Head of Research Development

Durham (GB)
03 Nov 2016
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Contract Type
Full Time

Head of Research Development

Consistently ranked as one of the world’s top Universities, Durham has built significantly on its achievements over the last ten years and continues to work towards developing its ambitious goals with commitment and passion. A member of the Russell Group, the University is the third oldest in England but has always been a modern, forward-looking institution.

The Head of Research Development is a senior leadership position within the University's Research and Innovation Services (R&IS) Directorate. This is a new role that has been established in response to Durham’s new University Strategy. The post holder will report to the Director of Research and Innovation Services and will work closely with colleagues across R&IS as well as senior colleagues in faculties, academic departments and professional support services to deliver research development support across the institution.       

The post holder will lead a team of senior research development professionals, with a cross-institutional remit to increase the quality and value of funding applications at Durham University and embed good practice in the identification of opportunities and development of successful proposals. You will be expected to form strong links to academic heads, research directors and other senior leaders across the University to contribute to the development and implementation of departmental and faculty level research strategy. This role also involves working in close collaboration with academic staff to nurture strong links with funders, including research councils, charities and trusts, international funders, partners and relevant intermediaries.

This role has the following key responsibilities:

  • Leading and managing the Research Development function and team, providing institution-wide pre-award support for research and research-related work with a particular focus on major strategic projects.
  • Proactively developing and growing effective relationships with key stakeholders, with a focus on research funders and collaborators with the primary aim of developing new externally-funded research projects.
  • Leading a strategic approach to research funding, focusing on large bids.
  • Coordinating and supporting the development of bids, working closely with academics and colleagues in the Professional Support Services.
  • Horizon scanning for new sources of research funding and introducing academic staff to future opportunities with new consortia.
  • Working with academic staff to engage with UK, European and other international funding streams.