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Project Manager (Schools) Gatsby Plant Science Education Programme (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for the post of Project Manager (Schools) in the Sainsbury Laboratory, to manage and further develop projects as part of a programme funded by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation.

The Gatsby Plant Science Education Programme aims to increase participation and interest in plant science in UK schools and universities, through online resources for students, school and college teachers, support for education professionals, and an annual plant science summer school for the UK's top bioscience undergraduates.

Working as part of a small expert team this post focuses on the Schools element of the programme, the Science and Plants for Schools project, supporting teaching and learning of plants to strengthen the place of plant science in UK education. The post line manages a Project Coordinator (Schools). The role holder will use their knowledge of education, their expertise in biology teaching and learning, and their interest in plant science to develop and deliver projects, aiming to support teachers, students and others. Candidates must be able to promote a strong belief in the importance of plant science education and competently manage a range of projects to engage teachers and their students with plant science.

Applicants must have a first degree (or equivalent professional experience) in the biological sciences, with a demonstrable broad knowledge of the UK STEM education context. A broad network of contacts in the plant science and/or science education communities is essential, alongside a deep understanding of 11-19 science education, practical biology and/or curriculum resource development. Previous experience of developing partnerships on a national and local scale would be advantageous.

Successful candidates will have excellent project management skills, in addition to experience in managing financial budgets and delivering professional development training. Strong interpersonal and communication skills are required, with the ability to work in a helpful and diplomatic manner with a wide range of people at all levels.

Most importantly, we are looking for a project manager who will build upon the continuing success of the projects with enthusiasm, flexibility and creativity.

The Laboratory provides a welcoming and collaborative environment with a wide-range of family-friendly benefits and development opportunities. More about the Sainsbury Laboratory, further information for the role and details of what the University offers to employees, can be found at:

Information about the SAPS programme and the programme's Higher Education project, the Gatsby Plant Science Summer School, can also be found using the following links:

The post is full time and available immediately.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 March 2020 in the first instance.

For further information, please contact:

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload a copy of your CV, a covering letter highlighting your suitability for the position and contact information of three referees.

Please note interviews are scheduled to be held on Wednesday 05 April 2017.

Please quote reference PT11610 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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