required;
Develop an understanding of the opportunities for leverage of research funding across the University, supporting a proactive and ambitious suite of applications, and developing ideas well in advance of funding timelines, including liaison with external partners in awards as required;
Take responsibility for resolving issues independently within the area of research bid and business case writing and development where they fall within set role objectives, as well as prioritisation of workload aligned to potential benefit of funding bids to the University;
Establish working relationships with senior staff at the University, research managers and administrators in the three Colleges, as well as staff in relevant Professional Services departments, academic schools, key research institutes and centres;
Establish working relationships with key funders ensuring that bids are developed in alignment with the strategic priorities of funders (e.g., UK Research and Innovation, BEIS, and the major charitable funders of research in the UK Higher Education sector), ensuring academics are placed in a competitive position to leverage inward research investment.
Create specific working groups or project teams from colleagues across the University to achieve University, College, Research Development and Research and Innovation Services’ objectives.
Plan and deliver specific small scale projects, co-ordinating and supervising project teams created as needed
Develop and deliver training within the areas of developing and supporting best practice for the management of research and knowledge exchange activities.
Undertake a variety of administrative duties to support the department
Ensure that an understanding of the importance of confidentiality is applied when undertaking all duties
Abide by University policies on Health and Safety and Equality and Diversity
Perform other duties occasionally which are not included above, but which will be consistent with the role
Important note: It is the University’s policy to use the person specification as a key tool for short-listing. Candidates should evidence that they meet ALL of the essential criteria as well as, where relevant, the desirable. As part of the application process you will be asked to provide this evidence via a supporting statement. Please ensure that the evidence you are providing corresponds with the numbered criteria outlined below. Your application will be considered based on the information you provide under each element.
When attaching the supporting statement to your application profile, please ensure that you name it with the vacancy reference number, e.g. Supporting Statement for 8975BR.
Educated to degree level or equivalent.
Substantial post graduate research and development experience of working within an academic, funder or business environment, including evidence of delivery of major bid writing as part of that role
Able to demonstrate professional knowledge of funder priorities aligned to effective preparation of competitive bids for research funding, thereby supporting provision of strategic advice and guidance to internal and external grant funding applicants
Able to demonstrate experience in supporting the delivery of major projects and strategically important goals, specifically aligned to effective management of funder relationships, and delivery of large-scale funding bids
Ability to communicate, both orally and written, conceptually detailed and complex information, altering approach depending upon the needs of stakeholders
Proven ability to develop networks in order to support the effective delivery of research funding bids
Ability to work under time pressures, as often required during the development and submission of research funding bids
Evidence of ability to solve expansive problems using initiative and creativity; identify and propose both practical and innovative solutions
Evidence of demonstrable knowledge of key advances within: i) research, science and technology and relevant policy as it relates to higher education; ii) of the major sponsors of research in UK academia and iii) current funding priorities (e.g., of UKRI).
Evidence of ability to undertake and deliver specific projects and supervise short term project teams
Post-Graduate qualification in a relevant subject area.
Fluency in Welsh, written and oral
Research and Innovation Services
Cardiff University is an ambitious and innovative university with a bold and strategic vision located in a beautiful and thriving capital city. Our research is world-leading and we provide an educationally outstanding experience for our students. Driven by creativity and curiosity, we strive to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligations to Cardiff, Wales, and the world. With an annual budget exceeding £500 million, around 6,000 staff and over 28,500 students, it is a member of the Russell Group of the 24 leading UK research-intensive universities.
The University’s ambition is to rank consistently among the top 100 universities in the world and the top 20 in the UK. In doing so, we will focus on key areas of education, research and innovation, internationalisation and engagement. This ambition and strategic direction is set out in ‘The Way Forward 2018-23’ which can be accessed from Cardiff University’s home page at: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/about/home
Cardiff University is also developing its Innovation System through an ambitious programme of investment in people and in its Research and Innovation infrastructure. Research funding awards from competitive, external sources (grants and contracts) exceed £100 million annually and the University aims to grow this further through winning grants from the Research Councils and charities, industry, government and from European Commission and a range of other international sources.
Research and Innovation Services is one of the nine corporate Professional Services Departments in the University. The Department’s primary responsibility is to support the University’s three Colleges, their Academic Schools and Academic staff in generating income from external sources for research, innovation, engagement, commercialisation and international activities. We are based on the 6th and 7th floors of McKenzie House, 30-36 Newport Road, at the south end of the campus and near to Cardiff city centre with further offices serving the Heath Park biomedical and health campus and the Academia Europaea Knowledge Hub (in the Cubric Building).
The Director of Research and Innovation Services is Dr Dave Bembo, and the Department’s work is organised around five functional groups:
Research Grants Office: led by Elid Morris, Head of Research Grants
Research Development and European Office: led by Dr Amanda Roberts-Jones, Head.
Commercial Development: led by Dr Nick Bourne, Deputy Director.
Innovation and Business Engagement: led by Rhys Thomas, Head
Research Governance : led by Chris Shaw, Research Governance Coordinator.
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