Research and Innovation Development Officer/Manager

University of Leeds

Leeds, United Kingdom

ID: 7072263 (Ref.No. CSRIS1161)
Posted: November 18, 2020

Job Description

Are you an experienced and ambitious Research and Innovation Development professional looking to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research-intensive universities? Would you like to help progress interdisciplinary research and innovation opportunities? Are you a confident leader capable of building excellent working relationships with academic colleagues? 

The Astbury Centre brings together researchers from across the University - largely from physics, the biological sciences and chemistry to allow interdisciplinary approaches to be harnessed to understand the molecular basis of life. The centre has outstanding expertise and research infrastructure in chemical biology, biophysics and all of the major techniques in structural molecular biology. Together, these approaches are combined with analyses of biological function with the ultimate aim of understanding the molecular basis of biological mechanisms in living cells.

You will work with key academics and research groups to identify and develop new opportunities to demonstrate impact and leverage external income and to assist in the preparation and submission of high quality research proposals in response to new external funding opportunities. 

You will need to quickly establish a University wide profile, forge strong links with key academics, build networks across the University and work in partnership with other Research and Innovation Development professionals to ensure that the highest quality proposals are developed.  You will work closely with the Astbury Centre leadership team to develop research and innovation proposals aligned to strategic priorities. This will require you to work effectively as part of multiple dynamic teams that can operate effectively in a complex and changing environment.

You will work with colleagues from across the University to provide a coordinated service across the full range of research and innovation activity: including knowledge-led innovation support to businesses (contract/collaborative research and consultancy, placement schemes) and commercial exploitation of intellectual property and the promotion of skills development programmes, in addition to the provision of support across the full range of research funders (including the UK Research Councils, government departments and charities).  

As the successful candidate will have the capability to develop research and innovation proposals in complex organisations, excellent project management skills and the ability to build performance-based partnerships alongside experience of working with academic teams in the development of successful external funding applications.

Please note: It is possible to be appointed to this role at University of Leeds grade 7 (officer level) or grade 8 (manager level) depending on experience. To be considered for appointment at grade 8, you will be required to address the grade 8 criteria (listed in ‘What will you bring to the role?’) in addition to the grade 7 criteria.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Professor Adam Nelson, Professor of Chemical Biology & Deputy Director of the Astbury Centre

Tel:  +44 (0113) 343 6502 Email: 


Steph Morris, Head of Innovation Development

Tel: +44 (0)7752 165011 Email:  

Due to the current Government Coronavirus lockdown and social distancing measures, the interviews for this role are likely to be conducted remotely using Microsoft Teams or Zoom.  It is also expected that relevant work within these roles may be done remotely, within the UK, while these restrictions remain in place.

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Professional Services
School/Institute:  Research & Innovation Service
Category:  Professional & Managerial
Grade:  Grade 7 to Grade 8
Salary:  £33,797 to £49,553 p.a.
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (6 months - maternity cover)
Release Date:  Tuesday 17 November 2020
Closing Date:  Wednesday 25 November 2020
Interview Date:  Tuesday 08 December 2020
Reference:  CSRIS1161

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