Organisation ESRC
Organisation Detail Economic and Social Research Council
Reference Number IRC251778
Location Swindon See on Map
Salary £24777
Date Posted 04 November 2019
Grade UKRI-Band C
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 17 November 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £24,777 per annum
Grade: C
Contract Type: Open Ended & Fixed Term roles available
Hours: Full Time/Part Time
Closing Date: 17th November 2019
Interview Date: W/C 2nd December 2019

Organisational position

Research Portfolio Officers provide key support to ESRC and our portfolios of research investments. Situated within one of 5 Research Portfolio Teams (Health and Human Behaviour; Society and Global Security; Work Education and Skills; Economic Performance and Environment; International Development) they work closely with the Portfolio Managers and Strategic Leads for the Research Portfolio Teams to support a variety of research activities and investments.

Job purpose

ESRC’s research activity is overseen within a small number of substantively themed research teams. The purpose of the Research Portfolio Officer is to support ESRC to engage with a wide range of academic and broader stakeholder communities to catalyse research ideas, to drive forward their subsequent development and delivery and then to ensure that outputs, outcomes and impact are captured and optimised and lessons learnt for future funding calls. As well as supporting this external activity, the role also has an important internal focus working closely with the Grants Delivery Team, with a particular emphasis on high quality peer review selection in support of both responsive (e.g. standard grants, large grants) and challenge led (e.g. research programmes and research centres) research commissioning. The role may include some project level portfolio management, liaising and engaging with funded researchers particularly with regards to larger, strategic investments.

Key responsibilities

The Research Portfolio Officer will be accountable with respect to achieving the following outcomes:

  • Play an active role in supporting broad activities of research and portfolio teams to support the delivery of the ESRC’s vision for social science and specific Delivery Plan goals
  • Responsible for working with some key research investments as part of any project level portfolio management in order to encourage and capture outputs, outcomes and impact from projects
  • Working closely with the Grants Delivery Team, take responsibility for ensuring high quality and timely peer review selection
  • Supporting senior colleagues to catalyse, prioritise and develop new research ideas, through for example organizing and attendance at workshops, expert group meetings and other key events
  • Supporting senior colleagues to develop and exploit international links to maximise quality and scientific impact of portfolios
  • Contribute ideas for improvements to future calls.

Key relationships

  • ESRC Strategic Leads
  • Research Portfolio Team members
  • Grants Delivery Team colleagues
  • Key academics.

Organization Description

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is the UK’s leading research agency for funding research and training in the social sciences. Investing over £180 million a year every year our mission is to enable government, business and the public to learn about social change and the reasons behind it. Further details can be found here.

Shortlisting and Interview Criteria

Essential skills

  • A degree in a relevant discipline, or equivalent experience
  • Planning and organisational skills, including an ability to prioritise and manage complex activities
  • Ability to understand complex information
  • Willing to work with others as part of a team to achieve results
  • Ability to take a positive approach to deal with problems and overcome challenges
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills (verbal, presentational and written) sufficient to build credibility with relevant communities
  • Aptitude for project management from inception through to delivery and evaluation
  • Self-motivated, enthusiastic and quality focused
  • IT competency.

UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

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Employee Benefits

UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aims to provide a pay and reward package that motivates staff to the best of their ability. The reward and benefit package includes a flexible working scheme, an excellent Defined Benefit pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

Developing Talent

We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences. We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations.

Equal Opportunities

We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. As holders of Disability Confident Employer status, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

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