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Project Administrator (PSDI)

Southampton, United Kingdom
£29,605 to £33,966 Pro rata per annum
Closing date
15 May 2024

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Faculty Central (FEPS)

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £29,605 to £33,966 Pro rata per annum
Part Time Permanent (17.5 hours a week)
Closing Date:  Wednesday 15 May 2024
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  2688024GN

An exciting opportunity to broaden your horizons and learn skills in a successful environment.

The Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences is seeking a Senior Administrator, based in the School of Chemistry to support the Physical Sciences Data Infrastructure (PSDI– project and as part of the wider Faculty Operating Service.  Successful applicants will be experienced, motivated, enthusiastic, and proactive, whilst culturally sensitive and are able to work effectively in a flexible and collaborative environment.

The Physical Science Data Infrastructure (PSDI) initiative is an EPSRC funded large scale infrastructure project between the University of Southampton and the Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC). PSDI aims to enable researchers in physical sciences to discover, capture, manage and share [SC1] [SC2] research data more easily by connecting and enhancing the different data infrastructures they use. Through PSDI researchers will be able to:

  • Find and Access reference quality data from commercial and open sources
  • Combine data from different sources 
  • Share data, software and models including experimental and simulation data
  • Deploy close-to-data computation and containerisation of data and software 
  • Use AI to explore data 
  • Make the results of their research open and FAIR

As a senior member of our busy administrative team based in Chemistry, you will provide high level support to the team to deliver professional and efficient services including operational assistance and administrative support to the academic community, event organisation, financial administration, organising and minuting meetings, and ordering resources. You will be a key facilitator of relationships with project partners and collaborators across academia and industry. To be successful in this role you will:

  • Have the ability to build effective and credible working relationships and liaise confidently with senior colleagues.
  • Be adaptable, flexible, proactive and a collaborative team leader, with strong interpersonal skills and a positive and enthusiastic approach.
  • Have excellent line management and organisational skills and the ability to effectively manage workload across a team to meet business requirements.
  • Manage complex processes, analyse and interpret business information and support local governance committees.
  • Demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills and well as up-to-date MS Office skills.

Equality, diversity and Inclusion is central to the ethos in Chemistry, having held an Athena SWAN Silver award since 2014. We particularly encourage women, Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME), LGBT and disabled applicants to apply for this position. Chemistry considers applicants that wish to work flexibly, and due consideration is given to applicants who have taken a career break. The University has a generous maternity policy and onsite childcare facilities.  For further information please visit  

The University of Southampton is in the top 1% of world universities and in the top 10 of the UK’s research-intensive universities. We are committed to sustainability and being a globally responsible university having recently been awarded the Platinum EcoAward.  Our vision is to embed the principles of sustainability into all aspects of our individual and collective work, integrating sustainable development into our business planning, policy-making, and professional activities.     

The University offers a generous holiday allowance and additional University closure days, with pension scheme membership, subsidised health and fitness facilities and a range of discounts. Our excellent family leave arrangements include maternity, paternity, adoption and parental.

For further information about the position, please email Rosalind Mizen, Operations Manager at

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