Head of Researcher Development and Research Culture

Exeter, Devon (GB)
20 Nov 2019
End of advertisement period
11 Dec 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Head of Researcher Development and Research Culture (Ref. R41165)

Research Services

The starting salary will be from £44,045 (pro rata for part time appointment) on Grade G, depending on qualifications and experience.

This post is available immediately as a full-time (1.0 FTE) or part-time (0.8 FTE) role on an permanent basis.

Summary of the role

The Research Services Directorate is a key enabler to the delivery of the University’s Research and Impact Strategy, to meet our ambitious research and knowledge exchange income and postgraduate research targets, and for a successful Research Excellence Framework (REF).

The Research Services Directorate also provides overall Professional Services leadership for the Exeter Doctoral College. Our Doctoral College supports the continuing growth of our Postgraduate Research (PGR) and Early Career Researcher (ECR) community, and development of the resources, facilities and spaces required to maintain a high quality PGR and ECR experience.

Do you  have the skills, knowledge and passion to help us create an vibrant and supportive research culture in Exeter, and deliver an excellent portfolio of researcher development and training? In this role you will be responsible for providing leadership for researcher development and research culture on behalf of Research Services, the Doctoral College and Innovation, Impact and Business, which comprise a single division. You will work with colleagues across the university to support People Development at Exeter and coordinate support for research-active academics at all career stages. You will lead a team of specialists in researcher training and development who work together to ensure our research students are able to excel and our early career researchers have high quality support to enable them to fulfil their potential.  

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 fastest growing UK Research University and we seek to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today through this. 98% of our research is international quality (2014 Research Excellence Framework) and 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.  

With over 22,000 students and 5,500 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. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce


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

Further information

Please contact Fiona Pac-Soo, Assistant Director, Research Environment and Doctoral College, f.pac-soo@exeter.ac.uk or (01392) 722729. 

Applications should be made via our website. For more information and to apply online please go to www.exeter.ac.uk/jobs

The closing date for completed applications is 11 December 2019. Interviews are expected to take place on 19 December 2019.

We welcome applications from candidates interested in working part-time hours or job-sharing arrangements.