OpenPlant Programme Manager
Post Details
Job Title
OpenPlant Programme Manager
Post Number
1003605
Closing Date
24 Jan 2019
Grade
SC6
Starting Salary
£31,250 - £38,100
Hours per week
37
Project Title
OpenPlant Synthetic Biology Research Centre
Expected/Ideal Start Date
11 Feb 2019
Months Duration
12
Interview Date
04 Feb 2019

Job Description

Main Purpose of the Job

Applications are invited for the position of an OpenPlant Programme Manager to be based at the John Innes Centre in Norwich. This position is part of the £13 M OpenPlant Synthetic Biology Research Centre, a large collaborative project led jointly by the John Innes Centre and the University of Cambridge (http://www.openplant.org). The successful applicant will work closely with Professor Anne Osbourn (Director, OpenPlant, Norwich) and other scientists at the John Innes Centre and the Earlham Institute to co-ordinate, integrate, trouble-shoot, evaluate and report on the progress of the overall programme. A key part of the responsibilities of the post holder will be (with Professor Osbourn) to liaise with Professor Jim Haseloff (Director, OpenPlant, Cambridge) and his team to enable the successful delivery of the scientific and strategic goals of this large and complex project. The post holder will also be expected to take an active role in OpenPlant engagement activities.

Further details can be found at https://www.jic.ac.uk/scientists/anne-osbourn/.

Key Relationships

The successful applicant will be line-managed by Professor Anne Osbourn and will work closely with scientists within OpenPlant at the John Innes Centre and the Norwich-based Earlham Institute to co-ordinate and enable the successful delivery of the Norwich-based parts of the OpenPlant programme. A key part of the responsibilities of the post holder will be (with Professor Osbourn) to liaise closely with Professor Jim Haseloff and his team to co-ordinate, integrate, trouble-shoot, evaluate and report on the progress of the overall programme. The post holder will also be expected to take an active role in OpenPlant engagement activities.


Main Activities & Responsibilities

Percentage
Oversee the day-to-day running of the OpenPlant Lab (Norwich) - co-ordinate, integrate, trouble-shoot, evaluate and assist with reporting on the progress of the overall programme
75
Liaise closely with Professor Jim Haseloff, the Cambridge-based OpenPlant Project Manager, and scientists in the OpenPlant Lab (Cambridge) to ensure effective integration of the two-site Programme and to maximise opportunities for synergy
10
Organise meetings, workshops, training courses, engagement activities and other events on behalf of OpenPlant
10
Undertake other science engagement/social science activities relevant to OpenPlant
5
As agreed with line manager, any other duties commensurate with the nature of the role

Person Profile

Education & Qualifications

Requirement
Importance
PhD or equivalent in biology or a related discipline
Essential

Specialist Knowledge & Skills

Requirement
Importance
Knowledge and/or understanding of synthetic biology
Desirable

Relevant Experience

Requirement
Importance
Previous experience of research in the areas of biology, molecular biology, biotechnology, synthetic biology or a related discipline
Essential
Experience of effective science engagement, policy regulatory systems and/or social science research
Desirable
Experience of organising events, meetings, training courses
Desirable
Experience in administration and team management
Desirable

Interpersonal & Communication Skills

Requirement
Importance
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Essential
Ability to work as part of a team and to organise others
Essential
Creative problem solving
Essential
Ability to organise and schedule complex tasks
Essential

Additional Requirements

Requirement
Importance
Promotes equality and values diversity
Essential
Willingness to embrace the expected values and behaviours of all staff at the Institute, ensuring it is a great place to work
Essential
Able to present a positive image of self and the Institute, promoting both the international reputation and public engagement aims of the Institute
Essential
Willingness to work outside standard working hours when required
Essential
Attention to detail
Essential

Who We Are

John Innes Centre

The John Innes Centre is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant science and microbiology, carrying out fundamental and strategic research, to train scientists and making our findings available to society.

Our research makes use of a wide range of disciplines in the biological and chemical sciences including; cell biology, biochemistry, chemistry, genetics and molecular biology.

We pride ourselves on being a welcoming and inclusive working environment for all. We have a diverse and multicultural scientific community and thrive on our European and international links. We are proud to hold a prestigious Athena SWAN Gold award, recognising the impact of our work in promoting gender equality in science. We are also a proud member of the Stonewall Diversity Champion’s programme and, as a Disability Confident employer, guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the post.

The John Innes Centre is a registered charity (No. 223852), limited by guarantee (registered in England No. 511709) and is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Department

Metabolic Biology

The aims of research in the Department of Metabolic Biology are to understand the basis of diversity in plant metabolism, and the interplay between metabolism and plant nutrition, development and responses to disease and stress. This information underpins the development of sustainable agriculture and bio-based industries.

Group Details

This position is part of the OpenPlant Synthetic Biology Research Centre, a large collaborative project that is jointly led by the John Innes Centre in Norwich and the University of Cambridge (http://www.openplant.org). The Project Manager will be based at the John Innes Centre and will work closely with Professor Anne Osbourn (Director, OpenPlant, Norwich) and with Professor Jim Haseloff (Director, OpenPlant, Cambridge) and his team to enable the successful delivery of the scientific and strategic goals of this large and complex project.

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Applications are invited for a Programme Manager for OpenPlant, to be based at the John Innes Centre in Norwich, UK.

Background:

This position is part of the £13M OpenPlant Synthetic Biology Research Centre, a large collaborative project led jointly by the John Innes Centre in Norwich and the University of Cambridge (http://www.openplant.org). The Programme Manager will be based at the John Innes Centre and will work closely with Professors Anne Osbourn (Director, OpenPlant Lab, Norwich) and Jim Haseloff (Director, OpenPlant Lab, Cambridge) to enable the successful delivery of the scientific and strategic goals of this large and complex project.

The role:

The post holder will work closely with Professor Anne Osbourn and other scientists at the John Innes Centre and the Earlham Institute, Norwich, to co-ordinate and enable the successful delivery of the Norwich-based parts of the OpenPlant programme. A key part of the responsibilities of the post holder will be (with Professor Osbourn) to liaise closely with Professor Haseloff and his team to co-ordinate, integrate, trouble-shoot, evaluate and report on the progress of the overall programme. The post holder will also be expected to take an active role in OpenPlant engagement activities. The successful candidate will be provided with opportunities to develop their skillset during this assignment, by way of training programmes, coaching and mentoring.

The ideal candidate:

The successful applicant will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, will be able to work as part of a team and to organise others, and will be capable of organising and scheduling complex tasks and creative problem solving. A PhD or equivalent in biological sciences or a related discipline is essential. Experience of effective science engagement, policy regulatory systems and/or social science research is desirable but not essential. Experience in administration and team management and also of organising events (meetings, workshops, training courses) would be beneficial but is also not essential.

Additional information:

Salary on appointment will be within the range £31,250 to £38,100 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This post is for a contract of 12 months.

Please note, this position does not meet UKVI requirements to sponsor a tier 2 visa.

Interviews will be held on 4th February 2019.

We are an equal opportunities employer, actively supporting inclusivity and diversity. As a Disability Confident organisation, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy. The John Innes Centre is also proud to hold a Gold Award from Athena SWAN and is a member of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme.