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Position: Project Manager
Institution: Bangor University
Department: College of Physical & Applied Sciences
Location: Bangor, United Kingdom
Duties: The key activity is to manage the day to day running of the Boiling Water Reactor Research Hub and Network, in close collaboration with the Hub Director, the Network Manager and the Network Finance Administrator. To gain knowledge in best practice in setting up and running a network from both our partner, the Centre for Nuclear Engineering at Imperial College London, and the National Research Network in Wales, the NRN in Low Carbon, Energy and the Environment (LCEE). To support the team in promoting the Network to potential researchers, partners and collaborators, both nationally and internationally
Requirements: PhD in Nuclear Science, Nuclear Engineering or Nuclear related subject area and have experience liaising with academics and senior management from government agencies and/or the private sectors. Experience of liaising with academics and senior management in research organisations and the private sector
   
Text: Project Manager Location: Wales Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract Expiration date: 26-Jan-2017 Applications are invited for the above full time post working as Project Manager of the recently established Boiling Water Reactor Research Hub and Network. The Project Manager will fulfil a crucial role in sustaining and developing the network, working closely with the Hub Director, the Network Manager from our academic partner, Imperial College London, and with a range of academics and stakeholders from Welsh Government, Hitachi and industry partaking in the network. Candidates must hold a PhD in Nuclear Science, Nuclear Engineering or Nuclear related subject area and have experience liaising with academics and senior management from government agencies and/or the private sectors. The ability to communicate in Welsh is desirable for this post. The position is currently open and an immediate start is available, the post runs until 31/12/2018 in the first instance, with the possibility of an extension, depending on the success of the network and future funding opportunities. Committed To Equal Opportunities Overview The Boiling Water Reactor (BWR) Research Hub and Network have been established to enable the academic and industrial communities of Wales and the wider UK to establish a research community with a special interest in BWR technology, and participate in research and development relating to this and future generations of boiling water reactors. The network has as its objectives: • To deepen and enhance the understanding of BWR Technology in Wales and the wider UK. • To facilitate knowledge transfer of BWR technology from Japan to Wales and the wider UK. • To develop a deeper and broader pool of independent expertise on BWR technology across Wales and the wider UK. • To enhance collaboration between Wales and the wider UK and Japan in relation to BWR technology. Jointly operated by Bangor University and Imperial College London Centre for Nuclear Engineering, the network will engage all interested parties, including industry in the UK and Japan, Governments (UK, Welsh and Japanese), the EPSRC, Universities in the UK and Japan and other institutions conducting relevant research, such as NNL. Operational activities of the BWR Network includes: • Identification of research requirements for current and next generation BWR technology through dialogue with industry and provide a mechanism to deliver NIRAB research recommendations in the field of BWR research. • Facilitation of the development of high quality research proposals from universities and other research groups through workshops and conferences. • Provision of expert advice on BWR research and technology to governmental organisations and other public bodies. • Providing an authoritative but independent voice on BWR technologies for schools, the general public and others with the capability to provide seminars, lecture courses and authoritative information. • Supporting and facilitating opportunities for Universities and institutions to provide staff/student internships between the Japan and UK. Purpose of the Job The Project Manager will deliver day to day high quality project management on behalf of the Network. They will oversee the operations of the office, provide leadership in the support of the steering groups and will ensure the Hub Director is able to fulfil their outward facing roles. The Project Manager will ensure strong communications within the network; they will link to the institutional support mechanisms and academic leaders to enable delivery against the strategic aims. The Project Manager will also deliver business and research development support directly, facilitating and shaping opportunities, which will bring benefit to the Network and its strategic objectives. They will contribute to the drafting and development of a communications strategy, addressing branding and positioning of the Network, internal communications and external communications across stakeholder groups and Network members, and will play a central role in the strategic engagement of industry and private sector partners with the network. In addition, the Project Manager will be active in identifying new research funding opportunities and research links and will support bid writing to secure additional funding. The Project Manager will provide support for Network members in proposal development and will help prioritise proposals which bring long-term strategic advantage to the Network. The position will be based in Bangor University, although the candidate will be required to travel throughout the UK. There may be need to travel outside of the UK. Main Duties and Responsibilities • The key activity is to manage the day to day running of the Boiling Water Reactor Research Hub and Network, in