Science Project Administrator

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Wallingford, , GB

Brief Description

Salary: £22,224
Grade: 7
Contract Type: Fixed Term (2 years) – there may be the opportunity for a permanent position at the end of contract. 
Hours: Full Time 
Closing Date: 10th April 2018
Interview Date: 23rd April 2018

The Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), is the UK’s Centre of Excellence for research in the terrestrial and freshwater environmental sciences.

Are you looking to either enhance or reskill in project coordination and support the delivery of high profile national and international science projects that will improve our understanding of the natural environment?

We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed Science Project Administrator to work on high profile projects in the area of Water Resources, including: COSMOS-UK which provides soil moisture data from a network of instruments deployed across the UK and the India-UK Joint Virtual Centre which builds capability and supports stakeholder engagement.

This role will provide essential project office support to research teams at our UK sites and collaborators in India to underpin successful delivery. It presents an excellent opportunity to develop within a project environment where there is an emphasis on coordinating activity across multi-disciplinary teams and communication.

Apprenticeship Opportunity

We will support you to complete an internationally recognized level 4 NVQ in Associate Project Management; accredited by the chartered body APM. This will involve on the job learning and formal training (approx. 30 days off the job) with the Knowledge Academy over 24 months. The apprenticeship is open to anyone, including those who have taken a career break keen to get back into the workplace.

At the end of 24 months and subject to successful completion of the apprenticeship, it is anticipated you would be considered for a permanent position.

Main Duties

The post will be within the Water Resources Systems Group based at CEH’s Wallingford headquarters in Oxfordshire. The focus of the role is on project coordination and communication, supporting project managers to deliver two large projects that are distinct in their requirements but share core requirements. The main duties will be as follows:

  • coordinate project office activities such as: meetings; procurement; recording assets; tracking metrics; managing documentation
  • source and collate material from subject experts to provide preliminary content in a variety of formats for different purposes (e.g. websites, progress reports, meeting papers and standard operating procedures; outreach materials)
  • liaise and network with project teams, international science committee members and commercial contractors to coordinate activities
  • independently organise workshops and meetings, including budgets, travel, accommodation and other meeting requirements
  • facilitate successful meetings by capturing notes and proactively tracking progress against actions
  • coordinate logistics of UK field site installations and visits, including liaison with researchers, land owners and contractors. 

Organization Description

The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) is part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and is the UK’s Centre of Excellence for integrated research in terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems and their interaction with the atmosphere. Working in partnership with the research community, policy makers, industry and society, CEH undertakes cutting edge research to deliver world class solutions to the most complex environmental challenges facing humankind. CEH has an annual turnover of £35 million, and employs staff across four sites; the headquarters is at Wallingford with further sites at Bangor, Edinburgh and Lancaster.

This position is based at CEH’s headquarters in Wallingford, in the Thames Valley to the west of London. The research carried out at Wallingford forms part of a CEH-wide science programme, covering Biodiversity and Ecosystems, Water and Pollution science which is supported by the Environmental Data Centre.