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Research Officer

Finance, Business and Research (FBR)

Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


  • Posted on: 02nd Nov 2021
  • Salary: £26,341 - £27,924 with progression to £30,497 per annum, pro rata
  • REF: 13864
  • Closes: 16th November 2021
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time, Part Time

We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.

Salary: £26,341 – £27,924 with progression to £30,497 per annum, pro rata

Closing Date: 16 November 2021

The Role

Working as a member of the team of Research Officers within the Faculty Finance team, you will support academics in the Faculty of Medical Sciences by providing an effective and efficient research administration service with a specific responsibility for research grant applications and submissions processes. Reporting to the Senior Research Officer you will play a key role in the administration of research policy and performance within the Faculty academic units.

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to Susan Lee susan.lee@newcastle.ac.uk

This is an open ended,part-time role for22.2 hours per week (0.6 FTE). We are happy to discuss working patterns and will also consider applications from candidates in the range 0.50FTE – 0.60FTE.

Please ensure you upload a covering letter with your CV when applying for this role. Only applications received via the Newcastle University website will be considered for shortlisting

Key Accountabilities

  • To act as first point of contact for academic, research and professional services staff providing advice and guidance on the grant application process and applying knowledge of University and Faculty policies and signposting to appropriate specialist support
  • To assist with the development of complex, multi-centre grant proposals by liaising with relevant stakeholders within and external to the University, ensuring the timely and efficient submission of applications
  • Using the Project Initiation Form (PIF) and NU Projects system, prepare the costing and submission of grant applications
  • Maintain a comprehensive and up to date knowledge of guidelines, requirements and bidding procedures for major UK, EU and international funders
  • Develop effective two-way communications with the Institute and School management teams to understand and inform the operational delivery of the research strategy
  • To support the Faculty Peer Review process for grant applications, including overseeing the follow up of submitted applications with Principal Investigators (PIs), signposting support for the response to reviewers and the compilation of reviewers’ comments on unsuccessful applications
  • To liaise with the Joint Research Office (JRO), Contract Financial Management (CFM), Accountancy Assistants (Post Award Project Support) and Institute and School support staff to ensure the efficient setup of research accounts and to work effectively together to resolve any issues arising once awards are active
  • Provide support to Institute and School Management teams, the Faculty Research Manager, Research Funding Development Managers and Faculty Data Manager to gather, collate and disseminate management information on application and award metrics
  • Support compliance with the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and funders’ research reporting requirements such as Researchfish and Open Access
  • Contribute to the development of a collaborative, collegiate and inclusive culture but facilitating the sharing of information and good practice with others

The Person

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • You will have experience of providing administrative support working in a University scientific research environment with an understanding of University processes relating to costing grant applications (including full economic costing)
  • Experience of maintaining records and databases
  • Possess strong communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Excellent interpersonal skillls (including listening, negotiating and influencing)
  • High degree of literacy and numeracy
  • High degree of IT literacy

Attributes and Behaviour

  • Works in a planned and structured way and uses own and others’ time efficiently. Sets own priorities in conjunction with team and academic unit objectives
  • Sees other departments and colleagues as customers and follows through on their enquiries and requests. Strives to deliver high quality results and has a positive attitude for adopting better ways to work
  • Uses both face-to-face and written modes of communication and tailors content to meet the needs of the audience. Able to put forward a view and also to listen to the opinions of others
  • Gathers a broad range of relevant information from internal and external sources. Is thorough in investigating an issue and has an eye for detail, spotting errors and ensuring accuracy of information


  • Educated to at least A-level standard (minimum 3x grades A-C) or equivalent standard by experience

Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society. We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.

We understand how important the full employment package is to our colleagues at Newcastle University and we are committed to providing a great range of benefits and discounts for all. You can learn more about what is available here on ourBenefitsWebsite page.

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