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Research Manager: Innovation, Partnership, and Impact

University of Leeds
Leeds, United Kingdom
£43,414 to £51,805 p.a.
Closing date
Sep 29, 2022

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Salary: Grade 8 (£43,414 - £51,805 p.a. depending on experience)

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This role will be based on the university campus, with scope for it to be undertaken in a hybrid manner. We are also open to discussing flexible working arrangements.

Do you have a STEM background and a passion for cutting-edge interdisciplinary research?

Are you skilled at bringing people together, helping create new connections, developing new ideas, and engaging new partners?

Are you analytical, committed to both the intellectual excitement and real-world impact of innovative research, and to helping to foster the equal, diverse, and inclusive culture that the Horizons Institute aims to shape?

The University of Leeds is one of the top 135 universities in the world. We have a truly global community, with more than 39,000 students from 170 different countries and over 9,000 staff of 100 different nationalities. Established in 1904, we have a strong tradition of academic excellence, reflected in first-class student education, along with world-leading research that has a real impact around the globe.

The University Strategic Plan (2020-2030) sets out an ambition to place the University of Leeds at the heart of a global network, finding innovative solutions to regional, national, and global challenges. Key to delivering this vision is the Horizons Institute that will challenge colleagues to shape radical new approaches in response to the 'wicked problems' that confront the world; work with external partners to showcase Leeds research excellence and generate new ideas for productive collaboration and dialogue; and develop global partnerships based on equality and mutual benefit.

A key dimension of the Horizons Institute's work will be to encourage new ways of interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral working, with an essential focus on equality, diversity and inclusion and a commitment to breaking down the traditional distinction between student education and excellent research. We are now seeking to recruit two Research Managers to work with the Director and our existing two Research Managers in helping to establish the Institute as a hub for innovation, partnership and impact while developing a culture of transparency, equality, and mutual benefit. We particularly welcome applications from those with a STEM background to ensure a balance across disciplines within the Horizons team.

You will be responsible for identifying new opportunities for dialogue and interdisciplinary research collaborations. This will involve bringing together academics from across the University, including those with a STEM background, to form new collaborations and facilitate their teambuilding with colleagues from all disciplines. You will also be identifying and working with external partners. This could include connecting with your existing networks of researchers, science communicators, professional bodies, and societies. You will also be involved in fostering international collaborations, particularly with early-career researchers, and/or developing partnerships for impact with local communities, third- sector organizations, and business. You will work with academics from all career stages and diverse backgrounds, Professional Services colleagues, and external partners, to foster new collaborations, establish new partnerships, and support impact. This will be a challenging but rewarding endeavor that will involve risk-taking and failure but also the satisfaction of building something new and dynamic.

Research Managers for Innovation, Partnership and Impact will have analytic minds and be keen to take the initiative. It will be necessary to quickly build networks across the University and externally, and to work effectively in a complex and changing environment. You will be considerate, persuasive, engaging, and mindful of what constitutes a transparent and fair research culture. This post will give the post holders the opportunity to be part of a diverse academic community that is looking beyond the boundaries of their research to explore real novelty when applied to external challenges. All team members will be building external networks that feed this thinking.

What we offer in return

And much more!

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Lauren Wray, Institute Manager

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