Research Centre Project Manager

Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh (GB)
£34,308 - £40,931 per annum
24 Feb 2023
End of advertisement period
22 Mar 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job title: Research Centre Project Manager – Full Time, Fixed Term (2 years)

Job reference: 0000019725

Date posted: 24/02/2023

Application closing date: 22/03/2023

Salary: £34,308 - £40,931 per annum

Package: Excellent benefits including 36 days annual leave, employer pension contributions of 20.8% and hybrid/flexible working opportunities

Contractual hours: 36.25

Basis: Full Time

Job description
We’re currently recruiting for a Research Centre Project Manager to join Edinburgh Napier University to support our two Research Centres, the Centre for Cardiovascular Health and Centre for Mental Health Practice, Policy and Law Research based at our Sighthill Campus.

These centres focus on key global challenges and lead ground-breaking work to improve policy, practice, and legal frameworks in both cardiovascular and mental health. They bring together research and stakeholders from across the university and beyond to provide cutting-edge research and innovative solutions that make a difference to individuals lives.

As a Research Centre Project Manager, you will be at the heart of both centres, ensuring their smooth-running including overseeing the planning and delivery of research to meet objectives. This role will suit someone who enjoys no day being the same, as you will be planning and monitoring multiple research projects at one time and ensuring these remain within timescales.

Why Edinburgh Napier University?

Edinburgh Napier University is a place buzzing with people who continually work to recognise everyone’s potential.

Our people are at the heart of what we do, and we are proud to be the #1 Modern University in Scotland because we truly believe that we can make a difference, by nurturing and encouraging you to reach beyond what you know and helping you to get to where you want to be.

Join us and you’ll find that we’re a forward-thinking institution, home to forward-thinking people, inspired by the world around us. We create an environment where everyone feels proud, confident, challenged, and supported so you can help us in innovative, ambitious ways to make a difference.

We’re ‘home of difference makers’ and we need your support in fulfilling that promise.

How will you make a difference?

As an excellent communicator, you’ll play a crucial role in facilitating effective communication and collaboration to ensure efficient delivery of services and research projects/programs across the Centres.

This is a varied role where you’ll have the opportunity to support in a range of different areas including research funding applications, developing, and producing reports, financial management (including working with budgets), purchase of resources for research projects.

You’ll be a cohesive link between the Centres and the University administration in relation to policy development, implementation support, service delivery and provision of information and coordination of information.

You’ll have the opportunity to network and build relationships with key stakeholders across the University and externally including developing and implementing communication strategies and plans that meet key requirements and needs. You’ll also get to collaborate with our academics and researchers to achieve project goals including overseeing the development of research related events and training activities.

Using your own initiative and creative mindset, you’ll identify optimal solutions and identify innovative ways to improve running of the centres. You’ll also have the opportunity to expand and showcase your skills by overseeing the development of a flexible and scalable resource model for both Centres.

For a comprehensive list of main duties and responsibilities, click here to view our full role profile.

What we’ll need from you

With a postgraduate qualification in an appropriate discipline, you will have:

  • Relevant experience in project management
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills with sound negotiating and a demonstrated level of tact and discretion in dealing with day-to-day operational matters
  • Excellent time and workload management skills with demonstrated ability to prioritise effectively, manage multiple tasks, meet deadlines, and achieve required outcomes
  • Financial management experience and literacy, experience managing budgets and controlling income and expenditure
  • Extensive experience of either developing and working on research projects or supporting the delivery of research projects including expertise in using research protocols, experimental design, ethics submissions and grant applications

What’s in it for you?

Salary: £34,308 - £40,931 per annum plus excellent benefits

Hours: 36.25 per week

We offer a great working environment where we support ambition, recognise achievement, and offer an attractive benefits package.

This includes:

  • hybrid working and flexible working opportunities
  • minimum of 36 days annual leave (including 10 fixed holidays)
  • a generous pension scheme (employer contribution of 20.8%)
  • nationally agreed pay increases each year
  • various learning and development opportunities
  • discounted access to onsite and local gym facilities and a wide range of other staff discounts

For more information on our wide range of benefits, click here.

Additional information

Application closing date: Wednesday 22 March @ 11:59pm

Interviews will take place early-mid April in person where possible.  

For general queries, please contact recruitment@napier.ac.uk.

Edinburgh Napier is committed to creating an environment where everyone feels proud, confident, challenged and supported and are holders of Disability Confident, Carer Positive and Stonewall Diversity Champion status. Please see here for more information.