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Science Project Administrator

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Sectors Support, PR, Grants and IT
Location England (South Central)
Town/City Wallingford
Salary £22,224. Fixed Term (2 years – with the potential to become permanent)
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level First Level
Deadline 10/04/2018
Company Name NERC - Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
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The Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), is the UK’s Centre of Excellence for research in the terrestrial and freshwater environmental sciences.

About the role

We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed Science Project Administrator to work on high profile projects in the area of Water Resources. The post will be based at CEH's Wallingford headquarters in Oxfordshire and includes an opportunity to participate in a training scheme to improve or update your skills in project management.

This role will provide essential project office support to research teams at our UK sites and collaborators in India to underpin successful delivery of two large projects: COSMOS-UK and the India-UK Joint Virtual Centre. It presents an excellent opportunity to develop within a project environment where there is an emphasis on coordinating activity across multi-disciplinary teams and communication.

About you

A good degree (preferably science or business related) or relevant experience is essential for this role.

You should have an appreciation of how formal project management approaches can be applied from your previous experience.

You take a methodical approach to routine tasks and achieve a high level of accuracy; possess an eye for detail and apply an appropriate approach to quality management.

An ability to work independently, managing your own time effectively to deliver long and short term tasks to agreed deadlines is essential.

You possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills that enable you to interact effectively with people at all levels across the organisation and with stakeholders both in the UK and India.

Having some familiarity with modern modes of communication (videoconference and teleconference) and an enthusiasm for learning new IT systems and approaches (websites, databases, applications for document storage and sharing; social media) as the need arises.

You take an efficient approach in the preparation of internal reports and documents due to your skills in using MS Office (primarily Word, Excel and PowerPoint).

You must be able and willing to travel overseas should the need arise to attend occasional meetings and conferences of short duration.

What we offer

NERC offer a public sector pension scheme, 30 days’ annual leave and 10½ days’ public and privilege holidays per annum. NERC has an equal opportunities policy and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. People with disabilities and those from ethnic minorities are currently under represented and their applications are particularly welcomed. Guaranteed interview scheme for applicants with disabilities.

Apprenticeship Opportunity

We will support you to complete an internationally recognized level 4 NVQ in Associate Project Management; accredited by the chartered body APM. This will involve on the job learning and formal training (approx. 30 days off the job) with the Knowledge Academy over 24 months. The apprenticeship is open to anyone, including those who have taken a career break keen to get back into the workplace.

At the end of 24 months and subject to successful completion of the apprenticeship, it is anticipated you would be considered for a permanent position


To work for CEH, you must be eligible to live and work in the UK without the requirement for a work permit. 

How to apply:

Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services; to apply please visit our job board at http://topcareer.jobs/Vacancy/irc244614_8030.aspx. Please ensure that you complete an application form as CVs will not be accepted as a standalone. The form should be uploaded via the "My Account" menu option on the "Jobs Home" page. Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on 01793 867000, please quote reference number IRC244590.


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