Assistant Project Manager - UKANET Antarctic GPS
The Department and role purpose:
The Department of Geography, Durham University, seeks to appoint a part time Assistant Project Manager - UKANET Antarctic GPS to support the organisation and administration of the UKANET Antarctic Global Positioning System (GPS) research project for a period of two years. The project is funded by the UK Natural Environment Research Council and runs until 2023 with the aim of using precise GPS measurements of crustal motion to better understand variability in ice sheet behaviour across a large sector of Antarctica. The project involves close collaboration between scientists in Durham and Newcastle, and a wide range of engineers and GPS specialist equipment suppliers in government and non-government organisations in the UK and internationally. The objectives of the project are to (i) procure specialist GPS equipment from international suppliers and freight the equipment to Antarctica according to meticulous shipping pathways and timescales; (ii) oversee the installation and maintenance of the equipment at measurement sites in Antarctica; (iii) ensure continued operation of the sites, data upload via satellite or by in-person engineer visits, and curation of the resultant data; (iv) analysis of the GPS data by project scientists and partners for signals of crustal motion that can be related to ice sheet behaviour and other scientific applications.
The successful candidate will be based in the Department of Geography, and will work alongside the Principal Investigator, Co-Investigators, and project partners in order to effectively manage the project. The candidate should have excellent organisational skills and the ability to meet strict deadlines, and should enjoy working independently and proactively. Excellent communication and team-working skills are essential, with the flexibility to communicate with a variety of different audiences and to move across a range of different activities.