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UCL boasts a track record of genuinely world-leading research that enhances the lives of people in the capital, the UK and around the world. We provide dedicated, specialist support to academic staff across the university which is essential to making such cutting-edge research possible. We're seeking enthusiastic, dedicated people to help us drive forward and enhance UCL's research performance. Explore opportunities to join our team below.

As our activities expand there will be further opportunities to join our directorate with new posts advertised regularly here and on the Work at UCL website. Make sure to check this page regularly if you are interested in joining our teams. We will consider applications to work on a part-time, flexible and job share basis wherever possible.

Current opportunities


We have a number of exciting roles within our Research Support and Development teams. This is a great juncture to join UCL Research and Innovation Services (RIS) as we are expanding our remit and developing new services. Discover our current opportunities below. 

Research Finance Administrator (internal UCL applicants only)


We're recruiting for a customer focussed Research Finance Administrator (Grade 7) to join our Post-Award team to support the financial management and post-award administration of the UCL's research grants.

The role offers a fantastic opportunity to join an established, knowledgeable team, and to work with world leaders in their field across a range of research and innovation projects.

About the role

We're seeking someone with experience in the post-award financial management of research projects, a knowledge of assurance and compliance obligations, and excellent data analysis, reconciliation and IT skills. 

You will be responsible for effectively and pro-actively managing a portfolio of academic departments and their research projects throughout the project lifecycle.

Working with colleagues across RIS, you will provide day-to-day support, acting as the key point of contact for staff within academic departments, funder organisations and the university’s Professional Services teams to provide an efficient and holistic post-award service. 

Further information and how to apply

For further information about this role, including how to apply, visit the UCL jobs website using the button below. If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact Claire Bensusan: c.bensusan@ucl.ac.uk

The closing date for applications is: 5 July 2022

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Director, Award Services


We're looking for an experienced leader in research and innovation operations to join our Division as Director of Award Services. This is a new, pivotal role within Research and Innovation Services, integral to the success of our work.

This is an exceptional opportunity for someone who wants to make a difference to have a real impact at UCL and the wider higher education sector.

About the role

We're seeking an individual with extensive experience of leadership in a research and innovation operations environment, and knowledge of current research funding issues in the UK and overseas. 

You will lead and manage Award Services to provide a high-quality, end-to-end operational service that creates value for UCL, identifying funding opportunities for the institution. 

You will be a strategic leader with a proven track record of leading high-performing teams and a strong focus on delivering service excellence, as well as being a sophisticated communicator able to enthuse, inspire and influence at all levels.

Further information and how to apply

For further information about this role, including how to apply, visit the GatenbySanderson website using the button below.

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact Sarah El-Rasoul: Sarah.el-rasoul@gatenbysanderson.com

The closing date for applications is: 12noon, 18 July 2022

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Director, Contract Services


We're seeking a qualified solicitor or barrister to join our Division as Director of Contracts. This is a new, pivotal role in Research and Innovation Services, integral to the success of our work.

This is an exceptional opportunity for the right candidate to have a real impact at UCL and in the wider higher education sector.

About the role

We're looking for a qualified solicitor or barrister with excellent knowledge of contract law and regulatory requirements appropriate for a research-intensive institution. 

You will lead and manage Contract Services, a diverse team of experienced contracts professionals who provide institutional support for negotiating terms for funded research, and research-related and innovation activity.

You will have experience and knowledge of current research funding contractual issues in the UK and overseas, and a proven track record of leading high-performing teams.

Further information and how to apply

For further information about this role, including how to apply, visit the GatenbySanderson website using the button below.

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact Sarah El-Rasoul: Sarah.el-rasoul@gatenbysanderson.com

The closing date for applications is: 12noon, 18 July 2022

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Contracts Manager


We have an exciting new opportunity for a Contracts Manager (Grade 8) with experience in drafting, negotiating and concluding a range of research and/or innovation contracts to join our Contracts team.

This role offers the opportunity to work across a range of research and innovation projects with world leaders in their field, in an environment that supports flexibility and comprehensive training and development.

About the role

We're seeking a legal professional with a law degree or significant equivalent work experience to manage a wide range of research and innovation agreements, amendments and associated documents.

You will work with a broad range of funders and collaborators from industry, Research Councils, government departments, charities, non-government organisations (NGOs) and higher education institutions, and will be adept at managing a large and varied workload.

You will join a dedicated team of Contracts professionals who help to negotiate, review and draft research and innovation contracts for every piece of groundbreaking research undertaken at UCL.

Further information and how to apply

For further information about this role, including how to apply, visit LinkedIn using the button below.

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact Mark Engineer via LinkedIn.

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