Research Vacancies

Senior Research Co-Ordinator (EU Grant Manager)

Job Posted: 24 Feb 2017
Closing Date for Applications: 10 Mar 2017
School: APC Microbiome Institute
College: College of Medicine and Health
Contract Type: Fixed Term Whole-Time
Job Type: Research
Salary: €50,000 p.a.

Position Summary

Background: The APC Microbiome Institute was formed in 2003 with funding from Science Foundation Ireland and in conjunction with key industry partners. It represents a seamless collaboration between UCC, Teagasc Moorepark and CIT. It is widely recognised that the gut microbiota plays an important role in human health and has become one of the most dynamic, complex and exciting areas of research in both food and pharmaceutical arenas. Over the last decade the APC has established itself as one of the leading global centres in gut microbiota research. The APC has made several landmark discoveries and has published over 1600 research articles in peer-reviewed journals, generating many journal covers and associated editorials. The APC comprises over 300, from the scientific PI’s (the APC Faculty) funded by the partner Institutions, the management team, and a dedicated group of research scientists, research assistants and postgraduate students. Due to maternity leave, we are seeking a motivated and driven individual individual to manage our EU grants activity.

The APC EU Grants Manager has responsibility for the implementation of the APC’s H2020 strategy in conjunction with the APC Director and Lead PIs. Knowledge of the comprehensive suite of funding schemes in Horizon 2020 and excellent grant writing, communication and project management skills are central to the role. The APC EU Grant Manager will be exposed to the best researchers in Ireland, across Europe and the world and gain invaluable insights into EU project application and administration.. The role will prepare the successful applicant for a career in project and grant management and thus open multiple career opportunities.

Post Duration: 6 months (maternity leave cover March-August 2017)

Salary: €50,000 p.a.

Role Summary

The purpose of the APC EU Grants Manager is to drive the APC’s strategy to maximise EU and other non-exchequer, non-commercial (NE-NC) grant funding. It also involves managing existing and new research funding awards and evaluating their success. A key responsibility of this position will be to proactively generate new potential collaborations with EU colleagues and companies, in order to develop networks to maximise success with Horizon2020 programmes. The APC EU Grant Manager will be responsible for the implementation of the APC’s strategy for Horizon 2020 and will identify those actions required to deliver each target and develop tools to monitor and evaluate the Centre’s performance. The appointee will be familiar with all relevant H2020 calls and will develop an effective communication strategy in APC to ensure the researchers are aware of all the opportunities available. The candidate will coordinate, write and submit Horizon 2020 grant proposals and will assist APC researchers and partner organisations (including industry) with the preparation of Grant Preparation Forms (co-ordinator grants), contract negotiations and post award project

implementation. The appointee will manage appropriate templates which the APC uses to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of proposal, and to track and report on the APC’s NE-NC funding streams

The APC EU Grants Manager will become a member of the APC’s Operations Management Team (OMG) with the specific role of delivering on the APC’s NENC strategy. This will include working in liaison with the APC team, VP Research Office personnel, and national contact points for each of the Horizon 2020 work programmes and SFI staff. The APC EU Grant Manager will support SFI in the leveraging of funds from Horizon 2020 and will assist in coordinating national efforts/projects for Horizon 2020. The role will most likely involve some travel to Brussels and EU countries.

The APC EU Grant Manager will report to the APC General Manager who will act as line manager

Key Duties and Responsibilities

The APC EU Grant Manager will:


  • Co-ordinate, along with the researchers, the writing of APC grant proposals particularly those to non-exchequer funding agencies.
  • Provide support and direction to executive management and PIs as required in the research area in the context of EU and other funding opportunities.
  • Co-ordinate day-to-day work to support the APC’s H2020 agenda.
  • Facilitate collaboration by liaising with other research groups and offices in UCC including the Office of the VP for Research & Innovation, Technology Transfer, Finance Office and externally with industry partners and collaborators, as required.
  • Ensure compliance with UCC policies and procedures and requirements of the funding body in carrying out the duties of the post.
  • Promote the Centre to attract in EU collaborative research partners and companies, carry out the application and screening process and in so doing create new research and business opportunities for the Centre.
  • Liaise with the VP for Research Office in UCC and other institutions to ensure that all processes, procedures and policies are aligned.
  • Facilitate initiatives that cultivate industry wide engagement in the APC in the context of EU research programmes
  • Build and maintain relationships with relevant APC partners and stakeholders in order to clearly understand and address their skill needs.
  • Assist industry in identifying potential opportunities to collaborate with the APC within EU programmes.
  • Identify, cultivate, and solicit new partnerships for EU funding opportunities, both in the Ireland and internationally.
  • Market APC research and new technology to potential academic and industrial partners.
  • Contribute and participate in events, conferences, seminars and workshops


The list of duties detailed above is not intended to be exhaustive or restrictive and may be adjusted dependent on the area of research.

Essential Criteria


  • The ideal candidate will have a degree and ideally a PhD in a biological science or a related discipline.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively and collaboratively with a dynamic and diverse set of university staff and students, and industrial/practitioner partners in a multi-university environment.
  • Proven experience in European Union Project acquisition.
  • At least two years’ experience in relevant grant proposal writing and management.
  • Excellent communication, time management, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills.
  • Excellent organisational and networking skills.
  • Political acumen and ability to work across international boundaries.
  • Ability to think creatively and independently.
  • Demonstrated ability to elicit sustained involvement from diverse stakeholders and manage collaborations among academia, industrial and/or government organisations.
  • Established network of key contacts and extensive knowledge of EU Grant Programmes.
  • Experience in managing and coordinating research funding submissions through National and International agencies.
  • Knowledge of the comprehensive suite of funding schemes in Horizon 2020.
  • Strong project proposal writing experience.
  • Numerate and accurate with attention to detail with an ability to work within tight deadlines.


 Desirable Criteria


  • Entrepreneurial skills, ability to function effectively in large complex organisations.


For Informal Enquiries on the post candidates should contact:

Dr Sally Cudmore, APC General Manager,

Email Address:

To Apply:

Please submit a short cover letter and C.V. together with the contacts of 2 referees to Ms Grainne Heelan, Email Address: ( on or before the closing date of 10th March 2017, quoting Unique ID OP11M in the subject of the e-mail.

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