[Job, Univ Surrey] Research Programme Faciliator, <??31.6k, closing 30 July #scicomm jobs

University of Surrey
Research Programme Facilitator (on Models and Mathematics in Life and Social Sciences (MILES) project).

The Department of Mathematics at the University of Surrey wishes to appoint a Facilitator/Manager for the EPSRC-funded research programme Models and Mathematics in Life and Social Sciences (MILES). MILES is a programme of networking and idea-generation activities that aims to create new research collaborations between mathematics and the physical sciences on the one hand and the life and social sciences on the other.

Creativity and a confident communication style together with sound organisational skills are essential for success in this job. The post holder will require good insight into the process of research as a creative and collaborative endeavour, and an understanding of the factors that can challenge or frustrate it, in order to design programme events that will encourage research creativity. Empathy with researchers, their concerns and aspirations will be important. Strong interpersonal skills will be necessary to engage effectively with the full range of programme participants and suppliers that will include academics, postdoctoral researchers, PhD research students, R&D workers in commerce and industry, external speakers, venue managers, caterers, external professional facilitators and others. The post holder will also be expected to liaise as necessary with administrative departments and services within the university.

The Facilitator will:

1. Arrange, publicise, run and facilitate people-focused research events (e.g. sandpits, workshops, research fairs, Caf??s Scientifiques) on- and off-campus;
2. Manage the administrative aspects of an internal grant bidding process;
3. Facilitate the formation of new research collaborations across the university, for example by `matchmaking??? researchers with complementary expertise;
4. Advise programme participants as to suitable external sources of funding for future research grant bids;
5. Assist with monitoring the impact of the MILES programme;
6. Assist with the maintenance of the programme website and wiki.

Ideally the Facilitator will be in post by October 2010. The post is available for 36 months.

Salary: up to ??31,671 per annum (subject to experience and qualifications).

For informal enquiries please contact Dr Rebecca Hoyle (r.hoyle //at// surrey.ac.uk)

For an application pack and to apply on-line please go to our website: http://www.surrey.ac.uk/vacancies. If you are unable to apply on-line please contact Mrs Elizabeth Matharu on Tel: +44 (0) 1483 689135 or email: e.matharu //at// surrey.ac.uk   Please quote Post Ref No. 7711.

The closing date for applications is 30 July 2010.

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Department of Mathematics

Research Programme Facilitator
(Ref: 7711)

Salary: up to ??31,671 per annum
(Subject to experience and qualifications)

We are seeking a Facilitator/Manager for the EPSRC-funded research programme Models and Mathematics in Life and Social Sciences (MILES), which involves networking and idea-generation activities aimed at creating new research collaborations between mathematics, computing, the physical sciences and engineering and the life and social sciences.   Ideally the Facilitator will be in post by October 2010.  The position is available for 36 months and will be hosted by the University’s Institute of Advanced Studies.

The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate the ability to work independently and exercise judgement and initiative in support of the Programme Investigators on all matters relating to programme activities. You will arrange, run and facilitate events, support the development of new research collaborations and administer an internal research grant bidding process. You will ensure that the administrative requirements for the programme are implemented effectively and maintained in accordance with the University’s policy.

Strong communication and organisational skills are essential. Previous experience of working in academic/scientific research, event facilitation or science communication would also be an advantage.  

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