Research Impact and Engagement Officer (2 posts)

Queen's University Belfast

The Research & Enterprise Directorate at Queen’s University Belfast, is currently seeking to appoint two exceptional candidates to the following roles:

  • Research Impact and Engagement Officer (Medicine, Health and Life Sciences) – Permanent
  • Research Impact and Engagement Officer (Arts and Humanities) – Fixed term for three years in the first instance
  • The postholders will play a key role in enabling external engagement and involvement with research activity at the University, and enabling impactful outcomes that benefit wider society. You will act as a first point of contact for researchers in either (1) the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences or (2) the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences with a focus on research in arts and humanities disciplines.

    Crucially, the postholders will take a leading role in developing the University’s submission to the next Research Excellence Framework (REF), including preparing impact case studies and disciplinary-level statements for the ‘Engagement and Impact’ component of the assessment.

    The successful candidate must have, and your application should clearly demonstrate that you meet the following criteria:

    • An honours degree, or equivalent qualification, or substantial relevant experience.
    • Experience of the research impact and engagement agenda as it relates to research in higher education institutions or research performing organisations.*
    • Experience of delivering professional support in a higher education institution or other research performing organisation.
    • Experience of engaging multiple internal and external partners and stakeholders to broker lasting and productive relationships and influence behaviours and attitudes.
    • Experience of identifying and collating evidence to inform practice, research, or policymaking.
    • An understanding of the processes of research engagement and impact and their contribution within the wider research ecosystem.
    • * Preference will be given to candidates who are able to demonstrate alignment of skills and experience with one or more of the following thematic areas of research engagement and impact: (1) Medicine, Health and Life Sciences; (2) Arts and Humanities.

    Please note the above are not an exhaustive list. For further information about the role including the essential and desirable criteria please visit our website.

    There are 2 posts available:

    • Post 1 – Research Impact and Engagement Officer (Medicine, Health and Life Sciences) – Permanent
    • Post 2 – Research Impact and Engagement Officer (Arts and Humanities) – Fixed Term for 36 months.

    Fixed term contract posts are available for the stated period in the first instance but in particular circumstances may be renewed or made permanent subject to availability of funding. 

    At Queen’s our people are at the heart of everything we do. As a staff member you will become part of a vibrant organisational culture, which will provide you with the opportunity to achieve your full potential and enhance your career through a continuous focus on learning and development.

    We offer an excellent employment package that includes:

    • Great terms & conditions
    • Pension schemes
    • Flexible working by enabling you to design your working week in collaboration with your manager through a blend of remote and office working
    • Family-friendly initiatives
    • Career development opportunities
    • Support for health & mental wellbeing
    • Generous holiday entitlement of 8.4 weeks a year (made up of 23 days annual leave, 10 closure days and 9 bank holidays)

    Queen’s University is committed to promoting equality of opportunity to all. We have created an inclusive culture by establishing staff networks such as iRise (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and International Staff Network) and PRISM (LGBTQ+) which help us progress equality.

    We also subscribe to Equality Charter Marks such as the Diversity Charter Mark NI in addition to Athena Swan. For further information on our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, please visit: ;  and

    Informal enquiries may be directed to Wendy McCloone [email protected]

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    Impact of Research at Queen’s

    Prospective candidates may also wish to familiarise themselves with Queen’s strategic hubs for engaged research, including:

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