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Researcher Development Manager

Job title Researcher Development Manager

Department Research and Innovation Services (RIS)

Salary Starting from £43,414, rising to £51,805

Grade Grade 8

Placed on Thursday 12 January 2023

Closing date Wednesday 08 February 2023

Interview date Monday 20 February 2023

Reference CH10236

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We have an exciting opportunity to appoint an outstanding candidate with a high degree of professionalism to the Research Development Team, within Research and Innovation Services. 

About the role 

Working collaboratively across academic and professional service departments, you will help us to meet our goal of delivering high quality support to our research staff through enhanced personal and professional development opportunities.

You will work with the senior leadership team and key stakeholders to develop and implement initiatives and innovative projects relating to researcher development and research culture change, including a framework of opportunity for researchers personal and professional development, coaching and career progression. 

A passion to support and drive forward equality, diversity and inclusion matters, and for continuous evolution and improvement of the University’s professional development programme for all staff for whom research is a key requirement of their role.

This role is offered on a full time (36.5 hours per week) permanent basis. 

About you 

You will:

  • Have in-depth knowledge and experience of research staff development, preferably within Higher Education and/or a research environment
  • Experience of designing, leading and delivering research staff development programmes, training and/or coaching.
  • Be able to demonstrate ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Have excellent interpersonal and influencing skills to deliver results.

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact the Head of Research Development, Dr Kate Charles ( or Oli Schofield, Doctoral Skills Manager ( Please note that all applications must be submitted online via the University of Bath jobs website.

The University of Bath is highly rated for excellence in research and teaching. The university has retained the HR Excellence in Research Award since 2011, and signed the revised (2019) Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers (Researcher Development Concordat) in January 2020. This highlights our commitment to implementing fair and transparent recruitment and appraisal procedures, making our university more attractive to international and national research talent.

What we can offer you:

We aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We have an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations and have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Silver Athena SWAN award. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds will lead to a better environment for our employees and students, so we encourage applications from all genders, backgrounds, and communities, particularly from under-represented groups such as Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic and disabled people, and value the positive impact that will have on our teams. 

We are very proud to be an autism friendly university and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff.

Find out from our staff what makes the University of Bath a great place to work. Follow us @UniofBath and @UniofBathJobs on Twitter for more information.

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Update to our application process

We are constantly seeking to reduce the unconscious bias that enters any assessment process, with the goal of creating an inclusive and equal assessment process. To support this, personal details will be removed from application forms at the initial shortlisting stage.