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Department Coordinator

Salary:  Starting from £20,781, rising to £24,057 pro rata (Actual salary range £8,312 to £9,622 for 14.6 hours per week)

We are looking for an enthusiastic, motivated individual to provide administrative support based in one of our lively and busy Departments. This varied and interesting post will involve close liaison with the staff within the Department, Faculty based teams, Central Professional Services, external organisations and members of the public.

The key tasks will be providing administrative support for a number of varied Departmental activities including support for senior members of the academic staff, servicing departmental committees and support for other departmental/Faculty events.

Educated to a minimum of A level or with an equivalent qualification, you will have previous experience of working in a busy office environment where excellent communication skills are essential. You will be an experienced user of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint) and will be willing to acquire further IT skills. You will also have proven experience of committee work and experience of working as part of a team member in a confidential setting.

Previous experience within the HE sector and knowledge of University Regulations and QA procedures is desirable. Skills in the use of University specific software (Moodle, SAMIS, Agresso and Business Objects) will be an added advantage.

This post is being offered on a part time basis of 14.6 hours per week (0.4FTE), to be worked on a Thu and Fri each week

Learn more about our Faculty and its Departments here: http://www.bath.ac.uk/science/

For an informal discussion, please contact the Director of Administration, Amanda Harper (01225) 386422 (e-mail: a.l.harper@bath.ac.uk)

Research Associate, Education and Social Inclusion

Sightsavers International

Sightsavers International

Location: Haywards Heath
Salary: £32,300 to £43,700 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed on: 17th April 2015
Closes: 30th April 2015

Our vision is of a world where no one is blind from avoidable causes and where visually impaired people participate equally in society. Each year, we improve the lives of millions of people in the poorest parts of the world.

Sightsavers has an opportunity for a Research Associate, Education and Social Inclusion, to provide technical support to Sightsavers’ research programmes in the areas of inclusive education, disability and social inclusion.

Our current research focuses on children and adults with visual impairments and other disabilities and includes both quantitative and qualitative study designs.  The post holder will work as part of the global research team and will support primarily studies using qualitative and participatory research methodologies; however, contributions to other research (eg. disability surveys; quality of life studies; and impact evaluations) will be expected.

The ideal candidate will have a Postgraduate degree in research methods, evaluation research; disability studies or another related discipline. They will have excellent knowledge of different research paradigms and methods, particularly qualitative and participatory methodological approaches, and demonstrable experience of conducting research in the areas of inclusive education and/or social inclusion.

The ideal candidate will have a strong ability to plan, design, undertake and supervise primary research, collect data using qualitative and participatory approaches, and analyse qualitative data, using qualitative software packages, eg. NVIVO, ATLAS ti. The postholder must be able to travel internationally for up to 12 weeks a year.

To apply, and for further details about the role, please download an application pack from http://jobs.sightsavers.net/

Please download our application form and return the completed application form and equal opportunities form as two separate documents to jobs@sightsavers.org.

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Associate Professor (Reader)/Professor in Medical Statistics

Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry
Institute of Translational & Stratified Medicine

Ref: A4224
Associate Professor (Reader)/Professor in Medical Statistics
Salary: Senior Management Payscale

Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (PUPSMD) is seeking to appoint an outstanding individual to lead our existing Biostatistics, Bioinformatics and Biomarkers group.  

PU PSMD is committed to exceptional clinical learning, strong social engagement and world class research. Medical Statistics lie at the heart of our successful research agenda. We are looking for a talented individual to expand and enhance our current team whose roles could include own account research in statistical methods, research collaboration, contract work and consultancy, clinical trials and support for research staff and students throughout the Faculty. Collaboration with colleagues in a renowned teaching hospital and a strong university make Plymouth a great place to work and live.

Sitting within the Institute of Translational and Stratified Medicine (ITSMed), our statistics group includes eight statisticians currently who work with researchers across PU PSMD and other Plymouth University faculties and has established networks with local collaborators, including the NHS, NIHR RDS and UKCRC-registered Peninsula Clinical Trials Unit (PenCTU), as well as with research groups nationally and internationally. Our research encompasses biomedical and clinical studies (e.g. screening and diagnostics), clinical trials and pragmatic health services research (e.g. RCTs of complex interventions) with strong links with the PU PSMD centres for biomedical research and clinical trials and population studies.

