Project Assistant to SKA Oxford and Zooniverse Oxford

University of Oxford - Astrophysics

The Astrophysics group in the Department of Physics is a world-leading centre for the study of the Universe. This role supports two of the group’s research teams, one which plays a leading role in the development of the world’s largest radio telescope, the SKA, and one which develops and runs an online platform involving more than one million volunteers in scientific research.

The SKA, to be located in Australia and Southern Africa, will contain thousands of antennas with a combined collecting area of about one square kilometre, collect data in a single day that would take nearly two million years to playback on an iPod, and use enough optical fibre to wrap twice around the Earth. The group led by Professor Mike Jones is developing technology which will be used in the telescope, and on the pathway to the SKA itself.

The Zooniverse, led by Professor Chris Lintott’s team in Oxford, is the world’s largest platform for online citizen science. The team of scientists, web developers and educators support more than 50 projects which allow the public to take part in tasks which range from hunting for planets to counting penguins. The group often host visitors and conferences which explore the future of data analysis and public outreach and education.

The post holder will play a key role in supporting the work of these groups. This will include direct support for Professors Lintott and Jones, including management of finance, project reporting and grant administration as well as keeping of calendars and acting as a point of contact for the projects in Oxford. The SKA role will involve working with a senior project administrator, while there is the chance on the Zooniverse side to get involved with the public-facing aspects of the project.

The post holder must be able to deal with a wide range of tasks, many of which are highly confidential, sensitive or urgent. They should be confident in writing, and demonstrate attention to detail. They must be able to work harmoniously with other members of the administration team. Experience with work within a university environment, or of grants management, would be welcome. The successful candidate will have experience of acting as an executive assistant or senior personal assistant in a large, complex organization, and have a high standard of numeracy and the ability to manage finances.

The post is fixed-term for 2 years.

Applications should be received by 12.00 midday on 12 December 2016.

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