Research Support Officer job at KINGS COLLEGE LONDON

job description

We are recruiting two Research Support Officers. This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience within the world-renowned research divisions of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Palliative Care.

The incumbent(s) will provide comprehensive and high quality administrative, budgetary and research project support to the Head of the Research Division, while ensuring the success of major research initiatives across the Faculty.

As a member of the Research Office, you will be expected to work closely with the Senior Research Officer and Research and Impact Manager, as well as act as a central point of contact for academic researchers within the divisions you support.

One officer will support the Long Term Care Division headed by Professor Jackie Sturt.

One position will support the Division of Applied Technologies for Clinical Care and the Division of Methodologies headed by Professor Louise Rose and Professor Glenn Robert respectively

As a senior member of the Faculty’s Professional Services team, the incumbent will be part of a diverse, high-performing and inclusive team, which delivers an exceptional level of service and supports all of the Faculty’s academic administrative processes. We pride ourselves on fostering a culture that puts students at the center of everything we do and student support and experience at the heart of everything we do.

Why choose us

King’s College London is a leading university with nine faculties. As a member of King’s Health Partners, we have an excellent environment for healthcare interaction and a strong focus on mentorship and career development. The 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF2021) ranked King’s Allied and Applied Research first for: overall proportion of research rated 4* (highest global rating, highest possible rating), research papers rated 4* , impact rated 4*, environment rated 4*(joint), cumulative grade point average and power. REF2021 ranked world leader: 100% of our environment, 86% of our impact and 70% of our global research. More than 95% of our global research has been ranked among the best in the world or internationally excellent.

For three years, King’s has been number 2 in the world and number 1 in Europe for nursing care (QS world ranking). King’s produces more highly cited research results (top 1% citations) on palliative care than any other international center (SciVal).

It includes the Cicely Saunders Institute for Palliative Care, Policy and Rehabilitation, the premier palliative care institute, bringing together clinical, research and education teams.

Our award-winning NMPC training programs cover pre-registration nursing and midwifery and postgraduate multidisciplinary teaching and research programs. King’s is the largest healthcare education provider in Europe. Our health and applied clinical research transforms therapies, the healthcare experience and outcomes for patients and those who matter to them, wherever they are cared for.

Successful candidates will have the opportunity to work under KCL’s hybrid working model where you can work between your home and office throughout the week.

We are committed to continually improving the diversity of our workforce and, therefore, we encourage applications from all groups. This includes black, Asian and minority ethnic groups, the LGBTQI+ community, neurodiverse people and people with disabilities.

King’s considers the professional and personal development of its staff a priority and we offer an inspiring range of training and promotion opportunities. Our organizational development team offers in-house and tailored learning.

We are recruiting for two positions, offered on permanent contracts

This is a full-time position – 100% full-time equivalent

Main responsibilities

• Provide administrative support for ongoing research projects and new grant applications, tracking information on funding calls, obtaining application forms, online data entry, formatting and assistance submission of project reports, publications and presentation material.

• Assume responsibility for accurate tracking of research within the divisions, maintaining up-to-date lists and copies of all research publications via PURE and grant/award applications by division members and their teams , liaising with PhD students as needed.

• Monitor divisional financial budgets and a research grant budget as requested by the fellowship holder in the division, using systems such as Worktribe and Business World.

• Act as a central point of contact for academic researchers in the divisions, helping to resolve queries, disseminating key information, supporting the establishment of formal research project meetings and providing support for activities HR such as recruitment, contract renewals and inductions of new beginners.

• Maintain and update the research division’s web pages using the content management system and working closely with the communications team.

• Update and maintain all associated SharePoint sites, as well as maintain divisional staff lists and email distribution groups.

• Provide effective and high quality PA support to the Head of Research Division as required. This includes managing electronic diary, arranging meetings (booking room, refreshments, travel, conference registration), producing minutes/meeting notes, ordering supplies, processing expenses, annual leave requests and maintenance of absence records.

• Coordinate the agenda and materials for monthly division meetings. Support divisional seminars.

• Work flexibly and collaboratively with other staff, including teams within divisions and across the Faculty. This will include coverage and collaboration during vacations and other absences.

• Undertake any other duties reasonably required by the Head of Research Division or Senior Research Officer.

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive and the post holder will be required to undertake the duties and responsibilities reasonably expected within the scope and classification of the position.

Skills, knowledge and experience

Essential criteria

1. Good level of general education (bachelor’s or undergraduate degree) or significant relevant professional experience.

2. Excellent computer skills (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, databases and internet browsers).

3. High level of numeracy, with excellent written and verbal communication skills.

4. Excellent organizational skills, able to balance competing work demands (workload) and manage own time to meet impending and distant deadlines.

5. Experience in calendar management for multiple users. Methodical yet flexible approach to work with excellent attention to detail.

6. Experience working in an administrative or coordination role, ideally in a UK higher education, NHS or research environment.

7. Experience with HR procedures i.e. recruitment, appraisal, probation, etc.

8. Experience in committee administration, including taking minutes.

9. Experience co-hosting small projects, functions and events.

10. Experience in producing reports.

Desirable criteria

1. Knowledge of administrative platforms used by research staff and students (e.g. PURE, ethics databases, Endnote, Worktribe).

2. Knowledge of financial and accounting processes.

3. Understanding of university research strategy.

4. The ability to be resourceful and identify solutions to problems independently.

More information

Preselection w/c July 11

Interviews with July 18.

Research, support agent, administration, Worktribe.