European and International Research Officer, Cardiff University, UK

Cardiff University
Study in:UK
Deadline: 7 December 2017

European and International Research Officer


Research & Innovation Services

Managerial, Professional and Specialist Staff – MPSS


European and International Research Officer

You will be employed as a European and International Research Officer in the Research and Innovation Services (RIS) Department, one of ten departments within the University’s Professional Services.

You will support the University as a member of the European and International Research Office (part of the RIS Research Development team), providing advice, guidance and support to academic and research staff. The primary focus is to grow and enhance the University’s portfolio of research activity which is supported by European and International research funding.

The focus of your activities will be strongly influenced by Cardiff University’s The Way Forward strategy, and in particular the sub-strategies for Research and Innovation, International and Engagement, and by the University’s strategies for related activities at institutional and college level.  Operationally, the Research Development team’s Delivery Plan will determine your priorities.

This post is open ended and available immediately.

Salary: £32,548 – £38,833 per annum (Grade 6)

Date advert posted: Monday, 6 November 2017

Closing date: Thursday, 7 December 2017

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world.  In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

Job Description

Key Duties

  • Provide professional advice and guidance on the preparation of significant, high value, multi-partner project proposals to EU and International and, on occasion UK funders, guiding on processes and procedures to internal and external customers that will have institution wide impacts, using judgement and creativity to suggest the most appropriate course of action where appropriate, and ensuring complex and conceptual issues are understood.
  • Provide professional advice and guidance on the preparation of proposals for research funding (content of both scientific/specialist and non-specialist sections), including the identification of external research partners, where appropriate.
  • Take responsibility for resolving issues independently where they fall within set role objectives.
  • Investigation and analysis of specific issues within the research funding landscape, creating recommendation reports when necessary.
  • Ensure that the promotion of research funding opportunities meets the institution’s needs, proactively changing the delivery according to business requirements. Maintain sufficient knowledge in order to match academics with funding opportunities and suggest potential project partners from complementary areas within the University.
  • Establish working relationships with senior staff, research managers and professional services staff at School and College level, as well as with staff in relevant professional services departments, key research institutes and centres, developing appropriate communication links with these as required.
  • Establish working relationships with the main research sponsors and funding schemes that support research in the relevant schools with whom you will be working, especially those of Horizon 2020 and international funders of research, developing appropriate communication links with these and our strategic partners and networks.
  • Create specific working groups from colleagues across the University to achieve college, Research Development and Research and Innovation Services’ objectives and contribute to relevant University KPIs.
  • Plan and deliver specific small scale projects, co-ordinating and supervising project teams created as needed.
  • Develop and deliver training within the areas of developing and supporting best practice for the management of research and knowledge exchange activities.
  • Undertake a variety of administrative duties to support the Department.

General Duties

  • Ensure that an understanding of the importance of confidentiality is applied when undertaking all duties.
  • Abide by University policies on Health and Safety and Equality and Diversity.
  • Perform other duties occasionally which are not included above, but which will be consistent with the role.

Person Specification

The Person Specification is split into 2 sections: essential and desirable.  Please demonstrate clearly how you meet all of the essential criteria.  Where possible you should give examples of how, when and where you have used your experience, knowledge, specific skills and abilities to match those required for this particular job role.

Please ensure that you communicate this fully by creating a supporting statement document, listing all of the criteria and commenting against each one as to how you meet them.  This will need to be completed before you begin making your application on line as you will be required to upload it.  When uploading the supporting statement the document title needs to read “supporting statement and should also detail the post reference number ending in BR” (relevant to the job you are applying for).

The desirable section contains a list of skills, qualifications and experience that it would be beneficial for the jobholder to have.

All shortlisting decisions will be based initially on essential criteria, with desirable being used to further select or deselect candidates as appropriate.  We interview those candidates who are the closest match to the identified criteria.

Essential Criteria

  1. Degree/NVQ 4 or equivalent Professional membership/experience.
  2. Substantial post-graduate research and development experience of working within in an academic or business environment, or evidence of experience in a research administration role.
  3. Able to demonstrate professional knowledge for the preparation of competitive bids for external funding, ideally for research and development activities and able to give advice and guidance to internal and external customers.
  4. Able to demonstrate experience in supporting the delivery of major projects and strategically important goals.
  5. Proven experience in developing new processes and procedures in order to meet critical business needs.
  6. Ability to communicate both orally and written, conceptually detailed and complex information effectively and professionally with a wide range of people all levels within the organisation and externally.
  7. Proven ability to develop networks in order to contribute to long term developments.
  8. Evidence of ability to solve significant problems using initiative and creativity; identify and propose both practical and innovative solutions.
  9. Evidence of demonstrable knowledge of i) current trends in research, science and technology and relevant policy as relating to higher education; and ii) the major bodies which sponsor research in UK universities.
  10. Evidence of ability to scope and deliver specific projects, establish and supervise short term project teams and prioritise tasks.

Desirable Criteria

  • Postgraduate/Professional qualification in a relevant academic discipline or in applied aspects of innovation/commerce/commercialisation.
  • Experience of costing and pricing of research and development activity, and of post-award and project closure matters (e.g. audit requirements).
  • Fluency in Welsh, written and oral.

Additional Information

Research and Innovation Services

Cardiff University is an ambitious and innovative university with a bold and strategic vision located in a beautiful and thriving capital city.  Our research is world-leading and we provide an educationally outstanding experience for our students.  Driven by creativity and curiosity, we strive to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligations to Cardiff, Wales, and the world.  With an annual budget of £460 million, around 6,000 staff and over 28,500 students, it is a member of the Russell Group of the 24 leading UK research-intensive universities.

The University’s ambition is to rank consistently among the top 100 universities in the world and the top 20 in the UK.  In doing so, we will focus on key areas of education, research and innovation, internationalisation and engagement.  This ambition and strategic direction is set out in ‘The Way Forward 2012-17’ which can be accessed from Cardiff University’s home page at:

Cardiff University is also developing its Innovation System through an ambitious programme of investment in people and in its Research and Innovation infrastructure.  Research funding awards from competitive, external sources (grants and contracts) exceed £100 million annually and the University aims to grow this further through winning grants from the Research Councils and charities, industry, government and from European Commission and a range of other international sources.

Research and Innovation Services, RIS supports the University’s research community in generating income from external sources for research and innovation activities. The Director of Research and Innovation Services is Dr David Bembo. RIS delivers its services via over 90 expert staff organised in five specialist teams:

Research Grants Office:  led by Elid Morris, Head of Research Grants

Research Governance and Contracts:  led by Dr Kathy Pittard Davies, Deputy Director.

Research Development and European Office:  led by Dr Amanda Roberts-Jones, Acting Head

Commercial Development:  led by Dr Nick Bourne, Deputy Director.

Innovation System and Engagement:  led by Rhys Thomas, Head

More information about the Department and its work can be found at:

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Job Category

Business / Strategic Management


Grade 6

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