Project Manager / Administrative Officer (20.5 month contract) - Department of Geography

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Maynooth University is committed to a strategy in which the primary University goals of excellent research and scholarship and outstanding education are interlinked and equally valued. We are seeking a project manager/administrative officer to support Professor Peter Thorne as part of a service contract for the Copernicus Climate Change Service and in the leadership of the Irish Climate Analysis and Research Units. This service contract between Maynooth University and the Copernicus Climate Change Service/ European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting (ECMWF) is for a duration of 48 months and is broken up into two time periods: the first period runs from March 2017 to December 2018 and the second period runs from January 2019 to February 2021.

The work is concerned with the creation of improved holdings of fundamental meteorological in-situ near-surface records over the land and oceans for use in Copernicus services. The project manager role shall be required to prepare and deliver required reporting and management deliverables to ECMWF and act as a principal point of contact between ECMWF and the project team including relevant administrative staff at Maynooth University. Reporting requirements include monthly teleconferences, quarterly written reports, annual reports, annual implementation plans and annual financial reports. The project manager shall also be expected to attend annual project meetings and facilitate the attendance of an advisory panel at these meetings. The project manager duties shall constitute 50% of the overall duties for this position.

The Irish Climate Analysis and Research Units consist of a group of approximately 20 faculty, postdocs, research associates and postgraduate students. Prof. Peter Thorne is the director of ICARUS which sits entirely within the Department of Geography. The administrative officer role shall involve providing administrative support to ICARUS staff in the execution of their jobs and projects. The role shall be responsible for updating publicly facing materials (website, blog, twitter, data provision etc.), liaison with the Department of Geography, and support ICARUS staff in the drafting and submission of grant applications and similar. The administrative officer duties shall constitute 50% of the overall duties for this position.