Department Manager

£41526 - £49553 per annum
20 Feb 2020
End of advertisement period
21 Mar 2020
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Contract Type
Full Time

Durham Chemistry is a world top 100 chemistry department (QS World University Subject Rankings 2019) and one of the very best in the UK, with an outstanding reputation for excellence in teaching, research and employability of our students. Ranked fifth overall in REF2014 and first for impact, we are an active and vibrant department with many of our staff internationally-acclaimed researchers. We have a strong cohort of early career researchers, future leaders, pursuing innovative research agendas. Our research is concentrated on six research areas, supported by world-class facilities, including high quality analytical and spectroscopic support: Functional Molecules & Materials, Physical Organic & Assembly; Computational & Dynamics; Soft Matter & Interfaces; Catalysis & Sustainable Chemical Processes; Bioactive Chemistry & Synthesis.

Ranked third in the Complete University Guide 2020 our undergraduate programmes are highly rated outside of the Department and well received by our students (6th overall in the National Student Survey (NSS)). We offer both Bachelors (BSc) and Integrated Masters (MChem) which can include a year in industry or overseas. Our Integrated Masters degrees are accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). At postgraduate level our students come from all over the world to carryout research. Durham Chemistry (along with Durham Physics and in partnership with the Universities of Leeds and Edinburgh), is home to the Centre for Doctoral Training in Soft Matter and Interfaces, SOFI CDT. We are also a partnership with the University of Newcastle in the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Molecular Sciences for Medicine. Each year we admit around 120 single honours undergraduates and around 40 PhD students.

The Department has been awarded an Athena SWAN Bronze Award recognising our commitment to advancing women's careers in STEM academia and reflecting the supportive and positive environment within the Department.

The Department Manager role requires an excellent all-rounder with the ability to:
* Work at a strategic level but with an operational focus to support the development and implementation of department strategy in learning and teaching and research.
* Lead and manage the departmental professional services team both in business as usual and also in ensuring responsiveness to change, maximising administrative capacity to deliver departmental strategy.
* Act as a key channel of communication between academic staff and professional services staff, both within the department and across all academic, College and other professional services departments.