Research Project Officer / Community Officer

University of Bristol

Volume Electron Microscopy (vEM) is one of the key underpinning technologies in life science research and was recognised by Nature as one of the “seven techniques to watch for 2023”. An international group of vEM researchers was awarded a Chan Zuckerberg Initiative grant to further build the community. The position of the Community Officer / Research Project Officer will fill a critical role in delivering the aims of this Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Community Building grant for the volume Electron Microscopy (vEM) Community. Close collaboration and communication with the Programme manager based in the US will be an essential part of the role.

The successful applicant will be responsible for coordinating all significant interactions with the UK and European vEM community, including website and social media updates, community meetings and surveys, and helping to prepare and deliver presentations and publications for the community. This will happen in close collaboration with a Programme manager position based in the US.

Standard Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the effective management of all financial, administrative or contractual issues relating to the project and for checking and monitoring of project contractual documentation.
  • Develop and maintain familiarity with the project aims and an awareness of the research area.
  • Gather financial data from locally held sources and project partners for use in reports and monitor project budgets ensuring compliance with organisational and funding rules.
  • Design and maintain the project website and manage social media accounts.
  • Collate and report on research or project outputs as required compiling or writing initial versions of communications and reports.
  • Act independently to respond to queries and complaints rectifying faults or problems with systems and/or procedures, acting independently to develop solutions.
  • Plan and organise own work activities as well as those of others to ensure that deadlines are met to develop work plans, guidance documents, templates and project reports as necessary.
  • Work with the Principal Investigators and other members of the vEM community to monitor project progress against objectives and identify and rectify any potential problems or shortfalls in information for reports.
  • Co-ordinate and service project meetings for committees or boards (or similar) and organise and support high-profile events or workshops overseeing logistics, finances and communications.
  • Assist Principal Investigator(s) with the construction of grant proposals to secure future funding.
  • Work in partnership with key (internal and external) stakeholders to co-ordinate resource allocation, work scheduling and provide advice and support to all staff and students linked to the project acting as a focal point for receiving and distributing information.
  • MSC in a relevant field, plus experience in a relevant role or significant relevant work experience.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the principles and practice of project management, life-cycle and methodologies.
  • High level of competency in Microsoft Office 365 and web content management systems and general office systems. Able to manage information electronically through databases and spreadsheets.
  • Proven planning and organising skills. Able to manage conflicting deadlines, non-routine and urgent events.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to take ownership of problems and find solutions and build relationships and interact effectively at all levels and with a wide range of internal and external contacts.
  • Event management experience, including taking sole responsibility for large events.
  • Self-motivated able to work autonomously and to deadlines as well as ability to contribute as team member, motivating and advising others to schedule/deliver project deadlines.
  • Flexible, adaptable and collaborative approach to service delivery and problem resolution.

For informal enquiries please contact Professor Paul Verkade, Tel. +44-117-3312179, email. [email protected]

We recently launched our strategy  to 2030 tying together our mission, vision and values.

The University of Bristol aims to be a place where everyone feels able to be themselves and do their best in an inclusive working environment where all colleagues can thrive and reach their full potential. We want to attract, develop, and retain individuals with different experiences, backgrounds and perspectives – particularly people of colour, LGBT+ and disabled people – because diversity of people and ideas remains integral to our excellence as a global civic institution.

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Volume Electron Microscopy (vEM) is one of the key underpinning technologies in life science research and was recognised by Nature as one of the “seven techniques to watch for 2023”. An international group of vEM researchers was awarded a Chan Zuckerberg Initiative grant to further build the community. The position of the Community Officer / Research Project Officer will fill a critical role in delivering the aims of this Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Community Building grant for the volume Electron Microscopy (vEM) Community. Close collaboration and communication with the Programme manager based in the US will be an essential part of the role.

The successful applicant will be responsible for coordinating all significant interactions with the UK and European vEM community, including website and social media updates, community meetings and surveys, and helping to prepare and deliver presentations and publications for the community. This will happen in close collaboration with a Programme manager position based in the US.

Standard Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the effective management of all financial, administrative or contractual issues relating to the project and for checking and monitoring of project contractual documentation.
  • Develop and maintain familiarity with the project aims and an awareness of the research area.
  • Gather financial data from locally held sources and project partners for use in reports and monitor project budgets ensuring compliance with organisational and funding rules.
  • Design and maintain the project website and manage social media accounts.
  • Collate and report on research or project outputs as required compiling or writing initial versions of communications and reports.
  • Act independently to respond to queries and complaints rectifying faults or problems with systems and/or procedures, acting independently to develop solutions.
  • Plan and organise own work activities as well as those of others to ensure that deadlines are met to develop work plans, guidance documents, templates and project reports as necessary.
  • Work with the Principal Investigators and other members of the vEM community to monitor project progress against objectives and identify and rectify any potential problems or shortfalls in information for reports.
  • Co-ordinate and service project meetings for committees or boards (or similar) and organise and support high-profile events or workshops overseeing logistics, finances and communications.
  • Assist Principal Investigator(s) with the construction of grant proposals to secure future funding.
  • Work in partnership with key (internal and external) stakeholders to co-ordinate resource allocation, work scheduling and provide advice and support to all staff and students linked to the project acting as a focal point for receiving and distributing information.
  • MSC in a relevant field, plus experience in a relevant role or significant relevant work experience.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the principles and practice of project management, life-cycle and methodologies.
  • High level of competency in Microsoft Office 365 and web content management systems and general office systems. Able to manage information electronically through databases and spreadsheets.
  • Proven planning and organising skills. Able to manage conflicting deadlines, non-routine and urgent events.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to take ownership of problems and find solutions and build relationships and interact effectively at all levels and with a wide range of internal and external contacts.
  • Event management experience, including taking sole responsibility for large events.
  • Self-motivated able to work autonomously and to deadlines as well as ability to contribute as team member, motivating and advising others to schedule/deliver project deadlines.
  • Flexible, adaptable and collaborative approach to service delivery and problem resolution.

For informal enquiries please contact Professor Paul Verkade, Tel. +44-117-3312179, email. [email protected]

We recently launched our strategy  to 2030 tying together our mission, vision and values.

The University of Bristol aims to be a place where everyone feels able to be themselves and do their best in an inclusive working environment where all colleagues can thrive and reach their full potential. We want to attract, develop, and retain individuals with different experiences, backgrounds and perspectives – particularly people of colour, LGBT+ and disabled people – because diversity of people and ideas remains integral to our excellence as a global civic institution.

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