Project Manager (HE) GPSEP

Sainsbury Laboratory

University of Cambridge, Trinity Ln, Cambridge, UK


  • Posted on: 09th Nov 2021
  • Salary: £37,467-£50,296 pro rata
  • REF: PT28927
  • Closes: 28th November 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Part Time

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. We are based at the welcoming and collaborative environment of the Sainsbury Laboratory with our office situated in the Cambridge University Botanic Garden.

About the role

The Project Manager for Higher Education will jointly oversee initiatives for post-16 audiences. This exciting and creative role would suit an experienced engagement professional. You will work closely with members of the GPSEP team and external consultants to design and deliver ambitious student engagement projects. This role is a job share with a Project Manager and includes shared line management of a Project Coordinator. Your responsibilities will include:- Co-management of the prestigious Gatsby Plant Science Summer School for undergraduates including its development, delivery and evaluation- Supporting alumni of the summer school with a strategic programme of communications and career-enhancing opportunities including online events- Supporting the creation of a new website designed to enthuse post-16 audiences across the UK with plant biology- Leading the development of new resources such as videos for the new website- Overseeing the promotion, facilitation and evaluation of our Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) aimed at 16-19 year olds across Europe- Capture the short and long term impacts of all activities, enabling you to strategically respond to the audiences changing needs and feed into future programme activities

What you will need:- Proven ability communicating to audiences via conventional, online and social media platforms- Experience of running education and or engagement events in a professional environment- Comprehensive knowledge of the UK Higher Education system- Degree level education (or equivalent level of professional experience) in a science discipline- An interest in plant science research

BenefitsYou can expect to receive:- A generous annual leave allowance of 33 days (pro rata) per year (excluding bank holidays) – Access to a pension scheme with attractive employer contributions- Access to a range of shopping and travel discounts through the CAMbens scheme- A wide range of family friendly benefits at the University

More about the Sainsbury Laboratory, further information for the role and details of what the University offers to employees, can be found at: To find out more about GPSEP see:

If you would like more information about this role, informal enquiries can be directed by email to Dan Jenkins, Head of Gatsby Plant Science Education Programme at

This post is fixed term for 12 months or the return of the post holder, whichever is the earlier. It is being offered as a 0.6 FTE (equivalent to three days per week, flexible and hybrid working arrangements are welcome).

The position is available from January 2022.

Interviews will be held on 7 or 8 December 2021.

Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

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

We particularly welcome applications from women and candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our department.

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Please quote reference PT28927 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.
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