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EU Research Project Manager

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University of York - Heslington Campus
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32,236-34,189 a year/Grade 6 (reduced pro-rata for part time working)
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The Department of Archaeology at the University of York has been awarded a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network grant, SeaChanges: thresholds in human exploitation of marine vertebrates. We are seeking an experienced and enthusiastic Project Manager to assist the Project Coordinator in running this four-year network project.

Marine resource use has influenced European societies for millennia, and we in turn have impacted the seas profoundly. The need for long-term perspectives to inform marine management is becoming clear, but disciplinary silos hold back integration of archaeological data and approaches to this end. SeaChanges brings together seven core project partners in the UK, Netherlands, Denmark, Spain, Norway, and Italy—plus a further 29 associated partners in 14 countries—in order to train fifteen Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) at the interface between archaeological science and marine biology. The network takes a long-term perspective on human exploitation of marine vertebrates, with projects covering species from herring to sperm whale, timescales from decades to millennia, and all of Europe's seas and beyond.

Based in York, the Project Manager will oversee the day-to-day running of the network, working with the Project Coordinator, and will be a member of the Management Board. Key responsibilities include reporting; managing the consortium; tracking finances, milestones, and deliverables; liaison with the EU Project Officer and UoY Research Grants and Contracts team; and helping to organise a dedicated programme of training events hosted by the core partners.

You will have significant experience in project management; good oral and written communication skills; strong IT and numerical skills; and an organised and methodical approach. You will have experience of working in an administrative role in a complex organisation, and ideally a good knowledge of research and administration in a higher education context, and/or of European Commission funding programmes and mechanisms. Experience of event organisation and managing budgets is essential, as is the ability to write financial and progress reports. A scientific or archaeological background would be desirable, as would a willingness to travel internationally on occasion. Given the size and complexity of the network, we are looking for a proactive communicator, able to develop and maintain good working relationships both within the core team and with colleagues in other departments and institutions.

The starting salary will be within the range of £32,236 - £34,189 a year (reduced pro-rata for part time working), and the post is available until 31 March 2023.

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr. David Orton (email:

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