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Head of Strategic Research Initiatives

Research Funding Development

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £57,696 to £72,018 Per annum
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date:  Monday 25 September 2023
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  2425423TW

This is a valuable opportunity to shape the research strategy of a Russell Group university. Joining our vibrant, agile Research and Innovation Services (RIS), you will lead on everything from facilitating interdisciplinary research, developing a research infrastructure roadmap to supporting and developing research culture at the University. You will drive key initiatives to deliver our ambitious research strategy. 

You will join RIS at a particularly exciting time. The University of Southampton has launched its five- year strategy and RIS is in a dynamic growth phase, as is the University itself. We in RIS are proud of our immensely talented team that shares an open mindset and genuine ambition to contribute to enhancing the University’s research environment and impact. At Southampton we offer a significant range of training and learning opportunities to help you maximise your skills and potential. 

Leading your own team, you will be part of RIS leadership team contributing to the overall management of the Directorate as well as motivating and mentoring your staff. There is a considerable strategic aspect to the role, you will work with senior academic colleagues to raise the profile and grow the University’s capacity and environment for excellent research – especially interdisciplinary research. 

To make the most of this unique role, you will need strong skills in strategy, communication and leadership. Experience in higher education research administration is crucial. You will also need a good understanding of the research lifecycle and funding landscape. A proven leader able to deliver significant change, you will be able to manage teams effectively and organise and deliver complex projects. This is an exciting opportunity to make your mark at a leading Russell Group university. 

In return, you can look forward to an excellent benefits package and a flexible home/office hybrid model supporting real work/life balance.

Our vision and mission at the University of Southampton is to have a community where staff and students feel welcome, supported and valued. This environment fosters a culture of inclusion, respect and equality of opportunity, encouraging applicants from diverse backgrounds, with the belief that excellence will be achieved through recognising the value of every individual.

For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please do contact Mylène Ployaert, Director Research Strategy and Funding at

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As a university we aim to create an environment where everyone can thrive and are proactive in fostering a culture of inclusion, respect and equality of opportunity. We believe that we can only truly meet our objectives if we are reflective of society, so we are passionate about creating a working environment in which you are free to bring your whole self to work. With a generous holiday allowance as well as additional university closure days we are committed to supporting our staff and students and open to a flexible working approach.

Apply by midnight on the closing date. For assistance contact Recruitment on +44(0)2380 592750 or quoting the job number.

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