Assistant Director Biological Sciences School Team

open until filled
Natural Sciences, Biology
University of Cambridge
Cambridge, United Kingdom

The Research Operations Office is looking an enthusiastic and motivated individual to lead our team that supports the School of Biological Sciences.

This post is responsible for the team which supports the departments in the School of Biological Sciences. The purpose of the role is to provide leadership of the administrative process and the allocated staff to support the research funding needs of the Schools. This involves heading up communication between Research Operations Office (ROO) and the Schools and constituent departments, academic and administrative staff. There is a need to ensure that the ROO is delivering services aligned with and in support of the School's strategic aims.

The Assistant Director is a key source of strategic advice to the School regarding the formulation of research proposals which conform to University requirements and address relevant academic and administrative criteria. A keen awareness of any changes to these requirements, and the implications of these changes, is required. The position provides strategic information, guidance and advice to academic staff and general staff.

This role will offer the successful candidate the opportunity to:

1.Work within one of the most dynamic and varied research centres in the world; Work with and foster close relationships with academics that are at the forefront of their fields;

2.Develop their business-relations skills, liaising with a wide range of colleagues, sponsors and collaborators, often at a senior level;

3.Develop their management skills through managing a professional and dedicated team of managers and administrators;

Be at the forefront of developments within the funded-research sector, frequently finding solutions to respond to new challenges;
We are looking for a candidate with a relevant postgraduate qualification or an undergraduate degree with an equivalent combination of relevant experience, education/training with people management experience and significant experience in complex grant administration ideally in a university or clinical research organisation.

If you are well organised and self-motivated, can demonstrate a strong service ethic and positive attitude, can thrive under pressure and take pride in meeting your own and your team's objectives then we would love to hear from you.

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Closing Date for Applications is 9th June 2019

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Please quote reference EW18945 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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