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The Alan Turing Institute is the UK’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence. The Institute is named in honour of the scientist Alan Turing and its mission is to make great leaps in data science and artificial intelligence research in order to change the world for the better.

We are currently seeking for a Research Project Manager. The successful candidate will coordinate and support the work of the data science for science programme. This will include administering a portfolio of high impact research projects, as well as overseeing, planning, organising and communicating the activities generated by those projects.

The Research Project Manager will coordinate and support multi-disciplinary teams of researchers across a range of partners. These include universities and research centres across the spectrum of UK Research and Innovation funding areas including those funded by BBSRC, NERC, STFC and MRC. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the set-up and continued delivery of this new programme of research.

Data Science for Science Programme

It is becoming easier and easier to collect large amounts of data across a broad range of research areas, and there is a growing need to understand how this can best be exploited to make new discoveries. The use of modern computational methods has already revolutionised research in physics and biology, and the stage is set for this approach to become a standard methodology in many different fields. However, we know it is not sufficient to just collect data, and hope that some generic algorithms will be able to help – the crucial step is in how to incorporate the deep knowledge that already exists about a system into the computational methods used.

The main aim of the programme is to work with researchers from all disciplines across the Turing's university partner network, and with national research facilities, to make effective use of state of the art methods in artificial intelligence and data science.

The role

The Research Project Manager will coordinate and oversee the data science for science programme’s portfolio of research projects. The post holder will work with academic researchers to coordinate each research project from concept to implementation; this will involve understanding the resource requirements for each project, drawing up detailed financial plans, coordinating grant applications, agreeing on clear milestones for each project, ensuring that the deliverables are completed on schedule, as well as providing regular updates to the Institute’s leadership on the progress of each project.

The Research Project Manager will also need to liaise closely with Institute research and operations staff, in London, at university and research centre partners, to perform their duties.

Duties and responsibilities

Research project management and delivery

  • Coordinate and oversee the delivery of the programme’s research projects. This will involve:
    • Working with the researchers to outline the resource requirements for each project, to support them in applying for funding (if needed), to agree on clear milestones for each project, and to ensure that the deliverables are completed on schedule.
    • Working with the Turing’s finance team to draw up detailed financial plans for each project and with the Institute’s legal counsel to put the right contracts in place.
    • Providing regular updates to the Institute’s leadership on the progress of each project.
    • Working alongside the communications team to disseminate the findings of each project. 
  • Coordinate the programme’s events, training, and knowledge exchange initiatives. This will involve:
    • Working alongside researchers and the programme’s leadership to identify a suitable venue for each initiative, to shape the agenda, to create the guest list, to publicise the initiative, and to ensure that meeting minutes are taken and distributed.
  •  Maintain up-to-date records that enable effective monitoring, control and evaluation of the programme’s research initiatives.

Programme operations and resources management

  • Perform resources planning and financial analysis for the programme. This will involve assisting in the preparation of the programme’s budget, anticipating future staffing and operational needs, identifying potential funding sources, as well as managing the programme’s office space and payment of expenses;
  • Coordinate the delivery of strong programme governance. This will involve developing, writing, and editing reports and presentations for the Institute’s senior leaders, Board of Trustees, and funders, which outline the programme’s progress and initiatives.
  • Working with the HR team, organise the recruitment of additional programme researchers or administrative staff. This will involve writing job advertisements, organising interview panels, and overseeing the onboarding process for new hires.
  • Provide day-to-day high-level support to the Director and Deputy Director of the public policy programme.

This job description is written at a specific time and is subject to change as the demands of the Institute and the role develop. The role requires flexibility and adaptability and the post holder needs to be aware that they may be asked to perform tasks and be given responsibilities not detailed in this job description.

Person specification

Essential

Qualifications and experience

  • Degree in a relevant scientific or engineering discipline, or equivalent level of professional qualifications and/or experience;
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience in project management, preferably in an academic environment.

Skills

  • Strong project management and organisational skills: the ability to plan, execute, and keep on schedule numerous projects in an organised fashion.
  • Strong multi-tasking skills: the ability to balance competing priorities with minimal direction while maintaining a high standard of accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Strong problem-solving skills: the ability to pinpoint problem areas and to identify creative solutions. 
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills: the ability to communicate effectively and clearly with stakeholders in academia, the public sector, and industry.
  • Strong interpersonal skills: the ability to form and maintain relationships with a wide range of people at all levels.
  • Strong analytical skills: the ability to define, measure, and track key metrics for each project.

Desirable

  • Postgraduate qualification in a relevant subject.
  • Experience in managing complex research projects involving internal and external partners.
  • Formal training in one or more project management processes (Scrum, Lean, Agile, Prince II, etc.) as well as familiarity with project management tools and software.
  • An interest in data-driven research.

Terms and conditions

Starting salary is between £35,000 and £42,000 per annum dependent on skills and experience. This is a full time, permanent post to be held at the Institute’s site at the British Library, Euston Rd, London. Occasional travel nationally and internationally may be required to deliver the role. Occasional working evening and weekend hours may also be required. A competitive benefits package is also available, please ask if you would like further details.

Application procedure

If you are interested in this opportunity, please send your CV, with contact details for your referees and a covering letter outlining how you meet the criteria set out in the Person Specification to [email protected]

 The Alan Turing Institute is committed to creating an environment where diversity is valued and everyone is treated fairly.  In accordance with the Equality Act, we welcome applications from anyone who meets the specific criteria of the post regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender reassignment, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy, religion or belief or sexual orientation. Reasonable adjustments to the interview process can also be made for any candidates with a disability. 

 

Closing date for applications: 24 March 2019

Interviews: week commencing 1 April 2019