Self-Funded Studentship: Ultrafast dynamics in photoactive media (MEECH_U15SF)

University of East Anglia

University of East Anglia – School of Chemistry

Qualification type: PhD
Location: Norwich
Funding for: Self-funded Students
Funding amount: Not specified
Hours: Full Time
Placed on: 20th December 2014
Closes: 31st May 2015

Start Date: October 2015.

Supervisor: Professor Steve Meech, s.meech@uea.ac.uk

The Project:

The Meech group is involved in the development and application of ultrafast spectroscopy to probe complex systems of interest in chemistry and biology. We have a number of ultrafast spectrometers for: multidimensional electronic spectroscopy; transient vibrational spectroscopy (IR and Raman); excited state dynamics (fluorescence up-conversion and transient absorption); liquid state dynamics (optical Kerr effect). Current research encompasses electronic dynamics in couples chromophores, mechanism of operation of photoactive proteins and aqueous dynamics at protein interfaces.

Entry Requirements:

Applicants should have a minimum of a 2.1 degree, in Physics Chemistry or Biophysics.

Funding:

This project is offered on a self-funding basis. It is open to applicants with funding or those applying to funding sources.  Details of tuition fees can be found at http://www.uea.ac.uk/pgresearch/pgrfees.

A bench fee is also payable on top of the tuition fee to cover specialist equipment or laboratory costs required for the research.  The amount charged annually will vary considerably depending on the nature of the project and applicants should contact the primary supervisor for further information about the fee associated with the project.

To discuss the application process or particular projects, please contact the: Admissions Office, email: pgr.enquiries.admiss@uea.ac.uk or telephone +44 (0)1603 591709. 

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Innovation Manager

NERC is seeking a highly motivated individual to take up the role of Innovation Manager in the priority area of sustainable food production and its constituent sectors in the agri-food area.

NERC – the Natural Environment Research Council – is the leading public funder of independent research, training and innovation in environmental science in the UK. Each year we invest over £330 million in research, training and innovation in UK universities and our own Research Centre’s.

NERC plays a key role in the UK’s innovation system by ensuring that the best environmental science is placed at the heart of responsible management of the planet and informs day-to-day business practice. To this end, NERC works in partnership with businesses to help them identify and use the environmental science they need to meet the challenges they face. NERC Innovation is working closely with businesses, their global supply chains, and relevant policymakers and regulators to ensure the concerns and key challenges of the agri-food sector are properly identified and disseminated to the research community. Furthermore, NERC is facilitating access to expertise, knowledge, and facilities to help deliver innovative approaches to addressing sustainability challenges.

As Innovation Manager, you will lead and manage innovation and exploitation activity across NERC in this area, to ensure our investments in innovation, exploitation, research and facilities provide maximum benefit both for the economy and for society. This will include the development of innovation programmes and strategic partnerships with leading businesses. You will:

  • Lead the development and management of an innovation portfolio in the Sustainable Food Production priority area through the identification and analysis of knowledge gaps and industrial need in the agri-food sector.
  • Oversee the delivery of the Sustainable Agriculture Research & Innovation Club (SARIC): work with the Club’s business partners, BBSRC and ESRC, to develop the scope for funding calls through the Programme; manage the relationship with business partners; and manage the SARIC Programme Coordination contract with the Knowledge Transfer Network.
  • Develop and manage, with BBSRC, a research & innovation programme in sustainable aquaculture; work closely with business, policymakers, regulators and other funding bodies to develop a funding model appropriate for an industry-academic collaborative programme in the aquaculture sector.
  • Lead the identification, prioritisation, development and management of strategic partnerships with leading businesses and trade bodies in the Sustainable Food Production priority area; develop activities with the strategic partners to guide the translation of research, and which inform NERC research and innovation agenda.
  • Lead the identification and engagement of business, policy and key academics to ensure that links are made to exploit opportunities for the translation of existing research into impact and develop partnerships for co-funding.
  • Work with NERC Centres on issues such as access of industry to National Capability and environmental data.
  • Work closely with Department for Environment Food Rural Affairs (Defra), Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS), Innovate UK (formerly Technology Strategy Board), Devolved Administrations, UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) on strategic issues facing the agri-food sector in the UK and further afield.
  • Work with NERC Communications team to develop publicity material on NERC’s offer in the Sustainable Food Production priority area.
  • Work on cross teams to identify and share good practice, co-develop opportunities across priority areas and manage ad hoc issues and tasks as and when required.

