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CNAP Research Administrator

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University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
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Fixed term
26,341 - 32,344 a year
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Role Description


We are looking for a research administrator to work within our friendly team in the Centre for Novel Agricultural Products (CNAP), part of the Department of Biology at the University of York.  The CNAP is a centre of excellence where leading researchers investigate fundamental processes driving biological systems. We then apply these insights to solve some of the most pressing environmental, societal and industrial challenges of the 21st Century.  From developing sustainable food crops and biofuels to advancing plants for land decontamination, we maximise the value of plants without compromising food security.


You will manage all aspects of the administrative processes and procedures and financial support service underpinning the activities of the Centre for Novel Agricultural Products (CNAP) and support the running of BBNet (a Network in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy funded by the BBSRC and EPSRC).

You will Support Principal Investigators, the BBNet Manager and senior research staff in organising data into an appropriate format and/or compiling analysed data into draft reports, and assist in the preparation of grant applications and funding bids.

The role will also involve acting as PA to the CNAP director, arranging internal and external meetings, making travel/accommodation arrangements and also planning and organising  national and international conferences, workshops and other influential events.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • A levels, NVQ level 3, BTEC, or apprenticeship relating to business administration or project and financial management support
  • Knowledge of project management processes, Microsoft office and Google suite and experience of administrative processes within a busy office are essential.
  • Ability to work accurately and consistently, to analyse and summarise information and to communicate clearly with people from all backgrounds is essential.
  • Good numeracy skills, with the ability to monitor expenditure against a financial account/budget
  • Experience of managing diaries and organising events is required

For informal enquiries: please contact Neil Bruce, CNAP Director or Veronica Ongaro, BBNet Manager

The University strives to be diverse and inclusive  – a place where we can ALL be ourselves.

We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the University. 

We offer family friendly, flexible working arrangements, with forums and inclusive facilities to support our staff. #EqualityatYork

Athena Gold 2017 



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