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Doctoral Training Facilitator (Part Time, Fixed Term)


We wish to appoint a Training Facilitator to coordinate and contribute to programmes of personal and professional development for doctoral students across the University of Cambridge NERC DTP. The University of Cambridge NERC DTP is now in the 3rd year of a 5-year, £6M programme for graduate student training which involves 7 University departments (DAMTP, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Geography, Zoology, Plant Sciences, Archaeology & Anthropology as well as BAS) across 3 Schools of the University.

This is an opportunity for an outgoing and committed individual to make a significant contribution to the support and development of postgraduate students at one of the world's leading research universities.

The role-holder will: lead the planning, development and delivery of training to graduate students in association with academic departments and internal and external training partners; provide overall coordination of training and skills development; design and personally deliver a selection of the workshops, training courses and 1:1 skills analysis sessions and development activities.

There will be a cohort of around 100 graduate students which will include those directly funded by the NERC DTP (15-20 per year) along with other DTP affiliated graduate students (those working on projects in NERC related areas of science) and postdocs whose work connects with the DTP.

The role-holder will work with the DTP chair and the DTP training committee, and in close liaison with the Researcher Development Consultants for the Schools, to ensure that skills development training and doctoral training in general for graduate students who are connected with the NERC DTP is planned, coordinated and communicated effectively and efficiently and that, where possible, NERC funded provision is open to all graduate students working in all areas of NERC science. The role holder will also coordinate training in collaboration with other NERC DTPs where appropriate.

A background in the Natural Sciences is essential. A PhD or equivalent experience would be an advantage. Experience of designing and delivering teaching and/or high quality personal and professional development is essential¿ experience of doing so in a higher education environment is desirable. Essential personal qualities include excellent communication skills (including listening and negotiation skills), self-motivation, good organization (including the ability to manage projects and assist with managing budgets), and an ability to switch effectively between tasks and to respond positively to change.

The will be a part-time appointment for 0.4FTE.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2.5 years in the first instance.

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Informal enquiries can be made to Jane Hart

Please quote reference LB11920 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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