Research Development Manager

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Research Development Manager

Wolverhampton Campus
Research Policy Unit
Contract Type
Advert Status
£44,045 – £51,034 pa
Closing Date
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Temporary post until 31st May 2024


Research Policy Unit

Engineering and Physical Sciences


Interview Date:- 1 April 2021


Research Services (RS) operates under the directorate of Research Policy Unit (RPU) and under the leadership of the Head of Research Services and the Dean of Research. Research Services is the primary central Professional Service for: supporting the development of both, externally and internally funded research projects and funded programmes; the enhancement of research quality and developing our Research Excellence Framework (REF) submissions; coordination of research integrity activities ethics, policy, governance and compliance with research Concordants; development and implementation of research systems and research operations as well as contributing to researcher development activities (with Doctoral College).


As part of the newly formed research development team within the RS you will be primarily responsible for the development and growth of a pipeline of strategically important research opportunities for the Engineering and Physical Sciences at the UoW. In your role you will provide professional and expert advice to the development and preparation of funding bids for researchers within Engineering and Physical Sciences.


Alongside colleagues in the RPU and the Project Support Office you will actively support:

  • building of a stronger research culture through the development and writing of high quality funding proposals;
  • building research capability through effective contribution to research portfolio planning and strategy
  • encouragement and facilitation of interdisciplinary collaboration via sandpits/workshop and training across the institution.

We are seeking to employ an enthusiastic individual who can demonstrate that they thrive in a dynamic environment, who can be resourceful, who has the ability to work independently as well as within a senior team, and is able to work collegiately with academic colleagues.


You will have significant experience in a research development/bid writing role (either in, or with, UK Higher Education institutions) that demonstrates credibility in working with academics, senior leaders, administrators as well as with a variety of sponsors. You will bring specific knowledge or experience of relevant subject areas (preferably within engineering and physical sciences), be directly involved in the development of new research projects/programmes and support the funding activity of relevant researchers as well as members of the Research Centres / Institutes.


You will be able to demonstrate a proven ability to negotiate and effectively demonstrate influence at a senior level with senior research members and external organisations. You will be expected to initiate and lead networks both internally and externally, ensuring the University’s reputation is enhanced regionally, nationally and internationally


For further information or an informal discussion please contact Camelia Dijkstra, Head of Research Services,

The University of Wolverhampton values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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