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Project Officer

University of Kent - School of Psychology

Location: Canterbury
Salary: £27,924 to £31,406 per annum pro rata (grade 6)
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 1st October 2021
Closes: 18th October 2021
Job Ref: HSS-071-21

If you have excellent project coordination and planning skills and you are looking for an exciting and rewarding new challenge, this part time, fixed term role in the School of Psychology could be just right for you. 

We can also provide the unique opportunity for the right candidate to undertake a shared project officer role working on two projects in the School of Psychology each offering a contract of 15 hours per week, one over 5 years the other 2.5 years

To be considered for this joint post please also submit your application for vacancy reference HSS-072-21

In the role of project officer you will provide assistance and coordination in the management of a comparative, multi-site research project on the topic of honour and social interactions titled The Cultural Logic of Honor and Social Interaction: A Cross-Cultural Comparison (HONORLOGIC)”.  

This post is funded by a European Research Council Consolidator grant awarded to Professor Ayse K, Uskul. Working alongside Professor Uskul and her team, including a large international team, you will be responsible for overseeing the logistical and financial aspects of the project, including tasks such as regular communication with team members on administrative matters, organising travel to project meetings and conferences, arranging contracts of and payments to research assistants to be hired in different locations, overseeing the budget and staff hiring, helping prepare the grant reports and visuals (e.g., slides, charts) for the project, and managing the project webpage and the project’s social media accounts.

As Project Officer you will:

  • Assist with organisational aspects of the project to ensure that the project runs smoothly and its non-research related items are delivered as planned. Provide proactive, timely administrative support and coordination for all aspects of project activity to ensure the efficient running of the project and support with the delivery against key milestones and within available resource.
  • Produce project reports and briefings at timely and regular intervals, identifying areas of concern or the need for further resources or focus, ensuring that the project lead and/or sponsor is kept updated and informed.  
  • Coordinate and promote project events and prepare briefings/communications for stakeholders to ensure appropriate participation, and to raise the profile of the project so that all stakeholders understand the project deliverables and how it may affect them.

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Substantial experience in a similar role providing project administrative support and coordination
  • Excellent IT skills particularly in the use of Microsoft packages
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including clear and effective facilitation and presentation skills and the ability to produce clear and concise written materials.

The School of Psychology overlooks Canterbury with a view of the cathedral. It is a leading centre of research and education with a commitment to scientific excellence.

Please see the links below to view the full job description and also to apply for this post. If you require further information regarding the application process please contact the HR team on hsshr@kent.ac.uk quoting ref number: HSS-071-21

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