Research Software Project Manager

London (Greater) (GB)
£40,386 - £44,931 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
11 Aug 2022
End of advertisement period
08 Sep 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

Job description

The King’s Digital Lab (KDL - is a Research Software Engineering (RSE) team embedded within King’s College London’s Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Our software development approach allows researchers from a variety of disciplines to achieve their goals by designing and implementing systems, infrastructure, tools, and processes needed to produce a heterogeneous range of high quality digital scholarly outputs, datasets and processes. We build resources designed to answer questions, store content, publish results, and push the boundaries of computationally intensive research.  As a Research Software Engineering laboratory in the digital humanities, cultural heritage and social science research, KDL is deeply committed to co-research and is constantly evolving as new tools and methods appear. We have an open, collaborative culture, both within the Lab and with our research partners.   


The Research Software (RS) Project Manager will play a critical role in liaising between the Solution Development Team (SDT) and project partners, as well as working closely with the Director and lab manager to ensure the efficient running of the Lab.  


You will be responsible for high-level project management of internally and externally funded projects, working closely with and reporting to the Principal Investigators (PIs), and professional services staff as well as cross-functional teams in faculties / divisions, the library, eResearch and IT. At any given time, KDL typically has dozens of projects at different stages, ranging from initial enquiries to active development to post-project support and maintenance, making your work critical to the smooth functioning of the Lab. KDL is also constantly evolving, offering opportunities to contribute to and shape new approaches and initiatives. 


A key element of your role will be to manage existing industry standard project management frameworks to ensure operational efficiency, financial stability, and risk management. This will include managing and improving processes across the Lab. A significant part of this will involve monitoring and reporting on key metrics in order to improve workflow and capacity planning. 


You will have experience managing projects, and an understanding of research and administrative processes, preferably in the UK and European HE sectors.  


Experience working in software engineering environments and controlling Software Development Lifecycles (SDLC) is highly beneficial.  


Depending on your interest and experience, there may be an opportunity to adjust the role to include an SDT role, e.g. analysis, design or development. 


KDL supports an inclusive culture and celebrates the diversity of our team. We are committed to encouraging further appointments from diverse groups, and we look forward to welcoming applicants of all cultures and abilities, supported by flexible and varied working practices.  


This post will be offered on an indefinite contract

This is a full-time post


Key responsibilities

  • Act as the key point of contact between research funding agencies, Principal Investigators, RS team-members, eResearch, Research Management Directorates, Library, and IT.
  • Take responsibility for managing the SDLC to enable the design and delivery of technical solutions by RS and/or IT teams, and their integration into wider institution technical frameworks and strategies.
  • Contribute to providing cost estimates for technical solutions suitable for inclusion in funding bids, through RS colleagues, and work with partners to ensure they are appropriately incorporated into funding bids or other justification of resources.
  • Collate and disseminate key data such as capacity, workflow, research funding and other RS activities information, along with evaluation, measurement & impact metrics.
  • Manage teams of technical RS staff across the institution involved in the design, development, and delivery of eResearch solution.
  • Work with colleagues across the institution (including Faculties / Divisions, eResearch, Research Management Directorates, Library, and IT) to ensure processes for RS and related funding / applications are detailed and effective.
  • Work with colleagues across the institution to define requirements for research-related technical solutions.
  • Organise training initiatives on behalf of the institution and eResearch.
  • Coordinate online and face to face support, and associated documentation, for staff and students using software built or supported by RS staff
  • Develop a personal research agenda, contributing to conferences, blog posts and/or research articles and other outputs.
  • Manage staff involved in the maintenance of eResearch systems and tools and ensure patches / upgrades are implemented as required to ensure security and performance.
  • Manage staff involved in the production of technical and end user documentation to aid the use, support, and maintenance of eResearch systems and tools
  • Maintain and improve skills in research software engineering project management through independent study and training courses.
  • Build or maintain relationships across the UK and international eResearch, eInfrastructure, and RSE communities.
  • Attend community events such as seminars and workshops.
  • Contribute expertise to internal KCL and external committees and working groups.
  • Contribute to department and College meetings and events.

In addition to the core position duties, RS project managers are also likely to contribute to the following Agile Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC) roles as required:

  • Project Coordinator
  • Tester
  • Analyst

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.

Skills, knowledge, and experience

Essential criteria

1.       Project management experience, ideally in an IT and/or RSE context.

2.       Experience with and interest in process improvement and process management, ideally in relation to workflow and human resource and/or capacity management.

3.       Experience with and interest in designing and managing automated reports, based on requirements agreed with key stakeholders.

4.       Ability to work both unsupervised and as part of a highly integrated team.

5.       Understanding of project management tools and methodologies.

6.       Interest in continuous improvement, personally and on a process and team level.

7.       Ability to communicate with a range of stakeholders, both internal and external, and serve as a liaison between the technical team and project partners.

8.       Excellent multi-tasking skills with the ability to track a large number of projects in different stages of development.

9.       Flexible approach and interest in engaging with new opportunities and challenges.


Desirable criteria

1.       Experience with the wider MS suite, particularly PowerBI and SharePoint.

2.       A solid understanding of the higher education, research, and/or training sectors