close collaboration with the Hub Director, the Network Manager and the Network Finance Administrator. • To gain knowledge in best practice in setting up and running a network from both our partner, the Centre for Nuclear Engineering at Imperial College London, and the National Research Network in Wales, the NRN in Low Carbon, Energy and the Environment (LCEE). • To support the team in promoting the Network to potential researchers, partners and collaborators, both nationally and internationally. • To coordinate the preparation and writing of calls for the establishment of research clusters (scientific, financial, logistical planning), and to assist the team with the selection process. • To co-ordinate seed corn funding of research projects supported by the Network. • To work closely with and coordinate joint activities and engagement with academics and senior management from the participating research organisations. • To coordinate the development of contacts in the business sector, working in conjunction with Business Development teams in partner research organisations. • To coordinate and communicate funding opportunities, such as Research Council, EU Convergence, Horizon 2020 and other opportunities to academics in Research Hub, by working in conjunction with Research Support Officers in the Research and Enterprise Office. • To maintain an effective and organised overview of the Network’s activities and structure. • To coordinate the collection and collation of data to demonstrate progress against targets and deliverables and to prepare and write progress reports. This includes gathering of relevant data to meet the outputs and targets for the Network, such as research grant proposals and awards, publications, conference attendance and case studies of impact from research. • To prepare relevant strategy documents. • To contribute to event management tasks and organise network events, such as visiting scientist seminars, board meetings and meetings with industry and other stakeholders. • To attend and keep accurate records of all meetings relevant to the management and development of the Network. • To develop and maintain the Network website and to help design publicity material, working closely with marketing and communications teams in Imperial and Bangor Universities. • To carry out other management / administrative duties as specified by the Hub Director. • To work with the Network Finance Administrator to provide timely financial reports to the Hub Director and to funders. • To liaise with partner research organisations and potentially Welsh Government as necessary to resolve financial problems and issues. Other Duties and Responsibilities • The post holder will be expected to maintain an up-to-date record of job performance and to participate in performance review and developmental activities. • The post holder will be expected to comply with the University equal opportunities policies, Dignity at Work and Study Policy and the University’s Welsh Language Scheme. • The post holder has a general and legal duty of care in relation to health, safety and wellbeing and must take all reasonable steps to ensure a safe and healthy working environment for him/herself and for other members of staff, students and visitors affected by his/her actions or inactions. The post holder is also required to comply with all applicable health and safety policies, procedures and risk assessments. • The post holder must comply with relevant legal and financial policies and procedures and be aware of their responsibilities in terms of the legal requirements of their posts. Person Specification Qualifications/Training Essential • A PhD in Nuclear Science, Nuclear Engineering or Nuclear related subject area. Experience/Knowledge Essential • Experience of liaising with academics and senior management in research organisations and the private sector. • Demonstrable experience of project management. Desirable • Experience with writing research proposals and funding bids. • Experience in the extension of research findings to government or private sectors. • Previous experience of maintaining and updating websites. • Previous experience of working with the media and in developing marketing material / communications. Skills/Abilities Essential • Excellent communication (oral and writing) and interpersonal skills, and an ability to develop effective working relationships with academics and stakeholders from various disciplines and backgrounds. • Excellent organisational and personal time-management skills enabling efficient working, both independently, and as part of a team. • A demonstrated ability to work effectively under pressure, taking ownership of tasks, managing and responding to tight deadlines and shifting priorities. • Demonstrable excellent analytical and practical problem-solving skills with a diligence for detail, accuracy and professionalism. • Ability to manage relationships and respond to conflict in a positive way, delivering the desired outcome. Desirable • The ability to speak Welsh is desirable. Other Essential • Appreciation of the demands and constraints of research across a broad range of scientific disciplines. • Capacity to arrange and attend meetings at a wide range of locations within the UK and potentially internationally; this may often include working or travel outside normal office hours. • Ability to understand issues from others’ perspectives, taking account of all possible outcomes and advising on the most appropriate way forward. • An understanding and appreciation of the bilingual nature of the institution and the area. General All members of staff have a duty to ensure their actions are in line with the overall environmental aims of the University and minimise their environmental impact. All offers are made subject to proof of eligibility to work in the UK and receipt of satisfactory references. 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