Research Development Officer/Executive

Coventry, West Midlands (GB)
10 Nov 2017
End of advertisement period
29 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Research Development Officer/Executive
Grade: 7/8
Salary: £31,611 to £40,002 per annum – Research Development Officer
£37,713 - £53,698 per annum – Research Development Executive
Mode: Full Time, Permanent
Ref – REQ005496

Coventry University has achieved the highest ranking for a modern university in the history of the league tables.  This is an exciting time for the University, as we continue to deliver our 'Excellence with Impact' research strategy. This has already seen Coventry University establish an exceptional portfolio of high-impact research, and, with a significant investment in research, we continue to gain momentum as a world-class, innovative University that is internationally regarded and ranked for its research. 

Working within the Research Development Unit, the Research Development Officer/Executive is key to building research capacity and capability across the University within our Research Centres. This post offers an excellent opportunity to support a team of leading academics as well as to help shape, develop and establish Coventry University's exciting, fresh and new research direction.

The successful candidate will take a proactive, creative, challenging, questioning and facilitative approach in working primarily with academics within the Faculty of Arts and Humanities (FAH) at Coventry University, to meet its key strategic aim of delivering the University's 'Excellence with Impact' research agenda. The post holder will be responsible for the development and growth of a strategic pipeline of high quality research and new income generation within the Research Centres. 

We are interested in hearing from candidates with previous research and funding proposal development and a talent for identifying and exploiting research funding opportunities. Together with a proven ability of preparing and writing quality research proposals with impact, and a track record of supporting successful applications to high profile funding organisations the successful candidate will draw on specific knowledge or experience of a discipline relevant within the one of the centres mentioned below be able to evidence success in securing research project funding. If you have excellent communication and funding proposal development and evaluation skills, detailed knowledge of relevant research funding sources and relevant funders such as AHRC, ESRC, The National Lottery, JUSC and H2020, and have a research-based Masters in a relevant discipline (or PhD) we'd like to hear from you.

We are also willing to consider applicants who would like to develop into this role.  This role of Research Development Officer/Executive provides an excellent opportunity for a trained researcher looking to develop their research development skills, knowledge and experience.

Currently there are two Research Centres within the Faculty of Art and Humanities and depending on experience and background, the RDO/RDE will mainly support the research development activities within one of these Centres but also work alongside other RDEs to cover support needed within other Research Centres within the Faculty:

Centre for Dance Research: Much of the Centre's research is rooted in practice and is concerned with questions that emerge through working directly with dance artists and choreographers. Their work includes researching different modes of dance documentation (physical and digital), the place of dance within tangible and intangible cultural heritage, and dance as an inclusive cultural practice. Much of their research is also carried out in collaboration with experts from a number of other subject domains and situated internationally, including psychology, law, computer science and anthropology, to investigate broader questions about creativity, identity, copyright in performance, and health and wellbeing. 

The Postdigital Cultures Research Centre (PRC) explores how innovations in postdigital cultures can help us to rethink our ways of being and doing in the 21st century. The PRC is a disruptive iteration of the Centre for Disruptive Media ( and brings together media theorists, practitioners, activists and artists. It draws on cross-disciplinary ideas associated with open and disruptive media, the posthuman, the posthumanities, the Anthropocene and the Capitalocene. In particular, the PRC endeavours to promote the transformation to a more socially just and sustainable ‘post-capitalist’ knowledge economy. PRC research themes include: Creative Archiving and International Heritage; Digital Arts and Humanities; Post-humanities; Affirmative Disruption and Open Media; the 21st Century Art School and Post-capitals Creative Economy. 

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Dr Camelia Dijkstra, Head of the Research Development Unit, email; Tel: 07974984580
Closing Date: 29 November 2017
Interview Date: 14th December 2017

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