We are looking for an exceptional individual to lead the team and to make a significant contribution to the research outputs and income generation. The individual will be a key member of the NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care South West Peninsula (PenCLAHRC) and should have an important role in the continuing development of the highly successful PenCTU.

An opportunity for this appointment to include the role of Director of the PenCTU currently exists and applicants should tailor their submissions to either the Associate Professor (Reader) role description provided or Senior Manager role description provided dependant on their level of experience and profile.

You will have a relevant PhD, considerable knowledge of statistical theory, methodology and computing and of contemporary research in biostatistics. You will have extensive knowledge and experience of areas of health services research and of clinical trials methodology. You must have an internationally leading record of research, evidence of international impacts and an outstanding list of research publications in high impact scientific journals. You must be able to demonstrate a track record of successful income from funding bids, including independent grants.

The post will be supported by a start-up package, to be negotiated with the Dean.

For more information relating to the areas of health services research and clinical trials, please contact Professor Adrian Taylor (Lead, Centre for Clinical Trials and Population Studies): adrian.taylor@plymouth.ac.uk or 07952 400835 or the Associate Dean Research Prof C Oliver Hanemann oliver.hanemann@plymouth.ac.uk, 01752437419. Further communication with the Dean for PU PSMD can be arranged.

This is a permanent, full-time position, working 37 hours per week, on a permanent basis.

Closing date: 12:00 Midnight, Friday 12th June 2015

Plymouth University is committed to an inclusive culture and respecting diversity, and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

The University holds a Bronze Athena SWAN Award which recognises commitment to advancing women’s career in STEMM academia.

Research Fellow in Developmental Biology & Cancer Research

Plymouth University

Plymouth University

Location: Plymouth
Salary: £32,277 to £37,394 pa – Grade 7
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Contract / Temporary
Placed on: 15th April 2015
Closes: 17th May 2015
Job Ref: A4230

Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry
Peninsula Dental School

Ref: A4230
Research Fellow in
Developmental Biology & Cancer Research
Salary £32,277 to £37,394 pa – Grade 7

This BBSRC funded post aims to develop an exciting new line of researching aiming at the mechanism of cancer initiation. It is essential that you hold a PhD or MD degree with demonstrable experience of research methods and techniques and knowledge of developmental biology and molecular biology. Experience with transgenic mouse models is also a requisite for this role.

The post will be based at the John Bull Building on the Northern Campus site in Plymouth and will be a Plymouth University appointment.

This is a full time position, working 37 hours per week, on a fixed-term basis for 2 years, starting from 1st July, 2015.

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Bing Hu via email bing.hu@plymouth.ac.uk  

Closing date: 12:00 Midnight, Sunday 17th May 2015.

Plymouth University is committed to an inclusive culture and respecting diversity, and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.  

The University holds a Bronze Athena SWAN Award which recognises commitment to advancing women’s career in STEMM academia.

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NERC Head of Communications

Natural Environment Research Council - NERC

Natural Environment Research Council – NERC

Location: Swindon
Salary: £45,271 NERC Band 4
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed on: 15th April 2015
Closes: 23rd April 2015
Job Ref: IRC185193

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) is the UK’s main agency for funding and managing research, training and knowledge exchange in the environmental sciences.

Our work covers the full range of atmospheric, Earth, biological, terrestrial and aquatic science, from the deep oceans to the upper atmosphere and from the poles to the equator.

We coordinate some of the world’s most exciting research projects, tackling major issues such as climate change, environmental influences on human health, the genetic make-up of life on Earth, and much more.

NERC are seeking a Head of Communications to lead a team of communications professionals, covering media and news, digital, PR, events, editing (web and paper) and design.

The Communications team deals with external communications, both science in society work and corporate communications.  It runs a press office, organises events, produces a range of publications – both digital and paper – and organises training in communication skills.  It is involved in internal communications and provides advice and support to the NERC community on all aspects of communication.

