Research Project Manager

£44,045 - £49,552
29 May 2020
End of advertisement period
30 Jun 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences

Lanarkshire Campus

Job Title: Research Project Manager


Salary Scale: £44,045 - £49,552

Hours: Full time – 35 hours per week

Fixed Term: Until 31 May 2023

The School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of the West of Scotland is inviting applications for the position of a Research Project Manager. The successful candidate will manage the administration of the H2020 project RAPID (Risk Aware Port Inspection Drones), which has secured €5 million funding from the European Commission. The post will be embedded within the Advanced Laboratory for Manufacturing and Autonomous Digital Applications (ALMADA) and the Research Project Manager will support the Principal Investigators in post-award coordination and will be responsible for grant cycle management, including project control and financial management, reporting of deliverables, organising workshops and travel logistics, and external stakeholder engagement.

UWS is the lead partner and coordinator of the RAPID consortium that brings together nine university and industry research organisations from across Europe, including Thales, SINTEF, Fraunhofer, Port of Hamburg, XOcean, University of Dundee, University of Limerick, and Revolve Water.

You will support the exploitation and impact development of RAPID. To facilitate the successful migration of research outcomes into high-value end-use solutions, you will help build strategic partnerships with interdisciplinary stakeholders and international end-use partners and develop a keen understanding of their objectives and technical needs.

This post is augmented by a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and 2 funded PhD studentships being advertised concurrently.

You will have appropriate professional qualifications in financial administration and/or project management, and demonstrable relevant experience of managing large multi-partner projects in either industry or academic settings. Prior experience of managing European Commission research and innovation projects with a STEM focus is essential. Applicants are expected to demonstrate competence in developing budgets, planning and negotiation, project governance, progress monitoring, risk management, and reporting financials. Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English is essential. Applicants should have excellent interpersonal skills and have proven ability to establish and maintain effective networks and working relationships with international interdisciplinary partners.  It is desirable that applicants have knowledge and understanding of the drivers and trends in market sectors that use unmanned aerial and maritime systems.

The post will be embedded within the School of Computing, Engineering & Physical Sciences (CEPS), which has around 110 academic staff and over 2,300 undergraduate and postgraduate students. The successful candidate will be based at our Lanarkshire Campus with scheduled activities at our other campus locations and periodic requirement for national and international travel.

The University of the West of Scotland is committed to supporting personal development and providing an inclusive working environment.  UWS has the Athena SWAN Bronze Award, is a Disability Confident employer, and welcomes applications from under-represented groups; as such we particularly encourage applications supporting our diversity agenda.

Informal enquiries to Dr James Riordan,

Further information, including details of how to apply is available at

The post is full time and fixed term until 31 May 2023.  The post is available from July 2020 with start date as soon as possible thereafter.

Closing date:   Tuesday 30th June 2020

Interview date: Monday 13th July 2020 (via Microsoft Teams)

UWS is committed to equality and diversity and welcomes applications from under-represented groups.

UWS is a “disability confident” employer.

University of the West of Scotland is a registered Scottish charity, no. SC002520.