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Personal Assistant (Fixed Term)

The Sainsbury Laboratory is an interdisciplinary research institute focusing on plant developmental biology.

Applications are invited for the position of Personal Assistant to the Director, Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser, to provide an efficient administrative and secretarial service and ensure the smooth running and day to day operation of the Director's office. The post has a wide range of responsibilities, including managing complex diary arrangements and acting as the interface between the Director of the Institute, the School, the University, the scientific community, and national and international institutions.

Candidates must be educated to at least A-level standard (or equivalent experience) ideally with a degree and demonstrate previous relevant experience supporting individuals at a senior level. Effective and professional communication skills, both verbal and written, are essential, alongside the ability to build good working relationships with a range of people at various levels.

The successful candidate will have excellent organisation, time management and IT skills, with previous experience in diary management. Whilst demonstrating a service orientated approach, the post holder will use their own judgement to meet deadlines, work under pressure and prioritise a diverse and changing workload. A flexible attitude to work is required, together with a high level of attention to detail. Familiarity with the University administrative and online systems would be advantageous.

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

The post is full time and available immediately.

Fixed term: The funds for this post are available until 31 December 2021 in the first instance.

Interviews are likely to take place in the morning on Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th May 2017.

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.

The Sainsbury Laboratory receives a high volume of applications. If you have not heard from us within three weeks of the closing date, please consider your application as unsuccessful on this occasion.

Please quote reference PT11910 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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