Coordinator in the Centre for Doctoral Training (part time, fixed term)

Job title Coordinator in the Centre for Doctoral Training (part time, fixed term)

Department Mathematical Sciences

Salary Starting from £26,243, rising to £32,236

Grade Grade 6

Placed on Tuesday 13 August 2019

Closing date Friday 30 August 2019

Interview date Friday 06 September 2019

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We are seeking an enthusiastic, personable, and experienced coordinator to support our vibrant training and research centre Statistical Applied Mathematics: SAMBa. The role requires a flexible approach, self-motivation, and initiative to coordinate a broad range of activities delivering an excellent experience for students within the centre. SAMBa sits at the heart of the department of Mathematical Sciences, which is a large and supportive environment, and we have developed excellent links to academic and administrative departments across the University of Bath, which forms a foundation from which this role can build.

SAMBa is a Centre for Doctoral Training funded by EPSRC and the University of Bath. We have a student cohort of approximately current 80 students, with 10-15 graduating each year, and another 10-15 joining the cohort. In their first year, students undertake a year of broad training in statistical applied mathematics research and associated skills, before moving onto personal research projects for years 2-4. The centre has strong partnerships multiple industrial, governmental, and academic organisations and interacts closely with these partners in delivering research and training, including incorporating funding from those partners. SAMBa is delivered by an Executive Team, consisting of the co-Directors and members of academic staff from the Mathematical Sciences, along with a Centre Manager, who will work closely with the coordinator in delivering the day-to-day activities of the centre. The flagship activities of SAMBa are the biannual Integrative Think Tanks: week-long events bringing external partners together with students and academic staff to explore the formulation of mathematical problems that could be pursued as PhD research.

It is expected that the coordinator will ensure the smooth running of the operational aspects of the Centre. This is a wide-ranging role that requires juggling and prioritisation of multiple aspects of the job including:

  • Maintaining a good overview of the student’s journey through SAMBa from recruitment to graduation: managing the application and recruitment process, ensuring effective administration of academic assessment and research progression, liaising with relevant central administration to support individual student requirements.
  • Understanding and keeping track of a number of different budgets.
  • Supporting large-scale events, as well as delivering smaller, informal activities. 
  • Supporting the creation and maintenance of content for marketing material and the website.
  • Providing secretarial and administrative support to committees and meetings.

The role will require independent working and use of initiative, which leads to a very rewarding experience, being able to take ownership of many aspects of SAMBa. The SAMBa environment is supportive and non-hierarchical, with everybody’s input and ideas highly valued. The wider department and university also provides an excellent working environment, which is collaborative in nature.

We welcome applications from candidates who have experience of working in a collaborative, high performing environment with the ability to deliver activities to an excellent standard, within guidelines agreed by the SAMBa team. It is essential to be personable, a good listener and a good communicator as this role requires interaction with multiple stakeholders (students, academic staff, central administration, external partners) in different ways (email, phone, face-to-face). 

This position is part-time of up to 0.7fte with flexibility that can be designed, to a certain extent, around the requirements of the successful applicant. However, please note there will be times when you will be expected to be available (for example, during a significant proportion of the Integrative Think Tank events).

For further discussion on the role, please contact Susie Douglas (s.douglas@bath.ac.uk; 01225 385661).

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