School Research Officer

London (Greater) (GB)
£32,676 - £37,297 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
16 Jul 2021
End of advertisement period
29 Aug 2021
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Law
Contract Type
Full Time

School Research Officer

Job ID: 027485

Salary: £32,676 - £37,297 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance

Posted: 12-Jul-2021

Closing date: 29-Aug-2021

Business unit: The Dickson Poon School of Law

Department: Law School

Contact details: Emily Barnes ,

Strand Campus   Professional and support services    

Job description
The Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s College London is one of the oldest law schools in England and recognised globally as one of the best law  schools in the world. The School has a long-standing reputation for excellence in the laws of England and Wales, European, International and Transnational Law. Our research interests cover all areas of public and private law. These include the philosophy and sociology of law as well as doctrinal, empirical, historical, interdisciplinary, and comparative approaches to the study of law. We are seeking an organised, proactive and enthusiastic individual to join our Professional Services Research Team as School Research Officer. This role will allow the successful candidate to develop and expand their knowledge in the areas of research funding applications and management, PhD student support and administration and research impact, providing them with a variety of valuable skills for future career progression.    
Reporting to the School Research Manager, the post-holder will play a key role in supporting the School’s research procedures and processes, particularly in funding capture and administration. The role would be suitable for someone with excellent organisational, interpersonal, IT, and numeracy skills, who has experience of supporting or contributing to the delivery of high-impact, quality research processes.   
The Dickson Poon School of Law embraces equality, diversity and inclusion. We attract students and staff from across the world, from many different backgrounds, with a variety of ethnicities, religions, and sexual and gender identities. We promote flexible working as a key enabler of inclusion. We particularly encourage and welcome applications from women, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates, and from candidates who are LGBTQ+ and/or have a disability. 
This post will be offered on an indefinite contract.
This is a full-time post.

Key responsibilities

  • To work closely with the Research Development Manager (RDM) and School Research Manager, in the provision of high-level pre-award support to academic staff, providing expert guidance on project logistics, funder regulations, and internal processes and policies.   
  • To provide expert support to academic colleagues in the preparation of applications using the college research management system (Worktribe), and funder portals (Flexigrant, Je-S.)   
  • To support academic staff throughout the grant submission process ensuring compliance with funder and College policies, creating budgets, coordinating internal processes, and ensuring applications are progressed in a timely manner to meet internal and external deadlines.   
  • To maintain accurate records of grant applications and to support data collection and progress tracking using the cross-faculty application tracker. 
  • To provide post-award support in the day-to-day financial administration of grants, including booking travel and supporting purchases in line with funder and college policies using College purchasing and financial management systems (KFIN.) 
  • To assist the Vice Dean (Research), Research Professor, and Research Management in the promotion and implementation of the School’s research strategy.  
  • To assist in the management of awards, providing support with the institutional research repository (PURE) and advising on open access. 
  • To act as secretary for the School Research Committee, providing high-level administrative support to the Chair.    
  • To work with school operations and engagement teams to maintain accurate information resources, such as the School research webpages, and SharePoint for researchers. 
  • To support annual and occasional reporting on the School’s research activities, such as REF, ResearchFish, and audits as required. 
  • To provide cover for the PGR/PhD Research Officer, and to support periods of high workload.  
  • To support the School Research Manager (Impact) providing administrative support for a programme of seminars and engagement activities. 
  • To build and maintain effective relationships with academic and professional services staff across the college including by participation in college networks. 

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.  

Skills, knowledge, and experience

Essential criteria 

  • Educated to degree level, with a minimum upper second-class honours (2:1) or equivalent grade/experience.
  • Administrative experience in the Higher Education sector, ideally in business management, communications or research areas. 
  • Excellent IT skills (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, databases, and internet browsers).
  • Experience of committee administration, including minute-taking.  
  • Ability to balance competing, shifting priorities under pressure of deadlines and workload. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate clearly and appropriately with a range of professional service and academic colleagues.
  • Accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.  

Desirable  criteria 

  • Knowledge of administrative platforms to support research (e.g., PURE, Worktribe, ResearchFish). 
  • Knowledge of financial and accounting processes. 
  • Experience of supporting or contributing to the delivery of high-impact, quality research processes.
  • Experience supporting PhD students, and using student record systems.
  • Understanding of impact in a research context
  • Interviews will be held on 10th September.