Research management and coordination

All academic and industry research organisations have Research Operations teams who coordinate and manage the practical aspects of running large research programmes, whether it’s an individual lab, or an institute with 30-40 research teams. ​

These roles involve scientific procurement, finance and project management and could also extend to managing Human Resources; all the processes required to manage the people, procedures and equipment that underpin the smooth running of a research lab. University-based Research Operations officers will also offer expert guidance in securing and administering research funding and managing active grants. ​

With the move towards large collaborative research initiatives, there is an increasing need for people with research experience to take on operational roles, ensuring that complex research endeavours can progress smoothly and efficiently.​