Research & Innovation Development Manager/Officer

University of Leeds

Leeds, United Kingdom

ID: 7086057 (Ref.No. CSRIS1199)
Posted: September 24, 2021

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 health research and innovation opportunities? Are you a confident leader capable of building excellent working relationships with academic colleagues?

The Global Food and Environment Institute (GFEI) integrates University of Leeds (UoL) strengths in environment, agriculture, transport, food and health research. The institute addresses the linked global challenges of food security, sustainable development and dietary health. The Institute delivers a directed research programme with 4 focus areas that integrate strengths across faculties, lift these to a new level of global leadership, build critical mass for research excellence and transform external funding, profile and impact. The Institute support large strategic research initiatives across faculties. Smart Agri-Systems was initiated in 2018 with a focus on digital agriculture that is supported by the capital investment in CIEL and the farm instrumentation. The GARDEN initiative is developing plans for outward facing space at the UoL farm to provide commercial, exhibition, research, innovation and outreach facilities to external partners including industry, regional businesses, government and citizens

Working closely with the Director, you will play a leading role in supporting the development and implementation of the research and innovation strategy to ensure that the best ideas and the highest quality research proposals can be developed. You will identify new sources of research income from diverse funding sources and work with key academics and research groups to develop new ideas and approaches and identify opportunities and pathways to fund research and innovation activity.

You will have experience of working across disciplinary borders and of developing and implementing research and innovation strategies in complex organisations. You will have excellent project management skills, experience of working with academic teams in the development of successful external funding applications and the ability to build performance-based partnerships with public, private and third-sector organisations.

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

Ellen Hewitt, Head of Innovation and Business Development


Dr Ceri Williams, Director of Research and Innovation Development, Research and Innovation Support


Please note: If you are not a British or Irish citizen, from 1 January 2021 you will require permission to work in the UK. This will normally be in the form of a visa but, if you are an EEA/Swiss citizen and resident in the UK before 31 December 2020, this may be your passport or status under the EU Settlement Scheme.

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 (1 Year to cover a period of secondment)
Release Date:  Friday 24 September 2021
Closing Date:  Sunday 10 October 2021
Reference:  CSRIS1199

The University community is made up of a wide range of people with diverse backgrounds and circumstances, which we value and regard as a great asset. As part of our continued commitment to equality and inclusion, we strive to create an environment where everyone can reach their full potential and have a real opportunity to participate in and contribute to our activities.


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