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Research Facilitator

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University of York - Heslington Campus
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32,817 - 40,322 a year
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We are seeking a Research Facilitator to deliver a high quality and proactive administrative service which supports our grant application process and all other matters relating to research support. The Department has an ambitious research income growth plan, and the University is embarking on a journey of organisational change.  There is therefore scope for this role to evolve.

The Department of Physics is at the forefront of pioneering global research and technological advancement in our world leading research groups and centres, focused around biophysics, condensed matter physics, nuclear physics, and plasma physics and fusion energy at the York Plasma Institute. As a Department we strive to provide a working environment which allows all staff and students to contribute fully, to flourish, and to excel. We aim to ensure that there is a supportive and egalitarian culture at all levels and across all staff groups. We promote good practice and a strong culture of equality in higher education, and are proud of our Juno Champion Award and Athena SWAN Silver Award.

This is an opportunity to join the friendly and proactive physics administration team and to develop your own skills and experience.


Working closely with a team of Research Facilitators across the Faculty of Science, you will be proactive in developing and maintaining a good working knowledge of the activities and expertise of the Department; of relevant research funding sources and funder regulations; and therefore work closely with principal investigators (PIs) in the preparation of research grant applications. You will proactively support the Departmental Research Committee (DRC) chair to engender a strong research culture. You will also ensure that the Department has robust data to support management decisions and planning.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • Educated to degree level, ideally in a physical sciences discipline
  • Knowledge of research in a higher education environment, and of key funders for Physics
  • Notable administrative or research project management experience in higher education or in a research funding organisation, or within a relevant industry
  • Good numerical and analytical skills, demonstrating the ability to manipulate and report on data, with accuracy and attention to detail
  • Excellent communication skills
  • A high degree of attention to detail; able to use initiative; good problem-solving skills; organised yet flexible
  • Willingness to to learn new skills, to keep up to date with rules and policies, and to develop as a professional research administrator

Interview date: 31 August 2021

For informal enquiries: please contact Ros Roberts, Department Manager (; or Andy Pratt, Chair of DRC (

The University strives to be diverse and inclusive  – a place where we can ALL be ourselves.

We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the University. 

We offer family friendly, flexible working arrangements, with forums and inclusive facilities to support our staff. #EqualityatYork



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