University of Glasgow

Director of Research Services

The University of Glasgow has over 30,000 students and 9,000 members of staff, with a turnover of nearly £700m.  It maintains a top 100 position in both main world university rankings and is the current THE University of the Year. 

In 2022 it will open its new Advanced Research Centre, housing 600 researchers and providing a foundation for collaborative working, idea creation and societal impact.

The Director of Research Services post has been created to provide specialist leadership of the University’s Research Office, a major strategic department with business-critical impact.  The scope of the role will be significant, supporting research excellence across the institution. 

The University of Glasgow’s research strategy for 2020-2025 aims to further a collaborative and inclusive environment in which excellent-quality research can thrive. The Director of Research Services will be central to the strategy’s implementation, leading a high performing team, working in partnership with the Vice Principal for Research and in close collaboration with the research leadership teams in each of Glasgow’s four academic Colleges. 

This is an intellectually stimulating and multi-faceted role that will rely on a significant level of complex problem-solving, extensive negotiation skills, innovative thinking, and strong project and people management.

The successful candidate’s ability to influence across a broad range of stakeholders at all levels internally and externally will be critical.  This will include horizon scanning, working with funders and external partners to identify opportunities that will enable Glasgow to reinforce its standing as an international leader in innovative research, making a real difference to society and individuals globally.

Please send applications to – the closing date for receipt of applications is midnight on Monday 16th August 2021.

Applications must include a full CV and a letter of application setting out your interest in the role and details of how your knowledge, skills and experience match the essential criteria being sought (no more than two pages of A4).