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Departmental Administrator

From Jobs at the University of Cambridge. Published on Sep 05, 2014.

The University of Cambridge's Department of Biochemistry in Central Cambridge has a reputation for excellence in both research and teaching. The Department currently employs over 560 people: this includes over 340 researchers in disciplines ranging from molecular and structural biology, systems and synthetic biology, through to biology of pathologies such as cancer and heart disease and plant biochemistry. The Department also houses a number of research support facilities, most of which are available to other departments and have external university and commercial clients.

The Department's undergraduate teaching programme is extensive and growing and plays a pivotal role in teaching the foundations of biochemistry, molecular and cell biology for Natural Sciences Tripos (NST) and the Medical and Veterinary Sciences Tripos (MVST). The Department also has a vibrant community of post-graduate research students studying for their Ph.Ds.

The role of Departmental Administrator is critical to the effective functioning of the Department. You will work closely with, and report to, the Head of the Department. You will also provide support for the Department's committee governance structure and assist in formulating strategy and policy across the Department. The position will involve you working closely with a committed team of administrators, internationally renowned academics and other internal and external stakeholders.

The successful applicant will have significant experience and success in leading administration in a complex and demanding environment; previous experience within research-intensive higher/further education would be advantageous. You should be educated to at least degree level (or higher). You will have a sound knowledge of Health and Safety requirements; be adept at strategic planning and committee management; have exceptional organisational and prioritisation skills together with the ability to persuade and influence at all levels.

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Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

For an informal discussion in relation to this post, please contact Professor Gerard Evan by e-mail on

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please quote reference PH04187 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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