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Manager - Leverhulme Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity

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University of York - Heslington Campus
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50,132-58,089 a year
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Role Description

We are looking for an inspirational Centre Manager to lead the operations of the newly awarded Leverhulme Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity at the University of York.

This is a major new research centre funded by The Leverhulme Trust, and directed by Professor Chris Thomas, to increase knowledge of how the relationship between humanity and the natural world is changing, and how we might move forwards to maintain and develop a sustainable Earth. Based in the Biology Department, this position is an exciting opportunity to work with staff and postgraduate students across the University of York’s Faculties of Sciences, Social Sciences and Arts & Humanities and with researchers at the University of Sherbrooke (Canada), the Australian National University and the University of St Andrews. The Centre will run for 10 years from September 2019.


The Centre Manager will play a key leadership role in setting up, developing and ensuring the success of the Leverhulme Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity, and overseeing the operational and academic development of the Centre.  As the senior operational manager, you will support the Centre Director and Associate Directors with high-level assistance in all aspects of programme management and delivery. You should have the ability to build and maintain a broad personal interest and knowledge across the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities, relevant to the Centre’s research.

Skills, Experience & Qualifications

You must have a degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline and significant professional experience in project management – a postgraduate degree would be desirable.

The successful candidate will be an effective leader able to work successfully with a range of international senior and early career academics, as well as with postgraduate students and with public and private sector partners.

You must have experience of managing a budget and a thorough understanding of the principles of project and people management.

You must be comfortable working independently and within large interdisciplinary teams, and have experience setting up and managing complex, collaborative projects with a range of stakeholders.

Well-developed oral and written communication skills, a high degree of attention to detail and the ability to work to tight deadlines are essential.

The post is available on a fixed-term contract for 5 years in the first instance and salary will be in the range £50,132 - £58,089. 

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be made to Centre Director, Professor Chris Thomas, via email: or Associate Director, Professor Kate Pickett email: .

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