Research Administrator, Department of Sociology

University of Essex
December 11, 2022
Offerd Salary:£23,715 - £27,131
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Research Administrator, Department of Sociology

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£23,715 - £27,131 per annum, pro-rata

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Permanent, Part-time

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Department of Sociology

The Department of Sociology was established in 1964 and is renowned for its research excellence. It is highly ranked in the QS World Rankings and has been in the top ten for the quality of its research in all of the research assessment exercises since 1986. REF 2021 ranks us as 1st for Research Environment and 2nd for Research Power.

The Department is one of the largest in the country and currently has 43 permanent academic staff. All are research active, and they work in a wide array of fields including sociological theory, social and cultural history, philosophy, anthropology and ethnography, quantitative social science, economic sociology, globalisation, international migration, environmental sociology, social psychology, criminology, cultural studies, LGBTQ studies, and feminism and gender studies. Journals currently edited from the Department include Sexualities and Crime, Media, and Culture and, from 2020, British Journal of Criminology.

Duties of the role

The Research Administrator will be one of a team of Professional Services staff and is responsible to the Department Manager for the provision of high quality administrative support in relation to research activities. In particular, support for research grants with a focus on resourcing and financial administration.

You will contribute to effective management of research grants which will involve working closely with the Research and Enterprise Office (REO) Post Award team and academic staff and other members of the departmental Professional Services team, which may include covering for other team members in their absence.

A full list of duties and responsibilities of the role can be found within the job pack.

Qualifications and skills required

The post holder will be educated to A level standard or have equivalent experience. An administration qualification at NVQ level 3 or equivalent is desirable. The post holder will be an experienced administrator with strong IT skills, experience of financial management and an understanding of Higher Education. You are expected to demonstrate a wide range of knowledge and expertise in matters relating to resourcing and financial administration and have an understanding of the administration and management of research grants.

You will have a strong sense of empathy for both academic endeavour and values and the positive contribution professional activities make to meeting University goals. In addition, you will also be expected to contribute to a culture of excellence in service delivery, sharing of best practice, and continuous improvement of administrative and professional services.

This is a permanent, part-time post for 21 hours per week.

At the University of Essex, internationalism and diversity is central to who we are and what we do. We are committed to being a cosmopolitan, internationally oriented university that is welcoming to staff and students from all countries, faiths and backgrounds, where you can find the world in one place.

To support this commitment we have our Global Forum, a staff-led network that promotes and celebrates the rich cultural diversity among Essex staff, and our Colchester campus based Faith Centre, which hosts regular services, meetings and events organised by our chaplains and faith representatives. For more information see: https: // www. faith

Please see the attached job pack, which contains a full job description and person specification, which outlines the full duties, skills, qualifications and experience needed for this role plus more information relating to the post. We recommend you read this information carefully before making an application. Applications should be made on-line, but if you would like advice or help in making an application, or need information in a different format, please email the Resourcing Team (

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