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Institutional Research Programme Coordinator (Fixed Term)


The Research Operations Office is looking for an enthusiastic and motivated individual to join its team within the newly-created role of Institutional Research Programme Coordinator.

The University of Cambridge is a world-leading centre of research and teaching, and receives funding from a variety of sources including governmental, charitable, and commercial, as well as sizeable bequests from organisations and individuals. An opportunity has arisen within the Research Operation Office to coordinate and administer a number of sizeable funding programmes including:

  • The Herchel Smith Endowment Fund - providing funding for PhD students and Postdoctoral Fellows in Mathematics, Biological and Physical Sciences;
  • The Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund - aimed at helping new academic appointees develop research applications for full funding;
  • Impact Acceleration Accounts - these provide funding to promote and enhance the scientific and societal impacts of the research the University undertakes.

The role provides an excellent opportunity to develop a career in the area of research administration, and will afford the post-holder the opportunity to work with a variety of stakeholders both internal and external to the University. Key responsibilities will include the following:

  • Maintaining administrative and budgetary systems for a range of institutional programmes and projects, including monitoring of expenditure;
  • Acting as the primary administrative point-of-contact, and promoting a professional and proactive service to colleagues, senior academics, and external parties;
  • Coordinating and producing programme-related communications, including management of the Herchel Smith Endowment web-site and other programme-specific publicity;
  • Producing promotional, guidance, and other related documentation in conjunction with senior members of staff;
  • Carrying out data analysis on projects and programmes
  • Organising events such as workshops, conferences and training sessions
  • Setting meeting agendas and taking minutes

You will be able to demonstrate excellent numeracy, communications and organisational skills and a positive, customer-oriented approach. You will also have strong analysis and reporting skills, and demonstrate advanced knowledge and experience of project coordination. The multi-faceted nature of the role means you must be able to prioritise and work to tight deadlines. Proficiency in using Windows based packages is essential, and knowledge of Oracle Financials would be advantageous.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 year in the first instance.

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 contact lisa.christie@admin.cam.ac.uk if you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process.

Closing date 31st July and interviews will be held w/c 7th August

Please quote reference EW12554 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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