We are in the top 50 sociology departments in the world and top-rated in the UK for the quality of our research. We embed our innovative and sometimes controversial research into both our undergraduate and postgraduate courses, linking theory with evidence. In addition to the Department Manager and Deputy Department Manager, the Department currently has six administrative staff in the General Office and a Study Centre Manager based in our Study Centre. The Department is expanding but there are currently around 37 academic staff members and 8 Research Officers. The Department has just over 600 undergraduate students, 110 postgraduate taught students and 62 postgraduate research students. The Department has four active Research Centres and a vibrant weekly seminar series during term time that is open to both staff and students.
Duties of the role
The Research Administrator will be one of a team of Professional Services staff and is responsible to the Department Manager for the provision of high quality administrative support in relation to research activities. In particular, support for research grants with a focus on resourcing and financial administration.
They will contribute to effective management of research grants which will involve working closely with the Research and Enterprise Office (REO) Post Award team and academic staff and other members of the departmental Professional Services team, which may include covering for other team members in their absence.
A full list of duties and responsibilities of the role can be found within the job pack.
Qualifications and skills required
The post holder will be educated to A level standard or have equivalent experience. An administration qualification at NVQ level 3 or equivalent is desirable. The post holder will be an experienced administrator with strong IT skills, experience of financial management and an understanding of Higher Education. They are expected to demonstrate a wide range of knowledge and expertise in matters relating to resourcing and financial administration and have an understanding of the administration and management of research grants.
They will have a strong sense of empathy for both academic endeavour and values and the positive contribution professional activities make to meeting University goals. They will also be expected to contribute to a culture of excellence in service delivery, sharing of best practice, and continuous improvement of administrative and professional services.
This is a permanent, part-time post for 21 hours per week.
At the University of Essex, internationalism and diversity is central to who we are and what we do. We are committed to being a cosmopolitan, internationally oriented university that is welcoming to staff and students from all countries, faiths and backgrounds, where you can find the world in one place.
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