Combining a commercial and/or broad scientific understanding of the agri-food sector and underpinning science, you will have a proven ability to bring a variety of stakeholders together and facilitate the translation of research outcomes into business benefits. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are a must, as is the practical application of project management skills. You will also have a strong track record of identifying and effectively developing opportunities and collaborations involving businesses and academic stakeholders. You will ideally demonstrate an existing network of contacts in the Sustainable Food Production area in both the commercial and academic sectors.

Contract management skills and a demonstrable understanding of effective innovation mechanisms and cultural drivers within this area will complete the range of skills and knowledge which equip you to deliver this key role.

The role requires regular business travel, including some overnight absences.

To apply please upload your CV, accompanied by a covering letter and any other relevant attachments to http://www.topcareer.jobs/Vacancy/irc172614_5006.aspx. Please make sure that you include the IRC172614 reference in the filename. Applicants who would like to receive this advert in an alternative format (e.g. large print, Braille, audio or hard copy), or who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on 01793 867000. Please quote the appropriate reference number when calling (IRC172614).

Closing date: 16 January 2015 16:00
Interview date: week commencing 2 February 2015

For further information on the role, please contact Robyn Thomas (email: robtho@nerc.ac.uk; 01793 413 181) or Maricon Alojado (email: maloj@nerc.ac.uk; 01793 411 579).

Employability and Enterprise Officer

University of the West of England, Bristol

University of the West of England, Bristol – Student & Partnership Services

Location: Bristol
Salary: £24,775 to £27,864
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed on: 19th December 2014
Closes: 6th January 2015
Job Ref: 1446182

Campus/location: Frenchay campus

The Student and Partnership Services at UWE Bristol is seeking an Employability and Enterprise Officer to join their team on a permanent and full time basis.

In this role you will deliver careers information and advice to students and recent graduates focussing on achieving positive graduate career outcomes.

Key selection criteria:

You will have:-

• Ability to demonstrate up to date knowledge of data and resources relating to the employability of graduates • Ability to demonstrate an understanding of quality standards for careers information, advice and guidance in the context of learning and work • Experience of 1-1 careers related information and advice provision and running group briefings/small workshops on job application skills and other relevant employability topics • General education to degree level or can demonstrate equivalent experience; evidence of CPD • Professional Qualification in Careers Guidance preferred or minimum NVQ3 Advice and Guidance.

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Strategic Planning officer

University of Exeter

University of Exeter – Strategic Planning and Change

Location: Exeter
Salary: Up to £33,242
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed on: 19th December 2014
Closes: 5th January 2015
Job Ref: R47923
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A highly motivated and enthusiastic person is sought to join the Strategic Planning team. This small and vibrant team plays a vital role supporting the University’s planning and data requirements and works closely with Senior Management and staff from Academic Colleges and Professional Services, in a varied range of activities. 

This challenging role offers wide variety working with colleagues throughout the University to support a range of interesting plans and initiatives. The role includes the analysis and reporting of a set of the University’s performance indicators, providing benchmarking data and reports to monitor the University’s competitive position. In addition to this, you will be working closely with the Business Intelligence team to co-ordinate and complete of a number of the University’s business critical statutory returns. This is a crucial role which supports the evidence based decision making culture of the University in its key management decisions.

You will be educated to degree level or professional equivalent with a strong analytical and intellectual ability. You will be numerate and confident in the analysis and presentation of data, with excellent interpersonal and communication skills and be able to manage a diverse and stimulating workload. You will be able to assimilate complex sets of data and communicate the results clearly to a variety of audiences both internally and externally, as well as work independently and as part of a team in various roles. Benefiting from multi-million pound investment in our campuses, we offer a rewarding career in a fast-moving and demanding environment, as part of a forward thinking team that continues to have ambitious plans for the future.

The starting salary will be circa 33,242 on Grade F, depending on qualifications and experience.

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer which is ‘Positive about Disabled People’. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.

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Industrial Placement Student – IT

About Us

Abcam is a leading web based business supplying research tools to life scientists worldwide. Our head office is in Cambridge (UK), we also have offices in Bristol (UK), Cambridge, Eugene and San Francisco, (USA), Tokyo (Japan), Hong Kong and Hangzhou (China).

Our culture is one that empowers individuals, with responsibility given at an early stage. We place great emphasis on knowledge and experience. The working environment is fun and fast-paced, with everybody working together as a team to deliver great service and the best products to our customers.

About the Role

Abcam has a multidiscipline IT team covering aspects of e-commerce infrastructure, software development, testing, DevOps, business intelligence, business analysis and project management. We’re inviting candidates to cover any of these areas on an industrial placement for 12 months. If you are not sure which discipline you want to specialise in then we can offer you a taster from all these areas and help you get some career direction.

We use all the latest technologies to help drive our comprehensive e-commerce engine and we’re proud of our achievements, so that’s why we want to share this. We love to automate what we can and find inventive ways of implementing new ideas. We’d love for you to bring your idea and make it happen.

