The University of Warwick is seeking a Research & Innovation Facilitator. This is an exciting new role which will contribute to the University of Warwick’s expanding research portfolio in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence. The post holder will be highly engaging and explore new opportunities for research and innovation across faculties and departments; they will coordinate the development of new projects and manage submission and contracts associated with these. The role includes acting as the University Liaison Manager (ULM) for The Alan Turing Institute; the post holder will be conduit between the university and staff at the Institute, acting to facilitate smooth communication and collaboration. They will broaden the University’s engagement and participation with the Institute across all relevant disciplines.
The academic departments at Warwick have a highly collaborative approach to research, and you should therefore have a proven ability to communicate effectively with funders and stakeholders, representing the University’s interests whilst also building productive relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
The role will form part of the University’s research strategy & development team within Research and Impact Services. The post holder will also work closely with academic colleagues affiliated to The Alan Turing Institute as well as their academic engagement team.
The post holder will provide dedicated support to research active staff in Artificial Intelligence and Data Science at the University. This will include the provision of expert pre-award support to research grants and contracts, alongside the development of new partnerships with external stakeholders. In addition the post holder will identify opportunities for cross faculty collaboration in data science and AI within the University and across The Alan Turing Institute network, acting in this regard as the University Liaison Manager.
Duties and responsibilities
1. Be a point of contact and work closely with academics, researchers, colleagues in administrative departments (including R&IS) on matters relating to research in Artificial Intelligence and Data Science and develop and implement tools to coordinate the University’s activities; the post holder will also develop external relationships and collaborations (with public, private and third sector funding bodies, research partners, users of research, other agencies and stakeholders);
2. Act as the primary administrative link between the Alan Turing Institute and the University of Warwick; this includes supporting senior Institute and university representatives in building a strong working relationship between the Institute and the university, maximising the benefits of this relationship, and building clear systems for ensuring effective communication.
3. Manage and facilitate the smooth running of Institute-related calls for funding, awards, studentships, fellowships or other opportunities within the University and subsequent project and budget management as needed.
4. Develop materials for and deliver events and activities for researchers and external stakeholders which can benefit the Warwick community; these activities may be delivered in collaboration with the Institute
5. Develop large, strategic research applications in AI and Data Science with academic departments, acting in this respect as an overall project manager, and ensuring that internal and external partners are working effectively towards funder requirements and deadline. Further, inputting advice and guidance as regards the drafting of the application, e.g. scheme objectives, sound project management structures, and resources justification, and to ensure compliance with the eligibility requirements, terms and conditions, of external funders. To also ensure compliance with the University’s financial regulations, governance procedures and systems relating to research;
6. Feed into policy consultations and other University discussions of strategic importance to the future direction of research; this may include drafting papers, briefings and reports and support the drafting of policies and procedures both for the University and Institute
7. Working with the Alan Turing Institute’s Senior Researcher Facilitator and Programme Directors to support and advise Institute-affiliated researchers to maximise the benefit of their involvement in the Institute, including, as appropriate, identifying new research opportunities and supporting research funding bids.
8. Develop and implement a communication strategy to ensure that the specific needs of the Institute and University are shared effectively; this will include developing a good working relationship with the university and Institute communications teams to support communication of university- and institute- related activity and developments.
9. Providing support for steering groups or other bodies established to support the relationship between the institute and the university. This may include Undertaking any other duties from time to time as specified by the London based Lead University Liaison Manager, senior university partner representatives of the Institute and the Director of Academic Engagement.
For an informal discussion and further information about this post, please contact Roger Singleton-Escofet, Research Strategy and Development Manager via email: [email protected] or telephone: +44(0)24 7657 3935
Interview Date: w/c 21 January 2019