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Research Support Officer

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University of York - Heslington Campus
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25,941 - 31,866 a year
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Role Description

Department of Politics – Research Support Officer

The Department of Politics are seeking to appoint a part-time Research Support Officer to join their team.  This is a new role and has been created to take account of a significant growth in externally-funded research activity in the department.

You will support the submission of funding applications, as well as other areas of research activity, helping the Research Facilitator to provide a professional research support to the academic community.  

You will work in partnership with academic and administrative colleagues within the departments, as well as the university’s Research and Enterprise Office, and will liaise routinely with external funders and collaborators in other universities.

Working on your own initiative, your outstanding planning and organisational skills, together with Microsoft office and database management knowledge, will enable you to deliver excellence in customer service, to a tight deadline. 

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed


  • Educated to degree level or equivalent professional experience
  • Financial/Administrative qualification


  • Understanding of Higher Education Research
  • Project management processes
  • Administrative procedures and processes used in a busy office within a large, complex organisation

Skills, abilities and competencies

  • Good numeracy skills, with the ability to monitor expenditure against a financial account/budget
  • Excellent interpersonal skills – able to develop good working relationships with all staff
  • Able to communicate verbally and in writing with a broad range of people from different backgrounds, including the ability to make communicate technical concepts to a non-specialist audience
  • IT skills, with the ability to use Microsoft Office, particularly Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint
  • Able to produce consistently high-quality work
  • Able to work independently and to prioritise own work and achieve deadlines


  • Experience of working with financial information
  • Experience of working in HE
  • Experience of working on research grants administration
  • Organising events and meetings

Personal attributes

  • Enthusiasm and commitment to producing high-quality work
  • Willing to engage in continuing professional development
  • Proactive approach  to solving problems
  • Highly organised
  • Keen to deliver a customer-focused service

Interview date: 6 April 2020

For informal enquiries: please contact Monica Brito-Vieira on 

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