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Network Manager STFC Air Quality Network+

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University of York - Heslington Campus
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Role Description

The University of York’s Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratories (WACL) wish to recruit a Network Manager to oversee an exciting new research network, the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Air Quality Network+ (SAQN+), which aims to establish a multidisciplinary community that can leverage STFC research and capabilities to address air quality challenges.


WACL are the largest dedicated atmospheric chemistry facilities in the UK. Home to more than 65 researchers with interests in all aspects of atmospheric chemistry. WACL supports an exceptional working environment, providing access to state of the art facilities and a wide range of interdisciplinary expertise.

The Department of Chemistry is one of the largest and most successful academic departments at York, placed in the top ten UK for Research Power by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework exercise (REF). We strive to provide a working environment that allows all staff and students to contribute fully, to flourish, and to excel. We are proud of our Athena SWAN Gold Award.


This is an exciting opportunity to play a key role in delivering a national research network in the area of air quality. You will be actively involved in developing and managing the SAQN+’s activities, governance and reporting, establishing the network, growing its membership and promoting its activities to a wide range of stakeholders. You will work with the project team to organise events and run small project funding calls to establish new collaborations and partnerships, facilitating genuinely interdisciplinary research that can deliver real air quality improvements. You will manage the network budgets and administration, supporting the project PI and wider project team. As a key member of the SAQN+ Leadership and Management Group you will actively contribute to generating ideas, driving progress and coordinating delivery, evaluation and reporting against agreed project outcomes.

You will be based in WACL but will be required to work with collaborating investigators and stakeholders across the UK.


Skills, Experience & Qualifications

  • Strong background in project management with experience of coordinating and delivering events and activities, managing budgets, and working with staff to successfully deliver high impact outcomes.
  • Excellent organisation and time management skills; able to prioritise tasks to meet deadlines and work effectively under pressure.
  • Relevant degree or equivalent professional qualifications.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills, with ability to proactively identify and address problems quickly and independently.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with stakeholders at different levels, and with different perspectives.
  • Confident negotiator, able to initiate discussions and follow them through to point of conclusion.
  • Proficient in use of administrative IT tools for email and calendar management, report and presentation production and budget tracking, with ability to quickly learn new systems for project administration.
  • Experience building and maintaining relationships with internal and external stakeholders, effectively influencing and negotiating with others to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Interest in air quality research, issues or solutions, and/or willingness to develop awareness of the field.

Informal enquiries to Dr Sarah Moller (

This post is available part-time for 25.9 (0.7 FTE) a week, on a fixed term basis until 30 June 2023.


The Department of Chemistry values all employees for the qualities and skills they bring to the workplace and aims to be a diverse and egalitarian community in which all can thrive.

The University is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community  – a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, staff engagement forums, campus facilities and services to support staff from different backgrounds.

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