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Postgraduate Researcher Lifecycle Systems Manager

Doctoral College

Location:  Guildford
Salary:  £36,024 to £44,263 per annum
Post Type:  Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours GMT on Sunday 03 March 2024
Interview Date:  Friday 15 March 2024
Reference:  008224

The University of Surrey is proud of our vibrant research community, and at its heart are our postgraduate researchers (PGRs). We're committed to building our reputation as the destination of choice for PGRs to launch and develop their research careers, and to support us in our ambitions, we are looking for a Postgraduate Researcher Lifecycle Systems Manager to join us as a strategic leader, driving innovation and efficiency across the entire PGR journey. You'll champion positive change, from streamlining processes to managing diverse research opportunities, all with the goal of enhancing the experience for PGRs, academics, senior management, and funders.

In this role you will:

  • Lead projects to optimise PGR lifecycle systems, generating creative solutions to help support the University's strategic goals
  • Improve PGR processes, providing expert insights, reports, and data as required, and driving implementation of change
  • Design and manage studentship competitions and internships, attracting top talent and aligning with institutional strategy
  • Be the go-to resource for academics on all studentship and internship matters, providing expert guidance and support
  • Develop and document clear procedures for PGR systems and competitions, ensuring consistency and transparency

About you

The successful candidate will have a background in Higher Education, with experience of managing administrative services within a Higher Education context. Your background will include experience delivering complex services that involve multiple stakeholders, and as a result you will be confident working with stakeholder/end user feedback to drive positive change and continuous improvement. You will have strong IT skills, including working knowledge of databases, and will also be able to demonstrate project management skills.

Previous line management experience would be beneficial, as would knowledge of the PGR funding landscape and/or experience of working with Doctoral Training Partnership consortia.

What we can offer

In addition to salary, you will receive a yearly incremental pay rise, generous annual leave entitlement of 25 days holiday plus 7 university closure days and 8 bank holidays, a generous pension, access to world-class leisure facilities on campus, a range of travel schemes, and supportive family friendly benefits including an excellent on-site nursery. 

Further Information

To apply please submit a CV. You will also be asked some brief questions to help us understand your suitability for the role.

For more information about the role please contact Dr Ruan Elliott via

Interviews will be held remotely via Microsoft Teams on Friday 15th March 2024.

The University of Surrey is committed to providing an inclusive environment that offers equal opportunities for all.  We place great value on diversity and are seeking to increase the diversity within our community.  Therefore we particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups, such as people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups and people with disabilities.

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