Worried about skills gaps? We will help you learn the skills you need and give you valuable experience for your career.

Perhaps you do not understand the science? That doesn’t matter – why not learn a bit whilst you apply what you know about IT to a real work problem?!

We’re a company that supports creativity, dynamism, hard work and at the same time, find a space in our day for a little bit of table tennis.

Abcam is a company that likes to work hard, innovate, and celebrate successes. That’s why we do ‘hack-a-thons’ and pizza lunches.

About You

You will be an undergraduate studying towards a BSc (or similar academic qualification) in an IT related field. Ideally you must be on a sandwich degree and be taking the industrial placement as a recognised sandwich year. If your course is not an official sandwich course, you must ensure that you are able to take a year out from University to complete the 12-month placement.

The qualities we ask from you are:

  • A willingness to learn and participate
  • A can-do attitude
  • Able to collaborate and communicate effectively
  • Some technical aptitude
  • A passion for emerging technology and practice

In return, we’ll offer you some great experience working with smart people and pay you for it.

Application Submission Deadline – 30th January 2015

Interviews at Abcam Cambridge – 16th February to 27th February 2015

Start Date around the – 6th July 2015

In your cover letter please make sure that you answer the following question: “Why do you want to apply for this specific placement?”.

Associate Professor of Modern Chinese Studies

University of Oxford

University of Oxford

Location: Oxford
Salary: £44,620 to £59,914
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed on: 19th December 2014
Closes: 30th January 2015
Job Ref: 116485

The Faculty of Oriental Studies, in association with St Cross College, is seeking a leading scholar of modern Chinese studies to join the University at an exciting time for Chinese scholarship. The recent opening of the inter-disciplinary China Centre in the magnificent new building in Canterbury Road complements a lively and intellectually stimulating research community which performs to the highest international levels in research and publications. The person appointed will be offered a Governing Body Fellowship at St Cross College, and will have access to the excellent research facilities which Oxford offers.

The Associate Professor will carry out advanced research on contemporary China (preferably with an anthropological focus), give lectures, classes, and tutorials in modern Chinese Studies. She/He will coordinate graduate taught courses, and provide teaching for these and undergraduate courses in Chinese, as well as supervising and examining students. She/He will take part in the administration of the faculty and will have a role to play in the running of the college as a member and trustee of its Governing Body.

The successful applicant will hold a doctorate in the field of Chinese studies (with an anthropological focus), and will demonstrate substantial experience of conducting fieldwork in China. With excellent modern standard Mandarin, as well as the ability to teach using Chinese language text, she/he will be able to teach undergraduate and graduate students and to supervise undergraduates on taught courses across the whole field of modern Chinese Studies. Applicants should show a commitment to carrying out and publishing high calibre research, and possess excellent communication, interpersonal, and organisational skills. The ability to co-operate in the administration of faculty and college business, and to undertake pastoral responsibilities for students, will also be required.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 30 January 2015.

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Faculty Manager

University of Bristol

University of Bristol – Engineering Faculty Office

Location: Bristol
Salary: Competitive
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Contract / Temporary
Placed on: 19th December 2014
Closes: 7th January 2015
Job Ref: SUPP101283

(Maternity Cover)

Based in the Faculty of Engineering, you will be a member of the Faculty’s senior management team responsible for the provision of professional managerial guidance to the senior management team, and for ensuring consistent and high quality administrative support across the Faculty.

In addition, you will be responsible for project initiation, delivery and benefits realisation together with ensuring effective “operations” support for the delivery of the Faculty’s vision and strategy, whether that be through Faculty support staff, through professional services staff managed centrally, or through services procured from elsewhere.

You will have substantial experience in a senior management position, with the ability to lead, support and be part of a high performing team of managers. You will also have senior management skills and the proven ability to develop and implement strategy and policy. You will have sound financial training and experience sufficient to manage and control significant budgets.

In addition you will have experience of identifying, promoting, planning and implementing lasting, effective solutions to problems and challenges together with the initiative and flexibility to adapt to changing priorities and timescales. You will be a graduate or have the equivalent level of education or experience.

The post available for a one-year fixed term contract, starting late March 2014. Interviews will take place shortly after the closing date.

Interview date: Shortly after the closing date

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Industrial Placement Student – Lab based

About Us

Abcam is a leading web based business supplying research tools to life scientists worldwide. Our head office is in Cambridge (UK), we also have offices in Bristol (UK), Cambridge, Eugene and San Francisco, (USA), Tokyo (Japan), Hong Kong and Hangzhou (China).

