Research Grants and Finance Assistant

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
16 Jul 2021
13 Aug 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Research Grants and Finance Assistant (Fixed Term)

Department/Location: MRC Biostatistics Unit

Salary: £23,067-£26,715

Reference: SL27405

Applications are invited for the position of Research Grants and Finance Assistant at the MRC Biostatistics Unit.

We are seeking a highly-motivated and professional individual to undertake grants administration and financial duties to support the Unit, and provide pro-active assistance to academic and research staff.

Reporting to the Unit's Research Grants and Finance Co-ordinator, the role is to administer the end to end support for a portfolio of grants, working closely with grant holders, funders and internal University offices. Specifically, the main responsibilities include monitoring grant budgets on a
monthly basis; producing budget expenditure analyses; staff forecasting; assist with raising grant applications on the internal costing system; interrogating and using the University Finance System to process grant transactions.

Previous experience working in a financial environment, and with financial software, databases and spreadsheets, is desirable, while familiarity with research grants administration. However, we are keen to receive applications from candidates who have strong computing and communication skills
with a willingness to learn the many aspects of Research Grants administration and full training will be given.

It is vital that you possess excellent inter-personal skills to be able to work well with the administrative team and manage good working relationships with a wide variety of people from postgraduate research students to senior academics. Being a good team player and possession of excellent IT skills are also essential to the role.

The MRC Biostatistics Unit is one of Europe's leading biostatistics research institutions. Our focus is to deliver new analytical and computational strategies based on sound statistical principles for the challenging tasks facing biomedicine and public health. The Unit is situated on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, one of the world's most vibrant centres of biomedical research, which includes the University of Cambridge's Clinical School, two major hospitals, the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, and the world headquarters of Astra Zeneca.

The Unit is actively seeking to increase diversity among its staff, including promoting an equitable representation of men and women. The Unit therefore especially encourages applications from women, from minority ethnic groups and from those with non-standard career paths. Appointment
will be made on merit.

We welcome applications from those wishing to work part-time. The minimum part time hours considered would be 25 hours per week. The duties of the role would be altered accordingly to accommodate this. Please state clearly in your cover letter if you wish to apply for the position on a
part-time basis giving an indication of preferred hours.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit our website by clicking apply.

Closing Date: 31st August 2021

Please ensure that you outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role on the online application form.

Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Please quote reference SL27405 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.