Project Manager - Advanced Materials Research

Job Reference : S&E-13446
Location : Sir Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials
Closing Date (DD-MM-YYYY) : 04/03/2019
Salary : £32,236 to £39,609 per annum
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Science & Engineering
Division : Materials Administration
Hours Per week : Full time
Contract Duration : Fixed-term for 12 months in the first instance

The largest School of our kind in Europe, the School of Materials has the highest research power level of any university materials activity in the UK, with 80% of our research rated as being internationally excellent or world-leading in quality. Much of the School's research is multidisciplinary and industry-driven, finding direct application in meeting the needs of the School's industrial partners.

Professor Philip Withers is a highly research active Regius Professor of Materials with a multi-million pound research portfolio, tens of research grants and a large number of national and international collaborations active at any one time. He is also the Chief Scientist for the £235m Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials and Director of the Henry Moseley X-ray Imaging Facility.

The Project Manager will work within a large scientific community to provide professional project management support for Professor Withers and his research group across all areas of his academic work including research, teaching, outreach, and industrial collaboration. Activities are expected to span a wide range of areas including: line management; monitoring grant progress to ensure key deliverables are met; financial reporting and ensuring efficient use of resources; meeting funding council reporting requirements; liaising with industrial collaborators; and delivering outreach activities. You will play a key role in establishing a strong collaborative culture across the research and professional services teams and in engaging with stakeholders both internal and external to the University.

You will have a degree (or an equivalent qualification) in a relevant physical sciences or engineering discipline and an understanding of the scientific research undertaken by Professor Withers in order that you are able to engage effectively with technical material and communicate research objectives to stakeholders. Experience of working in an interdisciplinary research environment with a proven track record of working on complex research projects with multiple partners is required. You should be target-driven and able to work with a sense of urgency to meet demanding and completing deadlines.

The University of Manchester is committed to promoting equality and diversity and strives to make our community a welcoming, caring and enthusiastic one, fuelling ambition with opportunities and support to help us all achieve our personal and professional goals. Our diverse job opportunities include an attractive benefits package with family-friendly policies that provide for flexible working. We care deeply about career and personal development, offering a structured induction programme for new staff, an annual performance and development review, staff training for all career stages and mentoring opportunities to support your career development. Appointment will always be made on merit.

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Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Elizabeth Gardner, Head of operations, Henry Royce Institute


General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 0161 850 2004

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Further Particulars


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