Our culture is one that empowers individuals, with responsibility given at an early stage. We place great emphasis on knowledge and experience. The working environment is fun and fast-paced, with everybody working together as a team to deliver great service and the best products to our customers.

About the Role

We currently have an exciting opportunity for a 12-month Industrial Placement student position within our Product Development and Manufacture facility in Cambridge, UK. This will be the ideal opportunity for you to develop the skills you have learnt at University in a practical environment, increase your knowledge of biological techniques, and gain an understanding of some of the industrial aspects of the Life Sciences.

In this laboratory-based role you will be supported by experienced professionals with backgrounds in the production and characterisation of research reagents. You will be required to assist in:

  • Cell culture and purification of hybridoma cell lines; working as part of a team to hit production targets and actively suggesting improvements to the process and contributing ideas where appropriate.
  • Conducting antibody characterisation procedures, such as Western Blot, accurately and following Standard Operating Procedures. This will involve specimen preparation, ordering and making up reagents, and any other tasks that are deemed necessary in order to facilitate the smooth operation of the Characterisation Lab.

About You

You will be an undergraduate studying towards a BSc (or similar academic qualification) in a related field. Ideally you must be on a sandwich degree and be taking the industrial placement as a recognised sandwich year. If your course is not an official Sandwich course, you must ensure that you are able to take a year out from University to complete the 12-month placement.

Candidates also need to have good problem solving and communication skills, be organised, enthusiastic and a good team player.

Application Submission Deadline – 30th January 2015

Interviews at Abcam Cambridge – 16th February to 27th February 2015

Start Date around the – 6th July 2015

In your cover letter please make sure that you answer the following question: “Why do you want to apply for this specific placement?” .

Industrial Placement Student – Logistics

About Us

Abcam is a leading web based business supplying research tools to life scientists worldwide. Our head office is in Cambridge (UK), we also have offices in Bristol (UK), Cambridge, Eugene and San Francisco, (USA), Tokyo (Japan), Hong Kong and Hangzhou (China).

Our culture is one that empowers individuals, with responsibility given at an early stage. We place great emphasis on knowledge and experience. The working environment is fun and fast-paced, with everybody working together as a team to deliver great service and the best products to our customers.

About the Role

We have an exciting opportunity for two 12-month industrial placement student within our Logistics department in Cambridge, UK. The right student will have the opportunity to learn a variety of skills using cutting edge systems and processes. The role includes a number of procedures including aliquoting and preparing stock for customers, from both external suppliers and our in house facility. Each day will be different and ad hoc tasks will be part of the role. Each candidate will be given their own exciting project for which they are responsible, based on your skills and experience.

About You

You will be currently studying a BSc in a Life Science related field. Ideally you must be on a sandwich degree and be taking the industrial placement as a recognised sandwich year. If your course is not an official sandwich course, you must ensure that you are able to take a year out from University to complete the 12-month placement.

We are looking for a confident individual who is willing to learn new skills in a fast paced and highly motivated environment. You will be expected to meet tight deadlines, work as part of a team as well as manage your own work flow. You will have great communication skills, proven attention to detail and lots of enthusiasm.

Application Submission Deadline – 6th February 2015

Interviews at Abcam Cambridge – 23rd February to 6th March 2015

Start Date around the – 6th July 2015

In your cover letter please make sure that you answer the following question: “Why do you want to apply for this specific placement?”

Executive Office Administrator

Oxford Brookes University

Oxford Brookes University – Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Location: Oxford
Salary: £22,685 to £24,775
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed on: 19th December 2014
Closes: 9th January 2015
Job Ref: 462/17798/BC

Starting salary: £22,685, rising annually to £24,775

You will be:

  • providing comprehensive professional administrative support to designated members of the executive team
  • acting as secretary to any faculty, departmental and other relevant committees including formal minute taking
  • managing ad hoc projects as allocated, involving background research, evaluation, report writing and presentation to the designated member(s) of the Faculty Executive team
  • maintaining up to date knowledge of university procedures, processes, and current initiatives, projects and issues, particularly those relevant to the portfolio of the designated members of the Faculty Executive team
  • responsible for the administration of all academic departmental recruitment and selection activity, liaising closely with the Faculty Administrator.

You should have:

  • a good standard of academic qualifications or relevant experience and excellent written English
  • substantial demonstrable and effective administrative experience
  • experience of working autonomously and handling sensitive corporate information
  • excellent and sensitive communication and interpersonal skills
  • problem solving and negotiation skills
  • excellent organisational, time management and prioritisation skills        
  • minute taking skills.

International applicants from outside the EU will need to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK

Ref: 462/17798/BC

Closing date: 9 January 2015
Provisional interview date: 30 January 2015

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