Research Culture Facilitiator

University of Oxford

Research Culture Facilitator

The University of Oxford is committed to improving research culture. Within the MPLS Divisional Office, we have identified the need to accelerate progress on improving research culture by joining up activities, facilitating learning and best practice, and developing and implementing divisional strategies.

Research culture covers a wide range of areas, all aimed at enabling researchers to have an equally positive experience of working in their role at the University regardless of subject area, faculty, background or personal characteristic. This includes equality of access to career development opportunities and progression, training and support within an inclusive, supportive and respectful environment. In many of these areas, major improvement initiatives are underway.

This exciting new post will lead on coordination to bring together existing activities and initiatives, acting as a key link across the existing landscape. The postholder will draw upon learning and data from across the sector, including reviews by funders, best practice from other universities, and examples of good practice in departments, units and research groups in the University. You will then apply this to the particular challenges and opportunities among MPLS departments to develop and implement new strategies and practical interventions to improve research culture across the Division

We are looking for someone who is action oriented, creative and motivated to improve our researchers’ experiences. Experience of operating at a strategic level and proven success in contributing effectively and creatively to the development, communication and implementation of change is essential. Strong project management and creative problem-solving skills, in a complex and distributed environment, will also be crucial in managing the different areas of this broad-ranging and impactful project.

Working within the MPLS Divisional Office’s Research Support Team, you will work with a very broad range of stakeholders and specialists across the division to ensure that actions and interventions complement departments’ activities and priorities, and that strategies and interventions are adopted by stakeholders and meet the needs of our staff and students.

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact  [email protected]

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 18 June 2023 with interviews likely to be held on 27 or 30 June. You will be required to upload a CV and supporting statement as part of your online application.

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