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Cambridge University Library

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Closing date: 
Monday, 15 July, 2019

Cambridge University Library seeks a Research Facilitator who will establish and drive forward a programme of major and minor grant applications to make a step change in the approach of one of the world's great research collections in pursuing funding for its research activities. This new post will be central to the delivery of our strategic vision. The role holder will have responsibility for the entire research application process: from prospect searches, spontaneous 'bright ideas', and horizon scanning; matching expertise and collections with opportunities; to grant applications and pitching; to final signing off of research contracts, with the supporting bodies. Once grant-funded projects are completed, the role holder will also be responsible for reporting back as required to the funding body. They will work in parallel and, where appropriate, in close consultation with the University Library's separate philanthropic fundraising team.

You will have experience of working in a 'cradle to grave' research facilitation role in a research-intensive university or equivalent and a proven track record of seeking, securing and managing the administration of significant external funding opportunities for university research. You will have excellent analytical and research skills as well and the ability to understand, absorb and relay complex information about research through your outstanding drafting skills. You will be a skilled project manager, administrator, influencer and negotiator, as well as having experience of drafting grant and research contracts, job descriptions and post-award evaluations. Tactful, and able to plan your own workload with supreme efficiency, you will have the potential to win the confidence of professional curators and senior managers alike.

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

To apply for this vacancy, please click on the Cambridge University Job Opportunities link. This will direct you to the University’s web-based recruitment system, where you will be able to log in to create an online application form.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Mark Purcell, Deputy Director - Research Collections, on

The closing date for applications is Monday 15th July 2019.

Interviews are expected to take place mid to late August 2019.

Please quote reference VE19566 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.