The Head of Communications will develop and implement NERC strategies

Applications are handled by the UK Shared Business Services Ltd (UK SBS); for further information about the role and to apply, please visit our website at http://www.topcareer.jobs/Vacancy/irc185193_5283.aspx quoting reference number IRC185193. If you are unable to apply online please contact us by telephone on 00 44 (0) 1793 867000.

Interviews 12th May 2015

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Facilities Technical Assistant

£18,750 – £19,688
Bristol

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) is responsible for distributing around £4 billion a year for teaching and research in universities and colleges in England.

HEFCE are seeking to employ a motivated facilities team player with experience of working in a continuously evolving department, providing in house customer services to both internal staff and visitors across two adjacent buildings and also keeping the site up to date with legislation, lease requirements, good practice and relevant Council policies and procedures

Benefits include a comprehensive staff development programme, 25 days’ annual leave, subsidised on-site gym and the opportunity to join the Civil Service Pension scheme. For further information and to apply (CVs will not be accepted) please visit our website at www.careers.hefce.ac.uk

NO AGENCIES PLEASE.

Selection Process:

Closing date for applications: 23:55 on 23 April 2015
Interview date: 15 May 2015

Please note: these role will be initially based at our current HEFCE office, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol, BS16 1QD. HEFCE will be relocating to Westward House, Lime Kiln Close, Stoke Gifford, Bristol BS34 8SR in 2015

The Council is working towards equal opportunities in employment.

Temporary Staff Transformation Manager

University of Exeter

University of Exeter – HR Services

Location: Exeter
Salary: £35,000 circa
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Contract / Temporary
Placed on: 15th April 2015
Closes: 6th May 2015
Job Ref: P48314
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As part of the ongoing development of the University of Exeter HR Services team there is a desire to review the use of temporary workers and the administrative processes that this entails. The goal is to deliver a centralised operating model to manage the 1000 temporary workers employed each month, shaping the future of flexible resourcing for the University. 

Using your project management skills you will draw on your established experience and understanding of temporary employment, resourcing and contracts to lead this project, mapping and reviewing our current practices. Working alongside a wide variety of key stakeholders you will take the lead on recommending future processes and documentation, developing and planning to translate the findings into an operating model which is centralised, legislatively compliant, future proof and business focused.

This 9 month post will join the Employee Services team, responsible for recruitment, administration, payroll and pensions for all staff whether permanent, contract or temporary.

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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Executive Support Assistant

University of the West of England, Bristol

University of the West of England, Bristol – Directorate

Location: Bristol
Salary: £17,528 to £20,781
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Contract / Temporary
Placed on: 15th April 2015
Closes: 26th April 2015
Job Ref: 1460998

Campus/location: Frenchay campus

Fixed term period (yrs/mths): 1 year or the earlier return of the post holder

Job overview:

The Vice-Chancellor is the academic head and Chief Executive Officer of the University. He is supported by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic and Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer; and three Pro Vice-Chancellors – for the Student Experience, Research and Business Engagement, and Partnerships, Diversity and Civic Engagement.

The Vice-Chancellor’s Office provides high-level administrative, policy and strategic support to the Vice-Chancellor, the Deputy Vice-Chancellors and Pro Vice-Chancellors. The Vice-Chancellor’s Office is seeking an Executive Support Assistant to provide administrative support to the office.

You will undertake general office tasks including recording and distributing the post, photocopying, scanning and filing. You will also support the organisation of meetings and events and undertake reception duties when required, dealing with enquiries and visitors in a professional manner and providing hospitality as required. You will provide administrative support to a number of colleagues as required, assisting the team to meet its objectives and timescales.

Key selection criteria:

You will have administrative experience gained through working in an office environment. You will also have good IT skills including a good working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications including Word, Outlook and Excel.

