Project Manager (Higher Education) Gatsby Plant Science Education Programme

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire (GB)
06 Mar 2017
End of advertisement period
21 Mar 2017
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Project Manager (Higher Education) Gatsby Plant Science Education Programme (Fixed Term)
Department/Location: Sainsbury Laboratory
Reference: PT11609

Applications are invited for the post of Project Manager (Higher Education) in the Sainsbury Laboratory, to manage and further develop a high-profile undergraduate plant science summer school as part of a programme funded by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation.

The Gatsby Plant Science Education Programme aims to increase participation and interest in plant science in UK schools and universities, through online resources for students, school and college teachers, support for education professionals, and an annual plant science summer school for the UK's top bioscience undergraduates.

Working as part of a small expert team this post line manages a Project Coordinator (HE) and focuses on the Higher Education element of the programme to develop and nurture a pipeline of future plant scientists. Responsibilities include managing the delivery, evaluation and further development of the Gatsby Plant Science Summer School project and, working alongside the Project Manager (Schools), to improve the perception of plant science amongst post-16 biology students. Candidates must be able to promote a strong belief in the importance of plant science education and competently manage a range of projects to engage top UK biology undergraduates with plant science.

Applicants must have a first degree (or equivalent professional experience) in the biological sciences, preferably plant science, with a demonstrable broad knowledge of the UK Higher Education context and experience of a plant science research environment. A broad network of contacts in the plant science and/or science education communities is essential, alongside an understanding of at least one of the following fields: undergraduate bioscience education, evaluation of student engagement. Previous experience of developing partnerships on a national and local scale would be advantageous.

Successful candidates will have excellent project management skills, in addition to experience in managing financial budgets. Strong interpersonal and communication skills are required, with the ability to work in a helpful and diplomatic manner with a wide range of people at all levels.

Most importantly, we are looking for a project manager who, working with the current Summer School team will build upon the continuing success of the projects with enthusiasm, flexibility and creativity.

The Laboratory provides a welcoming and collaborative environment with a wide-range of family-friendly benefits and development opportunities. More about the Sainsbury Laboratory, further information for the role and details of what the University offers to employees, can be found at:

Information about the Gatsby Plant Science Summer School and the school level SAPS programme can also be found using the following links:

The post is full time and available immediately.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 March 2020 in the first instance.

For further information, please contact:

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit:

Closing date: 21 March 2017

Please ensure that you upload a copy of your CV, a covering letter highlighting your suitability for the position and contact information of three referees.

Please note interviews are scheduled to be held on Thursday 30 March 2017.

Please quote reference PT11609 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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