Applications due: May 1st

Interviews: To be scheduled between 9th-13th May 2016


AMPS: Architecture, Media, Politics, Society is an internationally recognized non-profit academic research organisation based in the UK. It partners with universities, research groups, information professionals and academics internationally. It is specialised in cross disciplinary academic collaborations between researchers from various disciplines.

Specifically, AMPS links the built environment disciplines (architecture, urbanism, and planning) with the fields of art, media, politics and sociology. It specialises in the themes of housing, urbanism, new technologies and digital arts. It organises conferences, publishes books and journals, and hosts an open access resource repository for academics. It is developing several specific research projects.

Reflecting a significant increase in its activity and partnerships, AMPS seeks a Research and Grants Officer to coordinate the first phase of its grant capture initiatives.


The Role: You will have a Degree and a minimum three–six years relevant successful experience in the academic research / funding field, with a track-record in projects related to the arts and social sciences, ideally the built environment. Knowledge of how non-profit organisations, (non HEI’s) function and sit within the academic funding landscape is important. A UK focus is essential. Experience of European grant capture is also preferred.

You will be a key member of the senior management team working closely with AMPS academic and research personnel and its external fundraisers. it is anticipated that the initial focus of your role will involve identifying suitable funding sources and revenue streams for the organisation and extensive liaison with grant funders. Subsequently, it will involve coordinating the development and submission of applications, including guiding on costings. Ultimately, you may engage in post project analysis and reporting.

Working remotely and supporting a non-profit organisation in its grant development, you will need to be self-motivated, dynamic and above all, proactive. This is a highly regarded role in the organisation and you will be central to its success.

Strong analytical skills will be crucial to analyse the organisation, the research funding landscape, and match this to projects that the organisation delivers or has the potential to deliver with its partners or alone.

You will have excellent project management skills, work to tight deadlines, be positive in your outlook and innovative in your approach and analysis. Finding innovative ways of matching the organisation to projects and funding is essential.  Attention to detail, reliability and good communication skills are prerequisites, as is use of typical IT software and relevant databases.

It is perfect for those seeking to develop management experience or to apply existing academic grant experience in a new, socially beneficial context.


Location:  Remote (home working)

Salary:   £31,656 to £37,768 Grade 7 (pro-rata / part-time)

Hours:    Flexible

Contract Type: Contract (daily paid contracts on a basis agreed between AMPS and employee)

Applications due:  1st May 2016


Role Requirements:

  • Detailed knowledge of research funding context in the UK HE sector
  • An understanding of criteria used by UK funders in measuring applications
  • Knowledge of specific grants appropriate to AMPS
  • Involvement with developing and submitting academic research grants
  • Experience matching an organization to grants quickly
  • Familiarity with typical submission processes
  • Skill in typical software and use of relevant databases
  • Experience in soliciting information directly from funders via phone, email etc.

Preferred Skills / Experience:

  • Experience working with non-profit research organisations
  • Subject knowledge of in the humanities/social sciences
  • Familiarity and experience with European grants
  • Involvement in writing / editing academic grant applications
  • Experience with post-project assessment and reporting processes
  • Knowledge of secondary IT applications such as Google Drive

Personal Attributes:

  • Ability to work remotely without supervision or direct line management
  • Good and concise verbal and written communication skills
  • A proactive approach (in seeking information and solving problems)
  • Reliable and flexible (sometimes working to unexpected deadlines)
  • Clinical analysis and creative problem solving skills


To apply, please submit the following to

  1. A cover letter (1 page A4.)
  2. Curriculum Vitae (detailing your grant capture record)
  3. A sample of a successful grant application in a discipline relevant to AMPS
  4. One reference letter and contact details of two referees


For queries, contact Graham Cairns: