Research Development Adviser

  • Job Reference: VE34792
  • Date Posted: 23 January 2023
  • Recruiter: Cambridge University Libraries
  • Location: Cambridge
  • Salary: £30,502 to £36,386
  • Sector: Higher Education
  • Job Type: Contract, Full-time

Job Description

Research Development Adviser

Cambridge University Library

£30,502 - £36,386

Fixed Term Contract[JQ1] , Full-time

Ref: VE34792


Cambridge University Libraries invite applications for the new post of Research Development Adviser.

This role is based within Cambridge University Library's embedded Research Development Team. This team provides strategic and operational leadership for research activities across Cambridge University Libraries, which comprise the University Library, 35 faculty and departmental libraries and the Library Storage Facility.

This is an exciting time to join us as we prepare to launch the Cambridge University Library Research Institute (CULRI) in 2023. Key aims are to deploy the convening power of Cambridge's world-class collections to promote collaborative research both within the University and with external partners, and to grow research income.

We are looking for an individual with experience of working in a library, gallery, archive or museum and of research funding (either as an applicant/researcher or an administrator), or an individual with a background in research funding administration and an interest in libraries.

Cambridge University Library is one of the world's oldest university libraries and home to one of the great collections of cultural treasures and research materials. Since its first recorded beginnings in 1416, as a small chest of manuscripts for Cambridge scholars, the library is now home to a physical collection of nearly ten million books, maps, manuscripts, photographs, and priceless objects, and a growing number of digital collections.

Reporting to the Head of Research, the Research Development Adviser will work alongside library specialists, academics, other University research development posts, and Research Operations staff, to drive high-quality funding applications. They will provide advice on, and support the preparation and costing of, research bids; support electronic grant submission; identify and help mitigate risk; and liaise with external funding bodies and collaborators. Once grants have been awarded, they will support post-award management, including contributing to project governance, ensuring eligible expenses are recovered from the funder and reporting. In addition, they will assist with the delivery of a training programme to support research active library staff.

Cambridge University Libraries are active in research, with a current portfolio of 30 research projects, three embedded research fellowships, and three collaborative doctoral awards. These activities will be framed in the context of the CULRI, once it is launched. The CULRI will also offer an active research programme including opportunities for postgraduate and early career researchers and a complementary training and events programme.

The post is full time and available on a fixed-term basis for 36 months (3 years) in the first instance.

The role is based at Cambridge University Library.

Work/life balance is important, and we are open to discussion on flexible working, including hybrid working. We therefore welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

We particularly welcome applications from candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our institution.


For informal queries about the post, please contact Amelie Roper, Head of Research, at .


Closing date for applications is Sunday 19 February 2023.

Interviews will be held on Friday 3 March 2023.

Fixed term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.


To apply please click here Research Development Adviser (Fixed Term) - Job Opportunities - University of Cambridge


Please quote reference VE34792 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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