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Research and Communications Co-ordinator (Fixed Term)

Salary: £25,728-£29,799.

The University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute (UCCRI) was set up in 2013, to support multidisciplinary, cross-Departmental research on biodiversity conservation, and the social context within which humans engage with nature. Its coverage is across the collegiate University, and includes researchers based in all six Schools of the University. UCCRI works closely with the University's external partners as part of the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI), based in the David Attenborough Building. UCCRI is a University of Cambridge Interdisciplinary Research Centre (IRC), with this status since October 2016. The Institute reports to the University's Research Policy Committee, and its Management Committee (which meets quarterly) is chaired by a Head of School. UCCRI is hosted by the School of Physical Sciences and the Department of Geography. UCCRI connects with other Departmental and inter-disciplinary activity across the University, and has external links to a range of groups and public agencies working at local, regional, national and international scales.

The purpose of this role is to provide a strong research support framework for the University conservation community. This will include devising and implementing a robust interdisciplinary research training programme, and facilitating interdisciplinary research collaborations between conservation researchers across the University, as well as managing overall research engagement (including communications) for UCCRI. The role is important for the development of UCCRI as one of the first IRCs within the University. It involves developing and supporting networks of researchers across the Collegiate University, and finding ways to foster closer collaboration and promoting cross-disciplinary activities. The role holder will also work as the IRC co-ordinator within the University strategic research initiatives network, which will include regular meetings, knowledge exchange and seeking out potential collaborative funding bids.

The successful applicant should be educated to degree level or have equivalent relevant experience, with good IT skills in MS Office (word processing, spreadsheets, PowerPoint), and excellent communication and networking skills. S/he should have experience in research administration, and of working flexibly and supportively as part of a team. We are looking for an individual with strong research skills particularly in terms of identifying funding opportunities for interdisciplinary research. The ideal candidate will have outstanding organisational skills, the ability to work without direct supervision and to be able to prioritise their own workload. We are looking for someone with a pro-active attitude, a high degree of professionalism and the ability to work to tight deadlines Applicants should review the further particulars for information on all essential criteria.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 20 November 2019 in the first instance.

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Please quote reference LC16442 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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