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Research Facilitator

Institute for Safe Autonomy
33,309 - 40,927 a year
Grade 6
Contract status
Fixed term
Hours of work
Based at
University of York campus (with some remote working options available)
Interview date
17 June 2022
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Role Description


The Institute for Safe Autonomy is a new Institute based in a brand-new multi-million-pound building currently being completed on Campus East. ISA is an exciting development at the University, bringing together existing research teams from Computer Science, Electronic Engineering and Physics and providing a range of new experimental and laboratory facilities in the area of safety, communications, robotics and autonomy. The Institute has an external facing remit looking to work closely with industry, government and the third sector to identify and exploit opportunities for interdisciplinary working and to deliver impact from the excellent research happening across the University in the area of Safe Autonomy.


We are looking to appoint a Research Facilitator for an initial term of 12 months provide pre-award research support for interdisciplinary and industry-focused proposals responding to regional, national and international funding opportunities; support the post-award management of successful awards; help scope the long-term research support structures for the new Institute, including assisting with the set up of our new Research Committee and Strategy. You will work with the ISA Director, Research Theme Pillars, and Institute Manager to provide a high quality administrative service, engaging with academics across the University as well as with a range of external collaborators, industry and funders.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • Demonstrable track record of developing or co-ordinating funding bids
  • Administrative or research project management experience in higher education or in a research funding organisation, or within a relevant industry
  • Experience working in interdisciplinary settings and with interdisciplinary research
  • Strong administrative, organisational and project management skills
  • Ability to work independently and use initiative to manage competing demands and achieve deadlines under pressure
  • Good verbal and written communication skills with experience of writing clearly and cogently for a variety of internal and external audiences
  • Good numerical and analytical skills, demonstrating ability to handle data with confidentiality, accuracy and attention to detail
  • Excellent IT skills, with the ability to use Google workspace and costing software

For informal enquiries: Minna Lehtinen - Institute Manager (

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