Research Strategy Manager (Fixed Term)

The University of Cambridge is one of the world's oldest universities and leading academic centres. If you're looking for a new challenge and would like excellent benefits, extensive learning opportunities and a stimulating working environment in return for your skills and contribution, there could be a job here for you.

The Department of Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology has a research grant income of £8.9 million per annum in 2021/2022. Key funders are UKRI, especially EPSRC, industry and ERC.

This post is dedicated to development of new grant funding opportunities with over 30 academics within the department. This will involve coordinating the work on developing large grant bids, contributing to writing parts of the bids, liaising with pre-award and post-award grant management teams in the Department and in the Research Operations Office of the University.

You will require some understanding of the science of the projects, but mainly experience and knowledge about grant development: structure of grants, coordination of multiple partners, interactions with funding bodies and understanding of requirements and specifications of different funding calls, interactions with University's pre-award team of the Research Operations Office. The postholder will work with the Deputy Head of the Department (Research) in supporting the Research Committee and has the primary aim of increasing grant income for the department.

You will have a degree in a scientific discipline, or graduate calibre in terms of experience. A PhD in an appropriate field is desirable. Previous experience of developing effective relationships with external agencies and with internal staff to include the direction of research is key. The ability to manage research projects on a scientific and/or financial level or advice for those who manage major research projects is essential. Strong analytical skills, excellent organisational skills and proven negotiation with problem solving abilities are required.

Applications will be rapidly reviewed after the closing date and interviews are anticipated to be conducted in person in the week commencing 11th December 2023.

Fixed-term: the funds for this post are available for 5 years in the first instance.

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for flexible/hybrid working arrangements.

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Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to Dr Tom Matthams, Business & Operations Manager at If you have questions on the application process please email Alessandra Uomo, HR Administrator at

Please quote reference NQ39150 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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