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Project Manager – Research Catalyst

The closing date for applications is Sunday 13 January 2019.

Project Manager, Research Catalyst, Fixed Term

Salary: £28,660 - £34,189

Vacancy reference number: EN17470

The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) is a globally influential institute, developing leadership and solutions for a sustainable economy. We do this through the delivery of leadership programmes and collaborative projects with business and policy leaders around the world, informed by research from the University of Cambridge and partners globally.

A Research Catalyst is being established to grow CISL’s reputation as a pioneer in transdisciplinary research on sustainability. In cooperation with Cambridge’s rich academic network and partner institutions globally, the Catalyst will generate insights for users across business, government and financial institutions. The Research Catalyst will be underpinned by an internal Research Coordination Forum (RCF) and a Research Oversight Committee (ROC) comprised of members of CISL’s Management Board. Its centrepiece is the Prince of Wales Global Sustainability Fellowship Programme.

Working to the Director of the Research Catalyst, this role will provide high-quality support for a range of research-linked activities including:

  • Arranging meetings and events;
  • Compiling meeting minutes, contracts, responses to research funding calls and other reports and notes;
  • Developing and maintaining a database of CISL research activities;
  • Conducting initial reviews and filtering of research funding calls;
  • Scanning for opportunities to apply for funding and to network with funders or researchers in Cambridge and elsewhere;
  • Desk reviews to support research funding bids and potential new topic areas;
  • Contributing to the management of key internal and external relationships.

Applicants must be committed to the values that underpin CISL’s work and are expected to demonstrate the following essential skills and experience:

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent;
  • Advanced project planning skills and experience of working within a project team on complex projects, including events;
  • Exceptional attention to detail and the ability to respond willingly, quickly, flexibly and with resilience to changing work imperatives;
  • Ability to work independently toward project deliverables and deadlines;
  • Ability to communicate confidently, establish credibility and manage relationships with a wide range of senior stakeholders from both academia and business;
  • Strong written communication skills;
  • Experience and confidence in drawing up, maintaining and monitoring project budgets;
  • High level of competence across standard software packages including Word, Excel, Outlook;
  • Experience of working with a Client Relationship Management system.

The following attributes are highly desirable:

  • Good understanding of key sustainability concepts (e.g. climate change, conservation, resource depletion security, social wellbeing, job creation equity);
  • Familiarity with research activities, especially w.r.t. contracting, coordinating and reporting on research projects and contracts;
  • Exposure to research-related platforms and processes within an academic environment, such X5, JeS and/or Researchfish;
  • Experience in conducting high-quality, time-efficient desk research across a wide range of topics.

This post is full-time, fixed term (12 months) and located in Cambridge. For further details and requirements of the role, please download the Further Information document provided.

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CISL is an equal opportunities employer and candidates from all backgrounds and predispositions are encouraged to apply. Informal enquiries may be made to

To submit an application, please click on the link in the 'Apply online' section of the advert published on the University's Job Opportunities pages (Academic-Related staff):

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The deadline for applications is 13 January 2019.

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