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PhD – Controlled Acceleration for Multi-Phase Instabilities

University of Bristol

University of Bristol – Department of mechanical engineering

Location: Bristol
Funding amount: £16,863 Per annum
Hours: Full Time
Placed on: 14th April 2015
Closes: 8th May 2015
Reference: SS

The ultimate aim of CAMPI is to transform our understanding of turbulent mixing processes in multi-phase fluid systems that are driven by density differences. The classic instability occurs when two fluids are juxtaposed in a test-cell, the more dense one placed above the lighter. Under acceleration due to gravity, the dense, negatively buoyant fluid falls, and its place is exchanged with the lighter fluid. Measuring and quantifying that exchange as it takes place is critical, because it is known that molecular-scale details have a very strong effect on the picture we observe. The problem gets yet more challenging when we alter the strength of gravity. To do this practically, we accelerate our test-cell from rest downwards faster than earth’s gravity so that an initially stable light-over-heavy configuration becomes unstable and the exchange and mixing process begins.

This project will design and build a system for moving the test cell and measuring the flow within it, then analyse these measurements to contribute to our scientific understanding of mixing flows subject to variable acceleration. The system will comprise a novel design of vertical linear motor of 4kN motive force, and make sensitive optical measurements of the flow using off-board laser illumination in conjunction with high-speed cameras both on- and off-board.

Ensuring that vibrations are well-controlled requires careful mechanical and electrical design and the project will develop our in-house motion-tracking technology to stabilise images acquired in this extreme environment. Numerical models of the flow will be created with MOBILE, an in-house software suite for highly energetic mixing flows, and these will be used to predict, compare with, and analyse the experimental results from the vertical laboratory.

The Hele-Shaw laboratory is a 420m sq. recently refurbished experimental facility supported by cutting-edge in-house diagnostic capability. This project will develop part of the new vertical laboratory, in which free-fall velocities of 37mph can be obtained. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop novel experimental diagnostics under the joint supervision of Dr. Andrew Lawrie and Dr. Robin Williams. The project involves elements of design, modelling and simulation weighted to reflect the candidate’s interests, and this makes it an ideal launch pad for a successful career in academic or industrial research.

Competitive applicants will hold a good Honours degree in a discipline with strong mathematical content, for example electrical engineering. Background knowledge of control is essential for this project and prior understanding of fluid mechanics, optics or data assimilation would be considered a highly desirable asset; applicants with equivalent industrial experience are encouraged.

Subject to satisfactory progress, tuition fees and a tax-free stipend starting at £16,863 per annum for 3.5 years will be provided.

Please make an online application for this project at http://www.bris.ac.uk/pg-howtoapply.

Contacts: Dr Andrew Lawrie (Andrew.Lawrie@bristol.ac.uk)  (0117) 331 5915 

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EU MSCA FIRE Fellowships – PhD Fellowships

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellowship Programme
Fellows with Industrial Research Enhancement (FIRE)

We seek applications for ten 4-year PhD Fellowships.

These are fully-funded staff appointments, with a requirement that successful candidates register for a PhD.

Each position is associated with one of our two Centres for Doctoral Training:

  • Centre for Digital Entertainment (Department of Computer Science)
  • Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies

Research topics will be chosen from the broad range that these Centres cover.

The positions are based at the University and require some continuing involvement with an appropriate company. The relevant Centre will facilitate this involvement for you.

The University of Bath is a campus University overlooking the World Heritage City of Bath. Facilities are outstanding and working conditions excellent.

Applicants may be from anywhere in the world, but must not have resided, or carried out their main activity (work or studies), in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years prior.

Applicants must:

  • comply with the EU definition of Early Stage Researchers (specifically, not having previously been awarded a doctoral degree);
  • be in possession of, or be expected to be awarded prior to commencement of the Fellowship, a masters level (four year) degree, or equivalent experience following a three year degree:
    • in one of the following fields: Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biochemical Engineering, Biology and Biochemistry, or a cognate discipline (the qualifying degree),
    • at a level of a first or upper second class grade, or equivalent; and
    • meet the English language requirements of the University of Bath, Science Graduate School (currently a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, with at least 6.0 in each of the four components).

Interviews will take place 8/9 June, at the University of Bath UK

Appointments to commence: 28 September 2015 and are on a fixed term basis of up to 4 years.

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