Senior Research Funding Associate

King's College London

Job title:

Senior Research Funding Associate


King’s College London

Job description

Job id: 089925. Salary: £51,974 – £61,021 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance.Posted: 21 May 2024. Closing date: 09 June 2024.Business unit: Research Management & Innovation. Department: Pre-Award.Contact details: Rasangika Pelpola-Aladekomo. [email protected]Location: Guy’s Campus. Category: Professional & Support Services.About us:Research is core to King’s, what we do, what we care about and how we educate. Our enquiry-driven research delivers transformative insights with the power to advance and accelerate global progress. We work across disciplines and collaborate with partners so that our research changes practice and influences understanding at home and abroad.The Pre-Award (International) team part of the Research Grants & Contracts Division sits within the Research Management & Innovation Directorate and is a dedicated support function for every aspect of research funding supporting US and European Commission Research Funding.The Directorate provides comprehensive research management and administration. It comprises central functions in the following areas: research development, research policy, research students and graduate school support, research ethics and integrity, research information systems, award management, contract negotiation, enterprise support, knowledge exchange and knowledge transfer partnerships, consultancy services, intellectual property management, clinical trials management, audit, and compliance.About the role:A unique opportunity to lead and be an integral part of the Pre-Award Team (International) has arisen at King’s College London.The Pre-Award (International) Team part of the Research Grants & Contracts Division is part of the wider Research Management and Innovation Directorate providing support to all faculties at King’s.We are looking for an individual with proven managerial skills to lead the team and provide an efficient and effective pre-contractual service for all member of King’s staff who are engaged in research, with expertise in 8 key areas:

  • line managing, providing guidance, support, training and development opportunities
  • knowledge of research funding streams from international sources (NIH, DoD, US State Department, CDC, EU, etc)
  • provide efficient and effective pre-award service for members of King’s staff who are engaged in research.
  • have delegated authority and responsibility to advise and submit official costs on behalf of King’s and to approve and submit research applications for a specific academic area of King’s.
  • accept grants and negotiate contractual agreements related to grants.
  • contribute towards the formulation of policy and processes regarding research grant matters and develop (or continue to develop) their own expertise in research funding
  • represent Pre-Award (International) Team, as needed, in relationship building/meetings with the academic and professional services community at King’s
  • Promotion of international research funding schemes across King’s

The postholder will work pro-actively and independently within the context of existing King’s policy and strategy and will be expected to contribute to the development of these over time.The post-holder will also have responsibility to negotiate agreements on behalf of King’s and become independently expert at drafting research collaboration contracts over time.King’s has a hybrid working policy and the post will primarily be based at Lavington Street Offices (part of the Guy’s Campus) however flexibility is required to be at any Campus where needed. Flexibility with regards to location of work will therefore be required.This role will be subject to developments and adaptations according to institutional needs. Resilience and capacity to adapt in constant changing environment is an essential part of the role.Applicants also require excellent organisational, communication, negotiation and literacy skills, proven decision-making ability and be able to work well under pressure, both individually and as part of a team.This is a full-time post (35 Hours per week), and you will be offered an indefinite contract.About you:To be successful in this role, we are looking for candidates to have the following skills and experience:Essential criteria1. Degree or equivalent professional qualification or equivalent experience in the university/higher education sector2. Relevant work experience in research grants support in the university/ higher education sector3. Ability to analyse and present information with a focus on specific requirements of funding schemes and university policy4. Knowledge of research funding landscape in the EC and US, including knowledge of grants and funders requirements5. Able to produce highly accurate budgets in line with funder guidelines, and practical, sound numeracy skills6. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to interact with a wide range of people in a positive and helpful manner whilst being capable of firmly maintaining university policies7. Proven organisational, problem solving and administrative skills8. Ability to work well under pressure whilst maintaining consistently high levels of accuracy and attention to detail, and to be able to prioritise work in the face of shifting prioritiesDesirable criteria1. Direct experience handling the pre-award aspects of research funding mechanisms in a university2. Knowledge of full economic costing methodology3. Knowledge and/or direct experience of negotiation of awards/contracts related to research grants4. Line management experience5. Familiarity with clinical research projects, including clinical trials administration and experience of working with NHS Trusts.Downloading a copy of our Job DescriptionFull details of the role and the skills, knowledge and experience required can be found in the Job Description document, provided at the bottom of the next page after you click “Apply Now”. This document will provide information of what criteria will be assessed at each stage of the recruitment process.Further informationWe pride ourselves on being inclusive and welcoming. We embrace diversity and want everyone to feel that they belong and are connected to others in our community.We are committed to working with our staff and unions on these and other issues, to continue to support our people and to develop a diverse and inclusive culture at King’s.We ask all candidates to submit a copy of their CV, and a supporting statement, detailing how they meet the essential criteria listed in the advert. If we receive a strong field of candidates, we may use the desirable criteria to choose our final shortlist, so please include your evidence against these where possible.To find out how our managers will review your application, please take a look at our ‘How we Recruit’ pages.We are able to offer sponsorship for candidates who do not currently possess the right to work in the UK.

Expected salary

£51974 – 61021 per year


Strand, Central London

Job date

Thu, 23 May 2024 07:14:34 GMT

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