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Senior Research Officer - £18.93ph plus Hol Pay - Remote

Senior Research Officer - £18.93ph plus Hol Pay - Remote

Senior Research Officer - £18.93ph plus Hol Pay - Remote

Start immediately for one month, initially

We are currently recruiting for an experienced Senior Research Officer, who has experience of using the Worktribe system. You must be available immediately and have experience in a similar post, in order to be considered for this role.


The Senior Research Officer will provide project and administrative support for the Research Group(s) in the Department. The post holder will develop and implement strategies to enhance the research community and provide high-level administrative support for research staff.


Research Grant and Project Funding Administration

  • Co-ordinate bids to a variety of research funding schemes and projects plus responses to cross-disciplinary initiatives.
  • Manage and monitor expenditure against grant/project budgets and alert account holders of potential under- or over-spends.
  • Liaise and network with grant funders and partner institutions to share information on funding procedures and regulations.
  • Liaise with the Research Office.
  • Research and report on financial data to inform costings for grant proposals, e.g., using MyFinance/Axiom to run reports on different requirements.
  • Oversee and manage data/information for reporting requirements of different funders.
  • Oversee and maintain data files of research grants/projects including copies of initial proposals, awards, monthly reports, general correspondence and other relevant information.
  • Work closely with Research Services for the submission of grant applications, project set up and research contracts.
  • Manage expense claims for research group as requested.
  • Oversee and process payments to casual staff and external contractors, as required.
  • Manage technical purchase orders and records of expenditure for research projects, liaising with academic staff and students, as required.
  • Play a proactive role in preparing and writing parts of the designated departments strategic document/submissions such as Research Excellence Framework (REF).

Publicity & Events

  • Manage and initiate research meetings and events; make arrangements for meetings, workshops and events, involving partner departments and institutions connected with the designated group(s) research projects and other activities. This may include participating, providing and presenting material to inform decision making of groups.
  • Work with the Communications Officer to update the research websites, including providing reports, announcements and event details. Regularly solicit and collect material to promote the work of the research group. Make active use of Social Media to broadcast research.

Advice, Guidance & Networking

  • Act as the departmental expert for Worktribe, assisting Principal Investigators and others with grant costings and financial reports.
  • Network and liaise with internal and external contacts in order to gain information on research funding opportunities relevant to areas of research relevant to the department.
  • Network and develop links between external and internal sources for collaborative research.
  • Maintain a database of relevant, main funding bodies, including regulations governing proposals and grants, in order to provide information quickly to the department.
  • Oversee and manage data/information for reporting requirements of different funders.
  • Assist in drafting business cases, newsletters, flyers and proof reading reports as and when requested.

General Administration

  • First point of contact for research related enquiries, including contact from both external and internal associates.
  • Attend and contribute to relevant committees/meetings as required, including the presentation of data/reports and influencing decision making.


  • Knowledge of research funding processes and regulations within a HE/research environment.
  • Experience of working within a HE or similar research environment.
  • Proven experience of working as a proactive member of a team.
  • Experience of providing administrative assistance in the preparation of research funding applications.
  • Experience of using online financial systems such as MyFinance and Worktribe.
  • Experience of providing administrative assistance in the preparation of REF submissions, or similar.
  • Computer literacy and familiarity with the Microsoft suite of software to intermediate level in Word, Excel, Email, Outlook and the internet.
  • Good oral and written communication skills which enable the post holder to liaise and interact with a variety of people at all levels of the university.
  • Ability to confidently network with others, building and maintaining internal and external stakeholder relationships.
  • Proven consistent ability to meet tight individual and group deadlines and to manage own workload through effective prioritising, time management and organisational skills.
  • Excellent analytical skills including ability to research, analyse and interpret financial information.
  • High level of numeracy, with the ability to understand and interpret a variety of figures and statistics, and deliver accurately against operational deadlines.
  • Ability to prepare and co-ordinate accurate reports, budgets and recommendations for a variety of uses.

Due to time constraints and the number of applications we will only be able to respond personally to successful candidates. Hopefully you will be one of those. If not please do feel free to send your CV again for any other positions that are of interest.

Gray & Associates is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

Required skills

  • Administrative Support
  • Financial Systems
  • Funding
  • Research Projects
  • Worktribe

Reference: 43212726

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