Astronomy Project Administrator
The Department and role purpose
The Department of Physics at Durham University is one of the top UK Physics departments with an outstanding reputation for excellence in teaching, research and employability of our students. Ranked in the top 10 in REF2022 in terms of power, 96% of Durham Physics research was considered either to be of "internationally excellent quality" or "world leading".
The Department of Physics is committed to building and maintaining a diverse and inclusive environment. It is pledged to the Athena SWAN charter, where we hold a silver award, and has the status of IoP Juno Champion. We embrace equality and particularly welcome applications from women, black and minority ethnic candidates, and members of other groups that are under-represented in physics. Durham University provides a range of benefits including pension, flexible and/or part time working hours, shared parental leave policy and childcare provision.
The Astronomy research group are seeking to appoint a self-motivated and experienced administrator to support the daily operations and the effective and efficient running of the research section. This post offers the successful applicant an opportunity to be part of one of Durham University's leading research groups.
The post holder will be a committed, enthusiastic professional who relates well to people at all levels. She/he will be expected to demonstrate a high level of initiative and be confident in dealing with diverse groups, including visiting researchers, Heads of Faculties, Departments and Colleges, and research groups across the University. She/he will work as part of the astronomy administration team, supporting other members of the team and coordinating activity.
The post holder will be expected to work flexibly to deliver effective administrative support and guidance to the Astronomy group staff and its stakeholders. Working closely with senior staff and colleagues, she/he will take responsibility for the fundamental and general Astronomy group administrative services, as well as assisting with data gathering for funding and project applications, organising events and research activities, creating and maintaining financial and publishing records. The role will also provide opportunities for the post holder to contribute to the development of new promotional materials and communication tools for the Astronomy group e.g. website and social media content.
The Project Administrator will act as the first point of contact for enquiries and managing a wide range of internal and external enquiries from staff, partners and other stakeholders via email, telephone and face-to-face contact, taking an active decision-making role and using judgement on a day-to-day basis, providing advice, support and information.
The candidate would be expected to assist the CDT Director/LACEGAL Grant PI and other members of the Astronomy Group Senior Management Team, providing administrative support to ensure the smooth running of activities and to maximise effective use of academic staff time.
This role is an excellent opportunity for an administrator seeking to develop their experience and knowledge at both strategic and operational levels, and applications are invited from enthusiastic individuals looking to embrace a new challenge.