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Research Development Manager, Biomedicine

Research and Enterprise
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University of York - Heslington Campus
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40,322 - 49,553 a year
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The Research and Enterprise Directorate is the University department responsible for central management of the University’s activities and strategy in research and knowledge exchange, and for providing comprehensive support to academic departments in their research and impact activities. Its primary purpose is to mobilise the University’s research and knowledge base in pursuit of excellence and financial sustainability, and to ensure that its research skills, knowledge and know-how benefit external users. In an environment of high competition for research funding and rapid change in funder expectations of Higher Education institutions, the Directorate leads operational change management in order to ensure that York remains competitive and successful in research and knowledge transfer.  The Directorate works closely with the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research, the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Partnerships and Engagement, the University Research Champions and the Associate Deans for Research.


The University of York’s Research and Enterprise Directorate has a successful Research Development Team, who work across all three Faculties to support the University Research Strategy by building internal capability, seeking and fostering external partnerships, and managing a strong pipeline of large and strategically important research and translation proposals.

You will undertake research development activities within the discipline area of biomedicine, with the specific aim of building the University’s experimental medicine and translational research portfolio.  You will work across all three faculties to support new collaborations and build external partnerships with a variety of organisations including industry and the NHS.  This role is ideally suited to someone motivated and enthusiastic about University research, but not wanting to pursue an academic career themselves.

You will have good analytical skills that enable you to understand the research funding landscape, our capabilities and our uniqueness.  You will have excellent communication and influencing skills and be able to bring diverse groups together and synthesize ideas into coherent plans.  You will have a strong appreciation of the process by which academic research is translated into impact and experience of building partnerships. You will enjoy managing a diverse workload, have a high degree of organisational skill and bring a positive attitude to team working.

What is it like working in the Research Development Team?  Here is what one member of the team has to say:

“The RDM role is varied and interesting, engaging with academics across departments as well as senior staff and external partners. I have found it rewarding to understand the strengths of the University to enable us to write the best research proposals, and when we win the money even better! Projects I have been involved in have included organising a robotics workshop, pulling together multi-million pound research proposals and developing the Research Themes’ strategies. I have a PhD, worked as a post-doc, in industry and at a funder; the RDM role allows me to still be connected with a wide variety of research while developing new skills such as strategic development.”  Helen, RDM Physical Sciences.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • Degree in a relevant discipline
  • An appreciation of the process by which academic research is conducted and translated into policy, practice or product, together with the role of different stakeholders in this process
  • Knowledge of funding agencies and available funding streams for research and translation, and the processes of applying for research and translation funding
  • Knowledge of biomedical disciplines, research and translation
  • A confident and skilled communicator with ability to present strategic vision, objectives or operational detail to a variety of internal and external audiences
  • Ability to synthesise disparate information and perspectives into a coherent vision or plan
  • Well organised, with ability to prioritise work effectively and to work under pressure to tight deadlines
  • Experience of finding partners, building and sustaining networks
  • Demonstrable ability to bring groups together and enable team working, particularly across different cultures (e.g. academia and industry)
  • A positive, ‘can do’, problem-solving and resilient attitude, with a clear desire to help others succeed
  • A creative approach with an ability to think laterally to spot potential connections and opportunities

Interview date:  14 February 2020

For informal enquiries: please contact Dr Rachel Curwen, Head of Research Development Team (RDT), Research and Enterprise Directorate on (01904) 328121 or

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