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Project and Communications Coordinator in Higher Education

University of Cambridge - Sainsbury Laboratory

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £30,502 to £36,386
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 7th December 2022
Closes: 29th January 2023
Job Ref: PT34561

The Programme

The Gatsby Plant Science Education Programme (GPSEP) delivers a diverse and ambitious portfolio of UK wide online and in-person engagement activities to both inspire and nurture the next generation of plant scientists. GPSEP is administered through the collaborative environment at the Sainsbury Laboratory with our office situated in the beautiful Cambridge University Botanic Garden. 

About the role

The Project and Communications Coordinator for Higher Education will organise and coordinate engagement activities with plant science for post-16 and undergraduate audiences. This varied and creative role would suit an experienced, detail orientated communications professional and event manager who takes pride in maintaining high standards. You will work closely with members of the GPSEP team and contractors to administer ambitious student engagement projects that aim to inspire the next generation of plant scientists. Your responsibilities will include: 

  • Event management of the prestigious, annual Gatsby Plant Science Summer School for undergraduates including its coordination, student recruitment and communications.
  • Supporting alumni of the summer school with clear communications of career-enhancing opportunities and the management of online resources and events tailored to them.
  • Maintaining, overseeing, and creating content for the social media channels associated with the Higher Education projects.
  • Supporting the Project Managers with the maintenance of a new website designed to enthuse post-16 audiences across the UK with plant biology.
  • Running a funding initiative to engage 16-18 years old science students throughout the UK.

What we are looking for

  • Proven ability to effectively communicate with audiences via conventional, online, and social media platforms in a professional environment.
  • Experience of event managing high impact, in person events and activities.
  • Demonstrable experience of project administration and coordination.
  • Degree level education (or equivalent level of professional experience), ideally although not essential, in the biological sciences.
  • A passion for engaging audiences with effective messaging. 

Further information about GPSEP: www.slcu.cam.ac.uk/outreach/gatsby-plants. If you would like more information about this role, informal enquiries can be directed by email to Claire Pennycuick, HE Project Manager cp536@cam.ac.uk.

This post is full-time, fixed-term until 31st March 2026 in the first instance. The position is available immediately. Hybrid working is offered for this role with the successful candidate expected in the office a minimum of 3 days per week. Interviews will be held on the 8th or 9th February 2023.

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/38571.

Please quote reference PT34561 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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