Assistant Director Research Development and Management

University of Exeter
February 27, 2023
Offerd Salary:£60,319
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Exeter (Hybrid)


The starting salary will be from £60,319 up to £75,995 on Grade H, depending on qualifications and experience.


Generous holiday allowances, flexible working, pension scheme and relocation package (if applicable).

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Admin, Professional, Managerial


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Assistant Director Research Development and Management

Job description

Research Services

This new full – time post is available immediately on a permanent term basis. This role offers the opportunity for hybrid working – some time on campus and some from home.

We welcome applications from candidates interested in working part-time hours or job-sharing arrangements.

Summary of the role

Reporting to the Divisional Director of Research, the Assistant Director Research Development and Management will be a strong strategic and operational manager, critical to delivering the University's strategic aspirations.

The post holder will oversee our Research Development and Management function, supporting our academics across the full research project lifecycle from horizon scanning, research development, bidding and contracting, research project management & delivery (including financial post-award management) to post-project development and reporting. The remit also includes oversight of our five interdisciplinary University Research Institutes. The post holder will represent the University nationally and internationally, leading on our relationships with our major funders.

Please do have a read of our Candidate Brochure for full details of this role.

The University of Exeter

We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 150 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022 and QS World University Ranking 2022).

Our research income in recent years means we're the fastest growing UK Research University with some of the world's most influential scientists, and we seek to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today through this. More than 99% of our research is of international quality and our world-leading research impact is growing faster than any other Russell Group university (2021 Research Excellence Framework). We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students. Read about our world leading research – Green Futures and how we are transforming education for a changing world. We are located in a beautiful part of the country and Exeter (a fast growing tech hub) is one of only a few UK cities to have been designated as a UNESCO Creative City.

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment

With over 27,000 students and 6,400 staff from 180 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment where our diversity is celebrated and valued as a major strength. We are committed to creating an inclusive culture where all members of our community are supported to thrive; where diverse voices are heard through our engagement with evidence-based charter frameworks for gender (Athena SWAN), race equality (Race Equality Charter Mark), LGBTQ+ inclusion (Stonewall Diversity Champion) and as a Disability Confident employer. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented within our working community. Reasonable adjustments are available for interviews and workplaces.


We offer some fantastic benefits including:

  • 41 days leave per year
  • options for flexible working
  • numerous discounts at leading retailers
  • onsite gyms on all of our campus' and a cycle to work scheme
  • sector leading policies around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), paternity leave (up to six weeks full pay) and a new Fertility Treatment Policy
  • stunning campus environments in Exeter and Cornwall, in the beautiful South West of England
  • The Research Division is a key enabler to the delivery of the University's Strategy 2030, the Research and Impact Strategy, successful REF performances, and meeting research awards and income targets. Working with our academic colleagues in our Faculties, we achieve this by:

  • supporting the full research project lifecycle from inception to impact;
  • offering research (and education) infrastructure support;
  • providing overall Professional Services leadership for the Exeter Doctoral College (DC);
  • delivering joint strategic, policy, performance and planning support.
  • The division is organised in four service groups: Doctoral College; Research Services; Research Software Engineering and Technical Services.

    Further information

    Please contact Drs Astrid Wissenburg, [email protected]

    Interviews are expected to take place on 17th March at Streatham campus, Exeter.

    Please ensure you attached a CV and full Cover Letter to you application.

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